a Could you please briefly summarize the legal requirement regarding loads
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overhanging the rear of vehicles and the lighting and marking of them?
We are. thinking in particular of "skids" used on a s. w.b. tipper to move small, tracked machines.
The police seem to have taken a dislike to ours yet there must be quite a lot in use.
AA The maximum lengths of vehicles and loads which are permitted in this country are far in excess of what you could achieve with a short wheelbase tipper, so there is no difficulty there.
Where a load projects more than 3ft 6in. but less than lift to the rear, it must be made clearly visible, but no method is specified. A projection between 6ft and 10ft to the rear requires a regulation-type rear marker board but no side markers (see diagram below). Where a load projects more than lift to the front an attendant must be carried, and the load must be fitted with specified marker boards which must be indirectly illuminated at night.
Where a load projects more than 10ft to the front or rear, an attendant must be carried, two days' advance notice of the movement must be given to the police, and the load must be fitted with specified marker boards.
In central London, police permission is necessary for the movement between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays of loads which project more than 8ft Sin, to the rear.
So far as lighting is concerned, if a load projects more than 3ft 6in. behind the rear lamp an additional rear lamp roust be carried within 3ft 6in. of the rear of the load. If a rearward projecting load obscures the vehicle rear lamps and reflectors, lamps and reflectors must be attached to the load. These must then comply with the specified positions for vehicles treating the end of the load as the rear of the vehicle.
In all cases the skids you use for loading or carrying your tracked machines will be classified as the load.