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What is a route survey?

What is a route survey?

In the trucking industry a route survey applies to transportation of specialized shipments. Route surveys are typically done before a shipment is permitted to travel. A vehicle must travel the exact route proposed by the specialized trucking company to ensure the safety of motorists and protection of public property. When a route survey is being performed the surveyor is looking for things like low bridges, tight turn radius’s or other signs the shipment may an alternate route. The route surveyor is also documenting things such as rail-road crossings and bridge heights (if applicable) as well as other potential dangers or obstructions. Specifically, these type of shipments can either be heavy, tall, long or wide. Each state and province in North America has rules and regulations that must be followed in order to ship specialized loads over their roads and highways. These laws were designed to protect motorists and well as public property such as roads and highways as well as bridges. When a oversize or over-weight (heavy-haul) item requires over the road transportation and is considered to large or heavy to ship under routinely issued oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits it is then classified as a superload. Most superloads require a route survey be done prior to authorizing them to ship it. Usually a pilot car (escort vehicle) will perform a survey of the intended route first in order to make certain the shipment is able to pass through certain areas or under bridges.

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Why is a route survey required?

First and foremost to ensure the safety of motorists traveling over the roads and highways. In addition, to protect public assets and property from being damaged by a extra large or heavy shipment. Anytime a shipment is in excess of the legal limits there is an added level of danger associated with it. In the case of superloads there is even more. This is why the laws governing the shipment of extra large and heavy loads (superloads) are so strict. Try to picture a typical semi-truck with a 48 or 53 feet trailer. The entire combination is less than 65 feet in length. Now consider how relatively easy it is for the truck to make a right hand turn at a stop light. Now think how it would be if the combined length was 3 times that amount or 196 feet. Bridges are the same. The typical semi-truck is less than 11 feet and 6 inches to the top of the exhaust pipes. The legal maximum height in most states/provinces is 13 feet and 6 inches. Now think about what if the item being transported was 32 feet in height. Route surveys for extreme oversize and heavy-haul shipments are very important.

 

What certifications do you need to do route survey work?

The majority of the time a route survey is performed by a pilot car (escort) company. Most states/provinces require pilot car drivers to be certified before operating in them so in order to perform route survey work you will want to get certified as a pilot car driver first. However, in many cases recently route survey work for superloads has been assigned to government employees such as engineers and law enforcement. So if you do plan on doing route survey work you may want to consider operating in the capacity of a pilot car company first and be certain you install a height pole on your pilot car or escort vehicle.

If you are looking for a pilot car company to do a route survey for your company we have many available. If you are in need of a specialized carrier to ship your extremely heavy or oversize shipment we would be more than happy to have them quote you.

 

 

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2018 Georgia State Shipping Regulations

2018 Georgia state DOT shipping laws, regulations, rules, limitations, for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits. 

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Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Georgia maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required.

Length:  75 feet maximum overall combined including overhang. However, 60 feet maximum length on some routes.
Width: 8 feet maximum on some roads but on main highways and Interstates 8 feet and 6 inches is the maximum width.
Height: 13 feet and 6 inches.
Weight:  GVW 80,000 pounds overall combined. Single axle is 20,340 pounds, tandem axles is 34,000 pounds and tridem axles depends on the spacing  but is 20,340 pounds maximum on each axle in the configuration.
Overhang: Overhang in not detailed much by Georgia state DOT so if you are in excess of 60 feet in length overall combined we strongly suggest you contact the oversize permitting office by telephone below.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in Georgia:

Length: Under 120 feet long was the old rule but as of 06/26/18 it seems there’s no limit on length if that is the only dimension over routine. Also a legal
Weight: Any single axle routine permit is 23,000 pounds, tandem axles is 46,000 pounds, tridem axles is 60,000 pounds, quadem axles is 92,000 pounds. Gross maximum routine permit weight limitations are: 5 axles 100,000 pounds, 6 axles 125,000 pounds, 7 axles 148,000 pounds, 8 axles 150,000 pounds. If over 150,000 pounds it’s a superload.
Width: 15 feet and 6 inches. However, on some routes 16 feet is permitted with 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort. Mobiles and pre-fab homes are limited to 95 feet in length overall.
Height: Under 14 feet tall.
Overhang: This is a very odd state as far as overhang is concerned. Look below under superloads and try the actual state documentation or simply give them a call at the number listed below.
Notes: Georgia mentions a legal 53 trailer with no over all length restrictions on federal interstates and “STAA” designated routes. This isn’t real clear to our staff as no overhang limits would then be governed by maximum lengths. But with no maximum length if that is the only dimension that is over routine limits then we assume any length can be permitted. BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN TO ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR ACTUAL OVERSIZE TRUCKING PERMIT FOR ANY DISCREPANCIES.

Georgia superloads.

Georgia superload information:

Ultimately Georgia superloads are classified on a base-by-case basis if they exceed the maximum weights or dimensions mentioned above in “routine permits” however there are exceptions to the rules. We suggest for in-depth research you refer to: The Georgia state DOT laws for oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:

Georgia travel times unless otherwise stated on your permit are as follows; Monday thru Saturdays from one-half hour after sunrise until one-half hour before sunset Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight time depending on spring or fall. No travel is permitted on Sundays unless stated on your permit. No movement is permitted on the following holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. I-285 is the boundary for Atlanta and travel within it is restricted and not permitted at all unless you are picking up or delivering within – if so travel times are not permitted from 6 AM until 9 AM and from 4 PM until 6 PM on weekdays M-F. Shipments in excess of 10 feet in width may not travel more than 55 miles per hour. Any permitted shipment that is in excess of 16 feet in width may only travel between 10 AM and and 3 PM in and around major cities. Any permitted shipment that is in excess of 12 feet in width may not travel under any circumstances if visibility is restricted to less than 600 feet or wind speed in in excess of 25 miles per hour.

Lights, safety flags and warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads.

Required marking, safety flags, warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads:

Any oversize or heavy-load must be clearly identified by the appropriate signs such as “OVERSIZE LOAD” OR “HEAVY-HAUL LOAD” or other variations that are specific. Signs must be mounted on the front of the truck and rear of item being transported. Sign dimensions must be no less than 6 feet wide and 12 inches in height. Sign must have a yellow background with black letters not less than 8 inches tall. Front and rear of oversize combination must be flagged with red or orange florescent flags 18 inches square. The power unit must be equipped with a amber light – note you must purchase a amber light permit to operate one in the state of Georgia.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanies by a escort vehicle or pilot car if:

QUICK REFERENCE

Length:

  • 75 feet requires 1 pilot car or a 8 inch amber light at each rear corner.
  • 100 feet requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle.
  • 125 feet and over requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort.

Width:

  • 12 feet to 14 feet and 8 inches requires 1 front and 1 rear escort. However, on some highways and designated routes amber lights may be used instead of a rear escort.
  • 14 feet and 8 inches up to 16 feet will require 1 front lead pilot car and 1 rear chase escort on 2-lane roads. 1 escort/pilot car may be used on interstates.
  • 16 feet in width will be determined on a case-by-case basis – refer to your permit.

Height: When over 15 feet and 6 inches in height you will be required to have a lead pilot car equipped with a height pole.

