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Abnormal loads

Loads must be reported to us when they exceed any of the following: 
  • Width - 2.9m 
  • Lateral projection of load – 305mm 
  • Length - 18.65m 
  • Weight - 80 tonnes (bridge authorities must be notified if load exceeds 44 tonnes)
You must report all abnormal loads to police and the relevant bridge or highway authority a minimum of 2 clear working days before they’re moved

Exemptions

We can sometimes issue exemptions to vehicle operators so they don’t have to report every load they transport. 

These are usually issued to those who transport loads of the same type such as mobile homes and engineering plant.

All are issued with conditions, for example a maximum number of movements per year and the dimensions not to be exceeded.

It’s also possible to apply for agricultural permits. These are exemptions which allow the movement of oversize agricultural vehicles such as combine harvesters.

Loads requiring escorts in Kent

Some roads in Kent require escorts if your load is greater than: 
  • 4.6m wide
  • 30.49m long 
  • 4.95m tall 
  • 130 tonnes in weight
This is the case for the following roads: 
  • M25
  • M26
  • M20
  • M2 / A2 (between Metropolitan Police boundary and M2, then between Brenley Corner and Dover)
  • A20 (between M20 and Dover)
  • A229 Blue Bell Hill between M2 and M20
  • A249 between M20 and Sheppey Crossing
  • A299 between Brenley Corner and St Nicholas at Wade roundabout
  • A289 between Cobham and Will Adams roundabout, Gillingham
  • A2 between Will Adams roundabout and Bowaters/Tesco roundabout, Gillingham
  • A278 between the A2 and M2

All other dual carriageways and roads

Loads require an escort if they’re greater than:
  • 3.66m wide 
  • 24.39m long 
  • Weight is at the discretion of the abnormal loads officer

Report your load 

For more information and to report an abnormal load, email the Kent Police Abnormal Loads Team.

If you’re asked notify a load in writing please download the Form of Notice to Police and to Highway and Bridge Authorities.
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