The Heavy Transport Association (HTA) was initiated by a group of heavy haulage operators struggling to cope with less than clear regulations regarding the movement of abnormal loads. It seemed apparent that enforcement authorities/police officers were not happy to have abnormal loads on the roads, and so the operators decided that something had to be done. Initial meetings were informal and then as news of the meetings spread, more and more operators wanted to attend. This was back in 1983.
The objectives of the HTA were initially heavily focused on issues relating to STGO and Special Order movements and now the focus is also on promoting the professional and trade interests of escort drivers. Members of the HTA actively participate in meetings and workshops organised by the Highways Agency and the HTA is regularly consulted by the Highways Agency when guidance is formulated on abnormal load movements and self escorting.
The objectives of the Heavy Transport Association were, and remain to date, to promote the professional and trade interests of all its members. The Association is the only specialist Trade Association for the heavy/abnormal load industry. Members include abnormal load hauliers, truck/trailer manufacturers, route surveyors, permit agents, consultants, abnormal load escorters, ferry owners, infrastructure owners/managers and abnormal load officers. HTA members are consequently a highly specialist group; with new members always welcome (to find out more, please visit our join page). The HTA are pleased to celebrate 30 years with an Association dinner and the publication of a bespoke Yearbook.