Tips to help you secure your load before you drive on roadways
It is common to see vehicles hauling material in Edmonton. However, drivers sometimes forget to secure their loads properly, allowing things to fall off along the way.
Material from an unsecured load that falls onto the road endangers other drivers and creates litter, which is unsightly and bad for the environment.
Secure Your Load Properly
Securing your load with tie-downs, a tarp, or cargo net doesn’t take long. These items can be purchased for less than $20 at most local hardware stores.
Before you start driving, be sure that you:
- Cover sand, gravel, and dirt with a tarp and keep it at least 75 millimetres below the top of your vehicle’s box or container
- Place light objects lower in the container instead of at the top of your load
- Use a rope, bungee cords, nets, or straps to tie tarps and other objects down
- Tie large items, like mattresses and construction equipment, directly to your vehicle
- Put loose items, like garbage and yard waste, in a covered container so that it is easier to secure
- Attach a flag to any items that extend beyond the back of your vehicle
Commercial drivers and carriers should refer to the Cargo Securement Regulation of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act to make sure they are transporting cargo properly to prevent items from spilling, blowing off, falling, or shifting.
Losing Your Load
If your load does fall onto the road, take reasonable steps to safely remove it.
Also report the spill to the City by calling 311 and to the Edmonton Police Service, so they can make sure other drivers are protected.
Reporting Your Concerns
If you have a concern about a vehicle with an unsecured load:
- Discuss the concern with the driver if safe to do so
- Record the address of the violation and a description of the problem if you can't resolve it directly with the driver
- Call 311
- Provide your name, address, phone number, and the details of your concern in case your testimony is required in court
Responding to Your Complaint
After you call 311, the City takes these steps to help with your issue:
- A file is created specifying your concerns
- A Community Standards Peace Officer (CSPO) opens an investigation
- The officer investigates your complaint
- The CSPO may issue a warning notice with directions to remedy the problem within a specified time frame or issue a bylaw ticket with a $250 fine, depending on the circumstances
- The officer may issue an order, which allows the City to fix the problem and bill the property owner for the cost
- The City may contact you to appear as a witness, if the matter goes to court
Protecting your Privacy
The information you provide will be used to process your complaint, but your name and address will not be made available to anyone else. For more information on how the City protects your privacy visit Freedom of Information and Privacy.