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Illinois State Shipping Regulations for oversize and heavy haul.

Illinois State Shipping Regulations for oversize and heavy haul.

Shipping laws, regulations, limitations and rules for shipping oversize and over-weight loads over the roads and highways in the state of Illinois.

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Legal load limits in Illinois.
Illinois DOT legal load size & weight limitations.

Legal Loads.
Length:  65’ overall length maximum.
Width: 8’6” on interstate and other designated highways, 8’ on non-designated highways.
Weight:  GVW 80,000,  Single 20,000, Tandem 34,000,   Tridem 42,000
Height:  13’6” is the maximum allowed height for legal loads.
Overhang:  3’ front in the front and 3’ off of the rear of trailer.

Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the state of Illinois.

Length:  Up to 145’ long. Anything longer see superload section below.
Weight:  Single 24,000, tandem: 48,000, tridum: 60,000, Quadem: 60,00 gross, 5 Axles 100,000 lbs., 6 Axles 120,000 lbs., 7 axels: 120,000, 8 axles: 120,000 lbs.
Width: 14’6” (any load over 16′ will require special admin approval before permit is issued).
Height: 15’ (any load over 16′ tall requires a route survey).

Superload information:
Illinois DOT superload information.

Length: Any load that is longer than 145′ is considered a superload.
Width: Any load that is in excess of 14′ 6″ in width is considered a superload.
Height: Any load that is in excess of 15′ 6″ in height is considered a superload.
Weight: Any load that exceeds 120,000 lbs on any standard axle configuration whether it’s a 6,7 or 8 axle configuration or not is considered a superload.
Overhang: Contact them as this varies depending on route.
Notes: Spacing between steer and first tandem must be more than 8′ 1″. The spacing before the first axle and the trailer must not exceed 18′ 6″.  All axle spacings combined must not be less than 43′ 6″. Superload permit processing times vary. Expect delays. Before requesting a route you are expected to do as much research on your own as possible. They will refer you to: GettingAroundIllinois for construction zones and other closures. 

Permitted travel times and restrictions in Illinois:
Illinois travel times and restrictions for oversize loads.

Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset  Monday thru Friday and ½ hour before sunrise until 12PM on Saturdays. Loads that are overweight only may travel 24/7 on all days of the week (make certain it is not documented otherwise on your permit before doing so). No travel is permitted on Sundays unless you are below the routine permit standards of no more than 115′ in length, 12′ in width, 13′ 6″ in height (sunrise to sunset rules apply).  No movement is permitted on the major holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Travel stops at 12PM on the day before any of these holidays. The Illinois oversize load permit office is closed on MLK Day, Lincolns birthday, Washingtons birthday, Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day and on the day after Thanksgiving. However, travel is not restricted on these days. Always refer to your permit for approved travel times.

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

A rotating amber light must remain on at all times mounted on top of the cab and be visible from 360 degrees from a minimum of 500′ in direct sunlight. If your overall length is more than 80′ in length you are required to have one amber light over the cab of the truck and one amber light no more than 10′ from the rear of end or trailer/load at the highest point that is practicle. Oversize load signs must be a minimum of 7′ in width x 18″ in height, have a yellow background color with black lettering no less than 10″ in height x 1″ thick – we have recently heard 12″ tall x 2″ thick so please clarify and comment below if you know which is correct. Flags are required at all 4 corners of the load and front of truck and are to be safety red in color and no less than 18″ square. Shipments over 75′ in length, 10′ in width or 14′ 6″ in height are required to have signs. Signs must be placed on the front and rear extremities of the truck, trailer or load.

