Stowage, regulations and controversy in Spain
Do you know what stevedoring is?
We suppose it is. But in addition, we are going to tell you data to take into account in relation to this subject and the controversy that is unleashing the new regulation in the sector. Stevedoring is the placement and distribution of goods in a cargo transport unit, be it a container, a truck box or a transport vehicle.
Around this definition there are other terms that are essential to know in order to understand it. Fastening or lashing is the set of techniques designed to prevent the movement of these goods during transport. And some responsibilities that someone must assume. In these cases, the company that prepares the goods in containers and packagings is the responsible one, and in her the responsibility is loaded to choose the best and suitable packagings for each type of transport. This responsibility will only change when the service of adequately stowing and securing the cargo has been expressly contracted with a logistics operator.
Until very recently, there was no regulation on how to secure the load on a lorry. The only reference we found was in the General Traffic Regulations (RD 1428/2003) Art14. and only mentioned observing “the load must be well fastened.
Since June 2017, with RD 563/2017, being a European transposition, an attempt has been made to accommodate these deficiencies. It entered into force on 20 May 2018 and covers the following points:
- It regulates the technical inspections that must be carried out on commercial vehicles in Spanish territory.
- Annex III sets out a series of technical standards, which must be applied in the fixing of truck loads. It includes and regulates, among others, the minimum number of moorings to be placed, the mooring capacity, and who is responsible in the event of an accident under certain circumstances.
Controversy over new stowage regulations that attribute responsibility for infringements to the driver
Fetransa wanted to register its concern with the extent to which the new rule contradicts transport legislation, in which it assigns responsibility for the loading of goods into the vehicle to the loader, and not to the driver, as the new legislation attributes.
Among other things, it has recommended including previous training in this subject both in the initial CAP and in continuous training. Thus, in part, it would make it possible to raise the driver’s awareness and enable him to some extent to conform to the standard without the risk of erroneous interpretations.
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