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New Code of Practice Provides Comprehensive Guidance on Safely Loading Vehicles

DVSA and HSE have published an updated Code of Practice on the safety of loads on vehicles. The new code brings together all current guidance on load security, providing a comprehensive resource for vehicle operators, drivers, transport managers, and anyone else involved in the loading of vehicles.


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The code covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • The principles of load security
  • The different types of load and how to secure them
  • The equipment and materials needed for load security
  • The responsibilities of different people involved in loading vehicles

The code also includes a number of case studies and examples to illustrate the principles of load security.

The code is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to ensure that loads are loaded and secured safely.

The code is based on the principles of risk assessment and hazard identification.

It emphasises the importance of planning and communication when loading vehicles.

It provides guidance on how to secure a wide variety of loads, including palletised loads, bulk loads, and liquid loads.

It includes a section on the responsibilities of different people involved in loading vehicles, such as the driver, the transport manager, and the loading staff.

In Aftermarket, Marian Kitson, DVSA’s Director of Enforcement, said:

“It’s vital for vehicle operators, drivers and anyone involved in the loading of a vehicle to ensure every vehicle load is secure. By doing so, they are protecting other road users and members of the public.The code of practice offers clear guidance which will help industry to understand what action they need to take to comply.”

And Nina Day, Policy Advisor at the Health and Safety Executive, added:

“Inadequate vehicle loading and poor load security puts people at risk both during the journey and in the workplace. HSE has worked closely with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency to produce this new guidance, which gives businesses the information they need to work safely when transporting goods on the road.”

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Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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