A staggering 80 tonnes of debris is removed from Victorian roads and roadsides each month. In many cases, rubbish and debris on the road can pose a serious safety hazard for drivers and cyclists, not to mention a challenging clean-up for road crews.
Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) Acting Regional Director (Eastern), Pas Monacella urged the community to double check their load was secure before heading off on a family holiday this summer or completing a post-Christmas clean-up.
“RRV responded to 7,500 litter complaints across Gippsland in the past year of which over 60 were deemed a road hazard that required urgent action. Many of these incidents resulted from items falling from moving vehicles, while some involved illegal dumping of rubbish on our roadsides,” Mr Monacella said
“RRV spends more than $150,000 in Gippsland each year on debris and rubbish removal, so we really encourage the community to do the right thing and secure their load. It keeps our roads safe and can save you a hefty fine.”
The National Transport Commission has made this task easier by recently releasing the Load Restraint Guide 2018 for Light Vehicles, a practical and easy-to-understand guide to help drivers meet their legal obligations when it comes to load restraint.
The guide features useful information about load restraint equipment, loading your vehicle and driving to the conditions of your load.
To get your copy of the new Load Restraint Guide 2018 for Light Vehicles and learn more about securing your load, please visit the VicRoads website at vicroads.vic.gov.au and search for ‘secure your load’.