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Abnormal Loads

Movement of Abnormal Loads

Road Traffic (Permits for Specialised Vehicles) Regulations 2009, S.I. No. 147 of 2009, and Road Traffic (Specialised Vehicle Permits) (Amendment) Regulations 2010, S.I. 461 of 2010, introduced a streamline permit system and list of Designated Routes to be administered by An Garda Síochána for the movement of loads not exceeding 27.4 metres in length and 4.3 metres in width on the major inter-urban routes and to Cork, Rosslare and Ringaskiddy Ports.

An abnormal load must adhere to the maximum weight limits set down by Road Traffic (Construction and Use of Vehicles) Regulations 2003, S.I. 5 of 2003 and the maximum height limit set down in Road Traffic (Construction and Use of Vehicles) (Amendment) Regulations 2008, S.I.366 of 2008

This "Permit for Specialised Vehicles" form when signed by the Garda Síochána Permits Officer grants permission to move abnormal loads as defined under the above Regulations, on inter-urban routes specified in the Schedule of Designated Roads. Any deviations from the Schedule of Designated Roads in above Regulations require independent authorisation from the Local Authority concerned and/or the Minister for Transport.  Please refer to for further information.

Please see appropriate support documents on this page