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You’ve got to admit this year’s been very good to us all with freight volumes up over 40% from this time last year.

Which reminds me we have a iPhone app that can be found in the iTunes store FREE and for you android users you can get a FREE copy in the Google Play store. Simply download, enter your username and password and you’re good to go! Remember not to hook up multiple devices on a single account though as it will detect it and freeze your account. 1 phone, 1 tablet and 1 home PC (on a single IP address and we collect all device MAC address) in order to maintain some sort of order. So if you upgrade your phone/tablet/PC and it will not work just give us a call and we can investigate it for you. Also, keep your same account when you first signed up(write it down somewhere). The days of multiple free trials are over forever. We had our server software upgraded too. Hint: We have some super cool phone apps coming later this summer. We’re truly changing portions of our industry. Forever.

 

We’ve been getting a lot more flatbed and power only requests which is another reason to use your portable device as we recently added a new “truck posting” feature for you + you get free advertising and in the event of an emergency it’s always good to know where all of the BIG rigs are. We’ll be adding refined search features to the loadboard app this summer as well so look for that new feature very soon.

 

WideloadShipping.com has made owner operators and trucking companies hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of the last 14+ years, taking millions of hits each month and this isn’t a snake oil sales jingle. If you’re not busy right now then you’re looking in the wrong places. We’re only $40 a month or pay yearly and save even more. We also now have the Direct Customer archives section so you can send a friendly email introducing your company and the services you provide if you like that particular weight/route. Remember our primary objective is to connect the owner operator direct with the shipper and 14+ years is telling us we’re getting it done!

 

Quick notes:

  • Whenever you click on PilotCars anywhere on the website or phone app it takes you straight to PiloTrac. PiloTrac is a map full of pins listing the home bases in red and (LIVE) available pilot cars looking to get home in blue. You can click on the “available dates” calendar to see who is where on any certain date. You don’t have to sign up and it’s FREE for carriers. It’s where all that action is – so use it!
  • All summer long we will be updating all of the state/province rules and regulations. If you know something we don’t or want an added feature simply comment at the bottom of that page (all regulations pages) and not only will we see it, we’ll reply (another good free advertising tactic as long as it’s good clean non-repetitive text.
  • It’s about that time of the year to check on your listing in our directory if you happen to have one. Two reasons; 1.) Google now suggests 900 words minimum (with keywords used from 7-9% contained in the text.
  • Google very much likes pictures now that it has tineeye technology and can read all of the camera coding (EXIF data) and knows what the image is of. Not only that but the listings rotate by “last” edited not random or alphabetical. For some reason (maybe because we’ve had it up so long) our directory takes millions of hits each year. It works well we know – if it didn’t nobody would renew their listings. Most of the companies in it are repeat customers. If you’re not listed in it GET IN IT AND FIND OUT WHY! YOU CAN’T MAKE MORE MONEY IF YOU CAN’T BE FOUND!

 

Last but certainly not least. SAVE YOUR MONEY! These last few years have been tough at times so instead of buying that new flashy car or new fancy guitar or whatever it is. Wait a little while. Let’s see if this economy is going to keep booming and making us all bank!  If so great and if not you’re prepared,

 

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New Hampshire State Shipping Regulations

New Hampshire state DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws. These are for trucking oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

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New Hampshire can be a tough state to ship OD and OW loads in. If you have any knowledge or information that you feel would be helpful to others please share it below. Thank you!

Find New Hampshire trucking companies and pilot cars as well as order oversize trucking permits for New Hampshire.

New Hampshire oversize and heavy haul trucking companies.
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Cheap oversize trucking permits in New Hampshire.

Legal load limits in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire legal load sizes and limitations:

Width: 8’ 6″ is the maximum width allowed.
Height: 13’ 6″is the maximum height allowed. Make sure you check your route as they have some places that could be lower.
Length: 53′ semi-trailer on the Interstate and designated highways maximum is 41′ from the kingpin to the center of the rear tandem axles or 48′ maximum length on most other roads.  There is an exclusion for maximum lengths if you are hauling longs, poles, timber, beams, etc however if you have a stretch trailer this may not apply.
Weight: 80,000 lbs GVW. We had a bunch of stuff here for you but you need to go straight to the state guide. There is simply too much information for weight limitations including axles spacings and tire sizes. See New Hampshire Regulations and Instructions pages 3 through 18 (.pdf viewer required).
Notes:  Everything above is dependent on your axle spacing and tire sizes. Also note that in the event that you are less than 73,280 lbs pounds (GVW) the single axle limit is increased to 22,440 lbs if needed and you are allowed up to 36,000 lbs on your tandem axles.

