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Abnormal loads

Here you can find information about who to contact regarding abnormal loads in Calderdale.

Leeds City Council are responsible for the movement of abnormal loads on our behalf.

Government regulations set out what types of vehicle (categorised by width, length, height and weight) may use public highways.

Please note: Some roads which pass over or under bridges may not be suitable for all vehicles.

The haulier moving the abnormal load is responsible for any problem caused as a result of its' movement. They must:

  • Inform Leeds City Council, in advance, of any abnormal load movement and indemnify the council against:
    • Any problem that might occur as a result;
    • or damage which might be caused to the highway infrastructure.
  • Tell us:
    • The 'from' and 'to' address;
    • length, height and width;
    • axle weights and spacing,
    • route and nature of the load.

    These details are entered into the 'abnormal loads database'.

  • Survey the route in advance of notification. This is to make sure it is suitable in respect of width and height clearances, long-term roadworks and such.
    • We check the route for any conflicts with road and bridge restrictions.
    • The haulier can then be informed if a conflict exists.
    • The haulage company must also notify other bridge owners.

To contact the Abnormal Loads Officer, phone: 0113 378 7030.

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