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Idaho State Shipping Regulations

Idaho State Shipping Regulations

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

 

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Idaho State Permit Regulations for – Oversize Shipping, Trucking & Transport.

Idaho State Trucking information website: http://itd.idaho.gov/dmv

Legal Loads:
Length: A 75’ length is the legal limit for any combined truck and trailer in transport.
Overhang: 4’ in front of trailer and no more than 10’ from the rear axle of trailer to the end of load.
Weight: A maximum of 80,000 lbs. total (GVW) with no more than 14,000 lbs. on the steer axle and 20,000 lbs. on any other single axle.
Width:  A maximum of 8’ 6” wide.
Height: A maximium of 14’ w

Idaho

Routine oversize shipping & trucking permits:
Length:110’ on 2 lane hwys and 115’ on 4 lane hwys
Weight:5 axles 112,000 6 axles 118,000
Width:16’
Height:14’6”

How to apply for trucking permits:
Idaho Transportation Department
3311 W State St
Boise. ID

208-334-8420 Phone
800-662-7133 Phone within Idaho
Basic fee is $13.00
Permit is valid for 5 days

Pilot Car – Escort Car Requirements:
Width: Over 12’1” 2 Lanes requires 1 car., Over 15’1” 4 Lanes requires 1 car.
Height:
Over 16’ requires 1 car.
Length: Over 100’ 2 Lanes requires 1 car.  Over 115’ Interstate requires 1 car.

Travel Restrictions.
Travel permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.  If 10’ wide or less, travel is permitted 24/7.

Port of Entry Information.
Hollister, Idaho 21 miles south of Twin Falls 208-734-5370.
East Boise, Idaho 11 miles east of Boise 208-334-3272.
Marsing, Idaho 6 miles south of US 55/US 95208-896-4814.
Lewiston, Idaho 1 mile east of Lewiston 208-799-5080.
Huetter, Idaho 2 miles east of Coer d’Alene 208-769-1551.
Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho (Moyle Jct.) Jct. of US 95 & US 2208-267-2486.
Haugan, Idaho  15 miles east of state line 406-678-4257.
Sage Junction, Idaho 2 miles north of Roberts 208-228-3636.
Inkom, Idaho 8 miles south of Pocatello 208-775-3322.
Cottrell, Idaho  8 miles south of Twin Falls 208-349-5650.

 

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 Idaho State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hawaii State Shipping Regulations

Hawaii State Shipping Regulations

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

 

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Hawaii DOT permits office
Department of Construction and Maintenence
Highway division
869 Punch Bowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-5097

Hawaii Trucking Permit Information website for Overweight, Wide Load and Oversize Transport:

Visit the Hawaii DOT website for more information;  http://hawaii.gov/dot
PHONE:  808-587-2185
KAUAI: 808-241-3461
MAUI: 808-873-3535
OAHU: 808-831-6712
HOURS: MONDAY thru FRIDAY 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
PACIFIC TIME ZONE

LEGAL DIMENSION LIMITS

Length: No overall limits on length.
Width: 9’
Height: 14’
Overhang: 4’ rear, 4’ front

Routine Permits and limitations;

Length: 70’
Width: 14’
Height: Please contact Hawaii State Department of Transportation DOT permit office

Gross Weight: Depends on proposed routing.  Contact Hawaii DOT for more info.

Travel restrictions:
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset rule applies.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:

Length: Depends on routing.
Width: 12’
Height: Depends on routing.

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 Hawaii State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Georgia State Shipping Regulations

Georgia State Shipping Regulations

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

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Georgia State Permit Regulations – Oversize Shipping, Trucking & Transport.

Georgia State Trucking information website:  http://dot.ga.gov/doingbusiness/permits/oversize/Pages/default.aspx

Legal Loads.
Length:  100’ including overhang
Weight:  GVW 80,000
Width: 8’6”
Height: 13’6”

Georgia

Routine Permits.
Length: Under 120’
Weight: Under 110,000 lbs.
Width: Under 12’
Height: Under 14’

How to Apply for Permits.
You must fill out an application and fax it to them. Forms can be
Downloaded from the web site or call customer service and ask them
To fax one to you.

