Roads / Rules & compliance / Load Restraint Guide maintenance

We periodically review the Load Restraint Guide (LRG) to ensure it remains relevant, consistent and efficient.

Load Restraint Guide maintenance

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Loading heavy vehicles safely is vital to preventing injury to people and damage to property, as well as providing economic benefits if the load arrives at its destination intact.

Since the Second Edition of the Load Restraint Guide (LRG) was published in 2004, new practices and options for safely securing and moving loads have been developed. In addition, braking technology in new vehicles has improved, which may potentially require revisiting the forward restraint requirement.

This project aims to ensure the guide:

  • is easy to access and understand
  • meets the needs of the people who use it
  • is accurate, up to date and reflects the practices that have developed since the last edition of the Guide was published in 2004.

The NTC is working very closely with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to review the LRG.

Read more about the LRG.

Next steps

Several priority areas have been identified for the review:

  • clarifying the legal requirements for operators
  • reviewing the performance standards
  • providing up to date guidance on the latest methods of load restraint, for certifiers, operators and enforcement.
  • load restraint certification rules

RMIT has completed a technical review of the load restraint performance standards. Based on this review, we are not proposing to change the current load restraint performance standards for heavy vehicles. However, we are proposing increase the forward restraint standard for light vehicles less than 2 tonnes gross vehicle mass (GVM) from 0.8g to 1.0g. Read the full technical review.


We released the following documents for public consultation in June 2017:

Consultation closed on 4 August 2017.

We expect ministers will consider our recommendations in November 2017 and aim to release the revised guide in mid-2018.


The Guide provides critical guidance material for the road transport industry and enforcement authorities for the safe carriage of loads on and in road vehicles. The Guide is highly valued because it is a practical document that is easy to understand and apply, and is the most downloaded document on the NTC’s website. It has been more than a decade since the Guide was last updated, it is a key element in supporting roadside enforcement and compliance. 

Read more about the LRG.

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Project Manager Tania Wilson
Last Updated: 9/8/2017