Abnormal load movements application and notification forms
Forms to be completed when wishing to make an abnormal loads movement by road and not using the ESDAL system.
Applies to England
If you are not a user of the ‘Electronic Service Delivery for Abnormal Loads’ (ESDAL) system then you can still make an application to move an abnormal load, as well as notify the authorities, using one of our downloadable forms.
The application form you need to complete will depend on the dimensions and weight of the load and vehicle you are using. Please read the notification requirements for moving abnormal loads if you are unsure.
You cannot apply too early to move an abnormal load. We invite applications for agreement in principle even at the pre-tender stage, before any financial commitment is made to supply and deliver the load. Approval is not automatic and is at the discretion of Highways England Abnormal Loads Team acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport.
The amount of disruption and congestion the load could cause and whether alternative modes of transport (such as water, rail etc.) could be used is taken into account when considering whether to grant a permit to allow the load to move by road.
There is also useful guidance on the ‘water preferred policy for the movement of abnormal loads’.
Vehicle Special Order (VSO)
Applications to move special types or special purpose vehicles that may not be fully permitted by the ‘Construction and Use (C&U) Regulations’ or fall outside the scope of the Special Types General Order should be made to the Vehicle Certification Agency.
The notification requirements for mobile cranes can be found in the Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003, Statutory Instrument 1998 - Part 2 (Articles 10 to 18).
Find out more about the requirements for transporting abnormal loads.
Last updated 28 August 2018 + show all updates
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Notification to Police & Highway & Bridge Authorities Interactive PDF and supporting guide added
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