Tackling the danger of unsecured loads


19 May 2021

We’ve been working with police forces across Yorkshire, Humber and the North-East and the Health and Safety Executive to clampdown on unsafe vehicle loading

Tackling the danger of unsecured loads

Operation Brigantia ran across a two-week period in early May. During this time enforcement agencies stopped 250 drivers. The aim is to educate drivers about the importance of proper load security – keeping everyone safe on our roads.   

Many of the vans and HGV drivers stopped during the operation were fully compliant with the rules and regulations. But there were many travelling without securing their loads properly. This included vehicles scrap metal, steel beams, building material and even a car. 

Police issued either Traffic Order Reports (TORs), summons, arrests or verbal warnings to those found offending during the fortnight of action. The police forces involved were from West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Northumbria, Humberside, Cleveland and Durham. 

Last summer, Highways England revealed more than 46,000 items ended up on England’s motorways and major A roads over just 10 months. Traffic officers dealt with everything from a washing machine and sofa to a double-glazed door and a ship’s mast. 

With more drivers heading out on the roads, whether for staycations or for business, there will be many more drivers with loads strapped to their vehicles. It’s vital that these drivers prepare for their journeys – taking time to secure loads and keep everyone safe. 

For advice on load security visit the government’s load securing vehicle operator guidance webpage.

More information is also available on our commercial vehicle webpage.