Abnormal loads – UK hauliers are committed to safety but police must apply rules fairly – RHA


Transport bodies in the UK reiterate their call on police to apply regulations on moving large or heavy cargo fairly and consistently.

The call comes as hauliers continue to report that some officers are enforcing blanket movement embargoes on abnormal loads which they say are increasing bureaucracy and cost.

The Heavy Transport Association says around five percent of its members are considering no longer moving abnormal loads as the situation remains unresolved pending a response from police chiefs.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA), Heavy Transport Association, British Holiday & Home Parks Association, and National Caravan Council make it clear that hauliers are committed to complying with safety regulations.

But police actions are increasing costs and hindering hauliers’ operations which are affecting other parts of the economy, including: tourism, housing, manufacturing and construction.  Unless these restrictions are addressed promptly they have the potential to damage the wider UK economy.

The group has called on a number of chief constables to confirm if their forces are following College of Policing guidelines on Special Types General Orders (STGO).

In the meantime they’re urging the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) to establish clear guidelines and best practice on abnormal load movements to ensure regulations are enforced consistently.

They expect an answer later this month.

The group advises firms that they can make a complaint about conduct in public office by an individual officer or force, through theIndependent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).