Routine issued trucking permits.
Trucking permits the NH DOT will routinely issue – maximums:

Width:  Up to 16′ wide
Height: Loads up to 16′ tall loaded.
Length: Loads up to 110′ in length.
Weight: Single axle: 25,000 lbs., Tandem axles: 50,000 lbs., Tridem axles: 70,000 pounds, Quadem axles 85,000 lbs., gross weight for 5 axles: 130,000 lbs, 6 axles: 140,000 lbs., 7 axles: 150,000 lbs., 8 axles: 160,000 lbs. You do need to look at this state publication as There is simply too much information for weight limitations including axles spacings and tire sizes. See: New Hampshire Regulations and Instructions pages 3 through 18 (.pdf viewer required).
Overhang: It looks like 15′ but this is surely a case by case basis. See the manual link above for clarification.
Notes: A bridge review is required when: any single axle is over 27,500 lbs. or any axle of tandems groups is over 25,000 lbs. If any axle in a tridem axle group combination is over 22,500 lbs. and/or if any axle group of a quadem axles is over 20,000 lbs. If a 5 axle combination group is over 100,000 lbs. If a 6 axle combination group is over 120,000 lbs. If  a 7 axle combination group is over 130,000 lbs. And finally for a combination of 8 or more axles that is over 149,999 lbs.

Superload Information.
New Hampshire Superload information:

Length: Anything that is over 110′ in length is going to be a superload.
Width: If over 16′ you are a superload.
Height: If over 16′ in height you would be classified as a superload. 
Weight: Anything that is over 160,000 lbs for sure. Some loads even less on some routes.
NOTES: Again because of the complexity or New Hampshire DOT heavy restrictions please see: New Hampshire Regulations and Instructions (.pdf) for clarification. 

When pilot cars/truck escorts are required.
You will be required to have pilot cars if you are any of the following:

Length: If over 150′ one rear escort is required. For additional see “superloads” section above.
Width: If you are over 12′ wide 1 pilot car/truck escort is required. If over 18′ you will require 2 pilot cars/truck escorts and may be required to have a state police escort (on some route 2 of them). When requesting state police you must give a minimum of 48 hours advanced notice.
Height: If over 13′ 6″ the state will require you to have a route survey. A height pole escort may not have to accompany the load once the survey is completed, it’s up to the state depending on how high the load is and route.
Weight: As long as the load can maintain minimum speed limit requirements and does not require special bridge restrictions you will probably not be required to have a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: Over 15′ in length required 1 pilot car/escort. If you are on a 2 lane undivided highway you will be required to have 2 pilot cars/truck escorts if over 12′ wide as well.
Notes: Please use the link above in “routine permits” for clarification on pilot car/truck escort requirements as they have quite a few “and”, “if”, “but” and “however” statements.

New Hampshire pilot car/truck escort vehicle requirements.
What is required to operate in the state of New Hampshire:

This is quoted verbatim out of the New Hampshire pilot car and truck escorts manual:

(a) Escort vehicles shall be the size of a compact car or larger. The drivers of escort vehicles shall maintain visual and 2-way radio contact with the permitted vehicle at all times. When one escort is required, it shall precede a load on undivided highways and follow the load on divided highways. Escort vehicle requirements shall be the same on both 4-or-more-lane divided highways and on 2-lane roads on the designated system as follows, unless otherwise stated:
(b) No escort shall be required for overall widths less than 12 feet 0 inches. One escort vehicle shall be required for overall width of 12 feet 0 inches or more.
(c) No escort vehicle shall be required for overall length of less than 80 feet 0 inches. One escort vehicle shall be required for overall length of 80 feet 0 inches or more.
(d) No escort vehicle shall be required if overhang is less than 15 feet 0 inches with proper flags displayed. One escort vehicle shall be required if the overhang is 15 feet 0 inches or more.
(e) A second escort vehicle shall be required under circumstances involving excessive overhang and overwidth. On a 2-lane, undivided highway, 2 escorts shall be required when the overhang is 15 feet 0 inches or more to the rear, and where the width is 12 feet 0 inches or more. On an interstate in instances of overwidth with overhang in excess of 15 feet 0 inches, a second escort vehicle shall be required.
(f) The applicant shall furnish 1 escort vehicle equipped with an operating top-mounted, flashing or rotating amber light for all loads, including hauling vehicle, 12 feet 0 inches or more in width or 80 feet 0 inches in length. A state police escort shall be required when load, including hauling vehicle, exceeds 18 feet 0 inches in width. In instances of overall length only of 100 feet and 0 inches or more, a state police escort shall be required unless exempted from this requirement by state police due to determination that weather conditions are optimum, visibility is not impaired, traffic flow is not heavy or other conditions which shall not compromise safe movement.
(g) When escorting a move, the escort vehicle shall be operated with headlights on in the low beam position.
(h) When traffic following a permit move has accumulated to 7 or more vehicles, the permit load and escorts shall yield the right-of-way for these vehicles to pass at the nearest, accessible, safe location. When crossing bridges on 2-way highways where bridge width is 24 feet and 0 inches or less, the escort vehicle shall stop all traffic while the load is on the bridge.
(i) Escort vehicles preceding oversize loads shall display a warning sign affixed to the front with legend reading, “OVERSIZE LOAD”. The escort vehicle following oversize loads shall display a warning sign affixed to the rear with legend reading, “OVERSIZE LOAD”. The signs shall have not less than 10 inch high black letters of a 1.4 inch stroke on a yellow background, and signs shall be made of durable material unaffected by moisture. The shape of the sign shall be varied to fit the escort vehicle but shall not be less than 5 feet 0 inches wide and 12 inches high. 

