All drivers should be aware of the weight of the load they are transporting

Whether you are an employer, self-employed, or employed you need to be sure that the weight of the load that you are transporting does not exceed the maximum payload. 

A poorly secured load on a vehicle taken out onto a public highway could have devastating consequences for a driver, employer and innocent members of the public. 

NTP's new online Safe loading for HGV drivers course offers an understanding of how to safely secure a load and the importance of knowing the maximum payload and maximum axle weights. 

What Will You Learn?

The course outlines how to safely secure your load, how to understand and correctly secure your load and how to calculate the maximum weight per axle to ensure that your vehicle and trailer is not overloaded.

The course is aimed at self-employed drivers, your employed drivers, agency drivers and owner-drivers. 

The course offers a low cost but effective way to ensure you understand your obligations and what to do with regards to your role as a driver.

Course curriculum

What you will learn in this course

  • 1


    • Welcome

    • Accessing Student Support

    • Introduction to Safe Loading

  • 2

    Principles of Load Safety

    • Load Safety

    • Load Securing Roles and Responsibilities

    • Forces on the Load

    • Overturning

    • Forces Affecting Vehicles in Motion

  • 3

    Load Restraint Requirements

    • Load Restraint Requirements

    • HSE - Load Safety Advice

    • Loads & Friction

    • Vehicle Design

  • 4

    Load Securing Equipment

    • Equipment used to Secure Loads

    • Restraints

    • Types of Load

    • Distribution

    • Load items

  • 5

    Vehicle weights

    • Total Vehicle and Axle Weights

  • 6

    Vehicle Dimensions

    • Maximum Length

    • Vehicle Combinations

    • Trailers

    • Maximum Width

    • Measuring Maximum Length and Maximum Width

    • Long and Wide Loads

    • Maximum Height

    • Maximum Overhang

    • Projection Markers on Long and Wide Loads

    • Using Tape for Projecting Loads

    • Abnormal Load Signs

    • Offences and Penalties

  • 7

    Risk Management

    • Managing Risks of Loads

    • Consequences of Poor Load Security

  • 8


    • End of Course Test

  • 9

    Useful Document Downloads

    • Safety of Loads on Vehicles - Code of Practice

Who Would Benefit From This Course?

This course will be of particular interest if you are a professional HGV driver and you'd like to explore and understand your responsibilities regarding the safety of loads. This course is aimed at both self-employed drivers, employed drivers, agency drivers and owner drivers.


Upon completion of this course, you will automatically receive a certificate of completion accredited by NTP Online Learning.

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  • Everything you need to know

    This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge you need with regards to safe loading. It's been written and created by experts and contains all the information you need.

  • Learn when you want to

    You can access the course 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Login and learn whenever you want to. Your progress is saved and upon completion of the course you'll be able to carry out a risk assessment on your organisation.

  • Support when you need it

    All of our online courses come with full support via email and telephone so you will never be stuck and alone. You get course access and full support for 1 year included within the course.

  • Never miss an update

    As an NTP online student you will receive notifications when the course is updated to ensure you are always up to date with the latest legislation and best practises.

  • Affordable and convenient

    We've kept the price of this course low to make it affordable for everyone. The course is set up to allow you to access it whenever you want. You don't have to plan when you learn, just log in when you feel like it and your progress will always be saved.

  • Evidence of training

    Upon completion of the course, you will receive a completion certificate that will act as proof as training for your personal CPD record.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find the answers to the questions we get asked the most.

  • How do I start this course?

    Simply click the BUY THIS COURSE button at the top or bottom of the page and follow the on-screen instructions to complete checkout. Once you've completed the purchase you will be granted instant access to the course. Please check your emails for your welcome email.

  • How long do I get access to the course for?

    You have access to the course for 1 year from the date of purchase.

  • How long will the course take to complete?

    All our courses vary in length, the length of the course will be stated in the course description. The beauty of our courses is that you can complete them at your own pace, in your own time whenever you want to study.

  • What happens if I need help?

    As a student of NTP, you'll be granted access to a student's online group where you can ask any questions you may have. You also have the option to ask questions via email, within the course itself and by using our online chat feature.

  • Will I get a certificate?

    Yes! Once you've completed the course in full you will automatically be issued a certificate. For CPD accredited courses you will also receive a CPD certificate

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