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Most transport managers would never dream of trying to haul an oversized load by themselves and understand that they need to outsource such a task to a specialist. They may realise that there will be a cost involved but may not fully understand the scale of planning required. What type of additional expenditure do they need to consider and potentially budget for, especially if the load in question is significant?
Detailed and Specific Permit
Each state will have its own rules and regulations, but all of them require a special permit should the rig be taller, wider or longer than they would typically allow. They'll consider each case on its merit and may apply certain conditions for a particular type of vehicle. Usually, the state will also require the originator to employ the services of a specialist haulage company and will identify the registered operator of the vehicle in the paperwork.
Scale of the Operation
Sometimes, the operator will need to carry the load along a route that is less than ideal, and that may need to be modified before the operation can take place. For example, engineers may need to remove traffic islands temporarily so that the vehicle operator can negotiate a roundabout or a particular bend. This work will require planning permission and a detailed analysis by the local government, so expect there to be a high cost here.
Furthermore, if this is the first time that the road in question has been used by a vehicle of this configuration and in particular with regard to its dimensions or weight, a more extensive survey is required. Once again, the cost of this will have to be paid by the applicant, but the government department will typically provide a cost estimate at the planning stage.
Covering Costs and Risk
Government officials may also require the operator to lodge a bond that will cover any potential damage caused along the way. In the past, some oversized loads have come into contact with bridges, roads or third party property, albeit by accident. The originator will nevertheless need to pay for this, and it is a good idea to discuss this type of eventuality with an insurance company before departure. In fact, the government may require a blanket policy to cover all risks as a backup or guarantee.
As you can see, this type of movement will require extensive planning, budget to include all permit and survey costs and a knowledgeable operator. If you plan to move an oversized load in the foreseeable future, talk with a specialist haulage company so that they can guide you through the entire process.