When pilot cars are required:

Length: If over 110′ in length you are required to have a minimum of 1 pilot car and in some places 2 pilot cars (higher traffic density or certain times of year). If over 145′ (150′ in some very rural areas) in length you are required to have 3 pilot cars –  yes 3. If over 175′ in length a police escort will be required.
Width: Up to 14’6” requires 1 pilot/escort vehicle. Over 16’ requires 2 pilot/escort vehicles. Over 18′ in width will require a police escort. 
Height: Up to 14’ 6” 1 pilot/escort vehicle, over 16’ requires 2 pilot/escort vehicles. Over 18′ in height will require a police escort.
Weight: No requirements as long as you can maintain minimum speeds. However on bridge moves that require all other vehicle traffic to be removed will required appropriate number of pilot cars which is a minimum of 2 and possibly 3 with police escort. All areas are different and require evaluation.
Note: If you exceed any two dimensions, then you are required to have an additional pilot car. So if you’re over 14′ 6″ tall and 14′ 6″ wide you would be require to have 2 pilot cars.  

Required pilot car certifications:

Cars, vans or trucks may be used as long as gross weight of pilot car vehicle is rated at no more than 8,000 lbs. Pilot car driver must be 18 years of age minimum with a valid regular drivers license. Pilot cars must have a rotating or flashing amber light mounted on the top of the vehicle (no specs as of time of writing 2014). Must display red flag at all 4 outer most points of the vehicle and have “OVERSIZE LOAD” signs that are a minimum size of 5′ wide x 12″ tall and have black lettering no less than 8″ in height. Must have radio and be in constant communication with the driver transporting the shipment at all times. Must have $500,000 per occurrence combined insurance that covers property and body.

How to apply for trucking permits:

Illinois Department of Transportation – DOT
Bureau of Traffic, 2300 S Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL  62764

Email: dot.permitoffice “at” illinois.gov
General inquiry phone: 217-782-6273
Phone: 217-785-1477 or 800-252-8636 within the state.
Fax: 217-728-3572

Note: Fee varies depending on dimensions and miles traveled. Permit is valid for 5 days.

Hours: from 8 AM until 4:30 PM

Central Time Zone

 

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 Illinois State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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Alaska Shipping Regulations

Alaska Shipping Regulations

Alaska shipping regulations, DOT limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways for pilot cars and trucking companies.

Alaska shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking and DOT permit information.

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Heavy haul trucking, pilot cars and permits.

Locate heavy haul, oversize equipment shipping companies, pilot cars and ordering trucking permits in Alaska:

Legal load limits.

Legal load limits:

Length:  53’ Trailer Length
Width:  8’6”
Height: 14’
Weight: Depending on route 80,000 lbs GVW.
Overhang: 3’ in the front, 4’ in the rear.

Routine trucking permits.

Trucking oversize and overweight permit limits:

Length: Shipping varies due to routing and season.
Width: Shipping rules vary depending on route and seaason.
Height: Over 14′ and once again everything varies depending on routing and season.
Weight: Single; 30,000 lbs, tandem; 56,000 lbs, tridem; 70,000 lbs, quadem 80,000 lbs, gross weight; 150,000 lbs. Depends on the route you wish to travel, distance and the bridges you intend on crossing.
Overhang:  20′ is a safe number but once again everything up here is seasonal as roads are closed or combined with weight frost laws may be in effect and limit you.  For the most part there is no such thing as a “routing” shipment in Alaska.

Notes:  When between the months of October 1 and March 31 for 1, 2 & 3 drive axle groups on truck tractors intending to travel the Dalton, Elliott or Steese highways between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay you can shift your legal axle weights to make them legal. The following weights on these routes apply: single; 22,000 lbs with 8′ 1″ minimum spacing between axles, tandem; 42,000 lbs, tridem; 48,000 lbs maximum.

When pilot car is required.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) requirements:

Length: if overall length exceeds 85′ you are required to have 1 pilot car (escort). If overall length exceeds 100′ you are required to have 1 front and 1 read pilot car (escort).

Width: If 10′ to 12′ wide you will be required to have 1 pilot car (escort vehicle). If width exceeds 12′ and up to 14′ you are required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle). From 14′ to 18′ in width you will be required to have 3 pilot cars. 2 front on 4 lane and 2 rear on 2 lane roads with the additional at either end. 18′ up to 22′ in width will require 4 pilot cars (escorts); 2 in front and 2 on the rear. If over 22′ in width you will be required to “close and roll” (closing the road as you move) requiring you to have 5 pilot cars as well as a minimum of 1 police escort.

