Abnormal Loads & Movements

An ‘abnormal load’ is an operator's vehicle that is in a weight category of more than 44,000kg, has an axle load of more than 10,000kg for a single non-driving axle and 11,500kg for a single driving axle, and/or a width of more than 2.9 metres and/or a rigid length of more than 18.65 metres.

Abnormal Indivisible Loads

An Abnormal Indivisible Load (AIL) is any load that cannot be broken down into smaller parts for transport to a destination without undue expense, risk or damage.

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Additional AIL Factors

Many additional factors are governing the carriage of Abnormal Indivisible Loads, all of which have a significant bearing on the movements of goods.

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Special Types General Order

In the main, those vehicles that carry Abnormal Indivisible Loads (AIL) are recognisable by the placard on the front of their vehicles.

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Engineering Plant Use

Use of Engineering plant can only be used under the STGO Regulations if those operations cannot safely be done using a vehicle that complies with C&U Regulations.

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ESDAL

The 'Electronic Service Delivery for Abnormal Loads' (ESDAL) must be used to notify authorities if you plan to transport very large items by road.

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Mobile Cranes

STGO defines a mobile crane under certain conditions. A mobile crane which does not meet all these criteria may be defined as engineering plant.

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Police Notice

It's the operator's responsibility under Section 44 of The Road Traffic Act of 1988 to notify the authorities such as the Police of STGO movements.

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HGV Load & Projection

The projection of the load (be it width or length) plays a significant part in determining what regulations the load and/or vehicles falls within.

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Recovery Vehicles

A road recovery vehicle is one that is designed to recover broken-down vehicles. It must be fitted with a lifting system made to recover vehicles.

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Section 44

Section 44 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 allows for an order to be made authorising the use of vehicles that do not comply with the regulations.

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STGO

Dimensions and weight of vehicles used on UK roads are regulated by the Road Vehicles Construction & Use Regulations 1986 and Authorised Weight Regulations 1998.

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