March 4 - The European Commission has published the 2014 European best practices guidelines for cargo securing for road transport.

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide basic practical advice and instructions to all persons involved in loading/unloading and securing cargo on vehicles, including carriers and shippers.

They should also be useful for enforcement bodies performing technical roadside inspections in accordance with Directive 2014/47/EU and rulings of courts of law. 

It could also serve as a basis for Member States when taking the necessary steps for putting into practice the training of drivers, in accordance with Directive 2003/59/EC, on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers. 

The guidelines aim to provide a guide for adequate cargo securing for all situations that may occur in normal traffic conditions.

The guidelines should also serve as a common basis for both practical application and enforcement of cargo securing.

The new European Guidelines on Cargo Securing for Road Transport provide basic practical advice and instructions to all stakeholders involved in loading, unloading and cargo securing, including carriers and shippers.

The guidelines are available to view here.