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Abnormal Loads


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Conwy Council, along with North Wales Police, are responsible for the management of the movement of abnormal, indivisible loads within Conwy County Borough Council's highways.
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The regulations regarding the movement of abnormal loads is contained in the Government's Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 1998 - The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003.

An abnormal load is a vehicle:

  • With an axle load of more than 10,000 kilograms for a single non-driving axle and 11,500 kilograms for a single driving axle
  • More than 2.9 metres wide
  • More than 18.65 metres long
  • A weight of more than 44,000 kilograms

Notifications  

  • See table below for notification notice periods.
  • Email to abnormalloads@conwy.gov.uk
  • Hauliers should also submit an Indemnity Form annually to indemnify the authority for each movement.
  • North Wales Police have to be notified separately.
  • You can also contact ESDAL to notify them of an abnormal load request.


Gross Vehicle Weight

Loaded Vehicle DimensionsAction
C&U < Gross Weight  > 80,000 kg 2 clear days notice with indemnity to highway and bridge authorities
80,000 kg < Gross   Weight  > 150,000kg 2 clear days notice to Police and 5 clear days notice with indemnity to highway and bridge authorities
150,000 kg < Gross Weight Highways England and NMWTRA Special Order form and 5 clear days notice to Police and 5 clear days notice with indemnity to highway and bridge authorities

 

Loaded Vehicle Width

Loaded Vehicle DimensionsAction
2.9m < Width  > 5.0m 2 clear days notice to Police
5.0m < Width  > 6.1m Highways England and NMWTRA VR1 permit and 2 clear days notice to Police 
6.1m < Width Highways England and NMWTRA Special Order and 5 clear days notice to Police and 5 clear days notice with indemnity to highway and bridge authorities

 

Loaded Vehicle Length

Loaded Vehicle DimensionsAction
18.65m < Rigid Length  > 30m 2 clear days notice to Police
30m < Length Highways England and NMWTRA Special Order and 5 clear days notice to Police and 5 clear days notice with indemnity to highway and bridge authorities

 

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