Drivers of cars, utilities and trucks that are transporting loads that project beyond the outer edge(s) of their vehicle or trailer must obey the laws governing the safe moving of these loads. These laws have been developed to protect all road users.
The Projecting Loads brochure
- the total dimensions permitted for a vehicle or trailer plus its load
- the legal safety requirements when carrying projecting loads of different sizes
- what to do if your load is too big.
Before you consider carrying a projecting load, you must ensure that you will not exceed legal limits relating to the total length, height, width and rear overhang of your vehicle or trailer. Your load is taken into account when working out these total dimensions.Dimensions of vehicle or trailer + dimensions of projecting load = total dimensions.
Total dimension limits are worked out to help you safely clear overhead bridges, power lines and other roadside objects such as signs. They also ensure you can turn safely while staying in one lane. The Projecting Loads brochure
displays diagrams and illustrations for maximum permitted dimension limits.
Remember: If your vehicle or trailer is built to the maximum dimensions, you cannot carry any projecting load.