(j) The initial contact will be with State Police who will then either make an escort vehicle available or contact the appropriate Sheriff’s Department for assistance.

Signs
Escort vehicles preceding oversize loads shall display a warning sign affixed to the front with legend reading, “OVERSIZE LOAD”. The escort vehicle following oversize loads shall display a warning sign affixed to the rear with legend reading, “OVERSIZE LOAD”. The signs shall have not less than 10 inch high black letters of a 1.4 inch stroke on a yellow background, and signs shall be made of durable material unaffected by moisture. The shape of the sign shall be varied to fit the escort vehicle but shall not be less than 5 feet 0 inches wide and 12 inches high.

Required truck and load marking, flags, etc.
The NH DOT requires you to have the following on your truck and load:

Warning signs shall be displayed on the front of the hauling vehicle and on the rear of the hauling vehicle or load whichever provides best rear display. The legend shall read OVERSIZE LOAD. The signs shall be seven feet (7’) wide and eighteen inches (18”) high with ten inch (10”) high black letters featuring one and five-eights (1 5/8”) (series C) brush stroke on a yellow background. Signs shall be made of durable material unaffected by moisture.

Red flags at least 12 inches square, secured by at least one corner or mounted on a staff, shall be required on all over-dimensional loads to adequately mark load extremities longitudinally and laterally. Over-width loads shall have at least 2 and up to 6 flags mounted at the widest extremity and corners of the load, and placed so as not to increase the overall load width. Over-length loads or loads with rear or front end overhang in excess of 4 feet 0 inches shall display one flag at the end of the overhang if less than 2 feet 0 inches wide, and 2 flags if the overhang is over 2 feet 0 inches wide.
Note: All oversize load signs shall be removed, covered or otherwise sight restricted when not being used for an oversize move.

Hours or operations and travel restrictions.
Travel times that are permitted by the NH DOT:

Movement of over-dimensional loads shall be restricted to daylight hours. Daylight hours are considered to be the period one-half hour before sunrise and one-half hour after sunset. Permits are void during periods of slippery pavement conditions or inclement weather (e.g. fog, haze, heavy rain, freezing rain, snow) creating hazardous driving conditions. Permits are also void during weekends and the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Civil Rights Day, Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. If a holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday shall be also restricted as a holiday. If a holiday falls on Saturday, the previous Friday shall restricted as holiday. The permit supervisor shall further restrict movement of over-dimension vehicles as traffic volumes or highway conditions warrant such action in the interest of public safety. Although subject to requirements for permits, vehicles which are overweight only and which are operated at normal traffic speeds shall not be restricted as to time of movement.
Note: Travel through Manchester is restricted during the hours of 7 AM until 9:00 AM and 3:00 AM until 6:00 PM.  Toll road requirements are the same as other highways. 

Frost and thaw law restrictions:

During spring thaw months (which may vary) weights may be limited to 20,000 axle weight or less on some routes.

New Hampshire DOT contact information:

Department of Transportation
OS/OW Permits
Box 0483
concord, NH  00302
Phone: 603-271-2691
Fax: 603-271-5990
E-mail: overhaul “the at sign” dot.state.nh.us
Website: http://nhpermits.org – Click the accept “accept” button at the bottom of this page to self issue your own NHDOT oversize trucking permits. It’s easy and if you’ve hauled in this state before you’re already set up with them. More information about self issue and cheap oversize trucking permits can be obtained on our website as well using the permits link at the top of this page.
Hours: 8AM until 4PM (phones shut off at 3:45 PM) weekdays and closed on holidays.

Permit application for OS/OW loads.

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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 New Hampshire OS/OW Permits office before commencing movement.

USA – Canada driver border crossing notice.

US and Canada Regulations.

US and Canada Regulations.

USA Canada truck driver border crossing requirements.

The following rules and regulations apply to all US citizens crossing over into Canada:

Passports:  All US citizens must have a valid US passport or you will NOT be allowed entry into Canada.

Convictions: A simple DUI conviction or any criminal conviction of a felony charge will exclude you from eligibility for entering Canada.  If you have any doubt about your record or eligibility you should check with Canadian customs before approaching the border of USA/Canada.  It is important for you to know that Canada does NOT want anyone with a criminal conviction allowed entry into the country.

Loads/Shipments to/thru Canada:  Shipment into Canada are required to obtain electronic clearing by an authorized  Canadian customs border broker.  If you are taking a shipment into Canada you must have a PARS BAR CODE number that will be assigned to the shipment you are hauling.  A PARS BAR CODE STICKER will must be  affixed to the bills of lading for that shipment before being submitted (faxed) to the Canadian customs border broker by the shipper.  The broker will include this PARS BAR CODE NUMBER with the electronic file they send to Canadian customs officials when filing for clearance.  The driver will then give the lading bills with the PARS BAR CODE STICKER attached to Canadian customs officials which will clear the shipment.  This process usually takes a certified Canadian customs broker about 2 hours to get filed with the Canadian customs authorities.

