TO SHEET, OR NOT TO SHEET?....

The motor vehicles (construction and use) (amendment) regulations 1976, effective since 31 March 1976, have broadened the scope of the legal responsibilities of operators and drivers of vehicles so as to introduce a requirement that loads carried on the vehicles shall be so secured that no nuisance is likely to be caused by any part of the load falling or being blown from the vehicle. This note sets this development in its practical and legal contexts, and also examines costs of sheeting loads of sand and gravel. It is concluded that, as before, some loads may require to be sheeted while others may not. Also it is pointed out that sheeting may not necessarily be a sufficient precaution in some cases. The fixing of sheets can require considerable effort and time by drivers and hence can make serious inroads into productivity. Therefore the concept that all loads should be sheeted, regardless of whether or not nuisance would be likely to be caused and regardless also of possible alternative solutions, is unlikely to be adopted by the majority of producers at this stage. (Author/TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Sand and Gravel Association Limited

    48 Park Street
    London,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Taylor, A H
    • Pike, D C
  • Publication Date: 1977-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324337
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Transport Note 1 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1981 12:00AM