Weight: You may be required to have a pilot car/cars if you are not able to maintain the minimum speed limit and on some designated bridge crossings depending on your weight class.

Overhang: If overhang is greater than 20′ you will be required to have 1 pilot car vehicle. If over 35′ you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car.

Required shipment markings & flags.

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

For loads that are over 8′ 6″ in width you will be required to have a “OVERSIZE LOAD” banner on the front or your truck and on the rear of your truck or load, whichever is most practical. Flags must be a minimum length of 16″ and be safety orange or red in color.

Pilot car certifications & requirements.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications & requirements:

A pilot car must be manufactured  as a passenger vehicle (car, truck, van, etc.) with a manufacturers weight of less than 10,000 lbs. All pilot car drivers must be wearing a safety colored vest, jacket or shirt. All pilot cars must be equipped with a rotating, strobe or flashing amber light visible from 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′. Vehicle must have a regulations sized hand help SLOW – STOP sign, safety colored flags of no less than 18″ in either direction, 8 road safety flares, 3 reflective road triangles, a 2-way communication device capable of transmitting at least 10 miles and a type A, B and C fire extinguisher.

Travel times and restrictions.

Travel times and restrictions:

Approved permits are valid for 3-5 days unless otherwise stated. Travel times are from Monday through Saturday at noon during daylight hours – the one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset rule applies. However, vehicles not exceeding 85′ in length, 16’in width or 16′ in height can travel Monday through Sunday during daylight hours only. Travel is NOT permitted on the following holiday weekends: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Areas of high traffic densities are restricted from 7:00-9 AM and 3:30-6:00 PM in certain areas (refer to your permit for documentation). Movement is NOT permitted on Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Kenai Spur highway or the Sterling highway from 6:45-9:00 AM and 2:15-4:30 PM during the school months for shipments in excess of 14′ in width. Ketchikan has restricted movement from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM and from 12 noon – 1 PM and from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM.  Glenn and Parks Highways to Palmer and Wasilla between the hours of 6:00-8:00 AM and from 12:30-1:00 PM and from 4:30 until 6:00 PM if over 14′ in width.

Frost and thaw laws.

Frost and thaw laws:

Frost and thaw laws are in effect usually from March 1 until mid June. There are so many roads that have different regulations on thaw laws and frost laws that you absolutely will want to call the Alaska state DOT office at the number below for information. Here’s an example why: any highway might have a set of regulations until you reach a certain mile post, then after that has a whole different set of regulations and there are hundreds of them like this.

Alaska DOT & information.

Alaska state DOT trucking permit contact information:

Division of Measurement Standards Phones:  907-365-1200
Commercial Vehicle Customer Service Center: 800-478-7636
Huffman Business Park
11900 Industrial Way, Building M
Anchorage, AK  99515

Phone help line: 907-365-1200
Toll free within Alaska: 800-478-7636
Fax: 907-365-1204
Permit office hours: 8 AM – 5 PM
PACIFIC STANDARD TIME

Alaska state DOT website with all kinds of permit info, forms, manuals, etc here.
Road closures and highway conditions here.
Alaska 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 Alaska State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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All PiloTrac free for WideloadShipping users

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WideloadShipping users get to search PiloTrac free. We’re going to need more pilot car companies.

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 the app, 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 (https://www.google.com/search?q=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. Also 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; see it, book it, haul it and get paid. Plus 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 BOYS 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 (http://wideloadshipping.com) has made owner operators and trucking companies literally 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 and need a proven affordable hook up. 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 directly too the customer if you like that particular weight/route. Remember our primary objective is to connect the owner operator direct with the shipper and 14+ years of a good solid repeat customer base is telling us we’re getting it done!

Free PiloTrac for carriers.

