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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

Tie-downs attached to the vehicle being transported are the most effective securement system.

Securement requirement

Use at least two tie-downs at both the front and rear of the cargo to prevent movement.

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

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

Requirements for tie-downs designed to be affixed to the structure

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

Requirements for tie-downs 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.

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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.
  • 4,500 lbs.
  • 50% of the weight of the cargo.
  • 10,000 lbs.

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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Specific cargo securement rules on automobiles and light trucks apply to vehicles of what weight?

  • It depends on what the vehicle is used for.
  • 4,500 lbs or less
  • 10,000 lbs or less
  • 12,000 lbs or less

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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