Secure your load to ensure road safety
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”.