The carriage of bulk materials is very common and may be one of the easiest ways for a one-person operator to enter the business. In addition to the normal rules on transport operations, there are some specific to bulk loads that must be observed.

Bulk cargo is defined as cargo carried loose, unpackaged or non-containerised such as ballast, grain, ready-mixed cement, powders and liquids of various types. The loading and securing of such loads presents a specific set of problems.

The carriage of certain bulk loads is controlled by the Weights and Measures Act 1985 and associated secondary legislation in addition to the general legislation on the operation of goods vehicles. This topic covers the specific requirements of the Weights and Measures Act 1985 for the carriage of bulk loads.

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