DETAILED VERSION

Length: Over 75 feet but less than 100 feet 1 rear escort of pilot car is required. Over 100 feet but less than 125 feet long requires 1 rear escort vehicle. Over 125 feet long requires 1 front pilot car and  1 rear escort vehicle.
Height: Over 15 feet and 6 inches requires 1 lead pilot car in front of truck equipped with a height pole.
Width: On 2 lane roads over 12 feet but less than 14 feet and 8 inches requires 1 rear escort vehicle behind the shipment.  On 2 lane roads over 14 feet and 8 inches but less than 16 feet wide requires 1 pilot car vehicle in front of the truck and 1 rear chase escort vehicle behind the load.  On 4 lane roads over 12 feet but less than 14 feet and 8 inches requires 1 rear escort vehicle.  On Interstates over 14 feet and 8 inches wide but less than 16 inches will require 1 chase rear escort vehicle.  Requirements for loads over 16 feet wide will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

You must be certified (a good read) to operate a pilot car or escort vehicle in the state of Georgia (call: 888-262-8306). You must obtain a amber light permit ($2 fee 2 weeks in advance) in order to operate in the state of Georgia (call: 404-624-7211 for more information). Amber lights need to strobe and must have a minimum base size of 8 inches in diameter and be placed at the top of the vehicle. Of course newer light-bars are being accepted as pictured below. The minimum candle power rating is 35,000 or must be clearly visible from no less than 1/4 mile away. A front “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign (yellow background with 8 inch black lettering) that is no less that 6 feet wide and 1 foot tall is required to mounted on the front of all lead pilot car vehicles and on the rear of all chase escort vehicles. Pilot cars and escort vehicles are required to be equipped with 2-way communications and be in constant contact with all parties related to shipment being transported. Stop/slow paddle a minimum of 18 inches across. Safety helmet and safety vest/jacket that must be worn when exiting the vehicle. 9 yes 9 safety road triangles 17 inches tall. 8 road flares, 3 safety cones 18 inches tall, 5 fire extinguishers, first-aid kit, spare-tire, traffic wand flash-light with spare batteries. Vehicles used should either be a truck no less than 1/4 ton but no more than 17,000 pounds (GVW) or a passenger vehicle with no more than 2,000 pounds (GVW). Both sides of pilot cars must have a sign detailing the companies name and contact information visible from no less than 50 feet. Pilot cars are required to have a minimum of 2 red or orange safety colored flags mounted on the front or rear of vehicle no less than 18 inches square in shape. Passengers are not allowed with the exception of certified individuals in training status. No pets. All pilot cars and escorts must have headlights turned on low beam when operating and have lights on only when in operation (not when preparing to operate or pulled over in a turn out). Signs must be covered when not in operation. Oversize loads must pull over to allow for traffic to pass which is the only time it is appropriate to continue operating lights. Do not operate lights during pre-trip planning or any other time when not in full operation leading or chasing the shipment.

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Georgia DOT contact information and notes.

Georgia DOT office and permit contact information:

Georgia Office of Permits and Enforcement
State Department of Transportation
935 East Confederate, Building 24, Room 401
Atlanta, GA  30316
Telephone: 800-570-5428
Hours: 7 AM until 4:45 PM
E-mail: ustruckerregulations@dot.ga.gov

Notes: Georgia requires that you sign their permit applications with blue ink only.
Reference: Georgia state DOT laws for oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

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The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Georgia State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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2018 Mississippi State Shipping Regulations

2018 Mississippi state DOT shipping laws, rules, regulations and limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits. Pilot car requirements.

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Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Mississippi maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required:

Length: The maximum length permitted by the Mississippi DOT is 53 feet for trailers and 99 feet overall including the power unit.
Width: The maximum allowed width is 8 feet 6 inch wide.
Height: The maximum height permitted to travel on Mississippi roads and highways is 13 feet 6 inches.
Weight: 80,000 pounds overall (GVW) and nor more than 12,000 pounds on your steer. Single axle limit is 20,000 pounds, tandem axle limit is 34,000 pounds, tridem axle limit is 42,000 pounds.
Overhang: You are permitted to have a maximum front overhang of 3 feet and a rear maximum overhang of 14 feet and 11 inches legally.
Notes:

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in Mississippi:

Length:  Overall trucking permit limits for length are up to 120 feet.
Width: You can now get routinely approved for up to 20 feet wide for some routes.
Height: 17 feet is the maximum routine limit for permits.
Weight: Steer: 12,000 pounds, single axle: 20,000 pounds, tandem axles: 48,000 pounds, tridum axle: 57,000 pounds, and up to 63,000 pounds if interstate only. Quadem axles: 64,000 or up to 72,000 pounds if on interstates only. Maximum gross weights on 5 axles: 113,000 pounds, 6 axles: 123,000 pounds, 7 axles: 128,000 pounds, 8 axles: 141,000 pounds. Over-weight dozers in most cases are allowed to be permitted with blade detached and included on trailer. IN many cases you for over-weight shipment a comprehensive, detailed review including drawings of the product, trailer and axle spacings as well as the route you prefer to travel will be required when filing for Mississippi heavy-haul trucking permits.

Overhang: Mississippi DOT has no set limitation for overhang for routine permits should not be a problem unless you intend on exceeding the law of 1/3 (no more than 1/3 of item being shipped overhangs).
Notes: If you are not sure about any routes in Mississippi you can use their route checker here to look up your limits. For more documentation see; Mississippi oversize and heavy-haul permit regulations.

Mississippi superloads.

Mississippi superload information: 

Length: When over 120 feet in length overall combined a superload permit will need to be filled.
Width: If the shipment is in excess of 20 feet in width a superload permit will be required.
Height: When in excess of 15 feet and 7 inches in height if you have a second dimension that is over the legal limit or depending on your desired route you may be required to file as a superload. 15 feet and 7 inches in height will require a route survey. Over 16 feet in height will reguire a route survey, letters from all pertinent utility companies and special approval from the MS DOT permitting department which may result in superload permit applications.
Weight: Whenever a shipment is in excess of 141,000 pounds it will qualify as a superload and must be permitted as a superload in order to ship.
Overhang: Overhang alone will more than likely not be a determining factor if superload permits are required.
Notes: Always work with Mississippi state DOT proactively. They’ll do their best to get the shipment in the proper category and correct permit issued. Excessive weights must meet bridge analysis specifications in order to be safely transported.

Lights, safety flags and warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads.

Required safety markings, safety flags, warning lights for heavy haul and oversize loads:

All shipments that are oversize (and over 12 feet wide) being transported within the state of Mississippi are required to have signs. Sign dimensions will need to be at least 84 inches wide and 18 inches in height. All signs should have the words “OVERSIZE LOAD” on them and black letters that are at least 10 inches in height and 1 and 5/8 inches thick. All signs should have a yellow background with black letters. Red or orange fluorescent safety flags are required as well as and should be used on all four of the outer most extremities of the combination (front to rear) and mounted a minimum of 6 feet above pavement level. All safety flags should be minimum of 18 inches square in shape. If the shipment is in excess of 12 feet wide it is required to have flashing amber lights mounted on both sides of the rear extremities in all cases.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanies by a escort vehicle or pilot car if:

QUICK REFERENCE

Length:

  • If in excess of 95 feet overall; 1 pilot car/escort vehicle will be required. Some routes will require 2.
  • If in excess of 105 feet overall: 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle will be required..