Loads/shipments to the USA:  Shipment into the USA must be pre-cleared in order to cross the USA/Canada border.  You MUST have pre-clearance BEFORE approaching any USA border.  The USA system is called the ACE ELECTRONIC E-MANIFEST and must be completed for every shipment that enters into the USA.  If you require a ACE MANIFEST you will be required to have a US border customs broker prepare your crossing with the US government so you can be assigned a manifest number.  Once the information is submitted to the US customs broker the process usually takes about 2 hours.  For US crossings you must include the drivers passport number with the ACE E-MANIFEST filing.

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Arkansas State Shipping Regulations

These are the Arkansas State DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in the state of Arkansas.

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Physical address:
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
10324 Interstate 30
Little Rock, AR 72203

Email: ahppermit@arkansashighways.com
Help: telephone line: 501-569-2381 order permits by phone from 6 am to 4:30 pm M-F.
Fax: 501-568-1565
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Central Time Zone

Click here for the Arkansas State DOT website for oversize and overweight hauling permits.

Legal Loads:
Length: There is currently “no set maximum” for vehicles. Trailer length maximum is 53’.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, 20,000 single, 34,000 tandem.
Overhang: 3′ in the rear and 6′ in the front.

Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:
Length: Since STATE NAME has no said length restrictions you overall length approval will depend on your proposed route.
Width: 16′ on four lanes roads and highways and 15′ on two lane roads and highways.
Height: 15′ is about the most you can get away with on routine permits and main routes. Anything taller than that off of the main roads should prepare to have a route survey performed.
Weight: STATE NAME is somewhat difficult in weight determination. If you are over 120,000 lbs or have any extremely heavy axle groupings you will be considered a super-load. All applications for permits will a computer analysis done with anything that fails being then evaluated by the district bridge supervisor for further review. If you are under 100,000 pounds and main road routing proposed you will probably get permitted routinely. Remember this however; anything for any amount of time can happen in this state when extreme weights are considered.
Overhang: It doesn’t get much better than this; 30′ rear and 15′ front for overhang.

Travel times and restrictions:
No weekend travel is permitted in STATE. You can request to travel on the weekend when you are applying for your permit however. They have been known to grant weekend travel to loads that are say 14′ in width or a little on the heavy side but do not count on approval. Travel is not permitted on the following holidays: New Years day, Good Friday, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. The permit office is also closed on these days as well.

Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:
Length: If load is 75′ to 95′ on a 2 load road you will need one rear pilot car (escort).
Width: 10′ 6″ to 12′ wide on a 2 lane road requires 1 front pilot car. On a 4 lane road up to 12′ wide requires no escorts. When load is 12′ 1″ to 14′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required on all 2 lane roads and 1 rear on all 4 lane roads. For loads 14′ 1″ – 15′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required. 15′ 1″ to 16′ wide on 2 lane requires 2 front pilot cars (escorts) and 1 rear pilot car (escort). On 4 all lane roads 1 front and 2 rear pilot cars (escorts) are required. If you do have a permit for weekend travel you will be required to have a police escort. Districts and Parkways may require additional escorts as well. Vehicles traveling with a width of over 14′ wide will not be allowed to travel on Fridays except on Parkway. Maximum width allowed on the Parkway is 16′ and must be accompanied by police escort if over 15′.
Height: If height of load exceeds 15′ a front high pole card is required.
Weight: Check with the State of to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: If front over hang is over 10′ on 2 or 4 lane roads 1 front pilot car (escort) is required. If rear overhang exceeds 10′ on a 2 or 4 lane road one rear escort is required.

Pilot car and escort 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).

For a vehicle to qualify; all pilot car/escort vehicles must have a gross weight over over 2,000 pounds but also have a manufacturers gross weight rating of less than 26,000 pounds.

 

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Wyoming State Shipping Regulations

These are the Wyoming state shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads on roads and highways.

Wyoming state shipping regulations.

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Share your knowledge and expertise of the Wyoming regulations or helpful information at the bottom of this page.

 

Wyoming State DOT Trucking Information.

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Wyoming trucking  company and pilot car directory:

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Wyoming oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.



Legal load max.

Legal Loads:

Length:  for trailers up to 60′ long.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 14’ tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, 20,000 single, 34,000 tandem.
Overhang: No limit on overhang stated.

Routine issued oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: Up to 90′ long on a single unit and 110′ on a combined unit.
Width: Up to 18′ wide depending on routing.
Height: 17′
Weight: Single 25,000 lbs., tandem axle 55,000 lbs., tridem axle 65,000 lbs., 74,000 lbs. with a gross weight determined by your axle configurations.  For loads exceeding 150,000 pounds expect permit issuance time delays. Overhang: It’s pretty good in Wyoming as they have nothing is specified directly.