This guy is looking like he really likes his job. Sometimes waiting for pilot cars to show up is a drag. That’s why we created PiloTrac.

Quick notes:
* Whenever you click on PilotCars (http://pilotrac.com) anywhere on the website or in the phone app it takes you straight to PiloTrac (http://pilotrac.com) . PiloTrac (http://pilotrac.com) 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 going to be where on any certain date. You don’t have to sign up and it’s FREE for carriers. It’s where all that action goes down – so use it! (http://pilotrac.com)

* 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 have comment boxes) 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 (http://wideloadshipping.com/directories/heavy-haul-trucking-companies/) if you happen to have one. Two things have happened you need to be aware of: 1.) Google now suggests 900 words minimum (with keywords used from 7-9% contained in the body of the text) in order to be considered for top placement. But, we’ll promise you this; if you take the time to do it you will place better than you EVER have before in the search engines and that is a promise (top 10 organic). I’m not sure you’re aware of this but a web SEO company would charge you a minimum of $1,000 a month for this. But, if you need help – it’s not a problem at all. We have the best SEO guy on the planet which is why we place so well. Just send us a friendly email and we’ll help you move past whatever the trouble it is you may be having.
* Google (http://google.com) very much likes pictures now that it has tineeye (https://www.tineye.com/) 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!
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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,

The absolute best,

WideloadShipping.com

All free and all good

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14+ years of success and they keep coming back? Snake oil? Not a chance with all these free tools!

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,

 

The absolute best,

 

WideloadShipping.com

Equipment drivers future outlook

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Another season begins slowly with volumes down but this latest economic boost (growth of 1.2% in the first quarter!)

tells us the future looks bright for the shipping industry. Signs of increasing consumer confidence are evident as we are starting to see sales of boats, swimming pools, machinery and auction equipment.

If you’re not already using the Wideload Shipping phone app you will want to. It works on both iPhone and Android phones and is available in the itunes and Google play store; simply search “Wideload Shipping” and click install.

If you wish to search by state, try searching with the state/province name abbreviation or fully spelled out in your search. This will show all loads/customers shipping to/from this state/province. Be sure to leave us feedback!

Remember PiloTrac.com (http://pilotrac.com) is just a click away anywhere on the site and in the phone app.

Clicking on any of the links to pilot cars will take you to a live map with live pins in it. Simply click the pin for contact information.

Driver nutrition. This is a serious topic. Drivers need balanced nutrition and healthy choices to stay “heart smart” and alert on the road. Truck stops and Road-side diners think more about their profit margins than being consumer conscientious.
We’ll be reporting much more on this topic throughout the summer to help drivers live longer, healthier lives… stay tuned!

Quick reminders:
* Check rig brakes, air and all fluids.
* Inspect all signs, flags and brackets/holders.
* Check all lights, turn signals and strobes.
* Inspect safety equipment flares and extinguishers.
* Check radio equipment, electronics, etc.
* Make sure driver safety vest, jobsite hard hat’s in good shape, fits your driver and is in the cab handy.

If your drivers do not have TWIC cards, get them. There’s no reason you should miss out on work over something so trivial. Need a TWIC card? Need TWIC cards? (https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/twic) .

We expect a solid season with driver safety at the top of the list and driver nutrition to follow. Please consider these issues as they promote a healthy, sustainable and profitable company.

Let’s have a great season!

 

WideloadShipping.com

State Department websites

State Department Websites:

Alabama

Going green in the trucking.

Going Green –  Green Shipping Practices in the New Green Trucking Industry era.

The over-the-road trucking industry has recently come under scutiny with new regulations to reduce carbon emissions (fat chance anytime soon).  New studies on the effects of climate change over the last decade have prompted authorities to take measures for reducing the carbon footprint in all industries, including the shipping industry. While the new administration has promised to ease back some of this regulation, the trend toward green shipping practices is still a good idea; though the reason is perhaps less to “save the environment” and more to lower operatin Going Green | Green Shipping Practices in the Trucking Industry

These measures start with green shipping practices recommendations for freight carriers and their drivers, to new regulations meant to minimize the impact of trucks on the environment. For example, in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency issued a new set of fuel economy regulations that should be fully implemented by 2018. These regulations require fleet-wide modifications for many shipping providers.  The performance-based standards grant shipping companies the freedom to combine technologies as they wish to meet the imposed emissions levels. The deadline for full compliance with the new regulations is 2021.

