Abnormal Loads Cross Industry Forum and working group

Following the meeting of the Abnormal Loads Liaison Group, the haulage industry and other key stakeholders including highways, structure owners and enforcement authorities in April, it became clear that there were many issues affecting the abnormal load industry.

In an effort to address these concerns and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of this important industry’s contribution to the UK economy, the Abnormal Loads Cross Industry Forum and working group has been established to develop an industry code of practice to benefit the whole of the distribution network and its players.

The plan is to consider all aspects of the industry, including the movement notification procedures, the response of police and structure owners, compliance, enforcement, and the many others factors that affect this highly skilled profession. Everyone in the industry has the opportunity to help develop and influence this review with the intention of ultimately bringing about long awaited and far-reaching improvements.

The views of those involved in the movement of abnormal loads in the UK are important and are encouraged to contribute to this far reaching review. Ray Engley of the Road Haulage Association has agreed to act as coordinator with the support of the Heavy Transport Association, the Freight Transport Association and many allied and interested groups.



DCS Special projects where involved in the placement of a switch room in the rural Worcestershire country side from start to finish. This particular job started in Leicester and involved the crews assisting  Leicester Heavy Haulage on moving the switch room out of site and along its route to Worcestershire, the switch room due to the tight location alongside the railway was required to be loaded on a 10 axle bogie with a drawbar hitch connection to the 4 axle MAN.

After leaving the M5 motorway the special project crew was joined by one of our escorts who assisted in winding the load down through the twisting lanes to the railways site. On arrival at the special projects crews steersman was put to work alongside Leicester heavy haulage’s steersman and tasked with getting the load in to the jacking position. The two steersman where necessary as the 10 axle bogie has to be steered at both ends commonly known as a counter steering trailer. The two steersman and the lorry driver all communicate using radios steering the load in to position with millimetre accuracy.

The load was then unchained and the jacking teams then got to work jacking the switch room up to a position so that the trailer could be pulled from underneath and the wrapped up ready for leaving site.

After steering the trailer out of site there was not enough room to turn around so the steersman had to steer and guide the truck 1.5 miles in reverse back up the lane to a point big enough to turn around, the empty trailer and truck was then escorted back out to the M5.