The 2018 Load Restraint Guide is now available via the NTC website.
It is important to note there are now two guides available with the introduction of a Load Restraint Guide for light vehicles. Both guides can be accessed from the NTC website. Please be aware, currently there is no timeframe for hardcopies being available to purchase (Guide is available for download only).
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To Be Safe
Loads that aren't restraint property can injure or kill and can cause significant property damage. If the load falls off it endangers the lives of other road users through a direct collision or by causing other drivers to swerve to avoid it.
- If the load moves forwards it can pierce the cabin and injure or kill the driver or passenger.
- If the load makes the vehicle unstable it can cause an incident, especially when taking corners.
Unrestrained Loads May Move
Forces from changes in speed, direction or slope may cause a load to shift. These forces result from normal driving conditions including braking, accelerating, cornering, road surfaces and air flow. The weight of a load is not enough to hold it in place. A heavy load is just as likely to fall off as a light load because the heavier the load, the higher the forces it experiences.
To Comply With The Law
If you’re involved in packing, loading, moving or unloading a vehicle, you are responsible for complying with load restraint laws.
Find Out More
For operational queries about load restraint for heavy vehicles in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, ACT, Tasmania and South Australia please contact the NHVR on 1300 MYNHVR (1300 696 487). The NHVR have further information including a list of frequently asked questions about the Load Restraint Guide 2018 on their website. For Western Australia please contact 138 HVO (138 486).