Importance of transporting dangerous goods safely
Vehicle operators and drivers of goods vehicles have been reminded of the importance of transporting dangerous goods safely and load security in a national police-led enforcement campaign.
The Vehicle Load Security Enforcement Campaign Week, which ends on July 26, is co-ordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council. It aims to highlight the risks to drivers and other road users if goods aren’t transported properly.
The police, working with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), have been carrying out enforcement to identify unsafe vehicles and take appropriate action to keep the roads safe.
Dangerous goods are items or material that can pose a risk to people, animals, or the environment if not properly handled in use or during transport. They include goods that can easily catch fire, are corrosive, or are radioactive.
It’s very important that dangerous goods are packaged properly, loaded and secured to stop them moving around inside the vehicle, and that the vehicle carries safety equipment, has identifying markings to show that it is carrying dangerous goods, and is driven by a driver trained to deal with dangerous goods.
It is essential that, whatever load is being carried, it is secured properly on the vehicle.
If loads are not secured, they can fall from the vehicle on the road, or move so much they make the vehicle unstable. Unstable loads can also fall out of or off the vehicle when it arrives for unloading.
While drivers are responsible for the safety of their vehicle on the road, consignors and vehicle operators are also responsible for ensuring that the load a vehicle carries is safe and secure from the point of loading right through to unloading.
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