A MOTORIST has been caught on video taking a "gigantic" load of green waste to the dump in Toowoomba.

The footage, captured by a local driving instructor, shows a motorist at the back of Wellcamp heading toward Cecil Plains Rd on their way to the Toowoomba Waste Management Facility.

The driving instructor said he followed the car, which was swerving all over the road and "dropping stuff everywhere" from the quarry not far from Westbrook through to Wellcamp.

"The student was uncertain what to do in this situation and my advice for them at the time and anyone else I teach was: when in doubt, keep out."

"It's one of my catch phrases on lessons when something dodgy ahead is happening.

"Basically let the drama unfold in front of you to allow you the time to either figure the situation out and avoid it or find a way to proceed with caution."

Only in Toowoomba: The car with the gigantic load of green-waste.
Only in Toowoomba: The car with the gigantic load of green-waste.

The footage emerged after Josephine Goodwin, Acting Sergeant of the Toowoomba Road Policing Unit, urged motorists to cover their loads.

"Over the weekend of November 12 and 13, police conducted enforcement patrols in and around O'Maras Rd.

"People must ensure that the load in completely secured so that it does not fall from the vehicle or move during travel," she said.

"It is not a matter of just driving slower, as items must be tied down or covered then tied. While the majority of people are doing the right thing there is still some room for improvement."

Cr Mike Williams said in June that Toowoomba Regional Council had received numerous complaints from residents in the area about rubbish coming off loads transported to the Charlton facility.

He called for council to develop a strategy to mitigate the amount of rubbish left on roads.

Motorists with unsecured loads can face fines of $121 and one demerit point.

Anyone caught with an overhanging load could be fined $81.

Legislation states: Loads on light vehicles: The person in control of a light vehicle must ensure a load on it complies with this section.

A load on a light vehicle must not be placed in a way that makes the vehicle unstable or unsafe.

A load on a light vehicle must be secured so it is unlikely to fall or be dislodged from the vehicle.

An appropriate method must be used to restrain the load on a light vehicle.

 

Tips

  • Similar items should be bundled together to form a more stable, single unit.
  • Webbing straps are more effective than ropes.
  • Nets and tarpaulins are generally an easy and effective way to restrain lighter items.
  • Avoid loading heavier items on top of lighter items.
  • Fill gaps between larger items with smaller items, dunnage or packing material.
  • Check the load and the tension of ropes and webbing shortly after commencing a journey as the load may settle and/or shift, causing restraints to loosen.
  • Check the load every time an item is removed or added to it.
  • Seats in vans and station wagons are generally not adequate for preventing loads (particularly heavy loads) from moving forward in emergency braking situations.  The use of cargo barriers is recommended.
  • Long items of steel, particularly pipes, can be slippery. Wooden dunnage or rubber matting can be used to prevent such items slipping and looping lashings around several of such items in a bundle will help prevent items sliding out.


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