ESTA is the leading European association for the abnormal road transport and mobile crane rental industry.


Welcome to ESTA, the leading European association for the abnormal road transport and mobile crane rental industry.

We represent national trade associations whose members are mobile crane and access platform, rental and abnormal road transport companies.

Individual companies can become special members if there is no appropriate national association from their country.

ESTA also welcomes affiliate members from relevant clients, government departments, regulatory bodies, service companies and all organisations active in our markets.

In addition, ESTA has recently created the category of “Supporter” for companies that are members of their ESTA’s national associations but who want to become more directly involved in ESTA’s work.


ECOL agrees mutual recognition with Dutch TCVT

The development of the new European Crane Operators Licence has taken a major step forward with the news that the ECOL Foundation has signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement with the Dutch TCVT-RA, the organisation responsible for issuing crane operators’ licences in the Netherlands.  

New ESTA members and supporters announced

The Transport Section of the Confederation of Danish Industry (ATL/DI), based in Copenhagen has become an Ordinary Member. The total of Ordinary Members now stands at 21 following the decision of two Turkish associations AKT and AND to join ESTA earlier this year.

DTL Kran Blok Erfa, part of the Danish Transport and Logistics Association,  has joined as an Affiliate Member, bringing the number of members in that category to 39 companies.  ESTA has also confirmed four new supporters - AVI Cranes, CDS, Gebr. Markewitsch and SAE. 

Meissner joins ECOL Supervisory Board

Klaus Meissner - director of engineering systems, product safety and IPM for Demag Mobile Cranes - has joined the Supervisory Board of the European Crane Operators Licence scheme.

First Marking and Lighting report completed

ESTA has started lobbying European organisations to support plans for the harmonization of marking and lighting regulations for abnormal road transport. The move follows the completion of the first report from the special stakeholder working group which proposes adapting the current ECE R48 regulation as the basis for agreed Europe-wide lighting and marking standards. Go to ESTA News for more

BigMove’s Beckedorf joins ESTA Board

Olaf Beckedorf, Chairman of the Board of German company BigMove, has been unanimously elected to the ESTA Board. BigMove is a Europe-wide network of heavy-duty logistics companies and is a member of ESTA’s German member association BSK. Beckedorf replaces Robert Markewitsch of  Gebr. Markewitsch, who is retiring

Recent accidents prompt wind BPG additions

The final touches are now being put to ESTA’s new best practice guide for the safe transport and erection of onshore wind turbines.  Following a series of recent accidents involving manually steered trailers, the working group has decided to include several late amendments. Go to ESTA News for more.

New move on Crane Capacity Index

ESTA is determined to give new impetus to expanding its Crane Capacity Index project in 2020.

Despite the doubts from some manufacturers, we are convinced that this will support our safety agenda by increasing industry transparency.

ISO 9001 success for ECOL project

ESTA’s planned European Crane Operators’ Licence has been awarded ISO 9001-2015 certification after successfully completing the required audit. The award means that ECOL can now apply to have the licence registered and recognised by the Dutch NLQF qualifications framework. Through the NLQF it will be aligned with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) across Europe. 

Full story in ESTA News or go to for more ECOL information

Transport added to Brussels wind safety project

The European Commission’s Wind Harmony project - created to improve safety in Europe’s burgeoning wind energy sector – has agreed to include transportation in the study in response to a request from ESTA. Go to ESTA News for more

IRU backs ESTA’s transport corridors call

International road transport association IRU is throwing its weight behind ESTA’s call for a network of abnormal road transport corridors to be created across Europe. Go to ESTA News for more.

Japan Crane Association joins ICSA

The Japan Crane Association voted to join the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly (ICSA) at its board meeting in June. Go to ESTA News for more

ICSA developing two new position papers

The International Crane Stakeholders Assembly is working on two new position papers – on the transport and erection of large wind farm components and the use of cranes on barges.

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