Starting on the 20th May 2018, all European Union member states will have to apply new regulations governing the roadside inspection of commercial vehicles. The new rules were introduced by Directive 2014/47/EU of the European Parliament and Council on the 3rd April 2014, which replaced the previous Directive 2000/30/EC. The cargo security requirements introduced by the new legislation mainly concern vehicles of over 3.5 tons in categories N2 and N3, but the new law also allows competent authorities to extend inspections to vehicles in category N1, i.e. light commercials like vans and pickups. Inspections may therefore be carried out on all three categories of commercial vehicle, and users must be able to show that their cargo securing systems effectively prevent cargo from interfering with safe driving and posing a danger to life, health, property or the environment.
Here are the relevant extracts from Directive 2014/47/EU, unabridged:
Extract from Article 1 concerning the categories of vehicle subject to inspection:
b) motor vehicles designed and constructed primarily for the carriage of goods and having a maximum mass exceeding 3,5 tonnes — vehicle categories N2 and N3;
2. This Directive does not affect the right of Member States to carry out technical roadside inspections on vehicles not covered by this Directive, such as light commercial vehicles of category N1 having a maximum mass not exceeding 3,5 tonnes,, and to check other aspects of road transport and safety, or to carry out inspections in places other than public roads. Nothing in this Directive prevents a Member State from limiting the use of a particular type of vehicle to certain parts of its road network for reasons of road safety.
Extract from Article 3 concerning the definition of cargo:
e) ‘cargo’ means all goods that would normally be placed in or on the part of the vehicle designed to carry a load and that are not permanently fixed to the vehicle, including objects within load carriers such as crates, swap bodies or containers on vehicles;
Extract from Article 13 concerning the securing of cargo:
Inspection of cargo securing
During a roadside inspection a vehicle may be subject to an inspection of its cargo securing in accordance with Annex III, in order to ensure that the cargo is secured in such a way that it does not interfere with safe driving, or pose a threat to life, health, property or the environment. Checks may be carried out to verify that during all kinds of operation of the vehicle, including emergency situations or uphill starting manoeuvres:
- loads can only minimally change their position relative to each other, against walls or surfaces of the vehicle, and
- loads cannot leave the cargo space or move outside the loading surface.
3. The follow-up procedures referred to in Article 14 may also apply in the case of major or dangerous deficiencies related to cargo securing.
Extract from Article 26 concerning the date of transposition into national law:
Member States shall adopt and publish, by 20 May 2017, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive. They shall immediately inform the Commission thereof.
They shall apply those measures from 20 May 2018.
With regard to the risk rating system referred to in Article 6 of this Directive, they shall apply those measures from 20 May 2019.
Luckily, you can rely on the experience of Syncro System to comply with the requirements of the new law. Syncro System’s cargo securing systems are suitable for use in light commercials weighing under 3.5 tons (vans) and in heavy goods vehicles weighing over 3.5 tons (lorries, trucks and trailers). All Syncro cargo retaining accessories are:
Syncro offers a wide range of cargo retaining accessories for vans, to suit different needs. Users can choose:
- Metal bars or rails and straps
- Straps and hooks
- Versatile strap tensioners that let you secure cargo of different shapes and sizes in any position
- Syncro System’s exclusive, patented multi-purpose hooks for ladders, ramps, panels, trolleys, etc.
- Cargo bars for securing fragile and bulky items
- Racks and holders for spray cans, tubes of silicone, bars, fire extinguishers and even motorcycles…
A van equipped with drawers, shelves and other racking modules designed, made and installed by Syncro System successfully passed the ECE R17 crash test. This means that even in the event of a violent impact, Syncro racking incurs only minor damage that does not endanger the occupants of the cab or other road users and retains nearly all cargo inside the modules.
Syncro’s roof transport systems, including roof racks, transport tubes and ladder racks all achieve the highest standards of safety, as confirmed by GS certification issued by TÜV Rheinland Italy.