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The Road Vehicles (Authorisation of Special Types) (General) Order 2003

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Restrictions relating to weight: Category 2 AILVs and AILV-combinations

30.—(1) The total weight of—

(a)any Category 2 AILV carrying a load; or

(b)such of the vehicles comprised in a Category 2 AILV-combination as are carrying a load;

must not exceed 80,000 kilograms.

(2) Where the weight calculated in accordance with sub-paragraph (3), in relation to any Category 2 AILV or AILV-combination, is less than 80,000 kilograms, the total weight of the vehicle or vehicles described in sub-paragraph (1)(a) or (b) must not exceed that lesser weight.

(3) The weight calculated in accordance with this sub-paragraph is the number (expressed in kilograms) equal to the product of the following equation and then rounded up to the nearest 10 kilograms—

D × 7,500

(4) In sub-paragraph (3), D is the distance (measured in metres) between—

(a)in the case of an AILV, the foremost axle and the rearmost axle of the AILV carrying the load;

(b)in the case of an AILV-combination that is an articulated vehicle, the kingpin and the rearmost axle on the semi-trailer; or

(c)in the case of any other description of AILV-combination, the foremost axle and the rearmost axle of the group comprising all those vehicles in the combination that are carrying a load.

31.—(1) The total weight of—

(a)any Category 2 AILV carrying a load; or

(b)such of the vehicles comprised in a Category 2 AILV-combination as are carrying a load;

must be transmitted to the road through 6 or more axles.

(2) In sub-paragraphs (3) to (5) “load-bearing vehicle” means a vehicle mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(a) or (b).

(3) The distance between any two adjacent axles of a load-bearing vehicle must not be less than 1 metre.

(4) Where the distance between two adjacent axles of a load-bearing vehicle is the distance specified in column 1 of Table 1, the axle weight must not exceed the weight specified in column 2 and the wheel weight must not exceed the weight specified in column 3.

Table 1
Category 2: axles and wheels
Distance between adjacent axlesAxle weightWheel weight
(Column 1)(Column 2)(Column 3)
Less than 1.35 metres12,000 kilograms6,000 kilograms
1.35 metres or more12,500 kilograms6,250 kilograms

(5) But where—

(a)a load-bearing vehicle has axles in two or more groups of axles;

(b)the distance between the adjacent axles in each group is less than 2 metres; and

(c)the distance between the adjacent axles in different groups is more than 2 metres;

the sum of the weights transmitted to the road surface by all the wheels in any group must not exceed 50,000 kilograms.

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