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Driver's Handbook on Cargo Securement - Chapter 11: Flattened or Crushed Vehicles

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What Does This Section Cover? (Section 3.9.1)

The requirements in theis section apply to the transportation of vehicles such as automobiles, light trucks, and vans that have been flattened or crushed.

Securing Flattened or Crushed Vehicles

Securement Requirements (Section 3.9.2)

Transport flattened or crushed vehicles so that:

  • Cargo does not shift while in transit AND
  • Loose parts from the flattened vehicles do not dislodge and fall from the transport vehicle

Do not use synthetic webbing to secure vehicles.

Transport vehicle options ( Section 3.9.2.1)

Secure flattened or crushed vehicles on a vehicle that meets one of the following four options.

Option 1

Has containment walls on four sides that:

Extend to the full height of the load
Block against cargo movement in the forward, rearward, and sideways directions.

Option 2

Has containment walls on three sides that:

  • Extend to the full height of the load
  • Block against cargo movement in the forward, rearward, and one sideways direction.

Secures each stack of vehicles with a minimum of two tiedowns, each having a minimum WLL of 2,268 kg (5,000 lb.).

Option 3

Has containment walls on two sides that:

Extend to the full height of the load.
Block against cargo movement in the forward and rearward.

Secures each stack of vehicles with a minimum of three tiedowns, each having a minimum WLL of 2,268 kg (5,000 lb.).

Option 4

Has a minimum of four tiedowns per vehicle stack with each tiedown having a minimum WLL of 2,268 kg (5,000 lb.).

Note: More tiedowns may be required to satisfy the general cargo securement requirement from Section 2 that state: "The sum of the working load limits from all tiedowns must be at least 50% of the weight of the cargo."

Containing Loose Parts (Section 3.9.2.2)

Use a containment system that:

  • Prevents loose parts from falling from all four sides of the vehicle AND
  • Extends to the full height of the cargo.

The containment system can consist of one or a combination of the following methods.

  • Structural walls.
  • Sides or sideboards.
  • Suitable covering material.

The use of synthetic material for containment of loose parts is permitted.

Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014