Experts in the Transport and Shipping of Heavy Out of Gauge cargo, the Collett Team have the knowledge and experience to Project Manage the delivery of Abnormal Loads on a worldwide basis
Our diverse fleet of vehicles includes Low & Semi-Low Loaders, Beam Trailers, Wafer Decks and Multi-Axle Hydraulic Modular Systems up to 3,500Te capacity in 2-,3- or 4-file configuration. Added to this are our SPMTs (Self Propelled Modular Transporters), our 550Te capacity Girder Bridge and our range of Crane Mounted Vehicles & Lorry Loaders including the 205 Tonne/Meter Effer 2055. Coupled with our fleet of Pilot Cars, we can ensure safe and compliant abnormal load transportation.
Our family run business prides itself on the excellent service we offer and the professionalism of our Teams. To ensure every project is completed to the highest standards our Permits Team prepare movement permits for every abnormal load, heavy and Out of Gauge cargo project we undertake. This service includes nationwide coverage with Code of Practice (COP) Pilot Cars, liaison with Police Escorts and Local Authorities, all necessary notifications & permits and Highways Agency "Water Preferred" documentation.
All this combined allows us to skilfully undertake any abnormal load projects expertly managing every aspect from concept through to completion.
What is an Abnormal Load?
An Abnormal Indivisible Load (AIL) is defined in The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003 as:
“A load that cannot, without undue expense or risk of damage, be divided into two or more loads for the purpose of being carried on a road that –
(a) on account of its length, width or height, cannot be carried on a motor vehicle of category N3 or a trailer of category O4 (or by a combination of such vehicles) that complies in all respects with Part 2 of the Construction and Use Regulations; or
(b) on account of its weight, cannot be carried on a motor vehicle of category N3 or a trailer of category O4 (or by a combination of such vehicles) that complies in all respects with—
(i) the Authorised Weight Regulations (or, if those Regulations do not apply, the equivalent provisions in Part 4 of the Construction and Use Regulations); and
(ii) Part 2 of the Construction and Use Regulations."
In simpler terms, an Abnormal Load exceeds a gross weight of 40Te (on five axles), 44Te (on six axles) or with an axle load greater than 11.5Te. The dimensions are also taken into account and any cargo exceeding 3m in width or 18.65m in length will be classed as an Abnormal Load.
In order to complete the Transport of Abnormal Loads up to 80Te notifications require two clear working days before the movement, increasing to five days for loads greater than 80Te.
• Loads over 3m wide require 2 clear days’ notice and permits
• Loads from 3.5m to 4.1m wide require 2 clear days’ notice, permits and an attendant or Pilot Car
• Loads 4.1m to 5.0m require 2 clear days’ notice, permits and an attendant or Pilot Car
A Special Order BE16 is required from the Highways Agency for any Abnormal Load which exceeds 6.1m in width or 30m in length along with 5 clear days' notice.
Our dedicated Transport, Heavy Lift and Consulting Teams possess the skills and knowledge required to manage all Abnormal Load Transport Projects. From initial planning, Surveys, Route Assessments and Swept Path Analysis through to Heavy Transport utilising our specialist fleet of trailers, SPMTs and our dedicated fleet of Pilot Cars we can oversee your project in its entirety. Our teams undertake all the necessary movement permits required including liaison with Police Escorts and Local Authorities, all necessary notifications & permits and Highways Agency "Water Preferred" documentation providing our customers with the knowledge that their project will be completed efficiently, safely and adhering to the highest safety standards.