Keeping you up to speed
Transporting goods safely in your van involves a little more thought than just loading them in your van and driving off. Not only is it sensible to evenly distribute and secure your van load correctly, it is also a legal requirement.
The Road Traffic Act states that:
“A person is guilty of an offence if they use…a motor vehicle or trailer on the road when…the weight, position or distribution of its load, or the manner in which it is secured, is such that the use of the motor vehicle or trailer involves a danger of injury to any person”.
What’s more, if you breach these regulations, you may find that your van insurance will not pay for damage or injury caused by your load, so it’s well worth taking the time to get it right.
There is a real art, and indeed science, to loading a van correctly. In fact, the Freight Transport Association guidance runs to no less than 150 pages on the subject. (You can download the full, mind-boggling text here). However, when it comes to safely loading your van, common sense goes a long way.
Here are a few things to consider when loading your van:
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