How to flag an oversized load

This article was published on: 09 Dec 2020

At Hevi Haul, many of our clients come to us with questions about their oversized loads. We have been a solution for many transporting needs for several years now. So, it is our passion and pleasure to answer any questions you have about the work we do. Everyone’s case is different, so let’s get across some of the general questions and queries around oversized loads.  

What is an oversized load?  

Not just any vehicle can be considered an oversized load. The vehicle or equipment must exceed any general access mass or dimension limits on a specified portion of the road within that state. A few of the more common examples of oversized loads include: 

  • Construction machines (cranes, front loaders, backhoes) 
  • Agricultural machines (harvesters and grain augers) 
  • Mining and construction vehicles 
  • Special purpose vehicles (mobile cranes, concrete pump trucks and drilling rigs) 

Why do oversized loads have flags?  

Oversized loads require signage to alert other drivers that it is a piece of heavy machinery. It is a safety precaution for the driver, others on the road, and for the oversized load itself. Legally, every state has different signage requirements, so chat to Hevi Haul about the requirements in other states if you are doing an interstate haul.  

How to flag an oversized load? 

A heavy vehicle with its load that is wider than 2.5m or longer than 25m must have four brightly coloured red, red and yellow, or yellow flags visible. Each flag must be at least 450mm by 450mm fixed on the load when transporting. A flag must be set on both sides at the front and rear of the oversized load. If a vehicle with its load is not wider than 2.5m, with a length more than 22m but less than 25m, a warning sign must be attached to the rear of the load.  

What other legalities and regulations you need to consider 

When planning to transport an oversized load, there are many other things to consider before your travel day. Insurance is crucial for a successful trip, as all heavy equipment must be insured. You and your haulage company will feel a lot more comfortable knowing you are all protected in the case of an accident.  

At Hevi Haul haulage company, we follow all regulations for oversized loads under the Australian transport guidelines. We don’t breach any legal limits for oversized hauls, and we conduct a thorough check before transporting your heavy machinery. Securing the load is one of the most critical elements, as a fine of up to $25,000 can incur for an unsecured load.

Obtaining an oversize load permit is another step in the process that is vital before transporting your load in Western Australia. The permits are divided into three areas including single trip permits, period permits and audit regimes. Chat to one of our experienced team members about which permit is fitting for your haulage needs.  

Here at our haulage company in Perth, we pride ourselves on our project management and planning skills. We don’t cut any corners to make the process quicker and easier. In the long run, planning out every step and ticking every box before the big transport day is more important.  

We are passionate about getting the job done right. If you have any more questions about oversized loads or the legalities around flagging, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. Please have a chat to one of our qualified team members on (08) 9356 9799 and let’s get your oversized load moving.  

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