EN12642-XL European Standard

29th Nov 2016

An area that hauliers are regularly getting pulled up on and fined by the DVSA is for inadequate load restraint. Curtainside bodywork in particular that isn't rated to EN12642-XL are not allowed to use load restraint that incorporates a ridge pole or tracks built into the vehicle roof. The load must be restrained to the body floor ideally via the V-Groove side rave from one side to the other.

As from October 2016 Kurt Hobbs Coachworks Ltd can now offer curtainside and GRP bodywork approved to the EN12642-XL European Standard concerning load restraint, up to a GVW of 18ton.
This approval allows the GRP and the curtains used in our bodies to now offer a degree of load containment, this incorporates a centre roof mounted ridge pole with straps attached to the V-Groove side rave.

The EN12642-XL standard only applies where this is a positive load. Additional load restraint systems are still required for part loaded vehicles.