21 January 2014

The International Road Transport Union’s (IRU) International Commission on Technical Affairs (CIT) has published International Guidelines on Safe Load Securing for Road Transport “to promote safe load securing practices to all stakeholders involved in the transport of goods by road and further increase road safety.”

While the IRU guidelines are primarily based on a European standard on load restraining on road vehicles (EN 12195-1:2010), they also include other safe practices observed across the road transport industry, such as timber and vehicle transport, as well as others not covered by the European standard.

“The aim of these guidelines is to enable all stakeholders involved in road transport operations anywhere in the world to correctly load and secure goods on vehicles,” said Marten Johansson, President of the IRU CIT.

“If all stakeholders implement safe load securing practices from the outset, it will create sustainable improvements in transport operations and road safety standards at national and international level.”

The IRU underlines that rules on safe cargo securing vary from one country to another, or do not even exist in some countries and regions, making it difficult for road transport operators to know the minimum requirements for international journeys.

The guidelines, developed in co-operation with partners in the health, safety and training industries, as well as the working environment, will help reduce the number of people injured and transport disruptions resulting from load-related incidents in the workplace and on the road, the IRU adds.