Fax completed application to:  404-635-4297, 8501, 8503 or 8507.
Customer Service 888-262-8306
Basic permit costs $30 plus $1 fax charge and $7 for credit card processing
You must provide insurance certificate

Pilot Car – Escort Car Requirements.
Length: Over 75’ but less than 100’ – a rear/amber light is required.
Over 100’ but less than 125’ – 1 rear escort car is required.
Over 125’ – requires 1 front escort car and 1 rear escort car.
Height: Over 15’6” requires a escort vehicle in front of truck with a height pole.
Width: On 2 Lane  over 12’ but less than 14’8” requires a escort vehicle behind truck  and amber light.  On 2 Lane over 14’8” but less than 16’ requires 1 escort vehicle in front of truck  and 1 escort vehicle behind truck.  On 4 Lane over 12’ but less than 14’8” requires a rear escort vehicle.  On Interstate over 14’8” but less than 16’ requires a rear escort vehicle.  Requirements for loads over 16’ wide will be decided on a case by case basis.

Travel Restrictions.
Travel permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour before sunset.

Hint: Georgia requires that you sign their permit with blue ink only.

 

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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Florida State Shipping Regulations

Florida State Shipping Regulations

These are the Florida state shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the transport of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in the state of Florida.

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Florida trucking companies and pilot cars.
Locate trucking and pilot car companies that operate in the state of Florida:

Florida oversize and heavy haul trucking companies.
Florida pilot car and escort companies.

Florida legal load limits.
Florida DOT legal load size and weight limitations:

Length: 75′ overall.
Width: 8′ 6″ (on designated highways).
Height: 13′ 6″
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs.
Overhang: 3′ front and 4′ in rear.

Routine oversize shipping, trucking & transport permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the Florida DOT:

Length: 75′
Width: 12′
Height: Up to 15′
Weight: Tandem 44,000 lbs.,  Tridem 69,000 lbs., 5 axles 112,000 lbs., 6 axles 122,000 lbs.
Note: You must have a minimum of a 51” axle spacing for over weight permits.

Travel times and restrictions.
Permitted travel times withing the state of Florida:

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 before sunset.  Travel permitted on Saturday and Sunday if not over 10′ wide, 13′ 6″ in height and 55′ long.  Night time travel is not allowed for shipments in excess of 10′ in width. Continuous travel permitted if heavy only. Over weight travel is allowed for some constructions items as long as they are reduced (ie. blades removed from dozers, etc.). Be sure to clarify with permit office before travel.

Do I need a pilot car with my shipment?
Am I required to have a escort vehicle or pilot car?

Over 12′ wide (up to 14′) needs one pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 14′ wide needs two pilot cars or escort vehicles. Over 14′ 6″ in height needs one pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 15′ in height needs two pilot cars or escort vehicles.
Lengths up to 95′ only require one pilot car or escort vehicle.

How to apply for oversize trucking permits.

Secretary of Transportation
605 Suwannee Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Phone: 850-414-4100

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.

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 Florida State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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Delaware State Shipping Regulations

Delaware State Shipping Regulations

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

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Delaware Oversize Shipping Trucking & Transport.

Delaware State Transportation website:  http://haulpermit.deldot.net (click on policy manual).

Legal Loads.
Length 60’ (53’ trailer)
Overhang 3’ front; 6’ rear (included in legal allowable length)
Weight GVW  80,000 lbs., or 20,000 lbs. per axle.

Delaware

Routine trucking & transport permits.
Length 100’
Overhang over 5’ must be permitted
Weight GVW 120,000
Width  14’
Height 15’

How to apply for trucking permits.
DELDOT Hauling Permits Section

302-744-2700 Phone
302-739-6299 Fax
Basic Oversize permit is valid for 5 days and costs $10

Pilot Car – Escort Car Requirements.

Width over 12’ requires 1 escort car
Over 14’ requires 2 escort cars
Over 15’ requires State Police escort
Length over 100’ requires 1 car
Over 110’ requires 2 cars
Over 120’ requires State Police escort
Height: None unless specified on permit after obtained.

Travel Restrictions.

Travel is permitted from sunrise to sunset.

 

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 Delaware State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecticut State Shipping Regulations

Connecticut State Shipping Regulations

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

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Connecticut State Trucking Permit Regulations – Oversize Shipping and Transport.

Legal Loads.

Length: trailer 48’ (no limit for tractor)
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs. if configuration complies with federal bridge formula.
Width: 8’6”
Height: 13’6”

Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
*NOTE: We are not sure if there is anything considered “routine” as far as permits are in this state. They are real picky about issuing permits so nothing can be assumed, you must call and speak with them first. If you have any verifiable information to add to this please submit it below.

