Unsecured Load Unsafe Road

Unsecured Load Unsafe Road

posterBesides causing unsightly roadside litter, unsecured loads can cause risks to motorists, pedestrians and cyclists from the rubbish  falling off trailers, trucks and utes and creating dangerous projectiles.

According to Main Roads WA, they responded to 1,675 callouts to collect debris from  roads  in 2013, including debris such as household goods, building materials and green waste.

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 here.

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.

Littered roadsides

According the the National Litter Index 2013-2014, highway sites contributed the largest volumes of litter to the litter stream and put WA as one of the worst littered states by volume. Read more.

On a recent study of litter on the Mitchell Freeway, Keep Australia Beautiful WA found that approximately 40% of the litter was not deliberately thrown from vehicles, but appeared to come off the back of trucks and utes where loads were not tied down or not tied on securely.

This type of littering is completely avoidable if drivers take care when transporting items on trailers or utes to follow some simple procedures to secure loads effectively. 

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Make your load safe in your ute or trailer.

  •  Cover garden refuse. A trailer net or tarpauline are ideal for this purpose.
  •  Restrain furniture and white goods. Use high quality straps and ensure the are tightly fastened. 
  • Use webbing or straps to restrain cardboard boxes
  • Don’t carry loose tools in the back – use a restrained toolbox
  • Larger tools (e.g. garden tools like shovels) should be restrained by ropes, straps or a trailer net if they are not adequately contained by the body. 
  • Have you got it right? Here's what not to do.
  • Read more on load safety from Main Roads WA.

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