Width:

  • If permitted to travel during night hours 1 escort vehicle will be required when 10 feet or more wide.
  • If in excess of 12 feet and 11 inches 1 pilot car or escort vehicle is required.
  • If in excess of 16 feet wide 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle will be required.

Height: Mississippi state DOT may require 1 pilot car vehicle equipped with a height pole on some routes if over 14 feet in height. A route survey may be mandatory for shipments in excess of 15 feet and 7 inches in height depending on desired route..
Overhang: If in excess of 15 feet in the front will require 1 front lead pilot car is required.  chase escort vehicle is required. Some routes require 1 lead pilot car rather than chase.

 DETAILED REFERENCE

Length:

Pilot cars or escort vehicles (front of rear depends on route and lanes) will be required whenever the overall combined length of the shipment exceeds 95 feet. If the shipment is in excess of 105 feet overall you may be required to have 1 front lead pilot car and 1 rear chase escort vehicle depending on route.
Width: Over 10 feet wide anytime night travel is permitted requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 12 feet and 11 inches requires 1 pilot car/escort vehicle. Over 13 feet wide requires 1 front lead pilot car on 2-lane roads or 1 rear chase escort vehicle on 4-lane roads.
Height:  15 feet and 6 inches (over 15 feet and 7 inches requires a route survey) may require 1 lead pilot car depending on desired route. A lead pilot car equipped with a height pole will be required for shipments in excess of 16 feet in height.
Notes: In some cases a rear escort can be eliminated by attaching 2 (5 inch) amber lights mounted on the rear of the shipment. If you plan to implement this option note that you are also required to have a monitoring device in the truck cab that confirms both amber light bulbs are in operation.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

Mississippi law for pilot cars is very basic. We suggest you follow the federal pilot car and escort vehicle requirement guidelines but as of 2018 the requirements are as follows: A single motor vehicle equipped with a amber rotating or strobing light mounted at the top of the vehicle. Two red or range fluorescent safety flags mounted on the vehicle. A “OVERSIZE LOAD” mounted at either the top of the vehicle that does not obstruct view of the strobe/rotating amber light of a “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign mounted to the front when leading or rear when chasing (following) a oversized load. Signs must be covered when not in operation.

 

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:

Daylight hours are define as 1/2 hour after sunrise and 1/2 hour before sunset. Travel is permitted on Saturdays with no travel at all permitted on Sunday. If your shipment is in excess of 12′ wide you may not travel on Saturday. You may not travel on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. You may not move any later than 12 noon on any day that comes before one of these holidays. For shipments that are in excess of 12′ in width you are strongly encouraged to route your shipment around high traffic density areas and may not travel in areas of high traffic from 7 AM – 8:30 AM and again from 4:30 – 5: 30 PM with the exception of I-10 ( travel during these hours is permitted).

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DOT contact information and notes.

Mississippi state DOT office permit contact information:

Mississippi Department of Transportation Permit Division
Post office box: 1850
Jackson, MS 39215
Telephone: 601-359-1717 or Permits: 888-737-0061
Office hours: 7:30 AM until 4:30 PM
Website: https://www.expresspass.ms.gov/trucking/
E-mail: msdotpermits@mdot.ms.gov
Central Daylight Time
Notes:
To file for oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits online you must have a account already set up with MS state DOT. MS is a member of SASHTO.




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The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Mississippi DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
Mississippi state regulations for oversize and overweight shipping.

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2018 Maine State Shipping Regulations

2018 Maine DOT regulations for shipping oversize and overweight loads. Trucking company and pilot car reference.

Maine oversize shipping regulations.

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Legal load limits.

Maine DOT legal size and weight limitations:

Length: 69 feet combined overall and the maximum length of your trailer can not exceed 48 feet.
Width: 8 feet and 6 inches in the maximum width allowed by Maine DOT.
Height: 14 feet is the maximum height allowed to travel in Maine legally.
Weight: 80,000 pounds GVW is the maximum weight allowed without a permit.

Routine trucking permits.

Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the Maine state DOT office:

Length: 125 feet in length is the maximum for a routine trucking permit.
Width: 16 feet wide is the maximum for a routine permit and anything wider than this will require a police escort. If over 18 feet wide you will not be allowed to travel on the turnpike.
Height: 16 feet high in the most on a routine permit (13 feet and 6 inches is the limit on the Maine turnpike) and this depends on your routing. If you are close to this or over you will possibly have to have a route survey done and you will be required to notify all utility companies that have obstructions along your route.
Weight: Tandem axles: 52,000 pounds, tridum axles: 75,000 pounds, quadem axles: 100,000 pounds. Gross weight for 5 axles is: 130,000 pounds, for 6 axles: 140,000 pounds, and for 7 axles is the maximum gross weight allowed is: 167,000 pounds maximum.

Maine DOT superload information:

Anything that is over 125 feet long, 16 feet wide, 16 feet tall or over 125,000 pounds in weight is considered a superload by the Maine DOT. Permit approval could take 30 days depending on your proposed route and how far you want to exceed legal limits. You may wish to see: Maine state oversize and heavy haul trucking laws.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.

Maine DOT permitted travel times and travel restrictions:

One 1/2 before and 1/2 hour after sunset rule applies. With the exception of during the months of July and August you may travel on Saturdays and Sundays but may not during these 2 months. There is no holiday travel on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Columbus day, Veterans day, Thanksgiving day, Black Friday and on Christmas day.

NOTES: Turnpike travel: you may travel on the Maine turnpike  during the daylight hours from Monday until Friday at 12 noon. You may not travel on the weekends. Max width if 14 feet 6 inches and for height see “Routine permits” above. You can reach the Maine turnpike office at 207-871-7771. Mobile home shipments can only travel on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and on Thursdays – after that you may not travel. Night shipments may be approved but have to clear the Maine state police for permission first.

When pilot cars are required.

If your shipment is over any of the following you will be required to have a pilot car or escort vehicle by the Maine DOT office.

If highway is divided, a single pilot car or escort vehicle is to be positioned at the rear of the vehicle. If the highway is undivided, a single pilot car or escort vehicle is to be positioned at the front of the truck and trailer.

Width: 12 feet to 14 inches requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle., 14 feet and 6 inches to 15 feet and 11 inches requires 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles.
Height: Over 16 feet requires a state police escort.
Length: Over 79 feet and 11 inches requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 110 feet requires 2 pilot cars (escort vehicles).  Over 125 feet requires a state police escort.

NOTES: Signs must say “oversize load” in 10 inch high black letters on a yellow background.
They must be at least 7 feet wide by 18 inches high and posted on both the front and rear.
18 inch by 18 inch flags must be posted on all four corners of load. Pilot cars must have 2-way radio that has contact with at least a ½ mile range. The truck must have a flashing amber light on top of the cab.

How to apply for trucking permits.

Maine Department of State Bureau of Motor Vehicles, overlimit Permit Unit
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333
Phone: 207-622-5332
E-mail: overpermits@maine.gov
Office hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 Am until 5 PM
Eastern Time

NOTES: The Maine turnpike requires a separate permit and has its own size/weight limits.  (800) 698-7747 or 207-871-7771. Permits can be purchased
at Maine Turnpike toll plazas. Cost is $10. Signs must say “oversize load” in 10 inch high black letters on a yellow background. They must be at least 7 feet wide by 18 inches in height and posted on both the front and rear. 18 inch by 18 inch flags must be posted on all four corners of load. Pilot cars must have 2-way radio that has contact with at least a ½ mile range. The truck must have a flashing amber light on top of the cab.


