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Truck netting

We use tippers for grounds maintenance.  Yesterday one of our drivers got 'pulled' for not having the load (ie his tools and machinery) covered, as it could come loose in an accident.  It looks like I've got to get nets for the trucks, but prices seem to vary hugely.  Does anyone know the actual requirements, or have a good source for them?

 

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Tim

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  • The net I use for my trailer I got from Tudor Environmental as I had the same issues when I had to get one. 

    Load net

    Skip Net, 15ft x 9ft closed mesh, standard duty c/w rope ties.
    Prevents rubbish blowing out of skips, larger pick-up vehicles or trailers.15' x 9' (4.5m x 2.7m)
    • Thanks Kieran, that looks really good.

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    This has been in 'regs' for some considerable time now. Basically you cannot have loose 'anything' on the back of a truck or trailer - it must be roped, strapped or covered.

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    As a gardener and part time LGV driver in the quiet spells as mentioned this has been a requirement for some time for anything in the back of a pickup or trailer. It should also be noted it applies to anything in the back of a van also. If you get a VOSA check and they looked in the back and your mower isn't strapped down your looking at points for an insecure load. Doesn't happen often but it could.

    • Found this hard to believe that they expect a mower to be "strapped down"        Reading into it on Goverrnmet websites/VOSA it doen't need to be strapped down but in a position where its not going to move significantly.  I'm sure most gardeners have so  many tools etc in their van that a mower isn't going anywhere!  With trailers, if the load is sufficiently "restrained" by the sides and height of the sides, that is sufficient. If a load can actualy "shift" in the trailer, then then a restraint is needed.  I've carried machinery in trailers but just position them so they won't move.... no straps needed.   Loads only appear to need covering if they're above the level of the sides or its possible for the contents to "bounce" off the sides. . I've certainly had trailer full of logs........ restrained by the trailer sides and they certainly weren't going anywhere.  I'd say there's alot of commonsense needed............  most sensible people know what's dodgy and what's not!!  

       

      • totally agree but if unfortunate enough to be pulled and surrounded by some stern faced jobs worths noting down inadequacies in loading , common sense goes out the window, I was transporting 2 1000 litre IBC tanks recently, they were totally jammed together in my pickup and in normal conditions a 2 mile journey at low speeds would never be an issue, however a freak storm struck with massive cross winds, they were sucked out of the truck by the hurricane force vortex and bounced down the road, luckily a quiet rural area where nobody was harmed or inconvenienced, but lesson learned

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        I always strap my mower down with a bungee it takes seconds. Just a thought if stuff not tied down in a trailer etc and you crash, god only know where the contents could end up! I've got a bungee net with hocks on, brought from homemade to go over my trailer.

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        Graham - unfortunately I can tell you, what you have written above is incorrect.

        Having several friends in road haulage I asked them the other day and they showed the guidance notes on this direct from the Road Haulage Association - the rule that is gone by is 'if lorry/trailer flips over, tips over etc - can load fall out - if yes you are in trouble.

        This is the reason that even farm grain trailers now have to have a sheet over.

        Highways/Gas Board etc mini digger trailers now usually have 'DiggaDoc' track locks to comply with this also.

        https://www.gov.uk/guidance/securing-loads-on-hgvs-and-goods-vehicl...

        Securing loads on HGVs and goods vehicles - 2. Load securing: the basics - Guidance - GOV.UK
        How to decide on a load securing system, what to check before loading a vehicle, and how to stabilise a load.
        • Is it slightly different for HGV,s ?  "Road Haulage" is not really what we're  involved with here where you often dealing with huge lorries and flat-back trailers.    Anyway, this was also on the same site which pretty much backs up what I said............  

          Check your load is secured before setting off

          As the video shows, when you load a vehicle, you should ask yourself whether the load can:

          • slide forwards, backwards or sideways
          • topple over/fall or make it unstable
          • become loose in transit

          If any of the above could happen, you’ll need to use load restraints. Relying on friction to secure a load is not enough.

          As I said...... use a bit of commonsense!!   I really can't believe there's any way  you're going to get prosecuted with a mower in your van thats effectively "restrained" in your van by the van structure, equipment etc.   

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            Graham - not trying to cause a 'bun fight' here. The OP said their load was on a tipper. Slight difference. In my business we run a lot of loads of 'stuff' on trailers - have I been pulled over and checked - yes. Therefore do I know exactly what they have told me they are looking for - also yes - even a curtain sided lorry has to has side load restraint straps nowadays.

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