North American Truck Drivers on Notice: Secure Those Loads

It’s official. Truck drivers throughout North America are on notice that their cargoes need to be properly secured.

Everyone in the trucking business knows the importance of properly securing cargo to avoid unnecessary safety risks, yet serious accidents continue to occur due to improperly secured loads. Can governmental oversight limit the frequency of these accidents?

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Steps In

In an earlier post, we discussed the upcoming inspections by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). These inspections will cover North America, emphasizing cargo security in tractor-trailers.

According to a follow up in Overdrive Online, the CVSA has put the trucking industry in North America on notice. The organization’s inspections and educational initiatives, focusing on cargo securement, are scheduled for June 6-8.

The Overdrive article states that the CVSA is telling drivers “to make sure the load and all equipment is properly secured, and to inspect tie-downs to check for wear and damage” in order to avoid being cited for violations. The organization also sent out a flyer to explain proper load securement so drivers can get it right and avoid problems.

Will These Efforts Work?

Of course, it remains to be seen whether these efforts by the CVSA will be effective. The big goal is to reduce accidents and injuries caused by improperly secured loads, but whether an inspection blitz and educational initiatives will actually bring this about remains to be seen.

Although the ideal would be a complete elimination of this type of accident, even stopping one such accident is worth the effort.

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