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The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Maine State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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2018 Nebraska State Shipping Regulations

2018 Nebraska state shipping laws, rules, regulations and limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits. Pilot car requirements.

Nebraska oversize, heavy-haul trucking permits and pilot cars.

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Nebraska pilot car companies for hire.
Nebraska oversize and heavy-haul permits.



Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Nebraska maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required.

Length: Overall no longer than 85 feet on designated highways.  Trailer length maximum is 53 feet.
Weight: 80,000 pounds GVW, 20,000 pounds on a single axle, 34,000 pounds on tandem axles.
Width:  8 feet and 6 inches.
Height: 13 feet and 6 inches
Overhang: No set rules, case-by-case.  We figure 3 feet of front or rear should be safe but by no means is that policy. For clarification be sure refer to your permit.
Notes: For documentation refer to: Nebraska legal limitations for transport.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in Texas:

Length: Up to 120 feet long is routine. Anything over will be assessed but limits are relaxed.
Weight:  They do not use the federal bridge formula. 20,000 pounds per axle is the maximum. Anything over 110,000 pounds combined overall is going to be a superload. 20,000 pounds on a single axle, 40,000 pounds on tandem axles, 60,000 pounds on tridum axles, 80,000 pounds on quadem axles.  Dummy axle must carry minimum of 8,000 pounds or 8% of the gross total weight.
Width: Figure up to 14 feet as a routine permit.  They are strict on width and over 14 feet wide is going to be looked at as superload unless it’s a light load. Case-by-case but if you are heavy you may need approval from Lincoln, NE (up to 5 days processing times).
Height: Up to 14 feet and  6 inches is considered routine and some routes may require a high pole. If you are over 16’ feet a high pole is mandatory.

Nebraska superloads.

Requirements for extra-heavy or over-dimensional (superloads in NE):

For the purpose of this reading you can figure superload dimensions are anything that is in excess of the dimensions or weights mentioned above in “routine”. If you are close then it will be up to the state to determine if you must file for your permit as a superload or not. See actual Nebraska state oversize and heavy haul trucking laws.

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy-haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:

Travel time is half hour before sunrise and a half hour after sunset leniency rule.  Weekend travel is permitted but they do have travel time restrictions around Lincoln, NE and Omaha, NE during both weekdays and weekends.  Travel is prohibited on most all holidays and the day after Thanksgiving.

Lights, safety flags and warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads.

Required marking, safety flags, warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads:

All loads being shipped in Nebraska must be marked with oversize load signs shipments are also required to have square red or orange florescent flags on all four corners to include the power unit and must be 18 inches. Pilot cars or escort vehicles that are used during the shipment must have flags in the front if leading or the rear if chasing. One revolving amber light must be on the top of the power unit as well as on the top of the pilot car. All signs must be yellow and background with black letters no less than 10 inches in height. For night time moves on shipments that are in excess of 12 feet wide a light bar attachment is required to be mounted on the rear of the load at a height that is clearly visible by motorists approaching from the rear.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanies by a escort vehicle or pilot car if:

Length: 90’ one on the rear. Over 100’ needs a rear and a chase pilot car.
Width: They can impose a required pilot car for anything over 8’ 6”.  In some cases a lightbar can be used in lieu of a pilot car. Loads over 12 wide on 4 lane is required one rear. Front is required for loads on 2 lane highway over 12’ wide. Front and rear is required for loads over 14’ wide. Front escort with height pole is required for 14’ 6” and over.
Height: Over 14’ 6” needs pilot car, may need height pole depending on route.
Overhang: If over 15’ one rear escort is needed.
Note: Allow 1 to 10 days for permits to be approved. Maximum speeds of 45 MPH if 4 or more lanes, 35 MPH is under 4 lanes. Also read travel restrictions below.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

All escort vehicles or pilot cars must be equipped with a amber light or light bar and must have a left and right side flashing or Rotary amber or yellow light of sufficient size that will be visible 360° from a distance of no less than 800 feet. Lights must be a minimum of 50 candle power bulbs. Lights must be no less than 6 inches in diameter.

Heavy lift being shipped in Nebraska.


Nebraska DOT contact information and notes.

Nebraska DOT office and permit contact information:

Physical and mailing address:
Nebraska Department of Roads
1400 NE Highway 2, Permit Office, Room 123
Lincoln, NE  68509
Telephone: 402-471-0034
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Daylight Time

Nebraska cities serviced.

 

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Nebraska State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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What is a double drop trailer?

What is a double drop trailer?

If you are wondering what a double drop trailer is we may be able to help you learn all about them. Double drop trailers (sometimes referred to as a lowboy or RGN) is a specialized trailer that has many very unique capabilities. The deck design on double-drop trailers is very unique meaning primarily it is low to the ground and specifically meant to service the oversize and overweight (heavy-haul) trucking industry. One of the advantages of double drop trailers is they are capable of shipping items that are excessive in height that otherwise may require a special oversize trucking permit in order to be transported. This means transportation costs will be higher in order to successfully ship the item. However, thanks to the double-drop trailer transporting machinery and items that are excessive in height is cheaper to perform. In this review we’ll  cover double-drop trailer dimensions, axle spacings, axle groups, weights, accessories and much more so let’s check it out in detail!

standard double drop trailers.



Learning double drop basics.

Always be sure you clearly understand all of the state(s) laws, regulations, rules and limitations prior to shipping any type of load on a double drop trailer. Regulations in each state differ and you should fully research them prior to moving any load to make sure you are in compliance. Oversize and heavy-haul loads require specialized trucking permits in order to be transported. Always refer to your actual state issued permit for any discrepancies you may have. Be smart, be safe and know exactly what you are doing before doing it.

Note: It should be clear that any weights or dimensions listed below are for the purposes of example only so you are able to learn about double drop trailers.

Empty weight: refers to the actual weight of the semi-truck and the double drop trailer.

Item weight: refers to the actual weight of the item being shipped. Generally speaking a double-drop trailer can ship from 41,000 to 43,000 pounds maximum legally without being required to obtain a heavy-haul trucking permit.
Over-all weight: refers to the weight of everything combined. The semi-truck, the double drop trailer and the item loaded onto the trailer. The gross maximum weight of any combination of trailer, semi-truck and item being transported must not exceed 80,000 pounds (GVW) of the shipment will be required to obtain a heavy-haul trucking permit from each state the item will be transported in. When very heavy items are being shipped extra axles are required to spread the weight of the item over a larger distance so its foot print on the road is still the same as a legal shipment that is under 80,000 pounds. The exception to this general rule is bridges. All heavy-haul shipments that are transported over bridges must comply to federal bridge formula to ensure safety.
Heavy-haul loads: When a load exceeds the overall maximum allowed weight or axle group weight limits set fourth by the states regulations a special heavy-haul (overweight) trucking permit is required to be purchased from the state it will be transported in. Heavy-haul trucking permits usually cost more than a basic oversize trucking permit.

Accessories used with double drop trailers.