The Road to Green Shipping Practices is Littered with Speedbumps

Right now, trucking is far from the green industry the authorities are hoping for and getting there will not be easy. Every day, thousands of trucks cover countless miles, consume massive amounts of fuel and oil, and pollute the air with CO2. The good news is that technological advances in a variety of areas will make some of these goals more achievable.  Investors have been flocking to the transportation industry to support new innovation.  While the reason for these innovations is not necessarily to make trucking “greener,” the result of some of these ideas will clearly reduce emissions.

Driverless Trucks have grabbed the headlines of late.  OTTO, a driverless truck company recently bought by Uber, has recently made successful maiden voyages on America’s highways.  Daimler and Amazon are not far behind.  These trucks will operate in a driverless mode in the more predictable highway environment while relying on human drivers on urban streets.  The benefits are many: Speed and efficiency of driving styles will be more tightly controlled.  The trucks can optimize for mileage by not driving as fast because they will likely be able to operate many more hours without restrictions of operator time. Expect to regularly see driverless trucks on the road by 2020, just three short years away!

Tech Trends is the Trucking Industry Aid Green Shipping Practices

Real-time tracking is another tech trend that is important for the industry.  A startup named Four Kites is providing a platform for real-time tracking of delivery trucks.  There are obvious benefits to tracking and knowing where all rolling assets and associated freight is at all times.  This more efficient routing of delivery trucks will mean less fuel consumed.  Other emerging big data solutions being implemented by freight carriers strive to fill trucks and minimize deadhead return trips.  This trend will reduce the fuel consumed to move every pound of freight.

The Recent development of engine management systems promises to save even more fuel. IdleSmart manages a tractor’s engine during driver downtime. Instead of idling the engine all night at a truck stop to keep cabin temperature comfortable, Idlesmart manages the engine and its batteries to provide cabin comfort while idling the engine the minimum amount of time, thus saving fuel.

Other innovations are already available today and often provide an attractive payback period in operating cost and reduced emissions.   Aerodynamic panels, wide base tires, low viscosity lubricants, exhaust system upgrades, eco flaps, APUs (auxiliary power units), speed limitations, liquid natural gas powering or electric forklifts, are just some of the changes shipping companies can perform to lower operating costs and their trucks’ impact on the environment.

Though there is plenty of promising technology en route to reduce emissions, there are simple but effective measures shipping companies and their drivers can take today to protect the environment.

Obviously, Fuel and Emissions are the Major Factors

Most drivers can become more efficient by simply focusing on fuel consumption. If drivers reduce the speed by as little as five miles per hour, they can significantly lower their truck’s emissions. Driving slower also decreases the risk for accidents and lowers fuel consumption.  Also by modifying their driving style with fuel efficiency in mind, shifting speeds progressively and taking their time when starting and stopping their trucks, drivers can lower fuel consumption by 5 to 10%.  

Freight carriers can start by keeping their fleet well maintained to optimize efficiency.  More progressive transportation service providers can explore hybrid technology.  Every freight company should require less aggressive practices to lower fuel consumption, improve safety and set the stage for the green movement with their drivers.

But there are speedbumps on the road to attaining 100% Green Shipping practices.  Some environmental regulations add fuel taxes to incentivize lower consumption. Fuel prices and taxes have already risen over the years, and volatility in the world market causes the price to fluctuate. Because of this, companies are seeking more fuel efficient engines, but they have yet to meet performance standards. Biofuels have been rather disappointing in terms of efficiency as well.

