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Q748: What are the legal requirements in relation to carrying a load on my vehicle that overhangs the front, rear or sides?

Loads overhanging the front and rear of a vehicle

The table below is a summary of the requirements applicable to loads overhanging the front and rear of a vehicle.

 

Length of Projection

Action if load projects rearwards

Action if load projects forwards

Not exceeding 1 metre

No requirements specified

No requirements specified

More than 1 metre, but not exceeding 2 metres

End must be made clearly visible

No requirements specified

More than 2 metres, but not exceeding 3.05 metres.

Marker boards required

· Attendant required

· Marker boards required

Exceeding 3.05 metres

· Two clear working days notice to Police

· Attendant required

· Marker boards required

· Two clear working days notice to Police

· Attendant required

· Marker boards required

Racing boats propelled by oars and certain other vehicles have slightly different requirements.

 

Loads overhanging the side/s of a vehicle

The table below is a summary of the requirements applicable to loads overhanging the sides of a vehicle.

 

Load Projection or Overall Width Action required

Load Projection or Overall Width Action required

Over 305mm lateral projection on either side.

· Two clear working days notice to Police

· Marker boards front and rear

· Additional lights required during hours of darkness or poor visibility

More than 2.9 metres, but not exceeding to 3.5 metres overall width

· Two clear working days notice to Police

· Marker boards front and rear

· Additional lights required during hours of darkness or poor visibility.

More than 3.5 metres, but not exceeding to 4.3 metres overall width

· Two clear working days notice to Police

· Attendant required

· Marker boards front and rear

· Additional lights required during hours of darkness or poor visibility.

If you would like further information in relation to overhanging loads please see the link below:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/409165/Information_Sheet_Overhanging_loads.pdf

Offences
Please be aware that even if you comply with the above requirements if the load is unsafe/insecure or if your vehicle is overweight, you could be prosecuted.

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