How to secure loads on your vehicle

You could be prosecuted if you don't position or restrain a load correctly on your vehicle.

All loads must be safely positioned on or in a vehicle and be secured.

When transporting any load, you must:

  • use a vehicle appropriate for the type of load you are carrying
  • position the load correctly
  • use suitable restraint equipment in good condition
  • check your load restraint before leaving and during the trip.

How to meet the standards

Restraining a load will meet the load restraint performance standards if it doesn't shift when subjected to the following forces:

Load restraint forces diagram as described below

Graphic used with permission from the National Transport Commission.

The load restraint system must be capable of withstanding these forces:

  • 0.8 'g' deceleration in a forward direction
  • 0.5 'g' deceleration in a rearward direction
  • 0.5 'g' deceleration in a lateral direction
  • 0.2 'g' acceleration in a vertical direction if relying on friction to withstand forces in other directions.

'G' means gravitational acceleration or 9.81m/s squared.

More information

For more information, read the v64 load restraint information bulletin PDF (362.7 KB)


Last updated: 07 February 2020

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