Assuming that the problems with fuel-efficient engines and biofuels will be solved, transportation industry leaders warn that equipment modifications to allow the use of biofuel are prohibitively expensive. In fact, everything suggests that aggressive efforts to “go green” bring about increased operating costs, reduce service efficiency, and can cost freight companies profits.  Hopefully, the Trump administration will take a second look at biofuels as they apply to our industry.

Efficiency is KEY

Finally, there is a natural conflict between speed and fuel efficiency.  Asking a driver to slow down to save fuel means that he covers less distance during his shift.  This means slower delivery times, more hours on the road and higher labor costs.  Until there are driverless trucks which can operate 20 hours a day at fuel-efficient speeds, this problem isn’t going away!  Freight companies should make sure their drivers are motivated appropriately and compensation aligns with the company’s “green” goals.

Going Green will be a painful, costly process for the trucking industry.  It is fortunate that many new innovations have the double-benefit of cost savings and emissions reducing.  Look for those to occupy the forefront of the freight industry’s efforts!

Copyright 2017, Knighthouse Publishing. Reprinted with permission

Arizona Truck Scales

Truck scales located in Arizona.

Below is a list of Arizona weigh stations. If you are aware of a scale house or truck scale in the State of Arizona (Arizona DOT website) or have any additional information about one that we have listed please help our other viewers by letting them know about it at the bottom of this page and we will get it posted immediately.

I-40 westbound Port of Entry: (Sanders) I-40 westbound 340.6 Sanders (NM Border).
Sanders: I-40 eastbound 340.5 Sanders (NM Border).
I-10 WB Port of Entry: (San Simon) I-10  westbound 383.4 San Simon (NM Border).
San Simon: I-10 eastbound 383.3 San Simon (NM Border).
Douglas State Port of Entry: Route 80 370.5 Douglas.
Duncan Port of Entry: Route 70 eastbound, westbound 384 Duncan (1.2 miles west of the NM border, 35 miles east of route 191 at the north turn-off).
Ehrenburg Port of Entry: I-10 eastbound 3.5 Ehrenburg (CA Border).
Ehrenorthboundurg Port of Entry: I-10  westbound 3.5 Ehrenorthboundurg (CA Border).
Fredonia Port of Entry: Route 89 alt southbound Fredonia (UT Border).
Kingman Port of Entry: Route 93, 68 southbound, westbound 67 Kingman (Right at the junction of route 93 and route 68).
Lukeville Port of Entry: Route 85 80 Lukeville (Mexico Border).
Naco Port of Entry: Naco (near Bisouthboundee/Mexico Border).
Nogales Port of Entry: I-19 Nogales (Mexico Border).
Page Port of Entry: Route 89 alt southbound 551 Page (UT Border).
Parker Port of Entry: Route 72 eastbound .5 Parker (CA Border).
San Luis Port of Entry: Route 95 1 San Luis (Mexico Border).
Sasabe Port of Entry: Route 286 0 Sasabe.
Springerville Port of Entry: Route 60 westbound on 387, 15 miles west of the NM border on the western side of Springerville.
St. George Port of Entry: I-15 northbound 1 St. George (Utah/Arizona joint POE).
St. George Port of Entry: I-15 southbound 1 St. George (Utah/Arizona joint POE).
Teec Nos Pos Port of Entry: Route 160 465.2 Teec Nos Pos (Four Corners area).
I-40 EB Topoc Port of Entry: I-40 eastbound 4 Topoc (CA border).
Yuma business Port of Entry: Yuma (156 N 4th Ave).
Yuma Port of Entry: I-8 eastbound 1 Yuma (CA border).
Munds Park: I-17 northbound Munds Park (north of Munds Park).
Canoa Rest Area 19: – northbound 11.8 miles north of Nogales.
Yuma: I-8 westbound Yuma.
Topock: I-40 westbound 4 Topoc (CA border).
Seligman: I- 40 eastbound Seligman (west of Flagstaff).
Munds Park: I- 17 southbound Munds Park (north of Munds Park).
Verde Valley: I- 17 northbound Camp Verde.
Verde Valley: I- 17 southbound Camp Verde.

