What You Need to Know About Abnormal Load Permits

What You Need to Know About Abnormal Load Permits 

Transporting large or heavy objects in and around South African roads is not something that can just be done on a whim. Precise planning is required to get the job done efficiently and on time, which includes having the correct permits and paperwork necessary too.

Many companies are not aware of what is required to transport an abnormal load, including the necessary regulatory permits, and this could lead to costly delays and fines.

In this article, we will give as much information as we can on an abnormal load permit. Understanding the abnormal load permit application process and other key points to be aware of when planning an abnormal load transport project is important for the safety of people travelling.

What is Classified as an Abnormal Load?

An abnormal load is generally any vehicle or load that exceeds the standard legal size and weight restrictions for vehicles using the public roads. An abnormal load generally refers to a load that exceeds the maximum weight, width, length, or height limits that are permitted for vehicles on the roads.

In some cases, an abnormal load may also require special permits, pilot vehicles, and/or police escorts to ensure the safety of the public and other drivers on the road. Examples of abnormal loads might include large construction equipment, mobile homes, wind turbine blades, and oversized vehicles carrying wide loads or heavy machinery.

How to Apply for an Abnormal Load Permit in South Africa?

The process of applying for an abnormal load permit may vary depending on your location and the regulations that apply. However, here are some general steps that we can recommend:

#1 – Determine if your load is considered abnormal 

Abnormal loads are typically those that exceed the weight, width, length, or height limits set by law. Check with the local transportation department or authority to determine if your load qualifies as abnormal.

#2 – Gather necessary information

You will need to provide detailed information about the load, including its weight, dimensions, and the route from point A to point Z.

#3 – Contact the appropriate authority

You will need to contact the local transportation department or authority that issues abnormal load permits. This may be a state or provincial agency or a local authority.

#4 – Fill out the application

You will need to fill out an application form that requests information about the load, the vehicle carrying the load, and the planned route. You may also need to provide supporting documentation, such as insurance certificates, maps, and route surveys.

#5 – Pay the fees

Abnormal load permits typically require the payment of an abnormal load transport fee, which varies depending on the size of the load.

#6 – Wait for approval

The permit application process may take several days or weeks, depending on the complexity of the load and the number of applications being processed.

#7 – Follow the permit conditions

Once you receive the permit, be sure to follow all of the conditions and restrictions that apply. This may include requirements for route planning, signage, and escort vehicles.

What Are The Ideal Conditions for Transporting Abnormal Loads?

Apart from detailed planning required in both the application of abnormal load permits in South Africa and the plan for transportation on the day, there are a few other conditions that need to be in place in order to execute the project safely and successfully;

  • Experienced drivers who have experience transporting abnormal loads are better equipped to handle the unique challenges that come with the job. They should also have a good understanding of the abnormal load safety requirements and regulations.
  • Include appropriate vehicles that are designed to be used for transporting abnormal loads. One step further would be to partner with a company like Concord Cranes, who specialises in offering abnormal load transport services.
  • Plan a suitable route to avoid narrow roads, low bridges, and other obstacles that could impede safe transport.
  • Ensure the highest standard of safety measures are in place including extra measures like escort vehicles, pilot cars, and traffic management, which may be required depending on the size and weight of the load.

Overall, the ideal conditions for transporting abnormal loads involve careful planning, experienced drivers, suitable vehicles, appropriate routes, additional safety measures, clear communication, and proper documentation. By taking these steps, the transportation process can be made smoother and safer for everyone involved.

Who To Contact For All Your Abnormal Load Transport Requirements?

Concord Cranes is equipped to offer clients a complete abnormal load transport and logistics solution for the transporting, lifting or relocating of heavy, bulk and oversized freight. 

For more information on our turnkey solutions and specialised services, or to get a quote, contact Concord Cranes today.

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