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What Is an Abnormal Load Delivery and Can All Couriers Help?


“Abnormal load delivery”: it’s a common service that you might hear – or read – if you’re in the process of comparing and contrasting UK courier services. But what does it actually mean? After all, a huge number of industries in the UK send either large goods or goods in bulk by courier: such as bulk grocery deliveries to supermarkets, mass movements of stock for the retail industry, and large pieces of equipment or machinery for the construction industry. 


What exactly counts as an abnormal load delivery in the UK? Are there specialised courier services in the UK to deal with abnormally-sized or abnormally-shaped consignments? Learn everything you need to know about abnormal load delivery – including when, where, and how you can get it scheduled.


What is An Abnormal Load?

Let’s get to grips with abnormal load delivery. First things first: what counts as an abnormal load? 


Here in the UK, the definition of an abnormal load is one that fits the defined criteria, as defined by the UK governments website, an ‘abnormal load’ is a vehicle that has any one or more of the following aspects:


  • a weight of more than 44,000kg
  • an axle load of more than 10,000kg for a single non-driving axle and 11,500kg for a single driving axle
  • a width of more than 2.9 metres
  • and a rigid length of more than 18.65 metres. 


It’s important to note that these are the definitions for an abnormal load being delivered within the UK. If you’re looking to transport an abnormal load abroad for international delivery, it’s key to know that other countries and jurisdictions have different definitions of what constitutes an abnormal load – so it’s important to know that the criteria may change! 


If you’re looking into international logistics for an abnormal load from the UK, the criteria may be very different (we’ll come back to that later).


Do You Need A Specialised Courier For Abnormal Load Delivery?

So, we come to the million-dollar question: now you know that your consignment counts as an abnormal load in the UK, how on earth can you transport it? The simple answer is that a courier service is more than capable of transporting an abnormal load for you, both around – and out of! – the country. 


What kinds of UK couriers can transport abnormal loads? Here in the UK, couriers can transport abnormal loads if they have a sufficient fleet, driver coverage, and expertise to do so, and have completed the required paperwork. Speedy Freight offers our courier services for abnormal load delivery of all kinds, thanks to our varied fleet and our experience in providing UK courier support for abnormal loads. 


What happens when moving abnormal loads?


All abnormal load routes and access to sites need to be analysed and cleared by authorities before movement. Our specialist project teams will propose the most suitable route and survey the full route to ensure a successful delivery. The project team will then apply and secure the required approval from the correct authorities for transport and ensure all documentation is in place, including a moving order permit.


For loads with dimensions over 18.65 meters in length, 3.5 meters in width and/or gross weight over 100,000kg, an escort vehicle must by law be in attendance during your vehicles travel to warn other road users and to martial traffic where necessary. 


We partner with operators who are fully trained on industry practises and qualified steersmen who have an understanding on operating hydraulic steering trailers to manoeuvre loads into the tightest of spots. Escort vehicles are equipped with CB and 2 way radios, safety equipment, beacons, marker boards and dash cameras for comprehensive safety.


Which Industries Can We Support With Abnormal Load Delivery Services?


Speedy Freight has been providing an abnormal delivery service for bulky, large or otherwise abnormal loads across all sectors for over 15 years! Our abnormal load delivery service meets all our clients’ requirements, and is the perfect way to transport goods which may be too large, bulky, delicate or otherwise complex to handle and transport. 


Abnormal loads are commonly found within sectors like aviation, manufacturing, and construction, where large parts of machinery, materials or equipment often need moving around, but here at Speedy we’ll be happy to provide abnormal delivery services to all our clients. 


To arrange your abnormal load delivery, simply get in touch with your local branch at Speedy Freight and our experts will be more than happy to provide you with a quote for your service. 


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