Notes:  Wyoming like to issue permits at their ports of entry.  Make sure you call well in advance if you plan on traveling through this state.  Any load that is over 18′ wide, 17′ tall or up to 250,000 lbs will need to be reviewed by the state.  It can take up to 2 weeks for approval.  If you have odd axle configurations, expect trouble.

Travel times.

Travel times and restrictions:

Night time travel is permitted for the shipment of loads under 10′ wide and under 90′ in length overall on interstate roads only.  Shipment must display amber lights and appropriate banners for night movement.  Oversize and overweight shipments may travel one half hour before sunrise until one half hour after sunset.  No holiday travel is permitted if you are being escorted on any of the following holidays; New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and on Christmas day.  If the holiday causes a 3 day weekend you will not be allowed to travel on the day before or after the 3 day period.  If the holiday falls on a Saturday and your shipment is required to be escorted you may not travel on Friday morning and travel does not resume again until Monday morning.  If the holiday is on a Sunday and you are required to be escorted you must cease travel on Friday evening and travel does not resume again until Tuesday morning.

When pilot cars are needed in Wyoming.

Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:

Length: If shipment is over 110′ long you will require 1 front and one rear pilot car (escort).
Width
: If shipment is over 14′ in width you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Height: All depends on proposed routing.  If height of load exceeds 15′ you will “probably” be required to have a front high pole escort but not positively. If height is 17′ you will more than likely be required to have a high pole escort in the front of the load.   Call and speak with them directly for clarification.
Weight: Check with the Wyoming port of to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: No specified limits.  This is something they like to see for themselves at the ports.  If your load is secure and safe looking but not too long overall and have flags/amber lights then you will possibly not be required to have a pilot car.

Wyoming pilot car requirements to operate.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:

No motorcycles are allowed.  Vehicle must be equipped with a horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber colored flashing light no less than 4″ in diameter which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet.  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 10″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 8″ tall and 1 ” in width.  Vehicle must have 2 safety flags red or orange in color and be a minimum of 12″ of length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on top middle section of the vehicle.  Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device,  at least 1 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, 3 reflective emergency road triangles and extra flags.

Wyoming DOT contact information.

Contact information:

Physical address:
Wyoming Department of Transportation
5300 Bishop Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82009

Email: owl@wyo.gov
Help telephone line: 307-777-4376
Fax: 307-777-4399
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:o0 pm

Mountain Time Zone

Click here for the Wyoming DOT Website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits. The port of entry can issue permits for routine shipments and is open 24  hours a day.  You must call in advance.

Ports of entry: Alpine 307-654-7569, Casper 307-473-3280, Cheyenne (I-80) 307-777-4894, (I-25) 307-777-4896, Evanston 307-789-3538, Frannie 307-664-2389, Gillette 307-682-4030 Kemmerer 307-877-4229, Laramie 307-745-2200, Lusk 307-334-3814, Sheridan 307-674-2350, Sundance 307-283-1616 and Torrington 307-532-2519.

Permits are also available at: Basin 307-568-3400, Cody 307-587-2220, Douglas 307-358-5515, Lander 307-332-4151, Pinedale 307-367-4488, Rawlins 307-328-4100, Riverton 307-856-1341, Rock Spring 307-352-3049, Worland 307-347-2822, Wheatland 307-322-2558 and Jackson 307-733-3665.
Wyoming road and weather conditions.
Wyoming road closure information.

 

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 Wyoming State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

Wisconsin State Shipping Regulations

These are the Wisconsin State shipping regulations, DOT limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

Wisconsin state shipping regulations and permits.

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Wisconsin State shipping regulations for heavy haul and oversize trucking. DOT legal limits, pilot cars, requirements, road conditions and more.

Please share your knowledge with others below.

Trucking company and pilot car directory.
Wisconsin trucking and pilot car companies:

Wisconsin trucking company directory.
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Legal load limits.
Legal Loads:

Length: Over all 75′ maximum for a truck and trailer.  Combination of 2 vehicles is  70′ and single vehicle and load is 45′ in maximum length allowed by state law.  They do have some restricted routes for size and routes for combinations.  For more information click here (.pdf).
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, up to 13,000 lbs on steer axle, 11,000 lbs on a  single wheel or end of an axle, 20,000 lbs on a single axle, 34,000 lbs on a tandem axle.  For more restrictions see link above under “length”.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 4′ in the rear.  Red flagged in daytime and red light at night.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: Anything under 130′ long is routinely permitted.  They do have some stuff going on that is odd for some routes so call if you are close to this length.  Manufactured homes and mobile homes maximum is 80′ in length or 110′ combined as per Wisconsin state shipping regulations.
Width: Up to about 16′ in length for routine permits.  Anything over than is going to take time.
Height: 14′ is about the most you can get away with on routine permits and main routes.  The Wisconsin state shipping regulations are going to want to route you on Federal Highways.  If over 15′ 6″ expect possible permit delays depending on your route.  They seem to have no height limits but you have to be specific on your proposed routing and take them specific plan.  This is a good thing as you will probably NOT be required to do a route survey as they are pretty organized on their maximum height capabilities.