Length: 130′ is about the maximum and that depends on routing.
Width: 16′ wide is about the most allowed depending on intended route.
Height: 14′ – possibly more depending on your intended route.
Weight: single axle: 22,500, tandem: 45,000, tridum axles: 67,500, quadem: ?, 5 axles: 122,000, 6 axles: 130,000, 7 axles: 150,000, 8 axles: 160,000.
Notes: Drivable cranes (or self propelled) weight limits. Four axle cranes having a maximum GVW of 110,000 pounds: tandem axle cranes having a maximum of 60,900 lbs. and not more than 23 feet from the center of the first axle to the last axle. Five axle cranes maximum gross vehicle weight of 114,500 lbs. with no more than 30,000 lbs. on a single axle or 45,000 lbs on any tandem axles or 66,100 lbs on tridem axles. Six axle cranes a maximum gross vehicle weight of 115,000 lbs., with no more than 68,200 lbs on tandem axles. No more than 28′ from the center of the first axle to the last axle. Modular and mobile homes  16′ wide M-F travel only with travel time of 11:30 pm until 4:30 am as will be specified on the permit.

Pilot Car – when do you need them?
Width: Over 12’ wide 1 rear (or front and rear if undivided highway). Over 13’ 6” 1 front and one rear escort. Over 15’ 1 front and 2 rear
Height: Over 14’ 1 pilot car in front
Length: Over 80’ 1 pilot car in rear on undivided highway.  If over 100’ one escort vehicle is required in the front and rear of the trailer on undivided highways. On divided only 1 rear is required. If over 119′ one in front and one in rear on undivided highways. Sectional or modular homes 16′ wide maximum. No pilot required until 10′ wide. If 10′ wide then one rear escort is required in undivided highways of if load is wider than lane. From 10′ wide to 13′ 6″ one rear on divided highways and one rear on undivided highways. Over 13′ 6″ in width requires on front and one rear on all roads. If over 80′ in length one rear escort is required on undivided highways. If over 85′ in length then one front and one rear is required on all routes.

Escort Car Requirements.
Your signs must be worded exactly: “Oversize load ahead” or “Oversize load following” depending on if you are leading or chasing. This sign must be a minimum of 48″ above the ground. Or sign must read: “Wideload ahead” or “Wideload following” or “Longload ahead” or longload following” depending on if the pilot car is leading or chasing. All signs mentioned here must have a minimum of 8″ black letters and be on a yellow background. Amber lights must be attached to the top of pilot car or escort vehicle and be visible for no less than 1,000 feet. Your light must either flash or rotate. You must be able to maintain communication with the driver of the load via 2-way radio at all times. You must have a red vest or jacket as well as a red hand flag no less than 18″ square. 18″ square flags are to be mounted on both front or rear corners of the vehicle. All escort vehicles must have a width of at least 60″ and 1 and 1/2 ton capacity for cargo.

Travel Restrictions.
Travel permitted ½ after sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. Loads over 13’6” wide or over 14’ high can travel only Tuesday through Thursday 9 am to 4 pm.

How to Apply for Permits.
Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT)
2800 Berlin Turnpike, PO Box 317546
Newington, CT 06131-7546
Website: www.ct.gov/dot
Permits: www.cvisn.ct.gov
Phone: 860-594-2880
Fax: 860-594-2949
Office hours: 8am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4pm EDT, M-F.
Basic permit is $23.00 plus a $3.00 charge for faxing the permit.  Permit is valid for 3 days.

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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 Connecticut State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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Colorado State Shipping Regulations

Colorado State Shipping Regulations

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

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Trucking company & pilot car directory.
Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in the state of Colorado:

Colorado trucking company directory.
Colorado pilot car company directory.

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

Length: 75’ is the maximum overall length for any vehicle in Colorado.
Width: 8’6” is the maximum width for vehicles traveling in Colorado.
Height :14’6” is the maximum height for vehicles traveling in Colorado without a permit.
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs on Interstate or 85,000 lbs on other roads.
Overhang:  4’ front and 10’ rear.

