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Abnormal Loads Route Surveys & Permits

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DCS Logistics are experts at carrying out route surveys to assess the suitability of proposed routes for all abnormal loads. All abnormal loads need careful route planning – we have produced many highly detailed route surveys and plans for wide loads, high loads, heavy loads and long loads.

When route surveys are complete, we were able to provide our client with a step-by-step document of the route with very specific locations and bridge heights.

This is then used by the haulier driver and DCS Abnormal load escort services driver to ensure the load reaches it’s destination in the most efficient and safe way possible.

If you would like us to help plan your route, please contact us to discuss your needs.

We Obtain All The Necessary Permits for your project

Here at DCS Logistics we offer a 24 hour, 7 day a week service – with a fully computerised booking system to ensure no detail is overlooked. Our experience with Pilot cars and escort vehicles for abnormal loads means your special deliveries will get to where they are meant to be quickly and safely. Our drivers are all highly experienced driving professionals who have had to deal with many different situations on the roads and motorways throughout the UK

Pilot Car Services and UK Route Planning

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.

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