Weight: They have frost laws in effect from March 15 – May 15 so confirm that it’s even possible to ship during these months.  Steer: 13,000, Single up to 20,000 lbs., up to 65,000 lbs. on Tandem, Tridem up to 81,000 lbs., Quadem, up to 90,000 lbs.  5 axles up to 100,000 lbs., 6 axle up to 166,000 lbs., 7 axle up to 182,000 lbs., 8 axles up to 191,000 lbs.  Over 150,000 lbs is a super load.  This is all depending on axle spacing and tractor configurations.
Overhang: Nothing specified so it’s a case by case basis.

Legal travel times.
Travel times and restrictions:

Sunrise to sunset applies with no half hour window stated.  Night time travel is permitted for loads under 100′ in length, 12′ in width and 13′ 6″ in height.  Travel on the weekend is allowed for all loads that are under 100′ long, 12′ wide and 13′ 6″ in height from Memorial day until Labor day..  All loads over these limits can only travel until 12 noon on Saturday from Memorial day and Labor day.  No travel is allowed from 4 pm until 11 pm on Fridays or Sundays.  No holiday travel on New Years day, Labor day, Memorial day, Thanksgiving day, Independence day and Christmas day.  If the holiday is on a Sunday you can not travel on Monday.  If the holiday is on a Saturday you may not travel on Friday.  IF you are on a humanitarian project you can possibly get the Wisconsin state shipping regulations to work towards your advantage and get the travel times lifted but don’t ask if it’s not a totally legitimate excuse.

When are pilot cars required.
Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:

Length: 95′ to 110′ one rear pilot car (escort) is required.
Width: Loads over 12’ 6” some roads requires 1 (but not all), 15’ to 16’ feet in width needs 1 front on non divided highways or 1 rear on divided highways.  16’ to 22’ wide requires 1 police escort on some routes.  Non divided roads require 1 police in front, divided 1 police in rear.  You never know with this state as the same load may be able to run at a later date with a civilian escort.
Height: It all depends on your route with this state.
Weight: Check with the Wisconsin State of to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: Who knows?

Notes:  Don’t bid on a shipment or plan on anything in this state without speaking with them first and make sure you get the persons name.  Permits are usually valid for 14 days or one trip which ever happens first.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:

All pilot cars/escort vehicles must have head lights turned on with hazard lights when in movement on a load as per Wisconsin state shipping regulations.  Amber light must be turned on and NEVER used when not escorting.  You will need two red or orange flags mounted on each side of the vehicle no less than 18″ square.  Pilot cars must have an OVERSIZE LOAD sign mounted on the roof of the vehicle clearly visible from the front and rear of the vehicle.  This sign needs to be yellow in color with minimum dimensions of 12″ in height and 60″ in length with black letters no less than 1 1/2″ thick and 10″ in height.  Driver must be a minimum of 18 years of age and have a state issued escort vehicles operators license.  Vehicle must be equipped with 2 horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber colored flashing light no less than 4″ in diameter which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet.

Wisconsin DOT.
Contact information:

Physical address:
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Motor Carrier Services (oversize)
PO Box 7980
Madison, WI  53707-7980

Emailoversize-permits.dmv@dot.wi.gov
Help telephone line: 608-266-7320
Fax: 608-264-7751
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:o0 pm
Central Time Zone

Wisconsin road & highway conditions.
Wisconsin DOT website – oversize and overweight.
Wisconsin permit applications .

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 Wisconsin State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

West Virginia State Shipping Regulations

West Virginia State Shipping Regulations

These are the West Virginia State DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in the state of West Virginia.

West Virginia state shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking as per the DOT permits department.

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West Virginia state shipping regulations for heavy haul trucking and pilot car companies.

West Virginia State Regulations – Oversize Shipping, Trucking and Transport permits
West Virginia State DOT Trucking Information.

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Trucking company and pilot car directory.

Legal load limits.

Routine trucking permits

Legal travel times.

When are pilot cars required

Pilot car certifications.

Wisconsin DOT

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 West Virginia State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

 

Washington State Shipping Regulations

Washington State Shipping Regulations

Washington state shipping regulations DOT limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

Washington state DOT rules and regulations for oversize and overweight trucking.

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Legal load limits.
Washington DOT legal load size & weight limitations: 

Length: The maximum overall length allowed legally is 75′.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 14’ tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs.
Overhang: 3′ in the front measured from the manufacturers front bumper and 15′ rear is the maximum and measured from the center of the rear axle.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: No set limits other than travel times. Case by case basis for routine maximums.
Width: 2 lane, 14′ or less, multi-lane roads with barrier strip 16′
Height:  16′ (note anything over 14′ will be required a pilot car w/height pole).
Weight: Single axle 22,000 lbs, tandem 34,000 lbs, tridum 55,000 lbs, quadem 70,000 lbs, gross weight on 5 axles 99,200 lbs, 6 axles 108,200 lbs, 8 axles 156,000 lbs.  These weights are limitations and totally dependent upon federal bridge formula.  Superload is 200,000 lbs. Also tire weight on all axles – 600 pounds per inch tire width.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 15′ in the rear – also read in “legal loads” above.

