Are your loads covered?
In response to queries from members regarding regulations against unsecured items, it is confirmed that police are targeting drivers not complying with section 292 (a) of the Road and Traffic (Load Restraint) Act (2008), stating that a driver must not drive or tow a vehicle if the vehicle is carrying a load that is not properly secured to the vehicle.
NOTE: This is not new regulation however due to recent incidents there is now a level of enforcement.
Basically, if any vehicle has a load or is towing a trailer with a load, that load must be secured or covered so that none of the load could be thrown from the vehicle in the event of an accident or fall from the vehicle when in motion.
The offense carries a hefty $405 fine and three demerit point penalty per offence for drivers who do not comply with the regulation. The legislation is designed to protect drivers and other motorists (including passengers), in the event of a sudden stop or accident.
See further details in the Members only section under State matters and useful information.