Abnormal Loads

Cleveland Police is responsible for the Policing of all roads within the Council boundaries of Hartlepool, Stockton on tees, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland. This includes the trunk roads of the A19, A66 and A174.

The movement of large or heavy loads (abnormal loads) on the road is covered by the Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order, 2003, and Regulation 81/82 of The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.

If you wish to move any load which is over construction and use dimensions you must give us a minimum of 48 hours clear notice by email. We will consider less notice but this needs to be agreed by phone. We would also encourage Hauliers to apply for annual dispensations allowing the movement of abnormal loads under construction and use regulations but up to 3.5m wide.

We do not acknowledge receipt of movement notices unlessan escort, although if there is a problem with the route you will be contacted.

Regarding escorts, we have adopted the guidelines issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers (A.C.P.O.). On motorways loads up to 4.6m wide, 130 tonnes or 30.5m in length, will normally be allowed to move without an escort. On other roads it is up to 4.1m wide, 100 tonnes or 30m in length. Please note the final decision is made by taking into account the size of the load and the nature of the route to be used. Some of the roads in the east of our Police area would require an escort at much smaller dimensions.

In line with most other Forces we have withdrawn from the routine escorting of Abnormal Loads and permit the use of private escort vehicles for the movement of the majority of abnormal loads. If specifically requested a Police escort can be provided for the entire route but there will be a charge for this service.


Tel: 01642 301234 (Select Option 2)

Email: [email protected]

Urgent/Out of Office Hours Contact: Control Room Inspector by calling 101

Further information

E.S.D.A.L site regarding Movements Nationally. http://www.highways.gov.uk/specialist-information/abnormal-loads/