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New guidelines on load restraint curtains available

  • Posted on Sunday 5th, March 2017.

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has released a new Technical Advisory Procedure (TAP) on certified load restraint curtain systems.

“This TAP has been developed with extensive input from both industry experts and enforcement offices from across Australia,” said Chris Loose, ATA Senior Adviser of Engineering.

“It was developed as a result of gaps in guidance identified within the 2nd edition of the Load Restraint Guidelines (LRG). It is expected that the TAP will feed into the review of the Guide currently underway by the National Transport Commission.”

According to the ATA, the main purpose of the TAP is to provide operators and inspectors with guidance to ensure a common understanding of how to demonstrate compliance to the performance standard detailed in the 2nd Edition of the LRG when load rated curtains form part of the load restraint system.

“It is not intended to be a comprehensive guide for restraining loads,” Loose said. “This TAP also provides some basic information to manufacturers of certified load restraint curtain systems on certification, modification, retrofitting and repairs. Understanding this information is critical for trucking operators to perform at their best.”

The TAP was developed by the Industry Technical Council, a committee within the ATA. The ITC was established in 1995 to inform, educate, and support the trucking industry state-of-the-art maintenance and technical procedures.

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