Driver's Handbook on Cargo Securement - Chapter 9: Automobiles, Light Trucks, and Vans

What Does This Section Cover?

The requirements in this section apply to the transportation of automobiles, light trucks, and vans that individually weigh 4500 kg (10,000 lb.) or less.

Note: Vehicles that are heavier than 4500 kg (10,000 lb.) must be secured in accordance with the provisions of Section 10, Heavy Vehicles, Equipment, and Machinery.

Securing Automobiles, Light Trucks, and Vans

Tiedowns attached to the vehicle being transported are the most effective securement system.

Securement requirement

Use at least two tiedowns at both the front and rear of the cargo to prevent movement.

  • Side-to-side
  • Forward and rearward
  • Vertically

Note: More tiedowns may be required to satisfy the general cargo securement requirements. The Standard states: "The sum of the working load limits from all tiedowns must be at least 50% of the weight of the cargo."

Requirements for tiedowns designed to be affixed to the structure

These tiedowns must use the securement mounting points on the vehicle that have been designed for that purpose.

Requirements for tiedowns designed to fit over or around the wheels

Provide restraint in the side-to-side, forward, rearward, and vertical directions.

Edge protectors

Not required for synthetic webbing at points where the webbing comes in contact with the tires.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Review Questions - Click On The Picture To Begin...

Specific cargo securement rules on automobiles and light trucks apply to vehicles of what weight?
  • 10,000 lbs or less
  • 4,500 lbs or less
  • It depends on what the vehicle is used for.
  • 12,000 lbs or less

Quote From The CDL Manual:

What Does This Section Cover?

The requirements in this section apply to the transportation of automobiles, light trucks, and vans that individually weigh 4500 kg (10,000 lb.) or less.

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To satisfy general cargo securement requirements, what is the minimum WLL for securing vehicles under 10,000 lbs?
  • 30% of the weight of the cargo.
  • 50% of the weight of the cargo.
  • 10,000 lbs.
  • 4,500 lbs.

Quote From The CDL Manual:

Note: More tiedowns may be required to satisfy the general cargo securement requirements. The Standard states: "The sum of the working load limits from all tiedowns must be at least 50% of the weight of the cargo."

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