When size matters! Understanding the impact & process of transporting oversized loads

If you thought size didn’t matter when it comes to travelling and transporting on the roads, the state governments and police will correct you in thinking otherwise. When it comes to the size and shape of transportation loads in Australia, this is a matter that is taken seriously. It is all for a good reason as state governments want to reduce the threat to people’s safety and environmental damage. Each year there are stories of damage and disruption caused by trucks running into bridges, bringing down power lines or causing damage to other vehicles. To minimise the risks, Membrey’s Transport and Crane hire, a haulage company with vast experience, has provided the following tips to help identify and understand the process when transporting oversized loads.

The reasons why we need road safety, and how it has worked in Australia.

The Australian states and territories are strict when it comes to transporting oversized loads. If you want to transport items such as farm equipment or cranes, you will need to apply for the necessary permits and process to facilitate a safe movement of specialised transport in that state’s road system.

The process and system is diligent and thorough. It is an intrinsic process, but it is one that works by increasing safety and minimising the risk of damage and accidents on the roads. The process differs among the different states and territories. A link to their requirements and processes can be seen in the reference links below.

What type of equipment or loads will need require permits?

If you are unsure about whether or not you will need a permit for oversized goods, the checklist below will give you an idea.

  • Farming equipment
  • Cranes
  • Houses
  • Boats and yachts
  • Forklifts

What considerations need to be kept in mind when transporting oversized goods?


Oversized loads reduce the visibility of the driver. Majority of deaths and damage is caused due to the lack of visibility. It is necessary that the routes that are planned for the transportation of the oversized loads minimise the need of the vehicle to reverse. Furthermore, drivers should be well trained in reversing with oversized cargo.

Loading and unloading

Loading and unloading the cargo can be tricky. It is important to work with a transportation partner that has access to the machinery that can safely and securely load and unload the cargo for transportation.


It is important to work with the right transportation vehicle that will minimise the risk of damage to the transported goods and to the trucks and trailers that are used during the transportation process.

Risk management

Ultimately, it is about minimising the risk to your cargo and to the external environment. Partnering with a company that understands the permit process in each state and the requirements to maximise safety is crucial. The last thing you want is to become responsible for damages and fines.

Do you know what happens in other countries that don’t practice strict transportation regulations on oversized goods?

While there are oversized transportation issues in Australia, it is far worse in other countries that have more relaxed regulations. The risk of accidents and damage caused tends to be higher in these countries. You can view some of the videos below.

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Oversized truck running into a parking office. (Source)

Here is a video of an oversized load where the truck is transporting a long metal beam.


Below is footage of a truck falling off the road due to the size of the load.


If you are transporting oversized goods, make sure to take the necessary procedures to getting the right permits and processes to ensure that your load is transported safely with as minimal risk as possible.

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