 

Important Arizona Phone Numbers:
Arizona Commercial Permits: 623-932-2257 or 623-932-2247
Arizona State Highway Patrol: 602-223-2000
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement: fax 602-223-2918
DPS Motor Carrier Section: 602-223-2522
IRP: 602-712-6775
Overweight/Oversize Permits: 800-251-5866
Pre-Pass: 800-773-7277
Trip Permits: 602-932-2257

2017 advertising opportunity

Hello all!

We would like to update the photos on our front page. So we offer to you a advertising opportunity for 2017. If you have a solid action shot that will fit the basic shape of our existing photos and think it deserves to be placed we’d like to have a look at it. We will credit the company that supplies the photo we choose by encoding the photo with all of your company information as well as website address so you’ll have a credit on a million + human visits a month site that is above the fold to boot! A link like this on an old internet dinosaur like us is almost priceless. It will make your own website climb much higher in the search results.

However, I would like to caution you. We’ve done this in the past and got a lot of great pictures submitted. However, we’re looking for a glam shot. It has to be the absolute best photo you’ve got so please limit your submission to two photos.

send us your photo

Send us your best photo and maybe we’ll use it crediting your company.

In order to prevent spam please let us know that you’d like to submit some of your pictures with us by sending us a quick email. We will reply with the correct address to submit it to. We appreciate each and everyone that submits their material however we only have one slot in each category. If we could we’d publish them all. But who knows? You may be asked if we can use it on one of our articles.

Materials must be sent by the owner and must not be published at any other location on the web. We thank you all!

As the 2017 heavy haul trucking season begins

Another season begins slowly with volumes down but this latest economic boost (growth of 1.2% in the first quarter!) tells us the future looks bright for the shipping industry. Signs of increasing consumer confidence are evident as we are starting to see sales of boats, swimming pools, machinery and auction equipment.

 

If you’re not already using the Wideload Shipping phone app you will want to. It works on both iPhone and Android phones and is available in the itunes and Google play store; simply search “Wideload Shipping” and click install.

If you wish to search by state, try searching with the state/province name abbreviation or fully spelled out in your search. This will show all loads/customers shipping to/from this state/province. Be sure to leave us feedback!

 

Remember PiloTrac.com is just a click away anywhere on the site and in the phone app.  Clicking on any of the links to pilot cars will take you to a live map with live pins in it. Simply click the pin for contact information.

 

Driver nutrition. This is a serious topic.

Drivers need balanced nutrition and healthy choices to stay “heart smart” and alert on the road. Truck stops and Road-side diners think more about their profit margins than being consumer conscientious.

We’ll be reporting much more on this topic throughout the summer to help drivers live longer, healthier lives… stay tuned!

 

Other quick reminders:

Check rig brakes, air and all fluids.

Inspect all signs, flags and brackets/holders.

Check all lights, turn signals and strobes.

Inspect safety equipment flares and extinguishers.

Check radio equipment, electronics, etc.

Make sure driver safety vest, jobsite hard hat’s in good shape, fits your driver and is in the cab handy.

If your drivers do not have TWIC cards, get them. There’s no reason you should miss out on work over something so trivial. Need a TWIC card? Need TWIC cards?.

 

We expect a solid season with driver safety at the top of the list and driver nutrition to follow. Please consider these issues as they promote a healthy, sustainable and profitable company.

 

Until next time,

 

WideloadShipping.com

 

Example of marketing letter.

MARKETING LETTER EXAMPLE

 

Dear: (Contact name or company name listed on posting)

We noticed that your posted a load on WideloadShipping.com that would be perfect for us as we regularly service this lane of traffic and our trailers were designed to haul (product name). While we were unable to move the load you had we wanted to take this time to introduce ourselves in case you need further service. Our company has been in business since (put in date) and has the capability of transporting (van, refer, etc.) as well as heavy haul/oversize equipment and goods.

Oversize load hauler.

