Embargo on abnormal loads and vehicles
Why an embargo?
The Department of Transport and Public Works is committed to promoting road safety therefore an embargo is placed on abnormal loads and vehicles during certain periods such as public holidays or long weekends.
An abnormal load or vehicle can obstruct the vision of other vehicles on the same road because of its dimensions. There are also higher risks of road crashes with vehicles that exceed the legal mass.
- Read more on the danger of overloaded vehicles.
The department issued a circular on the embargo for the 2021/22 year:
- Circular 1: National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act 93 Of 1996): Section 81: Restriction on the transportation of abnormal loads and movement of abnormal vehicles during 2021 (including January 2022)
- Circular 2: National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act 93 Of 1996): Section 81: Restriction on the transportation of abnormal loads and movement of abnormal vehicles during 2021 (including January 2022)
What is abnormal vehicles and loads?
A vehicle or combination of vehicles that exceed legal dimensions or mass.
The load being transported cannot be broken into smaller portions and exceeds the legal limitations.
Read more on the legal requirements in the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000.
A special permit may be issued to allow the carrying of an abnormal load if it is considered to be in the economic and/or social interest of the country.
How to apply for a permit
The requirements for a permit depend on the size and nature of the load or vehicle.
You can apply for a permit at the Department of Transport and Public Works.
Contact the Department for more information on permits for abnormal loads: