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Abnormal Loads

An ‘abnormal load’ is a vehicle that has any of the following:

  • a weight of more than 44,000 kilograms
  • an axle load of more than 10,000 kilograms for a single non-driving axle and 11,500 kilograms for a single driving axle
  • a width of more than 2.9 metres
  • a rigid length of more than 18.65 metres

Notifying the authorities

You will need to notify the police, highways and bridge authorities of your abnormal load movements around the road network. 

For details on notification requirements, go to the gov.uk page for Transporting Abnormal Loads.

Providing an escort

The police no longer routinely escort abnormal loads.

It is the responsibility of the vehicle operator to provide an escort, if the abnormal loads officer decides the load requires one.

Contact the Abnormal Loads Officer for further information: