Operators are looking at new gates to do the job of both restraining the load and meeting load restraint rules. The load restraint rules are being re-examined and road side enforcement continues to target trailer gate.
Freighter have come up with a new, simpler design for a load restraint gate system. This is now being used by Mallee-based produce transporter, Barry Knee Haulage. The Knees, father and son, saw the idea, realised it would suit their operation and took delivery of the first Freighter T-liner Mark ll with insulated curtains fitted with the new form of load restraint gate.
Most gates of this type have integrated the gate and the post into one unit. A series of combination post/gates lock in down the side of the trailer. These new hanging ones from Freighter are more like conventional gates, suspended from a rail in the roof and fitting in the conventional slots, but with a series of tabs added on the side near the top. There are also tabs on the posts at the same height.
Every trailer has to have posts to hold up the roof. You put standard gates in between the posts. By putting tabs off the gates and off the posts to stop the gates from falling out, that’s load restraint.
The hanging load restraint gates are lower cost than Freighter’s post load restraint gates. They are easier to repair if they get bent. If you like tying your gates to your load, which a lot of people do, you can do it because the gates will lean inwards.
If there is one issue for the drivers at Knee Haulage, it is the tabs fitted at the front and back of the trailer. the driver has to make sure the fork lift driver side shifts the pallet out far enough to miss the tab and then push it up tight to the front or rear wall. When asked about this, Freighter assured Diesel News there is a solution in the pipeline, but was not game enough to reveal it, just yet.