Quite a few double drop trailer accessories are available in order to make loading/unloading easier as well as protecting the item that is being transported. In many cases the owner of the double drop trailer may add ramps to the trailer thus making it easier and quicker to load/unload items. Especially farming equipment or dozers, loaders, back-hoes and scrapers or any specialized equipment that has tracks or wheels. One of the most popular accessories is traps. Tarps provide protection for items that are being shipped and can cut down on the possibility of damages. Keeping insurance claims to a minimum is always a smart idea.

Double-drop trailers with additional axles.

Heavy equipment shipping is a demand that is increasing. As we grow so do our capabilities which usually means larger equipment. As you can see in our illustration above 5 axle double-drop trailers are in demand these days and the owner of one with the right customers can have a 5 axle double drop combination running team drivers pretty much year round.

​Large equipment hauling on double-drop trailers.

​Flatbed oriented trailers are capable of hauling a very diverse range of items. While items like connex trailers, tiny houses and general freight can help keep a trucking company rolling on the road with generating revenue the real purpose of double-drop trailers is hauling big and heavy machinery and equipment. As we mentioned earlier the target market for double-drops is equipment and machinery that may be heavy but tall is the key element that allows this trailer type to be so diverse.


Missouri State Shipping Regulations

2018 Missouri shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

Missouri oversize and heavy-haul shipping regulations, permits.Please share your knowledge of Missouri state shipping regulations with other visitors below.

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Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Missouri maximum load limits until and trucking permit is required.

Length: 53 feet maximum. If you overhang in either direction on a 53 foot trailer (even a 1/2 inch) you are required to obtain a permit.
Width:  8 feet  6 inches.
Height: 13 feet 6 inches.
Weight: 80,000 pounds GVW.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits in MO:

Length:  53 foot is the maximum. Over 90 feet combined overall requires 1 rear escort.  120 feet can be permitted. Anything over is a superload.
Width: Figure up to 14 feet as a routine permit. Some routes/distances may qualify as routine, see: state laws.
Height: 14 feet and 6 inches depending on routing/distance. To see if others qualify see above “state laws” link.
Weight:  Single axle 20,000 pounds, 46,000 pounds on tandem axles, tridem axles 60,000 pounds (no more than 21,000 on any single in combination), quad axles 72,000 pounds (no more than 19,000 pounds on any single axle configurations), 5 axles 104,000 pounds, 6 axles 120,000 pounds, 7 axles (config. 1-2-4) 130,000 pounds, 8 axles 160,000 pounds, 9 axles (config. 1-4-4) 156,000 pounds.
Overhang: Anything over 53 feet in length requires a permit. If you overhang or are in excess of 53 feet by a 1/2 inch you are required to obtain a permit.

Missouri superloads.

Requirements for extra-heavy or over-dimensional (superloads in MO):

All superload shipments are required to have a minimum of 2 million dollars in single limit combined liability insurance. For simplicity a superload in Missouri is any shipment in excess of the above dimensions or weights listed above in “routine”. For complete details of state laws.

Missouri load long and heavy.

When pilot car or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanied by a escort vehicle or pilot car if:

QUICK REFERENCE

Length: 90 feet overall length requires 1 rear/ chase pilot car or escort vehicle if highway is not divided.
Width:

  • 12 feet and under requires no escort.
  • 12 feet and 4 inches will require 1 rear/chase escort vehicle. 1 escort vehicle and 1 pilot car are required on non-designated roads.

Height:

  • 15 feet 6 inches on 2 lane undivided roads requires a high pole pilot car.
  • 15 feet on divided highways requires 1 pilot car with height pole. May need route survey and bucket trucks.

Overhang:

  • Anytime lenght of load exceeds 53 feet 1 pilot car is required. Over 90 feet overall may require 1 pilot car and 1 escort.

Notes: If the shipment consists of 2 dimensions being over the legal limits 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle are required.

DETAILED REFERENCE – #####updating live June 25th #####

Length: Anything over 90’ requires one rear/chase vehicle.
Width: Two lanes total over 12” 4”’ wide needs one front up to 14’. Four lanes total over 12’ 4” wide requires one rear.
Height: If over 15’ 6” you need a high pole and a rear/chase vehicle and can only move from 6:30 -9:00 am and 3:30 – 6:00 pm on all routes. Over 17’ 5” needs route survey and bucket truck.
Overhang: Anytime load is in excess of 53 feet.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements, certifications.

In order to operate a pilot car or escort vehicle in the state of Missouri you are required to have a minimum of the following:

Missouri state laws says pilot car/escort vehicles must be a standard size and have unrestricted vision in the front and rear. Vehicle must be in safe operating condition. “Oversize Load” signs must be displayed towards the front or rear, whichever is applicable. Signs must not be visible when not in service. Signs must be a minimum of 5 feet in length and 1 foot in height. Signs must have a yellow background color with thick (1 inch minimum) black clear, professional print quality lettering. All escort vehicles must be equipped with safety colored red or orange florescent flags that can be mounted on both sides of the front of lead pilot car vehicles or both rear sides of chase escort vehicles. All vehicles involved in shipment must have 2-way radio capabilites. Insurance requirements must be a minimum of $50,000 for personal injury per person. $200,000 for accident/property damage and/or combined single limit liability of $250,000.

Note: Flaggers or any person directing or altering traffic is required to have a “flaggers certification” and be flagger certified.

 

 

Travel Restrictions

Travel is restricted if over 12’ 4” wide in most areas to 6:30 am (or a half hour after sunrise) until 9:00 am then resume at 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm (or a half hour before sunset). If over 14’ wide no movement on Saturday or Sunday at all.  You may move Monday thru Friday but only. For now, consider this info as a basic guideline for estimates only. Please call the State of Missouri for exact laws. And always be sure to read the instructions on your permit(s).

Missouri DOT and permit contact information.

Physical address and MDOT contact information:
Missouri Department of Transportation, Motor Carriers, Special Permit Office
PO Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-2871
Permit office hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 am until 3:45 pm.
Missouri legal guidelines: Missouri oversize and heavy-haul regulation laws printed by the state.

Missouri cities serviced.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Missouri State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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Nevada State Shipping Regulations

2018 Nevada state shipping laws, regulations, rules, limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

Nevada

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Nevada oversize, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars for hire:

Nevada pilot cars and truck escorts.
Nevada oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies.


Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Nevada maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required:

Length: 75 feet maximum overall. Maximum trailer length is 53 feet.
Width: 8 feet 6 inches.
Height: 14 feet.
Weight: GVW 80,000 pounds. Single axle 20,000 pounds, tandem axles 34,000 pounds, tridem axles 42,000 pounds. Steer axle maximums require some math obviously. Here’s what the NVDOT says about it: “The maximum weight per tire, measured by pounds per inch of tire width, is 600 pounds per inch for the steering axle and 500 pounds per inch for all other axles, not to exceed the axle rating”. We say good luck with that, 12,400 pounds average???
Overhang: The maximum overhang allowed is 10 feet which overall must NOT exceed the maximum length of 75 feet.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in NV:

Length: There really isn’t any routine maximum length. It all depends on proposed route and the state. After 105 feet in length it can get complicated.
Width: 17 feet. However some routes are restricted, see notes below;
Height: 16 feet.
Weight: Single axles 20,000 pounds, tandem axles 46,725 pounds, tridem axles 58,000 (to 59,000 see below) pounds. Determined by bridge formula, desired route, tire size and axle spacings especially for singles, tandems, tridums and quadem axles. Gross weights are: 5 axles 92,000 pounds with 70 feet minimum axle spacings, 6 axles 96,000 pounds with 70 feet minimum of axle spacings, 7 axles 101,000 pounds with 70 feet minimum of axles spacings, 8 axles 106,000 pounds with 70 feet minimum of axles spacings.
Overhang: No more than 15’ combined total but you want to check with them to make absolute sure as routing can effect this limit.
Notes: For weight restrictions Nevada has different routes marked. Choose the map you need for the entire state, western, eastern and southern restricted areas. You can also view a list. For purple, orange and green areas. Also, restrictions for width and weight are in effect on the following routes: route map, route list. Also note to get the extra 1,000 pounds as noted above (59,000 pounds on tridem configurations) you are allowed to use up to 2 tridem configurations only. Any additional tridem axle configurations will max out at 51,000 pounds. If you have tridem configurations on your tractor that will be counted as 1 of the 2. However, the distance between the steer axle and the center tridum axle must be a minimum of 18 feet. It is possible to to exceed this within reason but is reviewed case by case by the NVDOT permitting office.

