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HTA & RHA call for representation on decisions targeting Abnormal Loads as MET Police repeat 2014 unilateral embargo restrictions without consultation or prior warning

19 Dec 2022 12:24 | Anonymous

The HTA have been made aware by a member of changes in embargo times for abnormal loads by The Metropolitan Police without consultation or prior warning:-

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NO MOVEMENT of Police notifiable abnormal loads are permitted within the Metropolitan Police area between the following times:

  • Monday to Friday - 06:00-10:00 and 15:30-20:00
  • Weekends/Bank Holidays - 10:30-20:00

Additional time restrictions - if any part of the route falls within 3 miles of Charing Cross Station, or ANY abnormal load exceeds:

  • Length: 26m (85’ 0")
  • Width: 3.82m (12’ 6")
  • Weight: 100te (98.2t)

It will not be permitted to travel between the following times:

  • Monday to Friday - 06:00 - 20:00
  • Weekends/Bank Holidays - 10:30-20:00

It is the haulier's responsibility to ensure that they travel within the appropriate times.

M25 Movements:

The Metropolitan Police are responsible for sections of the M25 where we advise Hauliers to avoid travelling during peak/rush hours:

  • Monday to Friday - 06:00-10:00 and 15:30-20:00

MET Police


The HTA and Road Haulage Association have made joint representations for a withdrawal of the changes and an explanation, as well as a call for consultation on such matters that are otherwise decided upon without any consideration or representation.

The MET Police previously introduced unilateral changes without notice or consultation in 2014 and the HTA were successful in getting the changes withdrawn through representation at police and government level.   The HTA notes that the most recent changes appear to be identical to those withdrawn in 2014.

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