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Abnormal-Load Movement

The Ron Hull Group are experts in transporting abnormal loads using our specialist lifting and transport vehicles.

All loads are brought directly to our fully licensed recycling centre in Rotherham, where we have the capabilities on site to safely dismantle the parts for resale and recover all ferrous and non-ferrous items.

What is an Abnormal Load?

An abnormal load is commonly a large object that can’t be broken up into smaller pieces for the purpose of transportation. This could be due to the risk of damaging the object or it is too costly to deconstruct it onsite. To be classified as an abnormal load under UK law, a vehicle must fit into any of the following categories:

  • a weight over 44,000kg

  • an axle load of more than 10,000kg for a single non-driving axle and 11,500kg for a single driving axle

  • a width of more than 2.9 metres

  • a rigid length of more than 18.65 metres 

The Law on abnormal load movement 

To ensure road safety when transporting an abnormal load there are rules and regulations that vehicles must adhere to. You must notify the appropriate authorities before transporting the load, these can include the police, highway authorities and bridge and structure owners. 

You must also fill in the correct documentation this could either be Highways England’s electronic service delivery for abnormal loads (ESDAL) or an abnormal loads movement application form. You must allow for sufficient time to get clearance from the necessary authorities or your application will not be valid  

The Ron Hull Group provide a service that takes care of the entire abnormal load movement process for you. 

All our abnormal load operations are carried out with careful health, safety and logistical planning prior to the job commencing and include full risk assessments. Site visits are carried out by one of our Project Managers and Dismantling team with constant liaison with the necessary road, traffic and police escort departments to ensure that the whole operation is carried out safely and expertly.

Here at the Ron Hull Group, we have the ability to carry out full substation clearance and removals including transformers, switchgear, capacitors and earthing transformers and any other associated electrical items.


Please contact us here and one of our highly experienced consultants will advise on how to handle Abnormal Load Movement for your project effectively and legally.

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