Truck driver ‘relying on gravity’ after stacking pallets dangerously badly

A flatbed truck driver with a dangerously high stacked pile of wooden pallets on the back must have been “relying on gravity” to make sure they did not topple over into the road, police have said. Officers from Staffordshire Police road policing unit pulled over the motorist after spotting the precarious load. Not only was the load an accident waiting to happen, they found the driver had no licence or insurance to drive the truck.

Stunned officers seized the truck after the unsuspecting driver had pulled out in front of them in Burton. The piles of pallets were held by just one strap – and could have fallen at any time, said police. The vehicle was carrying 36 pallets and was stopped in Derby Road, Burton, on Saturday, July 3.

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Officers said the driver must have been relying on the gravity to ensure his pallets remained in position – because there was little else holding them. A spokesman for the force said: “This pulled out in front of us. One strap poorly holding the front pallets which were loaded too high.

“Driver also relying on gravity for the rest. “Checks revealed a revoked driving licence. Reported for those offences and no insurance.”

The truck was later seized by police.