Cargo Securing Devices

DOT regulations require that commercial motor vehicles be equipped with proper cargo securing devices. The regulations also require that operators have knowledge of principles and procedures of cargo control, and that cargo is properly inspected.

Proper Securing of Cargo

Cargo must be firmly immobilized or secured on or within a vehicle by structures of adequate strength, dunnage or dunnage bags, shoring bars, tiedowns, or a combination of these.

DOT regulations require that drivers take the following measures to secure cargo:

  • Contain, immobilize, or secure cargo to prevent shifting within the vehicle to such an extent that the vehicle's stability or maneuverability is adversely affected.
  • Secure cargo to prevent it from leaking, spilling, blowing, or falling from the motor vehicle.
  • Restrain articles of cargo that are likely to roll by using chocks, wedges, a cradle, or other equivalent means to prevent rolling. The means of preventing rolling must not be capable of becoming unintentionally unfastened or loose while the vehicle is in transit.
  • Secure the commercial motor vehicle's tailgate, tailboard, doors, tarpaulins, spare tire, and other equipment used in its operation, and the means of fastening the commercial motor vehicle's cargo.

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