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Abnormal loads

We check proposed heavy load movements across bridges and along roads within South Gloucestershire, with the exception of motorways.

An abnormal load is a vehicle carrying more than 44 tonnes, an axle load of more than 11.5 tonnes, more than 3 metres wide or more than 18.75 metres long.

Before a haulier moves an abnormal load, the law requires them to give a minimum of two clear days of notice. ‘Clear days’ excludes Saturdays, Sundays, Bank Holidays, Christmas Day and Good Friday. The notice period increases as the vehicle size and weight increases.

Depending on the gross weight and dimensions of the load, the following also need to be informed of movements:

  • Highway Authority
  • All bridge owners along the route – for instance Network Rail
  • Police
  • Department of Transport

Please send us an email at with the following information:

  •  Origin and destination of abnormal load
  •  Dates of journey
  •  Proposed route
  •  Full configuration of vehicle – loads, width, weight, length, height, axle loading and spacing
  •  Vehicle Registration
  •  Contact details

Further general information can be found at Department for Transport and Highways England

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