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

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1.—(1) An application for the consent of the Secretary of State must be made in writing.

(2) The application(1) must contain—

(a)contact details for the applicant (and, if different, the haulier) stating—

  • address,

  • telephone number,

  • fax number,

  • email address (if any);

(b)details of the intended use of the vehicle or vehicle-combination, stating—

  • point of departure,

  • point of destination,

  • approximate distance of road movement,

  • approximate date of movement;

(c)details of the vehicle or vehicle-combination, stating—

  • type of vehicle or vehicles,

  • overall length (including length of any front and rear projection),

  • overall length of each single rigid unit included in a vehicle-combination (including length of any front and rear projection),

  • overall width (including width of any lateral projection),

  • maximum height,

  • gross weight or gross train weight of vehicle;

(d)where a vehicle or vehicle-combination is to carry an abnormal indivisible load or a load of exceptional width, information relating to the load, stating—

  • nature and description,

  • dimensions and weight,

  • number of separate pieces (and number of loads this represents),

  • approximate value,

  • implications of dividing the load,

  • approximate cost of any alternative to road movement that has been considered,

  • approximate cost of road movement,

  • any proposed movements of load additional to that for which the application for consent is made;

(e)any other relevant matter.

(3) In sub-paragraph (2)—

(a)“single rigid unit”, in relation to a Part 2 vehicle-combination, has the meaning given in article 12(4); and

(b)a vehicle is to be treated as carrying a load of exceptional width only where it falls within the recognised category of special vehicles mentioned in article 28(1) and the overall width of the vehicle, together with the width of any lateral projection or projections of the load, exceeds 5 metres.

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A standard application form is available on the website of the Department for Transport (www.dft.gov.uk) or the Highways Agency (www.highways.gov.uk) or can be obtained by contacting the Department for Transport (VSE section 7 on 020 7944 2102) or the Highways Agency Traffic Operations Directorate (Abnormal Loads team on 0121 678 8411).

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