Load restraint requirements
When transporting waste for disposal, you need to ensure the load is correctly secured.
The National Transport Commission’s Load Restraint Guide outlines the best ways to restrain and cover different types of loads. The load restraint laws apply to all vehicles regardless of their gross vehicle mass.
The following steps have been provided to assist you in transporting your waste in a safe and effective manner.
- Ensure all items are appropriately secured in a safe and stable manner
- Loads must not cover number plates, lights or reflectors
- If a load projects more than 1.2 meters behind a vehicle, a bright red or yellow flag must be affixed to the extreme back of the load
- Nets and tarpaulins are generally an easy and effective way to restrain lighter items
- Check the load every time an item is removed or added to it
- Seats in vans and station wagons are generally not adequate for preventing loads from moving forward in emergency braking situations - the use of cargo barriers is recommended
- Long items of steel, particularly pipes, can be slippery - rubber matting and looping lashings around items will help prevent items sliding around
- All green waste must be covered by a tarpaulin
- Furniture & white goods (e.g. fridges) should be restrained to headboards to reduce movement
- All tools (including shovels) should be restrained or contained within a toolbox