Trans Europe Specialist transport

The regulations regarding specialist transport varies widely in the member states of the European Union. Therefore, fundamental to use a hauler that understand the legislation with an expertise to handle the logistics. You will be able to see that there is a lot to consider when preparing the movements of exceptional cargo. Which is why Insight Trans Logistics Ltd is your partner as we will arrange transport permits, exemptions and have other necessary documentation quickly and completely, ensuring your cargo arrives at its destination on time. Further to this, Insight trans logistics ltd can undertake route surveys and feasibility studies ensuring we do not come across any unexpected issues along the way.

Spain

The Spanish Guidelines are fairly straight forward, However the system does have its exemptions.

Category Name

Length

Width

Height

Maximum gross weight

Escort required?

Permits

Genérica

up to 20.55m

Up to 3m wide

Up to 4.50m

Up to 45 Tonnes

No

General permits (can be obtained in 5 days

Específica

Up To 40m

Up To 5m

Up to 4.7m

Up to 110

Tonnes

Yes

Specific Route permits, (can take up to 6 weeks)

Excepcional

Above 40m

Above 5m

Above 4.7m

Above 110 Tonnes

Yes + Police (ATGC)




Regions

For the application of exemptions and permits there are 3 different regions in spain: the Basque country, Navarre and the rest of Spain, including Catalonia. It principle it is one system but with differences in the finer details. Each region has different allowances for the number of trailers included on each permit; the period the permit is valid for; and deposit required for heavy transport.

Driving Bans

In Spain there are numerous driving bans on national and regional holidays. It is important to take note of the times because they vary. For abnormal transports there is a driving ban from Saturday or the day before a national holiday from 13.00 hrs to 02.00 hrs on Monday (or the day after the holiday). For a regional holiday the driving ban starts at 0.00 hrs and lasts until 02.00 hrs on the day after the holiday. In the Basque country it is different: the driving ban there starts on Saturday (or the day before a holiday) from 13.00 hrs to Sunday 24.00 hrs. There is also a driving ban on 31 July from 08.00 hrs to 24.00 hrs.

Security Deposits

With large, heavy transports there is a real risk of damaging the road, bridges or buildings. To ensure that any damage will be compensated, a deposit has to be paid in the ‘Exceptional’ category. This deposit may be as much as € 6,000 per trip in one region. And don’t expect an employee of the region to go and check the day after the transport to see if any damage has been done. Reports of damage can still come in after months. That’s why it can take up to a year before the deposit is paid back into the company’s bank account.

Belgium


Belgium has a very clear-cut system, which is very well broken down.

Category

Validity

Road Type

Length

Width

Height

Weight

CAT 1

5 Years

All Roads in Belgium

27m

Up to 3.50m

Up to 4m

Up to 44 tonnes

CAT 2

1 Year

Network Motorways

Up to 30 m

4.25m

Up to 4.3m

Up to 44 Tonnes

CAT 2

1 Year

Network Cranes

Network Class 90

Travel route

Up to 30 m

Up to 4.25m

Up to 4.5m

Up to 90 Tonnes

CAT 3

4 Months

Network Class 120

Travel route

Up to 35m

Up to 5m

4.8m

Up to 120,000 tonnes

CAT 4

2 Months

Travel Route

More than 35m

More than 5m

More than 4.8m

More than 120,000 tonnes


Driving

Belgium has a few different driving restrictions for specialist transport, and they are as follows.

Peak traffic curfews for specialist cargo over 27m length, 3.5m wide and over 60 tonnes between the times of 07:00 – 09:00 and 16:00 – 18:00 every day.
Weekends from Saturday 12:00 through to Sunday 24:00
Public holidays from 16:00 on the day before the public holiday through to 24:00 on the holiday itself. These are: January 1st; Easter Monday; May 1st; Ascension; Whitmonday; July 21st; August 15th; November 1st; November 11th; December 25th.
Day time bans for transport over 30m length and 4m wide between the times of 06:00 and 21:00
There are further restrictions for driving on motorways that have less than 3 lanes between the times of 06:00 and 21:00 for cargo that is wider than 3.5m

France

Driving Bans

Driving bans can differ per department and highway; this is an overview of the most common driving bans
Weekends from Saturday 12:00 to Monday 12:00
Day before any public holidays at 12:00 until sunrise after the public holiday. Public Holidays in France are: January 01 - Easter - May 01 - May 08 - Ascension Day - Whitsun - July 14 - August 15 - November 01 - November 11 - December 25
During summer vacations in France there are also Driving bans on various Saturdays in July and August, throughout France.

Escorts required

Width(m)

Length (m)

Transport CAT 1

Transport CAT 2

Transport CAT 3

Transport CAT 3

Transport CAT 3

for dimensions and total weight
≤ 72.000 Kg

for total weight or axle load, totalling
≤ 120 000 kg

for total weight or axle load, totalling
> 120 000 kg

3,00

≤ 20

none

1 escort

2 escorts

20,01 – 25,00

none

25,01 – 30,00

1 escort

2 escorts

2 escorts + Motard

30,01 – 40,00

2 escorts

3,01 – 4,00

≤ 25,00

1 escort

2 escorts

2 escorts

25,01 – 30,00

1 escort

2 escorts + Motard

30,01 – 40,00

2 escorts

4,01 – 4,50

≤ 25,00

1 escort

2 escorts

2 escorts + Motard

25,01 – 30,00

2 escorts

30,01 – 40,00

2 escorts

2 escorts

4,51 – 5,00

≤ 40,00

2 escorts

2 escorts + Motard

> 5,00

> 40,00

2 escorts + Motard