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Abnormal loads

What is an abnormal load?

An abnormal load is a vehicle that has either 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 2.9m,  a length of more than 18.65m or if vehicle is greater than 5.03m (16' 6'').

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What specific details does a haulier have to supply for each abnormal load movement?

The haulier should provide to the abnormal loads section key information regarding the movements. This should include:

  • The origin and destination of the load (address and postcodes),
  • Dates of proposed load movements,
  • Details of proposed route (with road names and numbers),
  • Brief details of type load ('crane', 'excavator' etc),
  • Length, width and height of load (and whether load can be reduced in height),
  • Gross vehicle weight,
  • Individual axle weights and axle spacing (and number of wheels per axle),
  • Vehicle registration number,
  • Name, address, telephone, fax numbers and e-mail address.

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What notice should be given for a movement?

Ideally the abnormal load section would require 6 weeks notice on movements although this would depend on the size of the vehicle and the requirement for street furniture moves. 

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When should a haulier provide a Indemnity?

Either annually or for individual movements, the haulier is required to provide a form of Indemnity under the Road Vehicles (Authorisation of special types) (general) Order 2003. The form will indemnify East Riding of Yorkshire Council in respect of any damage that is caused in the course of any journey for which East Riding of Yorkshire Council has been notified.

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Is there a charge for the abnormal load service?


There is no charge for processing the notifications or indemnities. However, charges will be made for other services including:

  • If calculations are required to determine if the bridge (or other structure) is suitable to carry the abnormal load,

  • If any street furniture is required to be removed (and replaced) in order for the movement to take place.

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Who should I contact regarding abnormal loads?

First contact : Sam Bullingham, (Assistant Engineer)

Telephone: (01482) 395596

Second Contact: Kirk Lister (Engineer)

Telephone: (01482) 395676

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