VOSA compliant transit restraint system
• Two retrofitable wire rope catenaries, secured parallel to one another down the length of the vehicle to suspend the main Guardian straps
• Smaller control straps to raise and lower the main Guardian straps into position above a pallet. Fitted with beads the control straps pass through a snaketooth locking mechanism which holds the Guardian strap in the roof when not in use.
• 5t Guardian load restraint straps fitted at one end with two rave hooks (to compensate for alternative height pallets) and a removable ratchet strap at the other end for securing the load in place.
The regulating body DVSA (driver and vehicle standards agency) have announced their intention to step up enforcement of current legislation in respect of load restraint on Large Goods Vehicles. Particular attention has been noted in regard to curtain sided vehicles which they are aware tend not to comply with regulations.
HSE Load Security on Curtain Sided Trailers (2008)
“Curtain sider trailers are essentially flatbed trailers with a weather-protection structure mounted on the bed of the trailer.”
“Generally the weather protection structure is not rated for load restraint and should not be used to secure load
Construction & Use Regulations
The load carried by a motor vehicle or trailer shall at all times be so secured, if necessary by physical restraint other than its own weight, and be in such a position, that neither danger nor nuisance is likely to be caused to any
person or property by reason of the load or any part thereof falling or being blown from the vehicle or by reason of any other movement of the load or any part thereof in relation to the vehicle.
Issuing heavy fines.
In order to protect other road users, DVSA can enforce a range of regulatory powers, such as:
Prohibiting continued use of the
Roadworthiness prohibition (PG9)
This will ultimately result in financial loss, less transit resources and reduced customer satisfaction.
HSE and DVSA recognise that a very high percentage of load restraint systems currently rely on the strength of the vehicles upper body to restrain the loads using basic buckles and straps suspended from a roof mounted centre pole or track. Since the vehicle body above the flat bed is predominantly designed for weather protection, they do not normally have sufficient strength to be part of a load rated restraint system and are more likely to fail in an emergency.
Loadhog have developed a system that complies with DVSA requirements – ‘Guardian’ – a Load Restraint System which ensures safety, without reducing efficiency and is easily retrofitted into almost any curtain sided vehicle.
DVSA vehicle operator guidances - Click here
Note: the video clips as found in sections 2.1 (Good Practice) & 3.1 (general responsibilities) of the DVSA GOV.UK operator guidance show the Guardian load restraint system being used as a good practice method
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