Do Semi Trucks Have Rules For Securing Cargo?

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has adopted a new set of cargo securement rules since January 2004.

The purpose of these rules for securing cargo is “to reduce the number of accidents caused by cargo shifting on or within, or falling from, commercial motor vehicles,” according to the FMCSA.

These rules state that a cargo load cannot move from forces below 0.8g of deceleration, 0.5g of acceleration and 0.5g of lateral force (or a force pulling a load sideways when a truck is turning).

The FMCSA also put in place requirements concerning load limits, blocking and bracing, and the use of tie downs for cargo.

These rules for securing cargo are not in place to be a nuisance for truck drivers, but to make the roads safer for all motorists, including the truck drivers themselves.

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