Routine trucking permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the Colorado DOT:

Length: UPDATING 12-26-2013
Width:
Height:
Weight: Your axle spacings between your groups will be what is used to determine your maximum weight limits. Single axle: 22,000 to 27,000 lbs, tandem axles: 42,000 to 50,000 lbs, tridum: 55,000 to 65,000 lbs, quadem: 60,000 to 72,000 lbs. Gross maximum weights: 5 axle: 106,000 to 132,000 lbs if single, tandem tandem. 6 axles 119,000 lbs to 147,000 lbs if single, tandem, tridum. 7 axles 132,000 to 162,000 lbs if single, tridum, tridum. 8 axles: 137,000 to 169,000 lbs if single, tridem, quadem. YOu can go up to 200,000 lbs on a routine permit.
Overhang:

 
Routing trucking & shipping permits

Length:130’ on 4 lane hwy
Weight:5 Axles 125,000 6 Axles 140,000
Width:17’
Height:Depends on route

How to Apply for Permits

Colorado Department of Transportation
4001 E Arkansas # 290
Denver, CO 80222

800-350-3765 or 303-757-9539 voice
303-757-9719 Fax
Permit is valid for 5 days
Basic fee is $17.00

Pilot Car – Escort Car Requirements

Width
Over 13’2 Lanes1 Front Escort
Over 15’4 Lanes1 Rear Escort

Height:
Over 16’1 Front Escort with pole

Length:
Over 85’2 Lanes (mountain roads) 1 Front Escort
Over 110’2 Lanes 1 Front Escort
Over 115’4 Lanes 1 Rear Escort

Travel Restrictions

Travel permitted from sunrise to sunset. Continuous travel permitted if heavy only.

Port of Entry Information

Cortez, Colorado Phone 970-565-9420 Fax 970-565-9420
Dumont, Colorado Phone 303-567-4807 Fax 303-567-9477
Ft. Collins, Colorado Phone 970-482-1622 Fax 970-482-1622
Ft. Garland, Colorado – CLOSED
Ft. Morgan, Colorado Phone 970-867-5623 Fax 970-867-5623
Lamar, Colorado Phone 719-336-4712 Fax 719-336-4712
Limon, Colorado Phone 719-775-9758 Fax 719-775-9758
Loma, Colorado Phone 970-858-1068 Fax 970-858-1068
Monument, Colorado Phone 719-481-2281 Fax 719-481-2494
Platteville, Colorado Phone 970-785-2427 Fax 970-785-2427
Trinidad, Colorado Phone 719-846-2408 Fax 719-846-2408

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 Colorado State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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California State Shipping Regulations

California State Shipping Regulations

California state shipping regulations for shipping oversize and overweight. Trucking company and pilot car rules and regulations as well as travel times allowed by CA DOT – CALTRANS.

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Trucking company & pilot car directory.
Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in the state of California:

California trucking company directory.
California pilot car company directory.
Order California heavy haul and oversize trucking permits.

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

Length: Many measurements for semitrailers by California DOT seem very short because they are talking about the distance from the king-pin to the rear axle. So if you hear/see a small number make sure you get clarification. Also certain routes have restrictions on trailer sizes so if you are at any point confused please call the DOT and check California state shipping regulations before traveling. First of all for passenger related vehicles the maximum is 45′ in length overall on approved routes. Semi-trailers: for a single axle semitrailer the maximum length is 53′ overall as long as it has two axles. If it has only one axle the maximum is 38′ overall. The maximum overall legal combination length is 65′ for our sector of the trucking industry but for those who care to wager we will mention that there is some esoteric law for trucks pulling doubles or triples (dry box) that allows them to max out at 75′ overall.
Width: 8′ 6″ is the maximum with allowed to travel on any road in the state of California.
Height: 14′ in the maximum legal height allowed to travel in the state of California.
Weight: 80,000 lbs GVW. 20,000 lbs maximum weight on any single axle and 34,000 lbs on tandem axles is the maximum weight allowed in California without a permit.
Overhang: You are allowed 3′ of front overhang. Rear overhang is 6′ in most areas but can for sure be no more than 1/3 of the total item being shipped. Be sure to clarify the amount with the California DOT office you are traveling in to make sure. We welcome your comments below to help others in clarification of rear overhang.

Routine trucking permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by California DOT:

Length: 135′ in the maximum length on a routine oversize trucking permit that is issued.
Width: 15′ wide is the maximum width issued by a routine oversize trucking permit in California.
Height: Under 17′ as anything over that height is required to have a route survey. If your route happened to be a well documented  route you might be able to get away without having to do the route survey but its not likely.
Weight: Steering axle: 12,500 lbs. Single axle: 20,000 lbs. Tandem axles: 46,000 lbs. Tridum axles: 60,000 lbs. Quad axles: 60, 000  lbs (a quad setup is recognized by California state shipping regulations and the DOT as a weight reducer). 5 axles: 112,500 lbs. 6 axles: 117,450 lbs. 7 axles: 158,000 lbs. 8 axles: 181,300.
Overhang:

Notes: The distance between axles is measured to the nearest whole foot. When a portion is six inches you round up to to the nearest foot ie: 8′ 6″ = 9′.
Two consecutive sets of tandem axles can have a maximum weight of 34,000 lbs on each one but only if the distance between the first and last axles of the consecutive sets of tandem axles is greater than at least 36′.
The gross weight of each set of tandem axles must not be more than 34,000 lbs and the gross weight of the two consecutive sets of tandem axles is not over 68,000lbs. There is a lot to be said and read about what the California state shipping regulations and the DOT consider legal weights as far as axle groups and spacings are required. You can read more here. If you have anything to ad to this that can help others please share that information below.

