A TOYOTA Dyna tipper carrying a Holden Rodeo ute as its load gave a master class in how not to tie down a load. It cost the driver $900.
Highway Patrol operations manager Inspector Phil Brooks said the man was going from Summerland Way towards the Pacific Hwy to travel from Kyogle to Goulburn on Saturday at 2.30pm.
He said the ute was secured with wire, frayed tie-down straps and some wooden chocks that had moved.
The rear overhang was 1.5m over limit, supported on timber ramps hung off the back of the tipper tray.
The Load Restraint Guide said a properly restrained load would withstand forces of at least 80% of its weight going forwards, 50% of its weight sideways and backwards and 20% of its weight going upward.
It said there was a greater chance a load would be lost when braking at low speed because it is easier for the brakes to grab.
Also, ropes were ineffective for load restraint because even though they might feel tight, the amount of tension was low.
The tension in a webbing strap is about five to 10 times more than a rope.
The weight of the load alone could not provide enough friction to restrain it during normal driving and additional restraint must be used.
A heavy load is just as likely to fall off as a light load because they are affected by the same G-force.
Most load restraint accidents occur at low speed in city areas on short distance trips, so the same amount of restraint must be used for every journey.
Inspector Brooks said the driver, 65, was fined $900 for his dangerous load.
"The way the truck is balanced, if he drove over a rock or a blunt object it would have over-balanced or crashed," Insp Brooks said.
"There is huge potential the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command saved the driver and other road users from a very serious crash."
Dos and Don'ts
DO make sure that the vehicle's load space and loading deck are suitable for the type and size of the load.
DO check the weight of the load to be carried.
DO check the positioning of the load along the vehicle.
DO consider the positioning of the load after partially loading or partially unloading the vehicle.
DO position the load evenly across the vehicle.
DO provide extra restraint for tall loads.
DON'T overload your vehicle or its individual axles.
DON'T overload the steering axle by placing the load too far forward or place the load too far back.
DON'T allow the load to project dangerously towards the cabin or outside the vehicle.
From the Load Restraint Guide