Weight and dimensions of vehicles

This chapter covers the regulations on Construction and Use (C&U) and Authorised Weight (AW) rules for different vehicles, plus axle weight limits and vehicle dimensions (including overall length, width, height and turning circle).

Updates for 2020:

  • Addition to maximum overall length for an articulated HGV carrying containers.

Updates for 2021:

  • Alternative (low carbon) fuels.

  • Additional weight allowance.

  • Cranes in relation to overall length defined.

Download the Weight and dimensions of vehicles chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law

Contents:

  • Vehicle weights.
    • 44 tonnes operation.
    • Axle weight limits.
    • Bogie weights – construction and use regulations.
      • Two closely spaced axles.
      • Three closely spaced axles.
    • Bogie weights – authorised weights regulations.
    • Weight by reference to axle spacing – authorised weight regulations.
  • Vehicle dimensions.
    • Overall length.
    • Turning circle.
    • Long vehicles and loads.
    • Overall width.
    • Width of load.
    • Height.
    • Minimum ground clearance.
    • Government trial of longer semi-trailers.

Download the Weight and dimensions of vehicles chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law