Nevada superloads.

Requirements for extra-heavy or over-dimensional (superloads) in NV:

Nevada is picky about weights and heights. Rather than attempting to illustrate a list of items that may not apply we suggest if your shipment does not fall within the set maximums listed above it’s more than likely going to be considered a superload by NVDOT. The permitting process for superloads is different than the normal oversize or over-weight trucking permits in Nevada and must be fully drafted by the company or person requesting the permit. For instructions for the format your super-load application must be in see: Nevada-superloads.

NOTE: any special purpose or special needs loads that are outside of the normal permitting parameters will classify as a superload.

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy-haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions:

Remember to refer to your actual permit for travel times and restrictions. For Nevada daylight travel hours are defined as one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset with some restrictions;  under 12 feet wide, 110 feet long or 15 feet tall may also travel during night hours and on weekends as long as you are not on I-80 between Sparks, NV and the CA state border or on I-15 between Las Vegas and the CA state border. There are no weekday curfews for any cities and if your load is under 12 feet wide, 100 feet long or 15 feet tall you may travel on holiday. However, if your load is in excess of these dimensions  holiday travel restrictions are on the following days: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. If a large event is predicted to create dense traffic they may restrict that date as well, ie: state fairs, etc.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanied by a escort vehicle or pilot car if:

QUICK REFERENCE

Length:

  • over 105 feet in length requires on escort. This applies to both 2 lane and 4 lanes roads.

Width:

2 lane roads:

  • 12 feet requires 1 pilot car or escort.
  • 14 feet requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort.
  • 16 feet requires 3 total pilot cars and escort vehicles.
  • 17 feet will require a review which will probably require 1 pilot car and 1 escort and 1 police escort.

4 lane roads:

  • 14 feet requires 1 pilot car or escort.
  • 16 feet requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort.
  • 17 feet requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort and 1 police escort.

Height:

  • if over 16 feet and 6 inches in height you will be required to have 1 pilot car equipped with a height pole.

DETAILED REFERENCE

Length: If shipment is over 110 feet in length you are required to have 1 pilot car behind the shipment.
Width: If your shipment is over 12′ wide on up to a 3 lane road you are required to have 1 escort vehicle in the front of your shipment. If over 14′ wide on up to a 3 lane road you are required to have 1 escort in the front and 1 pilot car in the rear of the load.  If over 14′ wide on a 4 lane road you are required to have 1 rear escort. If over 16′ you are required to have 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort on 4 lane and all other roads.
Height: Loads that are in excess of 15′ 6″ are required to have a front high pole pilot car at all times.
Weight: Pilot cars and escorts are usually not required on shipments over weight that are able to maintain the minimum posted speed requirements. If you are not able to maintain minimum speeds you will be required to have a minimum of a rear escort vehicle if travelling in urban and some rural areas.
Overhang: If in excess of 25 feet you will be required to have a minimum of 1 pilot car.
Notes: Some routes are completely restricot car.ted. If in the Hoover dam vicinity shipments are not permitted for anything over 10 feet in width but if 10 feet will require 1 pilot car and 1 escort.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements, certifications.

In order to operate a pilot car or escort vehicle in the state of Nevada you are required to have a minimum of the following:

First of all the state of Nevada requires that all pilot and escort vehicles be certified. If you are officially certified by another state then this is recognized by the state of Nevada as valid certification and you may operate within the state however, in order to have an amber light mounted to ANY vehicle you must first obtain a permit from the state which costs $2.00 per vehicle, per year. You can do that online by clicking here.
A pilot car or an escort vehicle is required to be equipped with a strobing or flashing amber light that is visible from a distance of no less than 500′ in daylight and from all 360 degree angles, mounted to the roof and above signs. The light must be a minimum of 50 candle power and if it is a rotating light must have a lens of no less than 5″ in diameter with a flash count or not less than 50 per minute. Any vehicle used for this purpose must be no less than 60″ in width, with a wheelbase of a minimum of 95″ with no more than 2 axles and a manufacturer’s gross weight of no more than 16,000 pounds.
Each vehicle must be equipped with a two way radio that is in constant contact with/to all parties involved in the shipment, 5 pound (minimum) fire extinguisher, 3 bi-directional 18″ road triangles, 1 stop/slow sign with 5′ pole handle, 1 hard hat, 1 reflective safety vest, a copy of the ANSI/ISEA manual which can be ordered online here for $30. Drivers must be a minimum of 18 years of age, have a valid drivers license, and must be flagger/flagman “capable or carrying out flagging responsibilities” (we strongly suggest a flagger safety class) of controlling traffic, wearing a approved safety yellow-green safety jacket or vest and equipped with a red flag and a stop/slow paddle of no less than 18″. Each vehicle should be equipped with proper signs that specify “oversize”,  “oversize load” or “wideload” as well as “long load” with black letters a minimum of 10″ in height with a letter thickness of no less than 1 5/8″ on a yellow background which are removed or covered while not in work transit mode. Pilot car and escort vehicles must have a placard on each side of the vehicle with the companies name and phone number clearly visible from a distance of no less than 50′.
Operators of pilot cars and escort vehicles will maintain a reasonable distance from the shipment which all depends on weather, traffic, road conditions and the speed you are travelling with reasonable distance defined by how much time it takes for the shipment driver to recognize your indications to stop, slow or pass as necessary.

Shipment, truck and trailer markings.

Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners and flags:

All trucking companies that are hauling oversize and overweight shipments must have a amber colored strobing or flashing light affixed to the top of the tractor trailer cab that is visible 360 degrees from a minimum distance of 500′. Signs that state the nature of the shipment; “oversize load” or “wideload” signs in the overall front and rear of the shipment. Signs will be no less than 7′ in width and 18″ in height with black lettering no less than 10″ in height with a lettering thickness of no less than 1 5/8″ thick on a yellow background. Signs must be mounted securely and free of any dirt or debris. Warning flags are to be used only in daylight hours and must be florescent orange in color with a minimum size distance of 18″ from one corner to the next corner and be placed at the outer most corners of the shipment as well as on any protrusions. IF the shipment is permitted to travel during night hours must have 2 constant display amber lights placed at the very most front extreme of the shipment,  two amber steady burning lights on the outer (side) center of the shipment and two red steady lit lights on the outer most rear of the shipment. THIS INCLUDES OVER-WEIGHT LOADS MOVING AT NIGHT.

