The public road network on the Isle of Mull is subject to various weight restrictions detailed within the Traffic Order – ARGYLL AND BUTE COUNCIL (Various Roads, Isle of Mull) (Weight and Length Restrictions)(Amendment) ORDER 2011. These restrictions are based on the Maximum Gross Weight (MGW) of the vehicle. An exemption system has been introduced permitting vehicles with a plated MGW greater than a particular roads restriction to travel along such a road provided the GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT (GVW) does not exceed the route MGW restriction.
A route map detailing the restrictions is available.
Hauliers wishing to use this facility must apply for exemption via the procedures detailed below prior to commencing journey allowing at least five working days for the application to be processed.
1. Complete application form
a) All Hauliers must complete details on application form and submit for assessment.
2. Seven Day Permit :- Intended for hauliers with occasional deliveries/uplifts on restricted roads.
b) Haulier submits Load Sheet 2 with application form for prior approval.
c) Council roads staff assess and if Load Sheet is compliant issue permit plus approved Load Sheet.
d) Driver keeps Permit and Load Sheet in cab and presents them if requested by police or authorised Council officer.
e) As deliveries (or uplifts) are made, the driver inserts details on “Actual Route Record” section of Load Sheet including subtracting (or adding) to give revised actual gross weight. This should be below the weight restriction for the road.
f) At end of run the driver signs the Load Sheet.
g) The sheet is posted, faxed or scanned and emailed to Roads and Amenity Services along with the weighbridge ticket.
3. Annual Permit : Intended for hauliers with regular deliveries/uplifts on restricted roads.
a) Haulier applies for 12 month permit, undertaking to abide by conditions.
b) Roads and Amenity Services issue permit and blank Load Sheet.
c) For each relevant delivery, the haulier carries permit in cab and completes Load Sheet as he makes deliveries to demonstrate that at any time actual gross weight is below the weight restriction for the road.
d) At end of run the driver signs the Load Sheet.
4. Uplifts of Livestock
a) Haulier applies for permit. In the case of regular hauliers this will be annual permit.
b) Roads and Amenity Services issue permit plus blank Load Sheet.
c) At end of run the driver signs the Load Sheet.
d) The sheet is posted, faxed or scanned and emailed to Roads and Amenity Services along with the weighbridge ticket.
5. Hay Deliveries
An additional allowance of 2 tonnes will be permitted to provide for increase in weight of hay exposed to rain.
6. Special Cases
The Haulier should approach Roads and Amenity Services with his proposal.
There will be a presumption that a small overload can be permitted with an extra axle. For example on a road restricted to 18 tonnes we may approve a 20t load. Ie a laden weight of 20t, which can be confirmed by the weighbridge ticket together with the Load Sheet, carried on a lorry plated for 26t. (Ie 20t over 3 axles instead of 18t on 2 axles.) This principle will not always be extended to longer vehicles due to the edge damage they can cause. It is unlikely that this dispensation will be agreed for lorries fitted with super singles.
Use of Tyre Pressure Control Systems (TCPS) may also result in exemption being given.
For proposed movements which do not fit with the above categories, it is likely that an exemption will only be granted if the haulier provides indemnification of the Council against all damage and claims resulting from the vehicle movement.