Unsecured loads can cause unsightly roadside litter. Additionally, rubbish falling off trucks, trailers and utes can create dangerous projectiles and are a risk to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.
This type of littering causes road closures, disruptions, costs thousands of dollars in damages to vehicles and property and is a major contributor to serious crashes. See video footage.
Under the Litter Act 1979, littering of sand, soil and debris, which comes off a vehicle because it is not properly secured is illegal and can lead to a $200 on the spot fine.
Litter from unsecured loads is avoidable if drivers take care when transporting items on trailers or utes to follow some simple procedures to secure loads effectively.