The Road Vehicles (Authorisations of Special Types) (General) Order 2003 – Government Statutory Instrument 2003 No 1998 sets out the regulations for abnormal loads.
What is an abnormal load?
An abnormal load describes a vehicle:
- carrying more than 44 tonnes
- more than 3.0 metres wide
- more than 18.75 metres long
- with a front or rear overhang of more than 3.05 metres.
Transporting an abnormal load
Hauliers wanting to transport an abnormal load across East Sussex must inform us by fax before any move is scheduled to take place. Please include the following information:
- the origin and destination of the abnormal load
- dates of the journey
- proposed route
- full configuration of the vehicle eg load (if appropriate) width, weight, length, height, axle loadings and spacing.
Please send faxes to: 01273 335835.
The proposed route will be checked and any amendments will be faxed back to the haulier. In some cases it may be necessary to arrange the removal of street furniture, eg bollards, signs, lighting to allow the movement of an abnormal load. Any costs for removing these items will be charged to the haulier.
Hauliers must insure us against any damage their vehicle may cause to any road, bridge or other structure. Sussex Police must also be notified where appropriate.
For information about police escorts for abnormal loads, contact the Sussex Police Abnormal Loads Team on:
Phone: 01243 520524
Fax: 01273 404566
If you require more information about abnormal loads, please contact our Highways Contact Centre.