CTA concerned about enforcement of new tie-down rules

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OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is reminding carriers that beginning Jan. 1, each of the minimum number of tie-downs required for a load must be rated and marked with a Working Load Limit.

The new provisions were included in the National Safety Code Standard 10 ‘Cargo Securement Standard’ when it was approved in 2004, the CTA says.

Unmarked and unrated tie-downs will be disregarded by enforcement in the new year. The CTA says it’s concerned about enforcement consistency when the new rules go into effect.

“Governments are committed to moving forward with this change Jan. 1, despite the fact it will put Canadian and US regulations out of sync,” said CTA vice-president of operations and safety, Geoff Wood. “We also remain concerned regarding the enforcement approach taken by all provinces.”

The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators has admitted to CTA there could be some minor inconsistencies in enforcement policy from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

To view an FAQ on the new rules, download the file under the Documents heading on the right.

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