Superload information.
California DOT superload information:

Length: If you are over 135′ in length overall you are more than likely going to be classified as a superload in California.
Width: Depending out routing and the number of lanes available on the route but 15′ in some areas would qualify you. Over 17′ in width and you will more than likely be categorized as a superload.
Height: Anything over 16′ as you know will require a route survey. If 17′ in height or over you are more than likely a superload. Check here to see if you are “black route” or “yellow route”. Then this is the California DOT (Caltrans) .pdf booklet for loads over 20′ in height which may just save your butt.
Weight: Of course weight is a huge issue. So we simply refer you to the “orange“, “green” and “purple” weight charts to get straight to the point.
Overhang: California is NOT going to let you break the rule of 1/3 (no more than 1/3 of overall length can overhang) and they shouldn’t in our opinion from a general view point. Get your proposed routing together and talk to them and see what you come up with would be our suggestion. 15′ possibly routine. 20′ and you are superload for sure we’d guess.
Notes: Here are some maps for superloads (California calls them “Extralegal” – maybe Arnie came up with that?)that can save you some serious money when you need the information. If you need to hire an expert to take care of your California shipping needs or even consult you we are happy to assist you. Most of the time we can handle your problem over the phone for a reasonable fee but when you need someone in the field we are qualified to assist you.  See consultation.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.
Caltrans permitted travel times and restrictions:

Let’s start by clarification of daylight hours; the basic rule of 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset. If you do not require a pilot car/escort vehicle and are not overweight (green chart – over 52,000 lbs. on tandem axles or higher see charts in “superloads” section above) or don’t have anything out of the ordinary going on your travel times are 7 days a week 24 hours a day if you request to do so when you order your permits. The travel times restrictions are loaded so figure this as a rule of thumb (your permit will state your allowed travel times when issued) since this is just for you to get an estimate:

  • No travel from 6 AM until 9 AM in/around Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento & San Francisco.
  • No travel from 3 PM until 6 PM in the same areas with a 1 hour variance.

Your physical permit will state your exact allowed travel times when you get it issued and they will be real close to the above examples. There are simply too many variable to list.
Holiday travel:  There is no holiday travel time permitted in California unless you have a special arrangement with Caltrans. The following holidays are observed as no travel days by California state shipping regulations: New Years day, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, George Washington’s birthday, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. If the holiday is in a Friday or a Monday there is no travel permitted during Saturday or Sunday. Never travel without first verifying approval first which will be documented clearly on your permit.

When pilot cars are required.
If your shipment is any of the following you will be required to be escorted by a pilot car(s):

Length: If over 100′ in length in Los Angles area you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort. This may be required in other areas as well. If over 120′ in length on some routes you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle. If over 135′ in length you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear escort on any road in the state.
Width: If your shipment is over 12′ wide the general rule is that you will be required to have 1 front escort on 2 lane roads or 1 rear escort on 4 lane roads. This 12′ rule pretty much applies until you get up to a width of 15′. At 15′ wide it is mandatory that you have 1 front and 1 rear escort. There are certain routes that will require you to have 1 front and 1 rear escort as well with only 12′ in width. Check with Caltrans to see if your route applies.
Height: Once you hit the 17′ mark that’s it. You have to have a high pole pilot car/escort vehicle and before you even apply for your permit you have to conduct a route survey with the pole set at a minimum of 17′ 3″. Anything over this is the same thing with utility companies notified in advance of transport.
Weight:  There is little mention if any of weight restrictions and pilot cars. As with many states if the shipment is able to maintain the minimum required speed limits there is usually not pilot car/escort vehicle required. If your shipment is NOT able to meet the minimum speed requirements then you will be required to have at minimum 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort and in some cases may even be required to have a police escort. Check with California DOT (Caltans) for further information.
Overhang: It all depends on the route. Just as a basic rule to calculate off of (NOT LAW) if you have less than 15′ of rear overhang you are probably not going to be required to have a pilot car. If you are dealing with a shipment that has 20′ – 25′ of overhang then yes you are going to be required to have at least 1 pilot car/escort vehicle – if overhang is in the front then lead and if off of rear chase. If you have both front and rear overhang that is in excess (20′ front and 25′ rear) count on being required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle.
Notes: Keep in mind these are basic rules as of April 2013 intended to help you calculate requirements. California state shipping regulations has too many variations of policies, routes and regions to list anywhere but the state library. Always refer to your permit before traveling.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements for operating in California state:

Pilot car (escort vehicles) are required to have a minimum of one flashing or strobing amber light mounted at the highest point if the vehicle. Light must be visible from 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′ and be completely covered when not tending a shipment. Pilot car vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or a 2 way communication device with a range of no less than 15 miles and be in constant communication with all parties related to the shipment at all times while in transit. Vehicle is required to have identification signs on each side of the vehicle stating the company name, address and contact telephone number. Vehicle must be equipped with the appropriate banner/sign stating ‘OVERSIZE”, with “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDELOAD” and “LONG LOAD” being used when appropriate that is a minimum of 5’ in width and 10″ in height with black lettering no less than 1 5/8″ letter thickness and a yellow background mounted no less than 48″ from the pavement surface. If not tending a shipment this sign must be fully covered or removed. Vehicle must have one safety colored red flag mounted on each side of the vehicle with a minimum distance of 16″ in either direction. Vehicles must also be equipped with a hand held sign with the words “stop” on one side and “slow on the other, a emergency colored vest/shirt/jacket with reflective stripe and a red emergency flag of no less than 24” in either direction.
Note: It is only our professional opinion that pilot cars also have items in addition to the above but not required:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a hard hat. Also when working in California you want to make sure you have the pilot car maps.

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 exact nature of the shipment; “WIDELOAD”, “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “LONG LOAD”, “EXCESSIVE FRONT OVERHANG”, “EXCESSIVE REAR OVERHANG”. If the shipment is over 100′ overall then the “LONG LOAD” sigh shall be displayed and the “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign is to be displayed for lesser lengths and other oversize configurations. The other signs will need to be used when appropriate. When shipping ANYTHING in excess of 80′ in length, 102″ in width or more than 10′ of overhang you MUST have the appropriate sign on the front of the tractor trailer and on the rear of the trailer and/or rear of overall shipment. The signs must have lettering that is a minimum of 10″ in height with a minimum of 1 5/8″ letter thickness with lettering being black in color on a yellow background. All shipments that are in excess of the 102″ must also have safety colored red flags placed on all for corners of the shipment that are no less than 16″ in either direction. Overhang must be flagged as well.  California law defines daylight time as 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset which leaves you open for trouble on lighting which states that during the hours of darkness (we’ve got a 1/2 hour of lee-way time here) you must have 2 red lights on the side and rear (visible from a minimum of 500′) attached to the load or extremities. So, as soon as you pull out in the AM or if it gets close to dusk pull over and put on the red lights so you don’t find yourself in court trying to argue their error in defining “daylight hours” as it is a contradiction that our legal beagles caught while perusing their endless piles of regulations.

California DOT and other information.
California DOT (Caltrans) contact information and other helpful links:

Contact information:
Northern region:
California Department of Transportation – Caltrans
PO Box 942874, room 4105
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
Telephone help line:
916-322-1297
Fax line:
916-322-7966
Permit office hours:
8 AM until 5 PM – PACIFIC TIME ZONE

Southern region:
California Department of Transportation – Caltrans
464 West 4th Street, MS 618
San Bernadino, CA  92401
Telephone help line:
909-383-4637
Fax line:
909-388-7001
Permit office hours:
8 AM until 5 PM

Caltrans pilot car maps – PILOT CARS LOOK!
Caltrans oversize, overweight and single trip permits here.
Caltrans oversize and overweight shipping manuals.
Loads of contacts inside of the Caltrans oversize permit offices.
California traffic and road conditions reports.

California state shipping regulations.

California DOT and Caltrans regulations for oversize trucking and heavy haul.

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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 California DOT (Caltrans) Permits office before commencing movement.

Arizona State Shipping Regulations

Arizona State Shipping Regulations

Arizona state shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking on state highways and roads – DOT.

Arizona

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Trucking company & pilot car directory.
Locate trucking & pilot car companies in Arizona state:

Arizona trucking company directory.
Arizona pilot cars and truck escorts.
Order Arizona heavy haul and oversize trucking permits.