NOTE: Non-divisible loads can not be made smaller or lighter. Exception: Dozers have have blade detached and sitting on trailer. No multiple blades. Loaders may have bucket detached as long as it is a pertinent piece for the loader being transported. No multiple buckets allowed.

Superload information.
Information on superloads for the state of Washington:

Superloads are classified as vehicles or loads that are non-divisible (or a combination of the two) that weigh in excess of 200,000 lbs or over 16′ in height or over 16′ in width in Washington state. A superload application must be submitted 30 days prior if your shipment exceeds the weight maximum or 7 days if exceeding the height or width maximums. You will need to document why it is in the best interest of the people of Washington state to grant you permission to perform the move, show that it can not be reduced in any way reasonable, have a mechanical drawing of the truck, trailer and shipment showing all of the axle positions, why you can’t perform the shipment via water, have an iron clad route in mind, a detailed plan for controlling traffic, how you plan to use your pilot cars, show that you are aware of all railroad route time tables if performing any crossings, and have a way to prove that any kind of emergency vehicle at any time can easily get past you. If you have all of this together then the Washington DOT will take a look at it and may even charge you for their time. Superloads in Washington should be completely handled by a professional or you may loose time and money. If you need assistance please see our consultation section as we have staff that specialize in superload shipments.

Legal truck travel times.
Travel times and restrictions in Washington:

7 days a week.  One half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset is permitted.  No movement after 3 pm on Fridays, Sunday and only travel until 12 noon.  Holiday travel is not permitted on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Labor day, Thanksgiving, Independence day and Christmas day.   If the holiday is on a Saturday or a Sunday there will be no Friday or Monday travel permitted.  The Washington State permit office is closed on the above holidays in addition to Martin Luther Kings day, Presidents day and Veterans day however travel is not restricted on these holidays as well as Columbus day and George Washington’s birthday.  Night travel is permitted for shipments that are under 12′ wide, 14′ 6″ in height and 105′ overall in length.  Overweight only loads that do NOT exceed any of the legal maximums in width, height or length are permitted to travel 24/7 as long as the tractor can maintain the minimum rated speed limit for that particular road or highway.

Notes:  There are travel restriction times during heavy traffic hours for Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Everett and Vancouver.  Please call the main number above for exact times or refer to the documentation on the permit that is issued.

When are pilot cars required.
Pilot car and escort vehicle information:

Length: If load is over 105′ in length you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Width: If over 11′ in width you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Height: If height of load exceeds 14′ 6″ a front high pole pilot car (escort vehicle) is required.
Weight: If this is your only exceeded limit NO pilot car/escort vehicle is required as long as tractor can maintain minimum road speeds.
Overhang: No set limits, case by case basis.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car and escort vehicle certification and equipment requirements:

Pilot car or escort vehicles may be a car, truck of SUV as long as it has a gross vehicle maximum rating at least 14,000 pounds and a wheelbase of at least 60″ in width.  Headlights must be on at all times while escorting shipment. Each vehicle must be equipped with 2 amber lights on top of the vehicle and horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber colored flashing light which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet.  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. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device, a 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C.  A sign hand help 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. 3 bi-directional road safety triangles.  While operating the vehicle the driver will is required to wear a reflective safety vest, jacket or shirt.  A orange hard hard and a first aid kit must be kept in the vehicle.  A non-conductive height measuring device that is to be used while escorting loads with any height in excess of 14′ 6″ and should be set at a length of no more than 6″ above the actual height of the load and no less than 3″.  Pilot car (escort vehicle) operators are NOT allowed to carry passengers other than co-workers. Washington state escort drivers are required by law to be state certified and have a copy of their Washington State Certification ID in the vehicle at all times.  Some programs in other states may qualify the driver to operate in Washington State but you will want to verify this by calling the main office number above.    Pilot cars (escort vehicles) must keep a distance of no less than 1/2 mile from the shipment they are escorting.  If at any time ANY vehicle either the actual shipment or escorting vehicle is delayed from each other said vehicle MUST pull over and wait for the other to resume position.  All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a 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.  Sign must be a minimum of 5′ above the pavement.  Vehicle should  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 but this (the flags) are NOT mandatory at the time of this publishing.

Washington DOT information.
Contact information for Washington state DOT office:

Physical address:
State Department of Transportation
921 Lakeridge Way
PO Box 47367
Olympia, WA  98504-6340

Ports of entry:
The ports do NOT issue permits in the State of Washington.
Bow Hill: (I-5 S) 360-766-6196, Plymouth: (I-82 N) 509-734-7043, Ridgefield: (I-5 N) 360-887-8231, Spokane: (I-90 W) 509-226-3366

Email: if you know of a good one please leave it below.
Help telephone line: 360-704-6340
Fax: 360-704-6350
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 5:o0 pm
Pacific Time Zone

Click here for the State DOT Website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.
Click here for Washington State road & highway conditions.

