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  • 3 May 2023 09:38 | Anonymous

    West Midlands Police have requested a reminder to the sector that the M42 is due to be closed between J5 & J6 northbound over the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend (including the Monday 8 May Coronation day holiday) and that there is an embargo on all AIL moves on Bank Holidays.  Diversions will be in place but any AIL movement on a Bank Holiday or travelling off-route risks enforcement action.

  • 3 May 2023 08:52 | Anonymous

    The Heavy Transport Association continues dialogue with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) as part of a wider working group in collaboration with industry associations.

    We need your direct support for the next stage of meetings due later this month.  Specifically, we are seeking evidence where Policing changes in Abload enforcement practices of late, have caused you as an operator, or your end client significant disruption, costs and reduced expectations.  We are particularly interested in areas where you believe the Police enforcement/implementation to be in tension with both C&U and or STGO regs.

    These examples will be collated and submitted in an evidence pack to deliver prior to the next meeting.  Please send to as soon as possible – contributions are open to non-members can be kept anonymous if necessary.

    We also continue to discuss at parliamentary levels and urge you to write to your MP (a suggested template is attached).  The more MPs we engage and gain support from, will help drive this un-consulted change in direction by Police forces (please feedback all MP responses to

    HTA MP Letter suggested text.docx

  • 17 Apr 2023 16:24 | Anonymous

    HTA Members, Cascade Software have produced a UK Police force area embargo map. 

    It's free upon application - click the map thumbnail or here.

  • 16 Mar 2023 12:45 | Anonymous

    National Highways Yorkshire Northeast Regional Stakeholder Survey 2023

  • 16 Feb 2023 13:20 | Anonymous

    List of structures which are causing significant diversionary routes and which has been highlighted for Trunk Road Agencies to target for their next round of funding requests.  Please provide feedback (to as to whether there are any other SRN structures that need adding to this list (NB: this list is not exhaustive and will be prone to change).

    Download as a PDF




    Location or Structure Ref





    Bridge over Duneaton Water






    Slip road south to M74

    M74 J14





    Hylton Bridge


    DBFO 26

    Bridge is 40T ALL + 45 Units HB, so not especially restricted, subject to usual abnormal load procedures



    Bridge over A635 Barugh Green East


    NH 12

    Agreed capacity and not on heavy load route. Planned scheme to start on site by early 2023. subject to usual abnormal load procedures



    Flyover over Clive Sullivan Way Daltry Street Flyover


    NH 12

    Restriction not agreed. Limited to 40Te ALL + 17HB, or 20HB without associated ALL. So about 85 to 90Te abnormal load limit.  Not on heavy load route.                 There is an alternative route using the roundabout below.



    Bridge over River Ouse


    NH 12

    Restriction not agreed. Bridge has 45HB capacity



    Bridge over River Dane


    NH 10

    Concrete repairs ongoing and agreed that abnormal loads would be excluded and during the works the capacity would be 40T ALL only. However, this has been uprated to 80,000kg or 20 units HB.  At the end of the repair work (Dec 2023 planned) it is anticipated restrictions will be lifted and usual abnormal load procedures will apply.



    Bridge over River Thames


    NH 3

    The load capacity of 44,000kgs is currently appropriate.  This was imposed in order to safeguard the structure (following uncertainty in the condition of the structure post-tensioning systems).  The structure is on the heavy load grid.  Investigations and a structural assessment are underway and depending on the results, there are plans to undertake work on the bridge (but unlikely before 2025).

    A50 East


    Bridge over River Dove


    DBFO 28

    44,000kg limit confirmed (not on Heavy Load Route).  The structure carries the eastbound carriageway of the A50 (Doveridge Bypass) over the River Dove, to the East of Uttoxeter.  No opportunity to strengthen structure.  DBFO Co are currently designing crossover points either side of the structure to enable heavy loads to traverse on the adjacent carriageway.  Both carriageways will need to be closed to enable this manoeuvre.





