2021 Kentucky state shipping regulations, limitations, rules, and laws oversize and overweight loads over the roads and highways in the state of Kentucky.


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Legal Loads.

Length: 65’ (53’ trailer)
Overhang: Less than 5’
Weight: GVW on 5 or more axles 80,000
Width: 8’6” on interstates and other designated highways 8’ on non-designated highways
Height: 13’6”

Routine oversize/weight trucking permits.

Length: 95’ on 2 lanes or 110’ on 4 lanes
Overhang: less than 25’
Weight: 96,000 on 5 axles., 24,000 single., 120,000 on 6 axles., 160,000 on 7 axles.
Width: 14’
Height: 15’

Pilot car – Escort Car Requirements.

Width: 2 lanes over 10’6” requires 1 front escort or pilot vehicle. 2 lanes over 12’ requires 1 front escort or pilot vehicle and 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.  4 lanes over 12’ requires 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.
Length: 2 lanes over 75’ require 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.  2 lanes over 85’ requires 1 front and 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.  4 lanes over 110’ requires 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.

Travel restrictions for oversize/weight shipments.

Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset Monday thru Friday and Saturday until noon.

How to apply for trucking permits.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Phone: 502-564-7150
A permit is valid for 10 days – the basic fee is $60

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 Kentucky State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.





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