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Lorries: Safety

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the potential for the use of side-flapped, automatic sheeting systems for tipper trucks to contribute to road safety; and if he will make a statement. (276615)

Current Regulations require all loads to be secured so that no danger is caused to any person or property. Vehicle users are free to select the most appropriate equipment to meet these requirements and there are no plans to request an assessment of any new systems.

For information, the Code can be found on the Department for Transport’s website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/vehicles/vssafety/safetyofloadsonvehiclescodeo4566

Recently our domestic code was complemented by a Code for Europe which can be found at:

http://ec.europa.eu/transport/roadsafety/vehicles/best_practice_guidelines_en.htm