Specialist Operations Policy

16 Feb

Specialist Operations Policy



In accordance with The Road Vehicles Regulation Act 1988, an abnormal load is any indivisible load, which cannot without undue expense or risk of damage, be divided into two or more loads for the purpose of carriage and, on account of its length, width, height or weight, cannot be carried on a normal vehicle.

The dimensions of an abnormal load are as follows:


▪ C&U Regulations 1 & STGO 2 – over 302mm overhang on either side ▪ C&U Regulations – over 2.9 metres overall width
▪ STGO – over 3 metres overall width


  • ▪  C&U Regulations – over 18.65 metres rigid length
  • ▪  STGO – over 18.75 metres rigid length
  • ▪  C&U and STGO – over 25.9 metres overall length
  • ▪  C&U and STGO – over 3.05 metres overhand (load) to front or rear ▪


▪ C&U and STGO – exceeding authorised weight for that class of vehicle (generally 44 tonnes)

1 C&U – The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986
2 STGO – The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003

RJC will undertake detailed route and schedule planning, while also conducting pre- delivery site visits to ensure that any issues of access are solved and deliveries are carried out as rapidly and efficiently as possible.
We will work closely with the police, highways authorities, relevant local county councils and customers to ensure every movement is authorised and routed correctly.

Many different large, wide or high abnormal loads require an escort vehicle (or pilot car) by law. Our own in-house fleet of escort vehicles are designed to meet the specifications of the Highway Agency’s Self-Escorting of Abnormal Loads and Abnormal Vehicles Code of Practice and are readily available to help ensure the smooth and safe transit of loads.

Our experienced drivers are to be thoroughly trained and briefed to ensure they comply with stringent loading and unloading protocols, and that correct method statements are observed and best practice followed at all times.


These are essential aspects of RJC Lowloaders Specialist service.

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