Legal load limits within the state of Arizona.
Legal load limits:

Length: Anything over 65’ qualifies as a over length load on non-designated highways.
Overhang: 3’ front or 6’ rear (make sure your route is approved for overhang this far as there are location variations).
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs., 12,000 lbs on steer axle.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 14’ on Interstate; 13’ 6” height on secondary roads.

Routine trucking permits in Arizona.
Routine trucking permit limits:

Length: 120’
Overhang:  3’ front or 6’ rear
Weight:  250,000 maximum. Single axle; 28,000 lbs, tandem axles, tridum axles, and quadem axles. Depends upon the axle spacings and tire size. Trunnion: 60,000. Gross Weight: 5 Axles – 104,000; 6 Axles – 108,000; 7 Axles 117,000. The weights depend upon the number of tires combined with the overall distance between each of the axles. Spacings on axles are tricky in this state. The Arizona DOT permits office will consider a number or factors but primarily bridges. If weights are excessive and trailer capabilities are even close to short of maxing out forget it. Pavement structural and stress testing and results will govern your overall capabilities.
Width: 14’
Height: 16

Note maximum speed is set at 55 mph for all oversize/overweight shipments.

Super load information for Arizona.
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If a shipment exceeds any of the following it is classified as a superload. 120′ in length, 14′ in width, 16′ in height or 250,000 pounds in weight.

Travel times and restrictions in Arizona.
Permitted travel times and restrictions in Arizona:

The one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset rule applies.  Travel on weekends and holidays is permitted. Some loads will NOT be able to travel on weekends, please refer to the documentation on your permit to verify.  If overweight only you will probably be allowed continuous travel. Under 10′ of overhang, 10′ in width or 14′ in height will probably be granted continuous travel.

When pilot cars are required in Arizona.
A pilot car (escort vehicle) is required in Arizona when:

Length: On 2 Lanes:Over 120’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck and 1 rear of truck.
Width
: On 2 lanes over 14’ requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle in front of truck and 1 the rear of truck. On Interstates over 15’ wide you are required to have 1 pilot car in front of truck.
Height: Over 17’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck.
On Interstates: Over 120’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck.

Pilot car certifications in Arizona.
Certifications and requirements of Arizona pilot cars/escort vehicles:

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 6′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 5″ tall and 1 ″ in width. Vehicle must have 4 safety flags displayed in 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 all 4 corners of the vehicle.   Vehicle must be equipped with a  CB radio or 2-way communication device, 8 ignitable road flares and have a first-aid kit.
For a vehicle to qualify; all pilot car/escort vehicles must have a manufacturers gross weight rating not to exceed over over 20,000 pounds.

Required shipment truck & trailer markings.
Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners & flags in Arizona:

If shipment is over 102″ in width it must be flagged on the 4 outtermost corners of the entire combined shipment. Flags must be red in color and be not less than 12″ in either direction. Proper “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDELOAD” banner/sign bust be displayed on both the upper most front of overall shipment (front of truck) no less than 5′ from the pavement line. Banner/sign must be no less than 6′ in length and 12′ in height with reasonable and size letting thickness and height. If you are seeking or awarded night movement reflective or illuminated banners/signs are required.

Arizona DOT permits and information:
Arizona DOT permit office information:

Arizona Department of Transportation – ADOT
14370 W. Van Buren
Goodyear, AZ 85338

Phone: 602-712-8851
FAX:
623-932-2441
E-mail:  
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NOTES: We are being told that Arizona DOT at times will allow addendums to their permits at times. While the base permit doesn’t allow this they have been known to do it.

Arizona DOT routing contacts list (also current road restrictions report) here:
Arizona state transportation laws. Here are the actual laws issued by the Arizona Secretary of State.

 

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 Arizona State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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Alabama State Shipping Regulations

Alabama State Shipping Regulations
Alabama DOT oversize and over weight trucking permit laws.

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Alabama DOT shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking on state highways and roads.

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Alabama state DOT trucking regulations information for oversize, overweight and heavy haul. Find Alabama DOT regulations for oversize shipping, trucking, pilot cars and transport permits.

Trucking company & pilot car directory.
Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in Alabama state:

Alabama trucking company directory.
Alabama pilot car directory.
Order Alabama oversize or heavy haul trucking permits.

Legal load limits.
Legal Loads:

Length: There is currently “no set maximum” for vehicles. Trailer length maximum is 57’.
Width: 8’ 6” wide for most roads, 8′ for roads under 12′ in width.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs.
Overhang: 4′ in the rear and 4′ in the front.

