The safe loading of vehicles is vitally important in preventing injury to people and damage to property. Light vehicle drivers (cars, utes and motorbikes) as well as heavy vehicle operators, are responsible for proper load restraint.

Fines of up to $5000 for individuals and $25,000 for corporations can apply in the case of a severe breach if legal action is taken in WA.

In WA the loading requirements are contained in the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014, which specifically references the guidance material and performance standards in the Load Restraint Guide – Second Edition 2004. These performance standards stated on page 186 of the 2004 Guide are law in WA.

An updated Load Restraint Guide 2018 is also available. Both guides provide anyone transporting a load with basic safety principles which should be followed for the safe carriage of loads. The legal intent of the performance standards has not changed between editions. In practice, there is no material difference between the performance standards as presented in the 2004 and 2018 editions. Therefore the guidance materials contained in both the 2004 edition and the 2018 Load Restraint Guide provide information on how you may meet the performance standards. However, the guidance material in the 2004 Guide is the law in WA.

This page on the National Transport Commission website gives more information.


Load Restraint and Heavy Vehicles in WA

For operational queries about load restraint for heavy vehicles in Western Australia please got to the Main Roads website or contact Heavy Vehicle Services on 138 HVO (138 486). Information about unsecured or unsafe loads can also be reported to this number.


Load Restraint – Expertise and Courses in WA

Transafe WA recommend:

  • One-day and short load restraint courses delivered by Illuminate Group
  • On-line load restraint courses delivered by Aveling
  • In-depth load restraint courses and specialist transport engineering advice from Engistics
  • One-day in-depth load restraint training courses delivered by Nationwide Training

Engistics – Heavy Haulage Load Restraint In-Depth Course (Tailored for WA’s Mining and Oil and Gas Industry), Perth 20/3/2019

Engistics is a specialised engineering consultancy specialising in the science behind efficient and safe logistics. Extensively involved in load restraint, Engistics specialise in ensuring clients understand the fundamental principles that underpin safe systems. They also devise, test, certify and document efficient solutions to the requirement of Section I of the National Transport Commission (NTC) Load Restraint Guide. Engistics are regular presenter at Transafe WA events.

View Load Restraint for Managers. A presentation by Mike Robertson, Managing Director, Engistics from the 4th Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum

View Tie Down Restraint Fundamentals. A presentation by Paul Dore, Transport Engineer, Engistics from the 13th Transafe WA Road Transport Industry Safety Forum


Other resources

View the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) rated curtain guidelines for load restraint. This guide explains how to identify load restraint ‘rated’ curtains. It provides general advice on the correct ways to use them as part of the load restraint system.

View Load Restraint Guideline for Customer Pick-ups – Vehicles less than 4.5 GVM

In 2012, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) completed a campaign to help workers, operators and employers understand the risks involved with securing and releasing loads on heavy vehicles. There were 427 advisory inspections conducted across Queensland by inspectors through to 2015.

Here are the resources that accompanied that campaign:

Safely securing loads on trucks video

Safe handling when securing loads webinar

Work health and safety considerations when selecting a chain tensioning device

The Load Restraint DVD produced by the Logistics Training Council (WA) communicates safe transport of loads through explanation of basic principles such as vehicle selection, load positioning and stability, restraint equipment and checks. It is suitable for use by transport operators, training providers and individuals. Click on the DVD image below to place your order.