Loading and unloading

Loading and unloading may be done both from ground level and from a loading bay or directly from a heavy goods vehicle.

When you load onto an HGV:

  • Never load heavier or higher than the permitted load level.
  • Position heavy goods at the bottom.
  • Distribute the load evenly inside the cargo space.
  • Follow the driver’s instructions.

When you are driving on a loading bay or pier/ramp/dock leveller:

  • Make sure that the bay can withstand the weight of truck + load.
  • Make sure that the bay/ramp is properly in position.
  • The HGV must be positioned next to the ramp with the brake on and blocks in front of the wheels. The engine must be turned off and the driver must be outside the vehicle.