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Driver's Handbook on Cargo Securement - Chapter 9: Automobiles, Light Trucks, and Vans

A truck being towed

What Does This Section Cover? (Section 3.7.1)

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 (Section 3.7.2)

Tiedowns attached to the vehicle being transported are the most effective securement system.

Securement requirement

  • Use at least two tiedowns at both the front and rear of the cargo to prevent movement.
    • Side-to-side
    • Forward and rearward
    • Vertically

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."

Requirements for tiedowns designed to be affixed to the structure

  • These tiedowns must use the securement mounting points on the vehicle that have been designed for that purpose.

Requirements for tiedowns 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.
Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2014