Haulage companies have an obligation under the Motor Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) General Order 1979, to give advance notice to the council, as the Highway Authority, of any vehicle with a weight exceeding 40 tonnes travelling through Brighton & Hove. They also need to indemnify the council against any damage that may result from the passage of their abnormal loaded vehicle.
Notification by the haulier can be made through ESDAL, or forms can be downloaded from Highways England. Once completed they should be emailed to AbnormalLoads@brighton-hove.gov.uk. The information should include the load's origin, destination and proposed route. Full details of the type of vehicle and load (if appropriate) should be supplied including length, width, height, axle loading and spacings.
We'll check the proposed route for problem areas, like low or weak bridges, narrow streets or major roadworks. It may also be necessary to arrange the temporary removal of street furniture, including street lights or bollards. We'll email any revisions to a route back to the haulier.
Loads in excess of 80 tonnes, or 18.3 metres long, or 2.9 metres wide, or which have an overhang of more than 3.05 metres to the front or rear, must also be notified to Sussex Police. Loads over 150 tonnes will require a Special Order.
If we need to move street furniture to allow passage of a particularly long or wide vehicle, we'll arrange it, and recharge the haulier.
If you have any queries about to the police escorting abnormal loads, please contact Sussex Police on 01243 520 524.
If you have any questions about abnormal loads, please phone 01273 292 183.