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 Washington State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

Virginia State Shipping Regulations

Virginia State Shipping Regulations

Virginia state shipping regulations. DOT permit limitations, rules and laws for trucking. Oversize and over weight (heavy haul) loads on the roads and highways.

Oversize and overweight trucking permit limitations as well as legal load information.

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State trucking regulations for the heavy haul trucking industry. Virginia state shipping regulations for oversize shipping and  trucking – DOT transport permits.

Locate Virginia heavy haul trucking company and pilot car directory:

Virginia trucking company directory.
Virginia pilot cars and truck escorts.

Legal load limits.
Legal loads that require no trucking permits:

Length: Trailer length maximum is 48’.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. gross maximum.
Overhang: 4′ in the rear and 3′ in the front.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: Up to 150′ in length.
Width: 15′ 11″ wide.
Height: 15′ is pretty much it on routine.
Weight: Depends on routing.  Contact them at the number above.
Overhang: Depends on your overall length.  Contact them at the number above with route ideas included.

Legal travel times.
Travel times and restrictions:

One half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset rule applies for Virginia state shipping regulations. Overall shipments that are under 12′ wide 14′ in height and under 115,000 pounds gross weight may travel on Saturday but only until 12 noon.  No travel is permitted on Sundays as per Virginia state shipping regulations.  If shipment is overweight only then you may travel 24/7.  The cities that are largely populated do not allow oversize travel during the peak hours of 7 am – 9 am and 4 pm – 6 pm except for  shipments that are over weight or over height.  Travel is not permitted on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.  The permit office is closed on these holidays as well.

When pilot cars are required.
Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:

Length: If a shipment is over 105′ in length combined on a 2 load road you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car (escort).  If the overall combination is over 125′ long on multiple lane roads you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Width: On 2 lane highways for shipments over 11′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required.  On multiple lane highways if over 14′ wide you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Height: Any shipment that exceeds 14′ 6″ in height will require 1 front pilot car (escort) equipped with a height pole.  Manufactured homes are required to have 1 front pilot car with a height pole if the height exceeds 15′ tall.  Virginia state shipping regulations department does NOT guarantee height clearances and suggests you choose by your own volition to use a pilot car with a height pole where height may be in question.
Weight: If routinely permitted you will more than likely NOT be required to have an escort.
Overhang: If the rear overhang exceeds 1/3 of the trailer length 1 escort is required on 2 lane highways.  If rear overhang exceeds 20′ of a single unit vehicle it requires 1 rear escort on 2 lane highways as per Virginia state shipping regulations.

Required shipment markings.
Tractor/trailer signs flags and lighting:

Virginia state shipping regulations states that head lights must remain on at all times when in transit.  All shipments that exceed 60′ in length, 10′ in width and/or with over 10′ of overhang must display warning signs/banners in the front and rear of overall shipment and be marked “OVERSIZE LOAD”, WIDELOAD OR LONG LOAD – whichever is the most appropriate as per Virginia state shipping regulations.  The sign must be no less than 7′ in length and 18″ in height with 1 1/2″ thick black lines with a yellow background and a 1″ black border all around the outsize edge of the sign/banner placed no less than 18″ above the pavement.  Whenever a load is a WIDELOAD and a LONG LOAD the WIDELOAD sign/banner should be displayed.  1 strobe/flashing amber light will be required to display on top of the tractor cab.  This amber light must be visible from a minimum of 500 feet from 360 degrees.  A flashing/strobe amber light must also be placed on the rear of the shipment placed in the upper most top, rear position.  Emergency colored red, yellow or orange flags of no less than 18″ in either direction must be placed at all 4 corners of the overall shipment.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirement:

PILOT CAR DRIVERS IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA MUST BE CERTIFIED BY VIRGINIA. Virginia state shipping regulations states pilot car drivers must take a test at a DMV office in order to work in this state if escorting a load over 12′ in width.  You can view the manual, application and handbook here.  The Virginia state shipping regulations certification is valid for 5 years.  Testing locations and information can be obtained by calling 804-828-2023 or the DMV 866-368-5463.  One flashing or strobe amber light must be horizontally mounted above the top (roof) of pilot cars (escort vehicles) and must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet.  The minimum strobe or flash height from the top of the roof must be 4″.  All pilot car/escort vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication devices.  All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a bumper or roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDELOAD” or “LONG 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.  You must have a hand help 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 to be used in controlling traffic. Also, a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt which is to be worn while directing traffic and is required to be worn anytime the shipment will encroach traffic in ANY manner.

Virginia DOT & helpful information.
Wisconsin DOT information, road conditions and misc.

Physical address: Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles PO Box 27412 Richmond, VA  23269
Email: If you get a good e-mail address please leave it below for others.  Thank you!
Help telephone line: Permits: 804-786-3495 or Requirements: 804-249-5130
Fax: 804-786-5722
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:o0 pm (closed for lunch hour until 1:30 pm)

Eastern Time Zone

Click here for the State DOT Website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.
These are the actual state forms available.
Virginia State road & highway conditions.

Virginia state shipping regulations permit limitations and regulations for shipping oversize and overweight in Virginia.

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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 Virginia State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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