FTA publishes safe coupling and parking guide

Chris Tindall
July 19, 2016

The FTA has published guidance on safe coupling, uncoupling and parking of commercial vehicles and trailers.

The guide was written for hauliers who control sites where coupling and uncoupling is undertaken by HGV users, managers, self-employed drivers and driver training bodies.

It was developed by the industry, alongside the HSE, as a good practice guide to reduce the likelihood of a runaway or rollaway incident. Research by the Health and Safety Laboratory suggested many drivers do not understand how truck and trailer parking brakes operate.

The guide includes practical information on how parking brake systems operate.

About the Author

Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and quickly realised there was enough going on to keep him busy for a very long time. He’s covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning, Brexit and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of safe and secure lorry parks and he helped secure the release of a lorry driver in a Polish jail due to misuse of the European Arrest Warrant.

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