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Abnormal loads

Who you should tell

As well as informing the police, you need to tell us before you move large or heavy loads through this area. We are the road and bridge authority for the South Lanarkshire area.

When you should tell us

Dimensions within 'Construction and Use Regulations'

 Laden dimensions
Notification and authorisation
Not exceeding: No requirement for notice to police or for notice with indemnity to road and bridge authority
2.9m (9'6") overall width
18.3m (60'0") rigid length
 44,000kgs (44T) gross weight

Dimensions requiring 'Special Types General Order'

Laden dimensions Notification and authorisation
In excess of 'Construction and Use Regulations' but not exceeding:
6.1m (20'0") overall width*
Two  clear days notice to police.
* 'VR1' authorisation is also required for the movement of loads
with an overall width in excess of 5.0m (16'5"), but not exceeding 6.1m (20'0")
30.00m (98'5") rigid length Two clear days notice to police.
80,000kgs (80t) gross weight Two clear days notice with indemnity to road and bridge authority
Greater than 80,000kgs (80T) but not exceeding 150,000kgs (150T) gross weight Five clear days notice with indemnity to road and bridge authority and two clear days notice to police

Dimensions requiring 'Special Order'

 Laden dimensions Notification and authorisation
6.1m (20'0") overall width
Five clear days notice to police
30.0m (98'6") rigid length Five clear days notice to police
150,000kgs (150T) gross weight and/or 16,500kgs (16.5T) per axle Five clear days notice with indemnity to road and bridge authorities and five clear days notice to police

Notes:

1. At present there is no legislation governing the overall laden height of a vehicle, but in order that the maximum possible use is made of the motorway and trunk road network, it should not exceed 5.0m (16'5").

2. 'Clear days notice' excludes Saturdays, Sundays, and bank holidays.


For more information on the forms of notification see Transporting abnormal loads - notifying the authorities.

What we will do

We will check that your proposals to move an abnormal load are safe.

What's been moved?

Typical examples of abnormal loads are wind farm turbines and power station transformers. Gross weights of up to 400 tonnes have been moved.

Abnormal loads

Phone: 0800 24 20 24
Email: Abnormal loads