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 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.