23 Feb 2024

Updated load safety code of practice published

Newly updated health and safety advice around loads on vehicles has been published by DVSA and HSE.

Code of Practice: Safety of Loads on Vehicles collates all current load security guidance for vehicle operators, drivers, transport managers and those involved in the loading of vehicles.

Marian Kitson, DVSA’s Director of Enforcement, said: “It’s vital for vehicle operators, drivers and anyone involved in the loading of a vehicle to ensure every vehicle load is secure. By doing so, they are protecting other road users and members of the public.The code of practice offers clear guidance which will help industry to understand what action they need to take to comply.”

Nina Day, Policy Advisor at the Health and Safety Executive added: “Inadequate vehicle loading and poor load security puts people at risk both during the journey and in the workplace. HSE has worked closely with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency to produce this new guidance, which gives businesses the information they need to work safely when transporting goods on the road.”

To view the information, visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/securing-loads-on-hgvs-and-goods-vehicles