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Crackdown on abnormal loads costs UK economy £584 million a year, report claims

A report by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), commissioned by the Abnormal Loads Group (ALG), alleges inconsistent enforcement of abnormal load regulations by British police forces is costing the UK economy an estimated £584 million annually.

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The ALG, which includes the Road Haulage Association (RHA), cited concerns from haulage firms about overly restrictive and varying enforcement practices across different police forces. The report investigates the potential financial implications of these inconsistencies.

The study highlights several areas where these inconsistencies are said to be causing problems. Stricter notification requirements are placing a strain on both haulage companies and authorities responsible for processing them.

The report also suggests that drivers may be diverting routes to avoid stricter enforcement areas, which could lead to longer journeys and higher carbon dioxide emissions. 

Additionally, the stricter regulations may be impacting the economic activity of the road haulage sector. 

Delays in transporting abnormal loads are further alleged to be impacting industries reliant on timely deliveries, such as tourism, housing, manufacturing, and construction.

The report calls for the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) to establish clear and standardised guidelines for abnormal load movements. It also recommends improved training for police officers on enforcing these regulations and a feedback mechanism for hauliers to report issues with enforcement practices.

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