The Heavy Transport Association (HTA) is the only specialist Trade Association for the heavy/abnormal load industry. Members include abnormal load hauliers, truck/trailer manufacturers, route surveyors, permit agents, consultants, abnormal load escorters, ferry owners, infrastructure owners/managers, equipment manufacturers and abnormal loads officers. HTA members are consequently a highly specialist group of operators with very different needs over other sectors of the transportation industry.
The HTA welcomes eligible new members and you can now apply online to join.
The HTA was formed in 1983 by a group of heavy haulage operators struggling to cope with less than clear regulations regarding the movement of abnormal loads. It seemed apparent that enforcement authorities/police officers were not happy to have abnormal loads on the roads and so the operators decided that something had to be done. Initial meetings were informal and then as news of the meetings spread, more and more operators wanted to attend - that was over 30 yrs ago.
Feel free to browse the HTA 30th Anniversary Yearbook.
HTA Core Values
Advise: We advise members so they operate safely/within legislation.
Represent: We represent our members at a local and national level. We lobby Ministers and Government, attend liaison meetings, respond to consultations and publish articles in a range of trade publications.
Develop: We develop and introduce new National training standards, industry best practice as well as cultivating relationships with other like minded trade associations and bodies.
HTAProtect is for paid-up members seeking access to legal advice in connection with transport-related legal issues. The HTA has negotiated free access for its members to Dyne Solicitors' Transport Law telephone advice scheme covering road transport law, operator licensing and commercial litigation issues.
Access is subject to reasonable user and a limit of 2 hours per member in any period of 12 months. Telephone advice in this context means communication over the telephone with a solicitor employed by Dyne Solicitors Limited for purposes of providing general legal advice.
What HTA Membership Delivers
The Heavy Transport Association,