HTA begins projects to enhance safety of abnormal road transports

The British Heavy Transport Association (HTA) has launched the first of a series of projects that investigate the movement of abnormal indivisible loads. The aim is to analyse good practice from the UK and elsewhere in the world to ensure that movement of these loads is performed as safely and efficiently as possible.

The first project in the programme is called SAbLE, which stand for “Safer Abnormal Load Escorting”, and is aimed at improving the escorting practices of abnormal loads. With this project, HTA wants to bring together a full range of stakeholders including abnormal load hauliers, route surveyors, permit agents, consultants, abnormal load escorts, infrastructure owners and managers, equipment manufacturers and the police.

The project is led by international road safety consultancy The Transafe Network. It will examine current practices in the risk assessment and escorting of abnormal loads and identify future practices which have the potential to enhance the safety and efficiency of these movements. This will include practices to improve safety for all road users, and the most efficient use of the road network.

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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