Cargo securement consists of positioning loads carefully and holding them against the platforms and walls of the vehicle by appropriate means (adequate loading arrangement, blocking mechanisms, tie-down devices and systems, etc.) in order to prevent goods from shifting or falling during transport.
New Version of Standard 10
A new version of Standard 10 of the National Safety Code on Cargo Securement came into force on June 1, 2013. This standard, already published on the website of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), was approved by the Council of Ministers responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety on June 8, 2013. This new version replaces Standard 10 that was approved on September 30, 2010.
Since January 1, 2010, all tiedowns (chains, wire rope, and straps) used to secure a cargo to a heavy vehicle operating in Québec* must be marked by the manufacturer with respect to its working load limit (WLL).
* Similar provisions are included in the regulations of other Canadian jurisdictions.
Legal and Regulatory Requirements
Section 471 of the Highway Safety Code provides that no person may drive or allow anyone to drive a road vehicle carrying a load that is not solidly secured or adequately covered so that no part of the load:
can shift or fall off the vehicle
can compromise the stability of the vehicle
is fastened to the vehicle in violation of the Cargo Securement Standards Regulation
This section contains information concerning the ministère des Transports du Québec's Cargo Securement Standards Regulation . It should not be used as the basis for a legal interpretation of the Regulation, and under no circumstances does it relieve carriers and drivers of their obligation to know and comply with the securement standards for every type of load they carry.
The Cargo Securement Standards Regulation came into force in Québec on July 14, 2005. It incorporates the provisions of National Safety Code Standard 10 – Cargo Securement. Training material and information pertaining to the Standard can be obtained by visiting the website of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators .
The other Canadian administrations have also adopted the provisions of National Safety Code Standard 10 – Cargo Securement in order to harmonize securement standards in Canada. The adoption of this regulation, both in Québec and in the rest of Canada, represents a major step in the process of harmonizing cargo securement standards throughout North America. The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) also included similar provisions in its regulation.
In June 2006, the FMCSA made several amendments to its regulations, which created discrepancies with some securement standards. As a result, certain American standards are now more restrictive than those of Canadian administrations for certain types of transport, particularly the transport of flattened or crushed vehicles, vehicles with an individual weight greater than 4 500 kg and metal coils.
Info-Camionnage Bulletin 02.12.09 describes the conditions of application of the cargo securement standards in Québec and provides general information on the standards.