Frost laws and restrictions for Nevada state.

Frost and thaw laws for Nevada:

Nevada is fairly elusive on frost and thaw law travel restrictions. They do provide a map but there is not much detail on it as far as the exact roads that must be travelled. You can view the frost law map or view this thaw law material published by the state DOT which does reference it as well. Then they also have some basic  shipment route information that references it as well for the state of Nevada.

Nevada DOT and permit contact information.

Physical address and contact information:
Nevada Department of Transportation
1263 South Stewart Street. Room 102
Carson City, NV  89712
Telephone help line: 775-888-7410 or 800-552-2127
Permit office hours: 7:30 AM – 4:45 PM (no permits after 4 PM) Pacific Time Zone
E-mail: overdimensionalpermitsoffice@dot.state.nv.us

Resources:
Order Nevada heavy haul and oversize trucking permits.
Nevada oversize and heavy-haul trucking laws.

Nevada oversize and heavy-haul shipment.

Nevada cities serviced.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Nevada State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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2018 Saskatchewan shipping regulations

2018 Province of Saskatchewan DOT shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations for trucking company permits.

saskatchewan

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Please share your knowledge of Saskatchewan Province shipping laws with other visitors below.

Locate oversize, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars.

Saskatchewan oversize, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars for hire:

Saskatchewan pilot cars and truck escorts.
Saskatchewan oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies for hire.
Order Saskatchewan oversize trucking permits.


Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Saskatchewan maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required.

Legal Loads:
Length: 75 feet (22.86 meters) overall long. Trailer length maximum is 53 feet (16.1544 meters).
Width: 8 feet 6 inches wide (2.5908 meters).
Height: 13 feet 6 inches (4.1148 meters) tall.
Weight: 12,100 pounds (5488.4677 kilograms) on steer axle, 20,200 pounds (9162.5659 kilograms) on a single axle, 37,400 pounds (16964.355 kilograms) on tridem axles.
Overhang: Kingpin settings and trailer wheelbase positions are important.  Call to clarify.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in SK.

Length: Since Saskatchewan Province has no said length restrictions your overall length approval will depend on your proposed route.
Width: No set maximums, depends on routing.
Height: No set maximums, depends on routing.
Weight: Saskatchewan is tough.  No single axles numbers, 48,000 pounds (21772.434 kilograms) on tandem axles, 72,000 pounds (32658.651 kilograms) on tridem axles, if you are over 60,000 pounds (27215.542 kilograms) on tridem axles prepare for a bridge survey as it will probably be required..
Overhang: No set limits, depends on routing.

Saskatchewan superloads.

Requirements for extra heavy or extra legal/dimensional (superloads) in SK.

Typically so we’re not publishing too much information a superload is defined by Saskatchewan Province as any shipment with weights and dimensions that exceed those published above in “Routine Permits”. There are exceptions but everything depends on proposed routing and road/weather conditions and if frost laws are in effect.

Required flags and markers for oversize/heavy-haul shipments loaded onto truck trailers.

Know how to mark your load and what signs are required by your permit.

Lights, flags and markers:
If over 120.078 inches wide (3.05 meters) you will need amber lights for night running and flags for daytime travel.  A WIDELOAD or “D” sign is required for all wideloads over 120.078 inches wide (3.05 meters) however a “OVERSIZE LOAD” banner is NOT allowed.  If you are moving at night any required banners must be illuminated with additional amber light in the center of the rear.  If over 10′ 9″ (3.2766 meters) wide the cab of the tractor must be mounted with an amber light.  If over 82 feet (24.9966 meters) long you MUST have a “D” sign or LONG LOAD banner mounted on the rear.  If not transporting a load you must cover ANY signs.

NOTES:  Lift axles are not permitted.  Flip axles can be used if trailer king pin to center distance is is less than 45′ 5″, the trailer is no longer than 53′ and the load is classified as NON DIVISIBLE.  A tractor wheelbase from the center of the steer axle to the center of the drive axle can not measure over 244″ unless you permit the load with a longer wheelbase AND IF they approve it.  This only applies to oversize permits and overweight will not be eligible.  A tridem drive tractor is NOT recognized by the Province of Saskatchewan except for moves that are large and NON DIVISIBLE, IF a tridem drive tractor IS allowed it MUST have a wheel base of no less than 260″ and no greater than 268″.  A spread axles trailer that has axles spacings of greater than 6′ is considered a single axle for weight calculations and is not allowed to carry more than a combined total weight of 20,000 pounds or 10,000 pounds per axle.  EXCEPT when in the case of when the object being shipped is NOT over 37,500 pounds loaded on the spread.  Please leave Saskatchewan experiences below.  This is a tough Province to get solid numbers out of and our viewers can use your experience to help them.

Will your shipment be delayed do to frost and thaw law restrictions?

Frost and thaw laws constantly change due to weather conditions in Saskatchewan. Find out if there in effect:

Saskatchewan Province does have spring weight restrictions and the roads and highways are dependent on conditions.  These restrictions usually apply to all secondary roads and not main highways.  Overall weight reductions may be imposed in some areas.  Check with Saskatchewan Province permit office for clarification.

Saskatchewan travel times and restrictions.

Make certain you don’t ship oversize or heavy-haul loads during restricted movement hours:

Travel times and restrictions:

Holiday restrictions vary, contact SGI permit office to see if you can travel or not.  Daytime travel only for loads over 82′ in length, 12′ 2″ in width and 16′ in height.  No movement is allowed on Friday after 3:00 pm from July 1 until Labor day.  Night time travel is permitted if under the above maximums but must have amber lights on all 4 outer most corners and reflective sign on rear indicating OVERSIZE or LONG LOAD.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanied by a escort vehicle or pilot car if:

Length: If load is over 98′ on 2 lanes 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required.  If over 118′ in length 1 front and 2 rear pilot car (escort vehicle) is required.
Width: If a load goes beyond the center line of the road then 1 front escort is required.  If over 16′ 4″ wide you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear escort.
Height: Up to the permit office depending on route.  If over 17′ 2″ in height you will be required to have a bucket truck travel with you.
Weight: For over weight shipments it looks like an escort vehicle will not be required.
Overhang: Case by case basis.  Contact permit office for clarification.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a bumper or roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle. Sign must be at least 5′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 10″ tall and 1 1/2″ in width. Vehicle must have 2 safety flags red or orange in color and be a minimum of 18″ of length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle. Company identification signs must be placed on both sides of the pilot car (escort vehicle) displaying the name of the company, phone number and be placed on both the left and right hand sides of the vehicle. These signs must be no less that 8″ tall x 12″ wide and identity writing must be plainly legible. Vehicle must be equipped with a horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber colored flashing light which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device, 2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. A red safety colored flag with handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).

Saskatchewan Province DOT Trucking Information.

Physical address:
SGI
Over-dimensional Trucking Permits
2260 – 11th Avenue
Regina, SK  S4P 0J9

EmailCarrierSafetyPrograms@sgi.sk.ca
Help telephone line: 306-775-6969 or 800-665-7575
Fax: 306-775-6909
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Central Time Zone.