    NH 6

    A14 J51 Beacons Hill Flyover South and North (2 structures).  The weight restriction of 52,000kg is correct.  The structure is not on a heavy load route.  There are no current plans to strengthen the structure.



    Bridge over River Ouse

    Kings Lynn

    NH 6

    The structure is not on a heavy load route.   A weight restriction of 40,000kg has recently been put on this structure.  There are longer term plans to replace the structure after 2025.

    M25 (anti)


    Exit from tunnel bores (A282 Essex Viaduct)


    NH 5

    Recorded capacity - 40T ALL +30HB.  The structure is on the heavy load grid.  Usual abnormal load procedures will apply.  Ongoing structural assessment. 



    Abbots Langley Viaduct (Gade Valley Viaduct)


    NH 5

    Recorded capacity - 40T ALL +20HB however strengthening works are currently underway. The structure is on the heavy load grid.  Usual abnormal load procedures will apply.



    Entire length


    NH 4 & 5

    There are no known load restrictions on these sections of road.  This is a heavy load route. There may be some width restrictions imposed.  Usual abnormal load procedures will apply.



    Roundabout above Jct 3 (2 bridges)


    NH 4

    Recorded capacity - 40T ALL.  The structure is not on the heavy load grid.  Structure has undergone extensive maintenance and strengthening.  Planned refurbishment scheme 2023/24.  Usual abnormal load procedures will apply.



    Bridge over River Medway (4 bridges)


    NH 4

    There are 4 bridges as detailed below, and none are on a heavy load route. The restrictions apply to all lanes in both directions:-

    Medway River Bridge

    Medway East Viaduct

    New M2 Medway River Bridge

    All above 40t with 45HB

    Medway West Viaduct

    40/44t with 20HB



    Old Severn Bridge

    Severn Bridge

    Agreed 44T weight limit (HGVs restricted to lane 1) due to the main cable assessment.  The structure is actively managed.  Not on the heavy load route.   An appropriate diversion using the Prince of Wales Bridge is available.



    Jct18/19 Hambrook Viaduct E/B and W/B



    The restrictions are over 70t straddle lanes 1&2; over 90t no associated live load, full restriction over 140 Tonnes.  The structures are on a Heavy Load Route.  There is quite an easy diversion route via the Bristol Ring Road between junctions 18 and 19, (A46, A420, A4174), and this is used quite a lot.  No upgrading work planned.


    44,000kg + SV100

    River Usk Bridge


    M4 25A-25A 38


    Abnormal loads limited to SV100 (100T) with 'normal' traffic due to approach structures.

    Diversion on A48 between J24 & J28.


    44,000kg or SV80 alone

    St Jullian's Viaduct


    M4 24-25 59


    Abnormal loads limited to SV80 (80T) without other traffic in the direction of traffic.

    Diversion on A48 between J24 & J28.


    44,000kg + SV100

    M4 over Ebbw River


    M4 27-28 81


    Abnormal loads limited to SV100 (100T) with 'normal' traffic.

    Diversion on A48 between J24 & J28.



    M4 over B4290


    M4 43-44 2


    Any abnormal load vehicles over C&U weight (44T) to divert off an on at J43.


    44,000kg + 21HB

    Tawe River Bridge



    Abnormal loads limited to 21HB (84T) with 'normal' traffic.

    Diversion on LA route between J44 and J45

  • 14 Feb 2023 10:03 | Anonymous

    The HTA has, and will always, support the safe, legal and responsible transportation of abnormal loads on our roads, as well as the enforcement by authorities against those who seek to profit or gain percieved advantage through non-compliance.

    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 UK roads.  40yrs later, the association is aware of recent, continuous, multi-agency legislative enforcement across the UK, to unprecedented levels, causing operators and end clients delays and unexpected costs.

    You do not need to be alone.  The HTA welcomes new membership applications from professional operators.  If you are not already a member, consider joining us to help support compliance and fairness,  whilst promoting best practice and adopting codes of practice to reduce risk.

