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Equivalent Means of Securement

Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 393.102(c) defines “equivalent means of securement” as a means of securing articles of cargo that are considered to meet the performance requirements of 49 CFR 393.102 (a)(1)  if the cargo is immobilized such that the cargo cannot shift or tip to the extent that the vehicle’s stability or maneuverability is adversely affected.

The following documents contain cargo securement methods that have been analyzed and tested by a professional engineer.  The professional engineers have verified that the methods of cargo securement in the following documents meet or exceed to performance requirements outlined in 393.102(a)(1).  The engineering documents only apply to the motor carriers outlined in the document and the securement must be consistent with the method described in the document to be considered an “equivalent means of securement.”

Drivers must provide a copy of the engineering document to a roadside inspector upon request.  Failure to meet all aspects of the securement method described in the engineering document may result in cargo securement violations.

Equivalent Means of Securement Documentation

Motor carriers that would like to submit an “alternative means of securement” method must have the proposed securement method analyzed by a qualified physical engineer.  The physical engineer must provide written proof that the proposed method meets the performance requirements outlined in 49 CFR 393.102.  The documents must be forwarded to FMCSA for verification. To obtain engineering document templates or to submit an analysis to FMCSA, please contact luke.loy@dot.gov.