Click here for the Saskatchewan DOT Website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.
View Saskatchewan laws – detailed version revised 2010.
Saskatchewan truckers guide.
15771-WD901 Permit Guidelines

Saskatchewan cities serviced.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Saskatchewan Province DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

Saskatchewan Province road & highway conditions.
Saskatchewan Province permit offices.
Saskatchewan pilot car companies.
Saskatchewan trucking companies.
Federal bridge formula.
Frost thaw laws.

 

 

2018 Tennessee State Shipping Regulations

2018 Tennessee state shipping laws, rules regulations and limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

Tennessee state shipping regulations DOT permit limitations and shipping regulations.

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Tennessee oversize, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars for hire:

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Tennessee oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies for hire.
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Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Tennessee maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required.

Length: 50 feet from the kingpin to the rear of the trailer or load that is on the trailer. Any type of pole shipping that exceeds 75 feet overall will require a oversize transport permit to be issued.
Width: 8 feet 6 inches wide.
Height: 13 feet and 6 inches tall.
Weight: 80,000 pounds gross (GVW).
Overhang: 4 feet in the rear (requires 12 inch red safety flag) and 4 feet in the front.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in TN:

Length: 120 feet long overall.
Width: 16 feet wide. Anything that is in excess of 4 inches from either/both sides of the trailer is required to be flagged in front and rear. Flags must be 12 inches square minimum and safety colored orange or red.
Height: 15 feet about does it for max height in TN on most routes. At 15 feet in height you can count on being required to have a high pole (hi pole) escort.
Weight: Single axle 20,000 lbs, tandem axles 40,000 lbs, tridum axles 60,000 lbs, quadem axles, 80,000 lbs. Gross weight on 5 axles is 100,000 pounds, 6 axles 120,000 pounds, 7 axles 140,000 pounds, 8 axles 160,000 pounds.  Once you hit 150,000 pounds that’s in in TN.  You’re going to have to be granted special permission for your shipment to move.
Overhang: Depends on routing.  10 feet is probably not going to be a problem but much more than that is going to create delays.  Over 1/3 of actual item being shipped length is not going to go over real well.  Consider a different trailer is you are time sensitive. If shipment is extended beyond 4 feet from the rear of trailer red safety flags a minimum of 12 inches square are required on both sides.

Tennessee super-loads.

Requirements for extra heavy or extra dimensional (superloads) in TN:

Shipments that are defined as super-loads are typically any that exceed any of the weights or dimensions described above in routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits. Shipments that are in excess of  15 feet in height or 16 feet in width will not be allowed to travel via conventional permits if they is a public safety factor including potential property damages. Shipments that exceed 16 feet in height are seriously frowned on in the state of TN and will require additional approval to be considered for permitting.

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions:

The one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset basic rule applies. No travel on Sunday. If over-weight only continuous travel is permitted. Night time travel for overweight is not a problem as long as minimum speed limit can be maintained by carrier.  Anything other than over-weight is daylight travel only for the most part unless otherwise specified on your permit.  In cities and high density traffic areas travel may be restricted between 7 and 9 AM and 4 and 6 PM on weekdays – be sure to refer to your permit. On the following holidays no travel is permitted: New Years day, Good Friday, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.  The Tennessee state DOT permit office is closed on these days as well and additionally on:  Martin Luther King day, Presidents day, Columbus day, Veterans day and the day after Thanksgiving. However, travel is not restricted on any of these days if it is not on a Sunday unless otherwise specified on your permit. Note that failure to comply with designated travel time restrictions can result in the carrier/shipment being placed on permit issue restriction for 365 days. Inclement weather such as ice, snow, rain, wind and anything that restricts reasonable visibility is observed. For more information on TN road conditions.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanied by a escort vehicle or pilot car if:

QUICK REFERENCE

Length:

  • 75 feet to 85 feet you may be permitted to use a amber strobe light.
  • 85 feet requires 1 pilot car.
  • 120 feet requires 2 pilot cars.

Width:

2 lane roads:

  • 10 feet requires 1 pilot car unless the pavement is 24 feet wide edge line (white line on side) to edge line.
  • 14 feet requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle.

4 lane roads:

  • 12 feet 6 inches requires 1 escort vehicle.
  • 14 feet requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle.

Height:

  • 15 feet will require a pilot car equipped with a height pole.

Notes: Combination loads are not permitted if two oversize dimensions exist. Example: a bulldozer with a wide blade and another piece of machinery that is too tall on one single trailer. Blades and buckets on bulldozers or grading machinery are common examples. All oversize machinery must be loaded onto a trailer with extremities facing towards the rear of the trailer. Any machinery shipments with blades or buckets, etc. that is in excess of 13 feet and 6 inches will not be permitted unless removed from the machinery

DETAILS

Length: For overall lengths of up to 85 feet you can get by with a rotating or strobing amber light. If shipment is over 85 feet and 1 inch in length you will be required to have 1 pilot car (escort vehicle). If your shipment combination is over 120 feet in length you be required to have 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles.
Width: If shipment is under 10 feet wide you will need no pilot cars (escorts).  Shipments 10 feet 1 inch to 12 feet wide will require 1 pilot car on a 2 lane road if the distance from one side of the road to the other is less than 24 feet in width with the shoulder size excluded in measurement.  If your load is over 12 feet (up to 14 feet) wide you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle) on all 2 lane roads and highways. If your load measures 12 feet t0 14 feet in width and you are traveling on a 4 lane highway you will only be required to have 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle).  If your shipment is 14 feet to 16 feet in width you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle).
Height: If height of load exceeds 15 feet a front high pole vehicle is required.
Weight: If the shipment is able to maintain minimum speeds no escort vehicle is required.
Overhang: This is determined on a case-by-case basis.  It will depend on your proposed routing.  If you have any additional information on over-hang please comment below in order to help others.  Thank you.

NOTE:  Mobile homes exception.  All mobile homes up to 16 feet wide will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car.  Mobile homes are also allowed to travel on every day except for Sundays.  Travel times are from 9 am until 4 pm with all day travel permitted on Saturdays.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements, certifications.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

NOTE BE ADVISED NEW LAWS FOR 2018 WILL BE RELEASED VERY SOON. Tennessee state shipping regulations state that all pilot cars/escort vehicles must display either both bumpers or 1 roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDELOAD” sign (which ever is applicable) visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle and only displayed while working. Sign must be at least 5′ long but no greater than 7′ and 12″ in height but no greater than 18″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 8″ in height but no more than 10″ in height and lettering must be a minimum of 1.4″ in width.  Vehicle must be equipped with 2 horizontally mounted rotating (if rotating 8″ base is required) (or strobe) amber colored flashing or strobe light which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device and be in constant communication with all parties assigned to the movement.

It is our opinion that pilot cars also have a minimum of the additional items but not required:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a paddle sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. A red safety colored flag with a handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic). Also see: FHA Best Practices for pilot cars.

Tennessee DOT and permit contact information.

Tennessee DOT office and permit contact information and notes:

Physical address:
Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
James K Polk State Office Building, Suite 300 (permits office is Suite 800)
505 Deaderick Street, 3rd floor
Nashville, TN  37243-0031

TN permit information.

Regional contact information for oversize trucking permits, route surveys and insurance.

Email: See above.
Telephone number: 615-741-3821 (no answer after 4:15)
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (closed from 12-1 PM). Personal visits from 9-3 PM except lunch hour.
Central Time Zone

Notes: Special permits are valid for 6 days and must be obtained prior to entering state. Annual permits are available in TN.

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