Notifying an abnormal load movement offline
How to notify an abnormal load movement if you are not registered to use the ESDAL system
In this section:
If you are not registered to use the Electronic Service Delivery for Abnormal Loads (ESDAL) system, you can use these forms to:
- make an application to move an abnormal load
- notify the authorities
There are different application forms depending on the dimensions and weight of the load and vehicle you are using. Please read the notification requirements for moving abnormal loads (aide memoire) for more guidance.
You cannot apply too early to move an abnormal load. We invite applications for agreement in principle even at the pre-tender stage, before any financial commitment is made to supply and deliver the load.
Approval isn't automatic and is at the discretion of our Abnormal Loads Team acting on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport.
When considering applications to move a load by road, we will consider the disruption and congestion it could cause and whether alternative modes of transport (such as water or rail) could be used.
Forms for offline notification
This form lets you auto-populate certain information, as well as selecting from a pick list of Police, Highway and Bridge authorities.
You can use this form in place of the following forms of notice:
- to the Police under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986
- to Police, Highway and Bridge Authorities under The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General ) Order, 2003 Schedule 5 or Schedule 9 Part 1.
Vehicle details for abnormal load movements authorised by Special Order.
Application for authority to move a vehicle with a load that exceeds 5.0 metres but does not exceed 6.1 metres in width.
SOAP API stands for simple object access protocol application programming interface. Hauliers who don't use ESDAL can send notifications from their own systems to ESDAL through a Machine to Machine interface on a SOAP API.
Total weight and axle requirements in each category.
Form of indemnity in respect of damage caused in the course of a journey notified under the Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003.
This form is the notice of request to a local highway authority to secure the removal of an obstruction from a highway. Because different procedures may apply to different obstructions, you should use one form for each obstruction.
Vehicle Special Order (VSO)
You should apply to the Vehicle Certification Agency if you are moving special types or special purpose vehicles that:
- may not be fully permitted by the ‘Construction and Use (C&U) Regulations’
- are outside the scope of the Special Types General Order
The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003, Statutory Instrument 1998 - Part 2 (Articles 10 to 18) gives notification requirements for mobile cranes.