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Abnormal loads (road traffic)

An abnormal load can be described as a vehicle that:

  • carries more than 44 tonnes;

  • has an axle load of more than 11.5 tonnes;

  • is more than 3 metres wide;

  • is more than 18.75 metres long.


Before a haulier can move an abnormal load he must notify and gain consent from the Police. In addition, if the gross weight or axle weights exceed those specified on the C and U regulations he must indemnify the Highway Authority and all bridge owners along the proposed route (e.g. Network Rail).

An abnormal load can potentially go on any road provided the haulier complies with the law. Some roads are more suitable and more extensively used e.g. A Class Roads.

Please notify Hampshire County Council of an abnormal load online or by fax on 01962 854045.

For telephone enquiries please call 01962 832239 or 832240.

Notice Periods

The law requires the haulier to give a minimum of two clear days notice to the Police, Highway Authority and Bridge owners before moving the load.

The notice period for loads over 150 tonnes, 6.1 metres wide or 27.4 metres long is different and hauliers moving such loads need special orders from the Department for Transport.

If you need any more information, please contact us using the details provided at the foot of the page.

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