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2018 Florida State Shipping Regulations

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

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Legal load limits. Do I need a trucking permit?

Florida DOT legal load sizes and weight limitations:

Length: 75 feet overall. 48 feet semi-trailer. A 53 feet semi-trailer must have kingpin set 41 feet from the kingpin to the center of rear axle.
Width: 8 feet 6 inches (only 8 feet on some un-designated highways).
Height: 13 feet 6 inches (only 13 feet on some un-designated highways).
Weight: 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW). 22,000 pounds on a single axle, 44,000 pounds on tandem axles and 66,000 pounds on tridem axles.
Overhang: 3 feet from the front or 3 feet from the rear of trailer maximum.

Routine oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Oversize and heavy haul trucking permits routinely issued Florida DOT:

Length: 150 feet overall maximum.
Width: 16 feet maximum.
Height: Up to 16 feet maximum.
Weight: Tandem 44,000 pounds,  Tridem 69,000 pounds, quadem axles must have a minimum of 10 feet between groupings. 5 axles 112,000 pounds, 6 axles 122,000 pounds, 7 axles 142,000 pounds, 8 axles 160,000 pounds, 9 axles 195,000 pounds, 10 axles 197,000 pounds, 11 axles 199,000 pounds. You may be able to add an additional 1,000 pounds (up to 5,000) to each additional foot of outerbridge but this does not apply to all configurations. Heavy haul loads that are over a GVW of 160,000 (overall) or less must have a minimum of 10 feet between groupings as mentioned above.
Overehang: No set limitation on overhang. All shipments with overhang are looked at individually.
Notes:

Travel times and restrictions.

Permitted travel times withing the state of Florida:

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 after sunset.  Travel permitted on Saturday (possibly on Sunday) is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise only until 12 noon if under 14 feet wide and under 14 feet 6 inches tall but you must request “weekend travel” when applying for your permit. Weekend travel is not permitted on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Days before and after these holiday days may be restricted as well especially when 4 or 3 day weekends are observed. Heavy haul shipments that do not require escorts or pilot cars may travel continuously. Military shipments (MOBCON)will fall under different guidelines as noted on the permit. Be sure to clarify any discrepancies with the permit office before moving. Always follow the instructions on your permit.

Do I need a pilot car or escort vehicle with my shipment?

Am I required to have a escort vehicle or pilot car?

Length: If shipment is over 95 feet long 1 rear pilot car is required. If you have in excess of 20 feet of overhang see below.
Width: If over 12 feet wide you will be required to have 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Some routes may require 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles. If shipment is in excess of 14 feet wide 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles will be required. If shipment is in excess of 15 feet you may be required to have a police escort in addition to a minimum of 2 pilot cars of escort vehicles.
Height: If shipment is in excess of 14 feet and 6 inches you will be required to have one escort vehicle. Over 16 feet in height needs two pilot cars or escort vehicles. Any shipment in excess of 15 feet in height will be required to have a written route survey.
Overhang: Rear overhang up to 20 feet past the center of the rear axle (or dolly) may require 1 pilot car or escort vehicle.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements.

Pilot car certification programs that are accepted within the state of Florida are the following: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. A “escort vehicle” or “pilot car” must be a vehicle weighing more than 2,000 pounds with a gross vehicle rating of less than 26,000 pounds. The operator of the vehicle must be certified by the state of Florida or one of the above mentioned states.

Florida oversize trucking.

 



How to apply for oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Florida Department of Transportation
605 Swannee St., MS-62
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: 850-410-5777
Hours: 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM Eastern Time

You can visit the Florida DOT website for more information on oversize and over weight transport restrictions.
You can print up a single trip permit from the Florida DOT site and learn more about filing your own permits in this state by using our DIY trucking permits guide.

Florida cities serviced.

Additional information.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and heavy-haul trucking permit 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 Florida State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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2 Comments
  1. What are the limits for loads projecting beyond the rear of a pickup truck in the dark what distance? (4ft) what marking requirements? (flag ,aux. lighting)

    • In the dark a red light is required and max overhang in the state of Florida is 3′ in the front and 4′ in the rear so this is a legal move however we’d suggest you do it during daylight hours. Pardon the delayed response as we didn’t see the question until just now. Thanks and good question!

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