EDSAL abnormal loads website gets thumbs up from hauliers 10 August 2010
Since the Highways Agency upgraded the online ESDAL (electronic service delivery for abnormal loads) service, haulier numbers using it to communicate with road authorities and the police have grown from 14,692 in April to 26,591 in June.
Improvements were driven by user feedback and Paul Furlong, from the Highways Agency, reports that the most popular functions now include: A-to-B mapping, online collaboration, and fast vehicle data entry.
A-to-B mapping does what it says on the tin, with ESDAL automatically planning the abnormal load route and return route, using a drag-and-drop interface.
Online collaboration is where the road authorities, structure owners and police provide online feedback to the haulier when notifications are made via ESDAL.
And simplified vehicle entry provides a single page to enter details of vehicles used in abnormal load movements.
"ESDAL reduces the administrative burden and modernises the procedures for managing abnormal loads, says Furlong. "It significantly improves the planning, management and notification of abnormal load movements," he adds.
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