The planning and preparation and detailed knowledge of the final route is essential for a successful transit of large and abnormal loads. The team at DCS Logistics will ensure all the required Police notifications and local authority permits are in place as part of our first class pilot car and escort vehicle service.
Safety on the roads is uppermost in our minds when we prepare, plan and supply a pilot car for your abnormal load movement. With DCS Logistics you can relax and let us take the strain let our experienced team get to your destination with the minimum of fuss and stress.
UK Abnormal Load Permits
A UK Permit is required for abnormal loads or wide loads if the overall dimensions exceed the following:
18.65m (rigid) long x 2.90m wide or Over 44000kgs
Abnormal load regulations require notification for each regional police and highway authority along the itinerary including where applicable Bridge Authorities.
There is no statutory limit governing the overall height of an abnormal load, however, if the Convoi Exceptionnel has a loaded dimension between 4.5m and 4.95m high, we can supply a route plan in order to maximise the use of the motorway and trunk road network, making the delivery of your abnormal load cost effective. However, if your convoy is more than 4.95m high you will require a pilot Escort.
The abnormal load permit is valid up to 30m rigid length. Anything over this will require a Highway Authority Special Order VR1 , this Abnormal Load Permit can be obtained in 6-8 weeks maximum. The abnormal load will also require Pilot Escorts and depending on the complexity of the movement Police Assistance or Police Escort.
The Abnormal Load Permit is only valid up to 5.0m, anything wider will also require a Highway Authority VR1 License , which can take 6-8 weeks to obtain. Width exceeding 6.1m will also require a Highway Authority Special Order BE16 Authorisation.
Pilot escorts are required if the load is over 3.50m.
The Abnormal Load Permit is only valid up to 150,000kgs. Anything over requires a Highway Authorities BE16 Authorisation, which can take up to 6-8 weeks to obtain.
DCS will liaise with the relevant UK Police Authorities on your behalf, obtaining your UK Abnormal Load Permits. DCS can also organise all of your pilot escorts and police escorts.
A UK abnormal load permit can be valid up to a maximum of one month.