Rough guide to container transportation
There are many types of container transportation available in the UK.
We always use an 8 wheeler Hi ab rigid lorry to deliver and offload our 20ft container or this type of vehicle with a trailer (also known as a ‘Drag’) for a pair of 20ft containers to our customers’ sites.
We are often told that an 8 wheeler lorry has been on our customers sites and that our hi ab lorries should be fine to deliver their container (s).
The 8 wheeler Hi ab lorry (road lorry) we use is quite different to the 8 wheeler Tipper truck (construction lorry). So here are some of the differences:
- The 8 wheeler Tipper trucks are fitted with ‘Double Drive’, ‘Diff locks’ and ‘Cross locks’, these enable the vehicle to drive over rough terrain. They could even drive over ploughed fields.
- The 8 wheeler Tipper truck also has a different wheel base, again better drive over rough terrain and this also gives a smaller overhang. So some road ramps and steep areas are more accessible for the Tipper truck.
- The 8 wheeler Hi Ab lorry does not have ‘Double drive’ or ‘Cross locks’, this is the reason we say, we are unable to drive over grass, mud and unmade roads.
- The 8 wheeler Hi Ab lorry also has a longer wheel base, which gives an 8ft overhang behind the last axle. Hence, steep slopes or ramps can often cause us problems.
- When deciding whether an 8 wheeler Hi ab lorry can drive up a ramp or steep hill; imagine a 50 seater coach. If you think a coach can drive up your ramp or steep hill, then an 8 wheeler Hi ab lorry should be able to.
- Hi ab vehicles have an unbalanced weight distribution. The front axle carries the weight of the cab, engine and the hi-ab. This therefore means that it ploughs into the ground rather than over the ground.
We are often asked to offload a container (s) or drive underneath Overhead cables. We generally say that this is not possible; The HSE stipulates that we must have a clearance of 18m from the top of the crane height which equates to 28m from the ground. This is subject to the strength of the power cables. Please see the HSE links below for more information.
Offloading from the Road
We are not allowed to offload a container from a public highway. You, as the client, would have to ask your local highways dept. to see if a permit is required prior to the delivery date. If a permit is required, then our driver will need to see it before offloading.
Please remember, our vehicles use outriggers off the side of the vehicle, which require at least another 5ft on each side of the vehicle. Many small lanes, just do not have the space for our outriggers. Please call us to discuss.
For more details about our delivery/offload and collection/lift on please refer to our Delivery and Collection page.
Please call us to discuss your delivery requirements on 0800 121 7388 or 01473 557409
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