If you need to transport an abnormal load on Wiltshire's roads, you have to let us know. An abnormal load is anything over 2.9m wide, over 18.75m long or weighing over 80 tonnes.

If the load is under 80 tonnes but over 44 tonnes (and is within the size restrictions above) then you do not need to tell us, but you do still need to notify bridge authorities on the route. 

The law also says you need to give us reasonable notice. You need to notify us at least 2 full working days, plus day of application, before you plan to move the load. This does not include Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The Highways Agency has developed the ESDAL (Electronic Service Delivery for Abnormal Loads) website to help hauler's plot routes and identify the appropriate authorities.

Please note

  • Loads exceeding 3.5 m must have a second man. This can be in the cab or in the escort vehicle.
  • Night time movements are only permitted on the M4 in Wiltshire.

If you have any doubt regarding a load, please contact the Abnormal Loads team on 01380 861041. You can also email:abnormal.loads@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk, or write to us at Police Headquarters, London Road, Devizes, SN10 2DN

Did you know?

Wiltshire Police receive approximately 60,000 notifications of abnormal loads every year. 

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