    The HTA has always welcomed Police Abnormal Load Officers as affiliate members – this has always been, and continues to be, free of charge.  We continue to work with enforcement authorities and stakeholders to encourage mutual understanding and seek consensus.

  • 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:-

    Extract from MET Police announcement--------------------------------------------------------------------

    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.

  • 1 Dec 2022 13:29 | Anonymous

    After attending an Industry Liaison Meeting, the association wishes to bring the following areas of Abloads movement compliance to your attention.

    West Midlands & Staffordshire Police who are responsible for policing the M5, M5, M6 Toll, M54, Aston Expressway, M42 and A500 are actively targeting abnormal load movements through an ongoing 'Operation Nightstare' to ensure loads are being transported legally, safely, and compliantly.

    The HTA have been advised that, to date, 106 movements have been stopped with only 3 being satisfactory compliant.

    You must ensure that the details recorded on the movement order are correct & you give 2 days or 5 days’ notice (whichever is required) or if Special Order and VR1 the movement must not commence until the allotted date/time, with permits issued.  Failure to provide accurate information could result in having your vehicle/s impounded.

    In addition, the following must be in order:

    • Gross Vehicle & Axle Weights must be as per movement order and are not design weight exceeded
    • Marker boards must be fitted correctly and in accordance with STGO regulations and or National Highways guidance
    • Load dimensions must be accurately recorded within the movement order
    • Height of load must be known & displayed in the vehicle
    • Check to see if an Escort vehicle is required, if so, use one
    • Adhere to embargo times
    • Correct STGO CAT board located on front of vehicle
    • Correct speed is maintained for categorisation of load or axle loadings
    • Load must be adequately secured – refer to DVSA load securing guidance & the Categorisation of defects
    • Vehicle and trailer must be in a roadworthy condition - suitable for the load being transported, correctly taxed & insured.
    • Driver vocational licence, driver CPC & Digital card must be valid
    • Vehicle (including any Escort vehicle), goods in transit & Indemnity insurances must be valid

    Guidance documents:

    Failure to meet all requirements may result in enforcement action which will have a detrimental effect on your & your customer businesses. Furthermore, all offences may be notified to the Traffic Commissioner.

  • 9 Nov 2022 14:06 | Anonymous

    The Heavy Transport Association welcomes the news that a UK Police Force is using the powers granted to them under the Police Reform Act (2002) to give conferred powers to Stop and Direct Traffic to private abnormal load escorters.  The step, by Avon and Somerset police in relation to abnormal load movements to Hinkley Point, will be the first time this has been done in the UK, in spite of the fact that the practice has been pretty standard across mainland Europe and elsewhere in the world for many years.

    The HTA has lobbied for use of this existing 2002 legislation for several years and intends to work closely with Avon and Somerset Police and EDF to monitor the application of the powers, and learn any wider lessons in the application of this legislation as part of our ongoing Safer Abnormal Load Escorting project (SAbLE).

    The powers of a constable to Stop and Direct Traffic for the Escorting of Abnormal Loads can only be given by Chief Constables under the Police Reform Act (2002) and is administered via the Community Safety & Accreditation (CSAS) scheme.  Employers have to be vetted and approved under the scheme as well as similar rigorous vetting as well as training/competence standards for those employed as 'accredited persons'.  Operators wishing to know more can visit the HTA website, or get involved/support this initiative by becoming a member (annual membership starts from just £267 and applications can now be made online).

    For details of the City and Guilds Stage 2 (Escort Driver) and Stage 3 (Escort Manager) qualifications developed by HTA and endorsed by industry contact a HTA Training Centre.

  • 21 Jul 2022 09:22 | Anonymous

    The UK Government is seeking views on the requirement for UK goods vehicle operators to post declarations to carry out goods journeys within the EU, as well as the consolidation of regulations for foreign goods vehicles operating in the UK.

    Click here for UK Gov link to consultation.

    HTA Members are invited to also feed back views on consultation via HTA to ESTA (

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