Load restraint is perhaps one of the most discussed topics in the industry and getting it right is one of the trickiest jobs you'll ever have to do. This page contains information and links designed to assist you, but if you have any questions not covered here, please contact us.
What is load restraint?
Load restraint is a system which prevents the load from shifting from its required location. Load containment is a system to prevent the load from moving beyond the boundaries of the container.
"Curtainsider trailers are essentially flatbed trailers with a weather-protection structure mounted on the bed of the trailer. Generally the weather protection structure is not rated for load restraint..."
The Law (Road Traffic Legislation)
The Road Traffic Act states that:
"A Person is guilty of an offence if he uses, or causes or permits another to use, a motor vehicle or trailer on a road when:
a) the condition of the motor vehicle or trailer, or of its accessories or equipment, or
b) the purpose for which it is used, or
c) the number of passengers carried by it, or the manner in which they are carried, or
d) the weight, position or distribution of its load, or the manner in which it is secured,
is such that the use of the motor vehicle or trailer involves a danger of injury to any person"
Regulation 100 of the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations states that:
"1) A motor vehicle, every trailer drawn thereby and all parts and accessories of such vehicle and trailer shall at all times be in such condition … and the weight, distribution, packing and adjustment of the load of such vehicle and trailer shall at all times be such that no danger is caused or is likely to be caused to any person in or on the vehicle or trailer or on a road.
2) The load carried by a motor vehicle or trailer shall at all times be so secured, if necessary by physical restraint other than its own weight, and be in such a position, that neither danger nor nuisance is likely to be caused to any person or property by reason of the load or any part thereof falling or being blown from the vehicle or by reason of any other movement of the load or any part thereof in relation to the vehicle."
In the spring of 2012, to help operators understand how the DVSA will carry out enforcements, they issued a "Load Enforcement Matrix", which categorises load types and restraint defects; a combination of which determines the severity of action.
On 27th March 2015, the DVSA issued their own load restraint guidance which can be found on the www.gov.uk site here.
What is EN 12642-XL?
EN12642-XL is a certified European bodywork load containment rating that relates to the strength and therefore ability of the bodywork to contain loads.
The standard is only achievable under test conditions and must be issued by an accredited vehicle testing agency such as the VCA or TUV.
It is not possible to apply the rating to individual parts of the bodywork such as curtains or doors as the testing and rating applies to the entire body when complete.
Is EN 12642-XL Compliant?
Firstly, EN 12642-XL is not currently a legal requirement in the UK and you can achieve full DVSA compliance without the need for an EN 12642-XL bodywork rating. However, EN 12642-XL rated bodywork is seen by the DVSA as one possible contributory standard toward full compliance.
DVSA minimum compliance for EN 12642-XL requires that loads are 'Positive Fit'. Positive Fit requires the load being butted up against the front bulkhead and that the gap between load and each side curtain does not exceed 80mm. Finally, if there is a gap between load and rear closure, you must use an additional restraint system to prevent rearward shift.
Further details about how the DVSA view EN 12642-XL are available on the DVSA Blog.
The Don-Bur 'Loadfix' system provides a convenient compliant rave-to-rave strapping solution.
The bungee suspension assembly retracts into the void roof space when not in use.
⇧ 5T ratchet tensioner
⇧ Wide strap option with captive rave ratchets
⇧ Straps slide front-to-back effortlessly and stow neatly in front bulkhead when not in use.
Articles & Reference
|11th September 2015||Don-Bur Guide||Understanding EN 12642-XL|
|27th March 2015||DVSA News Article||DVSA publishes new load securing guide for vehicle operators|
|22nd September 2014||DVSA Update on EN 12642-XL||Load Security For XL Rated Vehicles|
|2012||VOSA Guidance||Load Enforcement Matrix|
|2008||HSE Guidance||HSE Guidelines For Load Security On Curtainsiders|
|2002 3rd Edition||DfT Guidance||Safety Of Loads On Vehicles|
|1991||Legislation||Road Traffic Act|
|1986||Legislation||Road Vehicles (Construction And Use) Regulations|