Routine trucking permits.
Trucking oversize and overweight permit limits:

Length: 150′ maximum length overall.
Width: 16′ if shipment is over 16′ in width you are NOT permitted use the interstate system.
Height: 16′ in total height.
Weight: on a single axle; 22,000 lbs, tandem axles: 44,000 lbs, tridum axles; 66,000 lbs, quadem axles; 88,000 lbs, 5 axles; 110,000 lbs, 6 axles; 122,000 lbs, 7 axles; 142,000 lbs, 8 axles; 150,000 lbs.
Overhang: 20’maximum.

Superload information.
The following would qualify a shipment as a superload in the state of Alabama:

Defined as shipments in excess of any of the following dimensions/weights; over 150,000 lbs in weight, over 16’in width, over 16′ in height, over 150′ long. Anything of this nature will require special ALDOT approval. Detailed drawings will be required and need to include axle weights and spacings for both truck tractor and trailer. Loads exceeding 150,000 lbs. are subject to a full scale structural analysis if bridges are in the route. Superload requirements by the ALDOT can be read here.
Notes: If the shipment exceeds any of these dimensions or weights you will need to contact the Alabama state DOT office for superload information. Any permit requests for the shipment of loads with excess weight is subject to a detailed bridge analysis

Permitted travel times & restrictions.
Travel times and restrictions:

The one half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset basic travel rule applies (note times posted on the right of this screen). Travel is allowed all day Saturday with NO SUNDAY TRAVEL PERMITTED. Shipments 120′ to 150′ in length are restricted from moving from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Mondays through Fridays. Travel is NO permitted on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The Alabama DOT state permit office is closed on these holidays as well as on Martin Luther King Day, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, Confederate Memorial Day, Jefferson Davis’ Birthday and on Veteran’s Day. More information on DOT permit office closure is available here. Travel is NOT restricted on these days.

When pilot cars are required.
A pilot car or escort vehicle is required when:

1 front pilot car (escort vehicle) is required for all loads over 16′ in height with a height pole adjusted 4-6″ higher than the actual shipment. Both a front and rear pilot car (escort vehicle) is required when the shipment exceeds 12′ wide. On some routes a high pole pilot (escort) may be required for even less heights. Rear pilot cars (escort vehicles) for mobile home shipments may be replaced with 2 – 5″ flashing, stobing or rotating amber lights. 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required for shipments over 76′ in length. 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required for shipments over 105′ in length. 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required if overhang exceeds 5′ from the rear of trailer or 10′ from the front of the trailer. There are special escort requirements for bulldozers, scrapers, loaders and other construction equipment being transported with a blade or bucket intact.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car or escort vehicle certifications & requirements:

A pilot car vehicle must be classified as an actual passenger vehicle to qualify, ie; car, truck, van, etc. A pilot car vehicle must be equipped with a strobing, flashing or rotating amber light. The pilot car must be able to communicate with and be in constant contact with all parties working in relation to the shipment by CB or 2-way radio. Signs mounted on pilot car vehicles must moderately fit the vehicle and not be obtrusive in any manner.

Shipment truck & trailer markings.
Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners & flags:

A sign will need to be mounted on the front and rear of any overwidth or overlength truck and trailer or combinations. Banners/signs need to be a minimum of 7′ in width, 18″ in height and be marked with black letters of no less than 10″ in height, with a minimum of a 1-5/8″ line thickness on a yellow or orange background. The actual words required are exactly as follows: “OVERSIZE LOAD”. Red flags must be a minimum of 18″ square and be placed at all 4 outer most corners of all trucks.

Alabama state DOT information:
Alabama DOT contact and  information:

Alabama Department of Transportation or Alabama DOT ALDOT Permits and Operations
1409 Coliseum Boulevard Montgomery, Alabama 36110

Phone: 334-834-1092 and 334-242-6700 or toll free: 800-499-2782
FAX: 334-832-9084
Alabama DOT: Main page of the Alabama state trucking permits website.
E-mail trucking permits:  Jesse Wallace; wallacej@dot.state.al.us
Current routing detours: Here is the current ALDOT closures memo.
Misc: Alabama DOT trucking permit manual – has a lot of good information. Escrow account customers may replenish escrow by credit card.  Contact: Mechelle @ 1-800-499-2782 and press option 4.
DOT permit office Hours: 7:00 AM – 4:45 – PM
CENTRAL TIME ZONE

Hint: Alabama DOT requires you to sign their permit with red ink only.

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 Alabama State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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