Legal situation

VDI 2700 and DIN EN 12195 are recognised as the fundamental guide to the securing of loads, and as repositories of the recognised technical rules involved. They describe the forces that affect a load while driving and the basic methods for securing loads on road vehicles. These directives are used for supervision measures by the traffic police, but also in court disputes.

VDI 2700, Sheet 15 – Requirements for anti-slip mats
VDI 2700 Sheet 14 – Determination and documentation of kinetic friction coefficients for anti-slip materials (RHM) for securing loads on road vehicles
Sheet 15 of VDI 2700 defines the requirements for anti-slip mats. In order to guarantee quality and strength, an anti-slip mat should have a tensile strength of at least 0.6 Newton per square millimetre (N/mm²) and an elongation at break of at least 60%. Furthermore, according to sheet 15, a kinetic friction coefficient of at least μ=0.6 is usually applied. This is also the practical calculation value. Kinetic friction coefficients of anti-slip materials (RHM) or anti-slip mats should be determined by an independent testing institute according to VDI 2700 Sheet 14 and may then be used until they are ready for discard.

The term “replacement state of wear”
KARGOTEC® anti-slip mats can always be re-used many times. However, there are criteria that rule out their continued use. These criteria are defined in VDI 2700 Sheet 15 and must be checked before every use of the anti-slip mats. If any of the following statements apply to the anti-slip mats, it has reached the “replacement state of wear” and may no longer be used:


  • Permanent deformations or compression marks
  • Tears
  • Surface abrasion
  • Holes
  • Swollen areas
  • Damage due to contact with aggressive substances
  • Embrittlement
  • Soiling that affects the function of the mats