Safe Loading

July 2023

Insecure loads are illegal, and highly dangerous. 62,000 items fell off vehicles onto the strategic road network in 2022. This is a key cause of injury, serious collisions and network delays.

Drivers must be trained in how to secure their loads, and in the correct use of appropriate restraint equipment because it is their responsibility to ensure the load is safe.

DVSA issues 2,000 prohibitions a year to vehicles for insecure loads, and both drivers and fleet operators can face significant penalties if a vehicle load is unsafe.

For more information on safe loading and load security, see our blog here.

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Driver Safety Info

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What Fleet Managers can do to manage Safe Loading:

  • Employers are responsible for making sure employees understand the need to secure loads
  • Ensure you have an effective safe loading training programme for your drivers.
  • Share our safe loading resources with your drivers.

Other Safe Loading Resources

Safety moment video

Driving a van: weight limits and loading

Video shorts

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Van Driver Toolkit

Van Driver Toolbox Talk - Safe Loading

Safe Loading – Van Driver Toolkit

Van Driver Toolbox Talks

Toolbox Talks for your drivers

Know Your Weights Social Media footage

safe loading know your weights

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Safety Card

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Poster Library

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Safe loading boxes into van

Access the resources & share


Safe loading – where do fleet operators get it wrong?

Social Media

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Safe loading – who’s responsible for securing your loads?


Safe loading - a legal update. overweight van driving for better business

Safe loading – a legal update to help take a load off your mind

Gov Guidance

Government guidance to load securing of vehicles

In the news – Safe Loading

safe loading - pallets on flatbed

Warwickshire Police operations check commercial vehicle safety

Warwickshire Police officers have stopped and checked the safety of commercial vehicles using Warwickshire’s roads during two road safety enforcement operations on 3 and 10 March.

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Officers carry out successful road safety operation

Officers have carried out a successful road safety operation in Cheddleton which resulted in over 60 vehicles being stopped.

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Safe loading - a legal update. overweight van driving for better business

Van on M25 so overloaded its chassis almost touched the ground

A van stopped on the M25 was found to be over its legal carry weight by more than half – as well as being hampered by many other issues.

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