Primary Road Safety Legislation
The Road Traffic Act 1988 (as amended) states that:
""A Person is guilty of an offence if he uses, or causes or permits another to use, a motor vehicle or trailer on a road when:
a) the condition of the motor vehicle or trailer, or of its accessories or equipment, or
b) the purpose for which it is used, or
c) the number of passengers carried by it, or the manner in which they are carried, or
d) the weight, position or distribution of its load, or the manner in which it is secured,
is such that the use of the motor vehicle or trailer involves a danger of injury to any person"
Regulation 100 of the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986 states that:
"1) A motor vehicle, every trailer drawn thereby and all parts and accessories of such vehicle and trailer shall at all times be in such condition … and the weight, distribution, packing and adjustment of the load of such vehicle and trailer shall at all times be such that no danger is caused or is likely to be caused to any person in or on the vehicle or trailer or on a road.
2) The load carried by a motor vehicle or trailer shall at all times be so secured, if necessary by physical restraint other than its own weight, and be in such a position, that neither danger nor nuisance is likely to be caused to any person or property by reason of the load or any part thereof falling or being blown from the vehicle or by reason of any other movement of the load or any part thereof in relation to the vehicle."