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

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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.


Controversial new French "blind spot" signage rules come into force on April 1

April 1, 2021

French authorities have so far refused to delay or amend new regulations on "blind spot" signage stickers for heavy transport vehicles despite pressure from the European Commission and many organisations, including ESTA and the International Road Transport Union (IRU). As a result, from April 1 heavy transport vehicles on French roads not equipped with the "blind spot" stickers can be penalised. Full story is in news, here

ESTA Awards 2021 finalists announced

March 22, 2021

The list of finalists for the ESTA Awards 2021 has been released. Further details of the projects, companies and products will be published shortly. The winners will be announced during the free online ESTA Awards and Market Update event on April 22.

To see the shortlist, go to the awards section of this website here

To register to attend, go here

ESTA concerned by new ERRU sanctions register

March 19, 2021

ESTA is "extremely concerned" at the impact on the heavy and abnormal transport sector of the new sanctions register for transport violations which will come into effect on April 1.

The ERRU register - the European Register of Road Transport Undertakings - contains Europe-wide records of violations of transport legislation and includes a penalty points system. If a transport operator collects too many penalty points, they risk losing their licence to operate.

Full story is in news here

ECOL in talks over rigger training

March 18, 2021

ESTA's European Crane Operator Licence is in talks about the possibility of developing a rigger training scheme to run alongside its increasingly popular operator training courses.

Go to ESTA News for the full story here

UK announces Brexit transport rules delay

March 15, 2021

The UK Government has announced substantial delays to the timetable for the implementation of new post-Brexit requirements for the transport industry.  In response, the IRU said: "The delays in the UK implementation timetable provide extra time to prepare the transport operators for the next steps."

Ennen to give keynote at online ESTA Awards event

February 22, 2021

Jens Ennen

Jens Ennen, CEO at Tadano Faun and Tadano Demag in Germany, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the online ESTA Awards and Market Update taking place on 22 April.  He joins two other senior industry speakers on the programme. Moritz Dickmann, managing director of Nöpel Group, will discuss the implications of reforms to VEMAGS transport permits while Garrick Nisbet, projects director at Notus Heavy Lift and lifting manager at the Hinkley Point C project in the UK, will report on recent heavy lifts and transport activities at the nuclear power project, including lifts by Sarens' ‘Big Carl’ crane. Full story is here

Wind safety report take-up too slow, says ESTA

ESTA WTG 2020 Digital FCFebruary 19, 2021

ESTA is pushing for the onshore wind industry to rapidly adopt the measures in the Best Practice Guide for the Transport and Installation of Onshore WTG Systems following a recent crane accident in Sweden. The guide - which is available as a free download from the ESTA Website here - was published last year but ESTA feels the industry has been slow to recognise its importance. Full story is here

ICSA putting finals touches to two new guides

February 19, 2021

ICSA LogoTwo new best practice guides for the crane industry have moved a step closer to publication after the latest meeting of the International Crane Stakeholders Assembly (ICSA) which took place online in February. Final touches are being put to the long-awaited best practice guide on the safe use of mobile cranes on barges and work is also nearing completion on a guidance paper on mobile crane ground preparation for wind farm construction. Both papers are expected to be officially released before the second half of 2021. Work has also started on a new best practice guide on the use of mobile cranes in pile driving and extraction work. 

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