The following conditions must be in place before a driver can operate a CMV and a carrier can require or permit a driver to operate the unit.
The commercial motor vehicle must have its cargo properly distributed and adequately secured
The CMV of the vehicle must have the proper structure and the these type of equipment must be secured, according to each unit.
- Spare tire
- Any equipment used in the vehicles operation
- Cargo securing equipment
Any objects or all of the cargo MUST not:
- Obscure the drivers view ahead or to the sides.
- Interfere with the free movement of the arms or legs of the drivers
- Prevent the driver from free and ready access to accessories for emergencies. OR
- Prevent the free and ready exit of any person from the CMV cab or drivers area compartment.
So understanding the importance of the driver and carrier in operating a CMV are important, but there are more fundamentals to understand relative to cargo securement. Such as the actual cargo itself.
Although you look at your unit and think to your self "its just a little bit and it can not do any damage" you might want to think twice before leaving it this way.
Example: You are hauling logs or wood, and wood chips and small pieces of the logs are lying on the bottom of you trailer. You leave it there thinking that it might be ok, and continue to your destination. A few pieces of the wood chips fly off the trailer as you begin to head down the road. Startling the vehicle behind you, because they are unclear of what is coming towards them, the swerve and have an accident.
Although it was just a small piece of wood the effects of the wood can be devastating. It only takes once, even something simple as a wood chip or even a plastic bag. All cargo should be secure and the trailer should be clear of debris to it does not:
- Blow off the vehicle
- Fall through the vehicle
- Become dislodged from the vehicle
- Shifting the load upon or within a such extent that the vehicles stability or the ability to maneuver becomes compromised or affected.
For more information on cargo securement continue reading the driver_handbook http://www.ooida.com/Education&BusinessTools/Resources/documents/Driver_Handbook.pdf
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