Ignorance of the law is no excuse, so you need to know what's right and wrong

The 2018 Load Restraint Guide for Light Vehicles spells out clearly how you should load your vehicle and the correct method for restraining that load. 

The overriding requirement is that you must restrain any load you are carrying on a light vehicle so that it:

- Stays on the vehicle during normal driving conditions – this includes heavy braking, cornering, acceleration and even minor collisions.

- Doesn’t negatively affect the stability of the vehicle, making it difficult or unsafe to drive.

- Doesn’t protrude from the vehicle in a way that could injure people, damage property or obstruct others’ paths.

Furthermore, you must pick up any fallen load if it is safe to do so, or arrange for someone to retrieve it.

It makes a change for different State and Territory authorities to agree on policy, but in this Guide they seem largely to have done so. There are a few exceptions, of course, but they're mainly WA-related.

Those with a taste for irony will appreciate that the illustration on the cover page of the Guide shows a crew-cab ute with no load at all and with the front passenger's door not closed properly!

Despite that, we suggest that all OTA readers with wagons, utes and trailers familiarise themselves with these load restraint rules.




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