The UK’s Heavy Transport Association (HTA) has launched a series of schemes examining various aspects of abnormal and indivisible load movements.

The first project in the programme is called Safer Abnormal Load Escorting (SABLE), which aims to improve the safety and operational efficiency of abnormal load movements through appropriate escorting practices.

International road safety consultant, the Transafe Network, is leading the project. It will analyse current risk assessment practices and abnormal load escorting, in order to identify areas that could be enhanced. It hopes to identify areas that will improve safety for all road users, and the most efficient use of the road network.

The SABLE will call on a range of stakeholders including: abnormal load hauliers, route surveyors, permit agents, consultants, abnormal load escorts, infrastructure owners/managers, equipment manufacturers and the police.