Welcome to the Heavy Transport Association

The Heavy Transport Association (HTA) is the only specialist Trade Association for the heavy/abnormal load industry.  Examples of members include (but not limited to) abnormal load hauliers, truck/trailer manufacturers, route surveyors, permit agents, consultants, abnormal load escorters, ferry owners, infrastructure owners/managers, etc.  HTA members are consequently a highly specialist group of operators with very different needs over other sectors of the transportation industry.   For more information on membership, please visit our join page.

The Association was originally formed in 1983 and its operator members specialise in the movement of abnormal loads.  HTA Members meet at quarterly General Meetings.  Due to geographic spread of membership, meeting venues generally alternate between the North of England and the South Midlands.  The HTA is a member of ESTA (The European Association of Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes) and has held the Presidency for 3 years.

The Heavy Transport Association website provides news and information that affect the sector as well as 24hr online access to current and archived information.  Much of the HTA site content is private to Members of the HTA and require a member login in order to access. The HTA welcomes eligible new members; to apply to become a member of the HTA, please visit our join page.

Celebrating 30 Years

Celebrating 30 YearsThe 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 initially focused heavily on issues relating to STGO and Special Order movements.  Recently the focus is on promoting the professional and trade interests of escort drivers.  Members of the HTA actively participate in meetings and workshops organised by Highways England and the HTA is regularly consulted by HE 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, equipment manufacturers and abnormal load officers.  HTA members are consequently a highly specialist group; with new members always welcome (please visit our join page).  The 30 year milestone was marked with an Association dinner and the publication of a bespoke Yearbook.

HTA Vision
HTA, the association of choice for professional Heavy Haulage Operators and Escort/Pilot car Operators and Managers.
HTA Core Values

Advise: We advise our members to ensure they operate safely and within legislation.

Represent: We are committed and work hard to represent our members at a national and local level. We lobby Ministers and Members of Parliament, we attend liaison meetings, respond to consultations and write and publish articles in a wide range of trade publications.

Develop: We develop and introduce new National training standards, we develop industry best practice and we develop relationships with other like minded trade associations and bodies.

What HTA Membership Delivers
  • Lobbies and campaigns on behalf of members about the things that matter to them 
  • Keeps abreast of UK Legislation – the HTA has access to legal advice via the Secretariat so that any issues arising are dealt with in a timely manner
  • Keeps abreast of EU legislation.  The HTA is the UK Member of ESTA, the leading European association for the abnormal load transport and mobile crane rental industry so can have insight into Operations and the possibility of networking with large European haulage companies.
  • Provides e-news: Regular updates on what’s happening and members e-news on the website
  • Produces quarterly issues of Heavy Talk – the HTA journal to keep members up to date
  • HTA approved centres provide Training services for Escort Drivers and Escort Managers leading to certificates of competence awarded by City & Guilds
  • Produces official HTA Yearbook in collaboration with Media Partners, Nimble Media Limited
  • Holds quarterly member meetings – get the information you need to help you deal with the things affecting you
  • Provides Representation at Industry Liaison Meetings
  • Members receive a free subscription to HeavyTorque, a dedicated quarterly magazine providing news and technical articles on a wide range of key topics in the heavy haulage industry
  • Provides legal advice and guidance
HTA in the Press
HTA Chairman, John Rodell awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List - 13 June 2016

The HTA are proud to announce that the Queen's birthday honours list 2016 includes an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for the HTA Chairman (and Operations Director of FTX Logistics), John Rodell. The citation and press release from the Cabinet Office refers to Johns service both for services in Support of Army Heavy Equipment Transportation as well as his 8 years service as Chairman of the Heavy Transport Association.

Road Safety Article on Abnormal Load Escorting - 19 April 2012

Road Safety Article on Abnormal Load Escorting appears in 'IAM Advanced Driving' Magazine (Spring 2012 edition)

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HTA Launches the First Abnormal Load Escort Certificates of Competence - 02 August 2016
In an industry first the Heavy Transport Association is launching a road safety initiative centred on two new Certificates of Competence issued by the City & Guilds for the drivers and managers of abnormal load Escorts. The aim of the initiative is to improve public safety through training of abnormal load escorts leading to improved competence.  read more ...
DVSA Issue guidance on Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) for heavy trailers: help to get a pass - 03 September 2015
Guidance now available from DVSA on Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) for heavy trailers: help to get a pass read more ...
Consultation on Abnormal Loads parking - 24 May 2015
Meeting derived from issue raised by HTA Member John Hunt (inter County Pilot Service Ltd) relating to gaining access to suitable abnormal load parking bays, with the aim to identify issues and solutions to where suitable parking can be accessed. read more ...
NEW HeavyTorque website - 18 July 2014
The NEW HeavyTorque website is now live  - please bookmark www.heavytorque.co.uk.  Also on Twitter and Facebookread more ...
Dave Collett voted President of ESTA - 24 June 2013
David Collett, Managing Director at R Collett & Sons (Transport) Ltd and committee member of the HTA has been appointed President of ESTA read more ...