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Minimum Number of Indirect Tie-downs Required

When cargo is not prevented from forward movement (by using a headboard, bulkhead, other cargo or direct tie-down), it must be secured using the following requirements [METAL COILS HAVE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS]:

  • If load is 5ft or shorter, 1,100 lbs or lighter:

    Minimum number of tie-downs: 1

  • If load is 5ft or shorter, over 1,100 lbs:

    Minimum number of tie-downs: 2

  • If load is more than 5ft but less than 10ft:

    Minimum number of tie-downs: 2

When cargo is prevented from forward movement (for example, by the headboard, bulkhead, other cargo, or tie-down), secure the cargo according to the following requirements:

All Cargo:

1 tie-down for every 10 ft, or part thereof.

Inspection Requirements

The driver is responsible for the following cargo securement inspection activities:

  • Inspect Cargo and Securing devices:

    • Pre-Trip: Yes
    • Within first 50 mi: Yes
    • When duty status of driver changes: Yes
    • At 3 hour intervals or every 150 mi, whichever is first: Yes

  • Inform Carrier if Packaging is Not Adequate:

    • Pre-Trip: Yes
    • Within first 50 mi: No
    • When duty status of driver changes: No
    • At 3 hour intervals or every 150 mi, whichever is first: No

  • Adjust Cargo and/or Securing devices:

    • Pre-Trip: As necessary
    • Within first 50 mi: As necessary
    • When duty status of driver changes: As necessary
    • At 3 hour intervals or every 150 mi, whichever is first: As necessary

  • Add Additional Securing devices:

    • Pre-Trip: As necessary
    • Within first 50 mi: As necessary
    • When duty status of driver changes: As necessary
    • At 3 hour intervals or every 150 mi, whichever is first: As necessary

If adjustments need to be made at any inspection, the driver must make them, or must add devices (as necessary) to ensure that the load is properly secured. This means that the vehicle should carry, or be equipped with, additional tie-downs for this purpose.

The driver may be unable to make the inspection if the vehicle is sealed, or if the securement cannot be inspected. There may also be some loads where the driver cannot adjust the securing devices. However, the responsibility for cargo securement still exists, as explained in Section 1.

Such loads are still subject to on-highway inspection. If the load is not adequately secured, the driver and/ or carrier could be cited for a violation.

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Cargo that isn't prevented from forward movement, and is 4 feet long and weighs 1,500 lbs requires a minimum of how many tiedowns?

  • 2
  • 4
  • It doesn't matter.
  • 1
  • If load is 5ft or shorter, 1,100 lbs or lighter:

    Minimum number of tiedowns: 1

  • If load is 5ft or shorter, over 1,100 lbs:

    Minimum number of tiedowns: 2

  • If load is more than 5ft but less than 10ft:

    Minimum number of tiedowns: 2

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When should a driver inspect the cargo and securing devices?

  • When duty status of driver changes.
  • Within first 50 miles.
  • All of these are correct
  • At 3 hr intervals or 150 miles.

Inspection Requirements

The driver is responsible for the following cargo securement inspection activities:

  • Inspect Cargo and Securing devices:

    • Pre-Trip: Yes
    • Within first 50 mi: Yes
    • When duty status of driver changes: Yes
    • At 3 hour intervals or every 150 mi, whichever is first: Yes

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How many tiedowns are required for cargo that is prevented from forward movement?

  • 1 every 10ft, or part thereof.
  • It depends on the weight.
  • 2 every 10ft, or part thereof.
  • 2

When cargo is prevented from forward movement (for example, by the headboard, bulkhead, other cargo, or tiedown), secure the cargo according to the following requirements:

All Cargo:

1 tiedown for every 10 ft, or part thereof.

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