This is a step deck trailer with an oversize load sign on the back of it. It looks like it’s empty – something we aim to prevent.

Our company is well equipped to deal with loads ranging in size from your largest number to your largest number.

NaviLow bridge height for pilot cars and trucking companies

NaviLow bridge height for pilot cars and trucking companies.

A few years back we realized that we would need to put together some sort of routing software that above many wishes for functionality would have bridge heights and utility obstructions. Bridge weights would be great too but will come in the future. Slowly but surely we’ve been collecting bridge heights on our own as well as got thousands of them submitted from you. We managed to save every single coordinate submitted and today that list continues to grow. With the anticipation of sharing this data someday we even came up with a name for it, “NaviLow”. With the help of technology we are now able to collect this data faster and more efficiently than before which is why we created a free phone app.

With this free ad free app that is available for both Android and iPhone one can click a button that will automatically collect the GPS coordinates. Then select the height of the obstruction and click submit. This will send the height and location data to us pinned to a map that you can’t see called a ESRI map for us to verify. Once verified it goes into our database that we will share with everyone else soon.

Types of overhead data to submit.

We’re looking for all data that crosses over the road or highway. If it crosses over the road or highway or any other route a truck might take then we want to know about it. That includes bridges, power lines, traffic lights, cable lines, fast food and fuel island covers, trees, railroad bridges, you name it we want it. Anything at all over head that may come in the route of a truck.

Using the application in your phone.

First and foremost for your own safety we do not wish for users to use the program while driving. The best thing you can do is to pull over at the overhead obstruction and then submit the data. If not and you have a co-pilot let them handle reporting the overhead data submission. In most (if not all) states and provinces it is illegal to use your cell phone while driving and that includes texting or using apps. The reason we are gathering this data is for public safety and to prevent accidents. Let’s not get hurt while collecting the data either.

At this point we’re assuming you have already went to iTunes or Google Play and downloaded the application. It’s a pretty easy what you see is what you get app. When you push the red button it collects your location data within milliseconds.

Clicking the red button will submit your GOS coordinates.

When you open up the current NaviLow APP in your phone this is the first thing you will see. When you click this red button it collects the Longitude and Latitude data from your location. The next screen will allow you to select the height.

How to select the height of the obstruction.

Once you click the red button and capture the data you will be taken to this screen which will allow you to select the height of the utility (or otherwise) obstruction you are reporting. Simply scroll down to select the proper height. Once selected you are ready to submit it.

Selecting the overhead height.

Once you have completely selected the height data for the overhead obstruction you are reporting your screen will look like this. In addition at the bottom there is a button that says “submit data”. For some reason it didn’t show up on our screen capture but it’s there. Once you click this button of course it will submit the data and you will be completed. Below are a couple of other messages you may see.

Overhead reporting completed.

If you see this you are fully completed with the overhead obstruction utility reporting process and can either close the app or wait until you come across the next obstruction you wish to report.

Location data must be enabled.

Make sure you have location data turned on for this individual application in order to capture your locations and for the application to work properly. If you see this error pop up you will know that location data is not turned on for this app. Simply go into your settings, locate the app and then enable it in order to proceed. You may need to restart the app after doing so.

Terms of service agreement.

This screen is our terms of service agreement (TOS). It is located in the app as well as online. Make sure you agree to these terms before using the app. If you do not agree to them simply uninstall the application from your device and do not continue. The basics of our TOS is that we will respect your privacy and will not share anything other than the data collected with anyone else. You also agree to not use the application while operating a moving vehicle or machinery. It covers liability and usage of the product as well as other legal issues and you are encouraged to read all of it.

We hope that you will choose to participate in the gathering of overhead clearance and obstruction data. This information is good for the industry to have access to and will help reduce accidents as well as damages to both private and public property. If you have any comments, concerns or ideas that you would like to share with us please do so. Eventually in the future we will include more tools in the application and users will be able to see the location of all of the obstructions reported as well as update them and continue to report new ones as well as other functions.

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