Se­cure your load to en­sure road safety

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Gipp­s­lan­ders are urged to do their part to keep roads safe and tidy this sum­mer by se­cur­ing loads on trail­ers, roof racks and trays to avoid leav­ing a trail of de­bris be­hind.

A stag­ger­ing 80 tonnes of de­bris is re­moved from Vic­to­rian roads and road­sides each month. In many cases, rub­bish and de­bris on the road can pose a se­ri­ous safety hazard for driv­ers and cy­clists, not to men­tion a chal­leng­ing clean-up for road crews.

Re­gional Roads Vic­to­ria (RRV) act­ing re­gional direc­tor (Eastern) Pas Mona­cella urged the com­mu­nity to dou­ble check loads were se­cure be­fore head­ing off or re­turn­ing from fam­ily hol­i­days or com­plet­ing a new year clean-up.

“RRV re­sponded to 7500 lit­ter com­plaints across Gipp­s­land in the past year, of which over 60 were deemed a road hazard that re­quired ur­gent ac­tion,” he said. “Many of these in­ci­dents re­sulted from items fall­ing from mov­ing ve­hi­cles, while some in­volved il­le­gal dump­ing of rub­bish on our road­sides.”

“RRV spends more than $150,000 in Gipp­s­land each year on de­bris and rub­bish re­moval, so we re­ally en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to do the right thing and se­cure their load. It keeps our roads safe and can save you a hefty fine,” added Mr Mona­cella.

The Na­tional Trans­port Com­mis­sion has made this task eas­ier by re­cently re­leas­ing the “Load Re­straint Guide 2018 for Light Ve­hi­cles”. This prac­ti­cal and easy-to-un­der­stand guide helps driv­ers meet le­gal obli­ga­tions when it comes to load re­straint.

The guide fea­tures use­ful in­for­ma­tion about load re­straint equip­ment, load­ing ve­hi­cle and driv­ing to the con­di­tions of the load.

To get your copy and learn more about se­cur­ing your load, visit vicroads.vic.gov.au and search “se­cure your load”.

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