Heavy vehicle load restraint

Heavy vehicles over 12 tonnes

Tarpaulins, load covers and load nets can be used to restrain loose bulk loads in open topped vehicles.

The use of wetting or skinning agents alone is not acceptable but may be used in conjunction with a suitable load cover.

Loose loads should never be transported on flat bed or platform type vehicles without sides or gates, or tipper bodies without tailgates.

Bodies with poorly fitting sides and gates should not be used to transport fine particle materials such as sand.


If the mandatory load cover is inappropriate or impractical you can apply for an exemption. You can apply in writing to the MVR.

More information

For more information, get a copy of V59 Mandatory covering of loose bulk loads on vehicles exceeding 12 tonne GVM  PDF, 174.04 KB

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Last updated: 10 July 2019


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