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Cargo securing and abnormal loads

Properly securing loads prevents injuries to people, damage to vehicles and property, and congestion due to lost cargo.

Cargo securing

Cargo that hasn't been properly secured can fall off, affect the balance of a vehicle and sometimes even tip it over and cause accidents with other vehicles. Up to 25% of truck accidents are linked to poorly secured cargo. EU countries have different rules on this, making it hard for transporters to know the minimum requirements for journeys covering several countries.

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"Following the publication of the revised EN standard 12195-1:2010 on calculation of securing forces the relevant parts of the Best Practise Guidelines on Cargo Securing are currently under revision. Please consider this fact when applying the Guidelines."

The EU has therefore produced guidelines on cargo securingpdf(10 MB) Choose translations of the previous link .

Abnormal loads

The EU has laws on the maximum weights and dimensions allowed for road freight. Loads that surpass the limits – referred to as “abnormal loads” – require special permits from regional or national authorities. Different countries have different rules and procedures for obtaining these permits – concerning vehicle escorts, allowed time frames, authorised speeds, etc. That makes things complicated for transport companies

The EU has therefore produced guidelines on abnormal loadspdf(2 MB) Choose translations of the previous link .

See also the EU agreement on storage and securing of dangerous goods