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Quick Guide to Vehicle Load Safety


23 February 2017 

If transporting goods on a trailer or truck is something you do every day, you’ll know that the load must be securely covered or you’ll face a big fine and the loss of demerit points. If you’re packing up the trailer or truck to move house or for a summer holiday with the family, here’s what you need to know before setting out.

Impact of fallen debris on our roads

It’s a big problem. In Victoria, 80 tonnes of debris is removed from Victorian roads each month. Not only can dislodged items lead to serious car accidents, road closures, congestion, damage to property and to the environment, they also put road workers at serious risk during clean-up efforts.

Penalties and fines

It’s the driver’s responsibility to ensure a load is secured properly. Fines apply to both individuals and companies and penalties quite often include demerit points. Penalties vary by state, vehicle weight and severity of the breach.

How to ensure your load is secure

A trailer or truck with household goods, building materials, green waste and anything else for that matter, must be covered with a tarp, rope, straps, netting or chains to prevent anything from shifting, sliding, falling out of the vehicle or becoming airborne – including things like sand or small debris. Covers to secure your load are available at most hardware stores for as little as $10.

So whether you’re packing up the trailer for a camping holiday with the family, or transporting goods to a job site, be sure your load is secure and adheres to your state’s standards.

For more information on how to secure your load, visit the government website in your state: Victoria


Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory.

Let us leave you with an an example of what NOT to do: