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How far in advance you need to tell someone, and who you need to tell, depends on the type, weight, width and length of the load.
The dimensions and weights of vehicles used on British roads are regulated by the:
In the tables below we use C&U and STGO to refer to limits set by these rules. Which C&U or STGO limits apply to you depends on the type and specifications of your vehicle.
Total weight of vehicle including the load
Over C&U limit up to 80,000kg (78.74 ton).
Two working days notice with indemnity to road and bridge authorities.
80,000kg to 150,000kg (147.63 ton).
Five working days notice with indemnity to road and bridge authorities.
Two working days notice to the police.
Over 150,000kg (147.63 ton)
Five working days notice to the police.
National Highways special order. You should apply at least 10 weeks in advance. National Highways recommend you apply as early as possible. Approval is not automatic.
C&U loads: over 2.9m (9ft 6ins) up to 4.3m (14ft 1 ins) wide
STGO loads: over 3.0m (9ft 10ins) up to 5.0m (16ft 5ins) wide
Two working days notice to police.
Over 5.0m (16ft 5ins) up to 6.1m (20ft) wide
National Highways form VR1. You should apply at least two weeks in advance. Highways England recommend you apply as early as possible. Approval is not automatic.
Over 6.1m (20ft)
Five working days notice to police.
C&U loads: over 18.65m (61ft 2in) up to 27.4m (90ft) long
STGO loads: over 18.75m (61ft 6 ins) long
Overall length of a vehicle combination over 25.9m (85ft)
Over 30.0m (98ft 5ins)
Also some very light loads, for example yacht masts:
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