Motor vehicle recovery straps, commonly referred to as snatch straps, are heavy duty straps designed to assist in pulling a vehicle—typically a four-wheel drive—when it is bogged.
The straps connect between two vehicles and stretch under the momentum of the ‘towing’ vehicle when it starts to pull the bogged vehicle out. The elasticity of the straps combined with the weight being towed are factors that mean serious injury or death may result if the straps are used incorrectly.
The mandatory standard for motor vehicle recovery straps was declared on 7 July 2010 and came into effect on 1 October 2010. This page includes information on hazards and how to comply with this mandatory standard.