Moving abnormal loads on Barnet streets

Some business regularly need to move loads which are classed as 'abnormal'.

For example, those with a gross vehicle weight exceeding 40 tonnes on 5 axles or 44 tonnes on 6 axles.

Before a haulier can move an abnormal load, the Police must be notified and they must agree to how and when it is planned to happen.

If the gross weight or axle weights are more than those specified, the haulier must compensate the council against the possibility of damage to any part of the highway.

An abnormal load could travel on any road, provided the haulier complies with the law. Some roads are more suitable and used more extensively for abnormal loads; for example, A roads.


The law requires the haulier to give a minimum of two days notice to the Police, the Council and any bridge owners before moving an abnormal load.

The Council prefers to receive abnormal load notifications via Highway England’s Electronic Service Delivery for Abnormal Loads (ESDAL) abnormal load notification or Cascade's AbLoads software.

If a haulier does not have access to these, then notifications may be sent to the Council by email

Hauliers should familiarise themselves with the weight, height and width restrictions on the Barnet highway network. Download the restrictions and the plan of the borough showing where they apply:

Exceptional abnormal loads

Loads over 150 tonnes, 6.1 metres wide or 27.4 metres long are classed as 'exceptional' and have different notice period and arrangements. Hauliers moving such loads need special orders from the Government. For full details of the notification requirements for large and heavy loads, consult the Government website.

Compensation (indemnity)

This should be sent to:
2 Bristol Avenue Colindale NW9 4EW