Cargo Securement Safety

This page covers the following topics:

  • Overview
  • What is Cargo?
  • To What Vehicles Do the Cargo Securement Rules Apply?
  • What Must Drivers and Carriers Do Before Cargo is Transported?
  • How Must Cargo be Secured or Restrained?
  • What Requirements Must Cargo Securement Devices Meet?
  • What are the Rules for Transportation of Specific Commodities?
  • Additional Information


Cargo being transported on the highway must remain secured on or within the transporting vehicle:

  • Under all conditions that could reasonably be expected to occur in natural driving; and
  • When a driver is responding in all emergency situations that are not crashes.

Improperly secured cargo can result in loss of life, loss of load, damage to the cargo or vehicle, and a crash. Motor carriers must observe the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) cargo securement rules to ensure cargo is transported safely.

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