The RHA said it had developed stronger relationships with police forces after it set up a working group to tackle problems around abnormal load movements.

Hauliers have criticised the bureaucracy and costs of transporting loads around the country and the knock-on effect in the wider economy, with projects getting delayed and potentially postponed.

Following the feedback, the trade association convened a group made up of the Heavy Transport Association, National Highways, Backhouse Jones Solicitors and the Construction & Plant Association among others. Work was now being done to increase knowledge of the rules and improve cross-force consistency.

RHA MD Richard Smith said: “We are all clear that safety is paramount on our roads, and our collective aim is to ensure that firms have the clarity and certainty they need to be able to move their customers’ goods efficiently and without additional bureaucracy.

“We recognise that the forces have a difficult job to do, and we know that abnormal loads are a complex field requiring specialist knowledge, experience, and consideration.

“Inconsistency can make it difficult for hauliers and their customers to find real-time, realistic solutions.”

Earlier this month, Essex Police said it was one of seven forces in the region that were attempting to better coordinate the movement of abnormal loads through their counties.

It said the “7-Force agreement” would give clarity and confidence to hauliers.

As part of a new agreement, hauliers are now required to adhere to two embargo times designed to prevent the movement of the biggest and slowest vehicles on the strategic road network during peak periods.

Smith added: “Working together with other stakeholders has given this campaign different perspectives, inputs, and impetus than if any of us had tried to tackle this alone.

“It shows the value of collaboration and engagement as we strive to make sure operators have the confidence and clarity they need.”