If you’re planning a route in London with an abnormal vehicle load, you may need to notify the Met and perhaps arrange a police escort. Answer our quick questions below to find out if you need to notify us and the best way to do it.

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My overall vehicle length is 18.65m (61'2") - 26m (85').

Thank you. In this case you need to notify us.


Please note, abnormal loads of this kind are not permitted anywhere in London during the following times:

Monday to Friday: 07:00 - 10:00 and 16:30 - 19:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 19:00


In addition, abnormal loads are not permitted within a 3 mile radius of Charing Cross station during these times:

Monday to Friday: 07:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 19:00


The easiest way to notify us is online, via the UK Government’s free Electronic Service Delivery for Abnormal Loads (ESDAL) system. This will help you plot your route and notify all the relevant authorities, including us.


Alternatively, visit the UK Government's website, where you can find out which authorities you'll need to notify and download all the relevant forms.