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Locate heavy haul, oversize equipment shipping companies, pilot cars and ordering trucking permits in Alaska:
Length: 53’ Trailer Length
Weight: Depending on route 80,000 lbs GVW.
Overhang: 3’ in the front, 4’ in the rear.
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.
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.
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 (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:
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 7:00-8 AM and 4:30-6:00 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 11:30-1:00 PM and from 4:30 until 6:00 PM if over 14′ in width.
Frost and thaw laws:
Frost and thaw laws are in effect usually from March 1 until mid June on major routes, southern central and the interior. There are so many roads that have different regulations on thaw laws and frost laws. You absolutely will want to call the Alaska State DOT office at the number below for more information. Example: A particular highway may have a set of regulations until you reach a certain mile post, then after that has a whole different set of regulations. There are hundreds of them similar.
Alaska state DOT trucking permit contact information:
Division of Measurement Standards Phones: 907-365-1200 or below within Alaska.
Commercial Vehicle Customer Service Center: 800-478-7636
Huffman Business Park
11900 Industrial Way
Anchorage, AK 99515
Phone help line: 907-365-1200
Toll free within Alaska: 800-478-7636
Permit office hours: 8 AM – 5 PM
PACIFIC STANDARD TIME
Alaska state DOT website with all kinds of permit info, forms, manuals, etc here. Alaska heavy-haul and oversize trucking laws.
Road closures and highway conditions here.
Alaska road closure information.
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Heavy haul and oversize trucking permit limitations.
Maximum weights; on a single axle with dual tires 30,000 pounds. With tandem axles 56,000 pounds, with tridem axles 70,000 pounds, with quadem axles 80,000 pounds. Gross maximum is 150,000 pounds. All of this depends entirely on the route you choose to travel as well as distance and any bridges that you intend to cross. It also depends upon the length, height and width of the shipment. Between the months of October 1st and March 31st for one, two and three drive axle groupings on trucks and truck tractors traveling the Elliott, Steese and Dalton highways between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay you can shift legal axle weights in the following weights on these routes in applicable: single axles 22,000 pounds (with 8’1″ minimum axle spacing). Tandem axles 42,000 pounds, tridem axles 48,000 pounds. The maximum height allowed is 15’3″. Shipments over 14 feet wide or 150 feet long or 16’6″ in height must supply to the permitting department the exact route they wish to travel.
Heavy haul and oversize truck signs and flags.
A standard oversize load sign is required on the front of the tractor and the rear of the shipment if it exceeds 8’6″ and width. The sign must be yellow and have a minimum of 48 inches in width with black letters that are 10 inches tall and 2 inches wide. Acceptable signs when specified shall read “oversize”, “oversize load” or “wide load” for over width vehicles and/or shipments “oversize”, “oversize load” or “long load” for over length vehicles must be affixed to the rear of shipment when overall load exceeds 60 feet in length. Vehicles and loads with rear overhang exceeding 10 feet are subject to the following: must have “oversize” or “oversize load” signs and a amber high intensity rotating, flashing, oscillating or strobe type beacon which must be visible for a minimum of 500 feet from the end of the shipment. You must have either an extended light-bar or a rear pilot car or escort vehicle. All flags must be a minimum of 16” square and must be red. Flags are required to be on vehicles with loads wider than 10 feet and if overhang exceeds the legal limits in any direction.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements.
If the width of the shipment is over 10’6″ and up to 12 feet one pilot car or escort vehicle is required. For lengths over 85 feet and up to 100 feet one pilot car is required. If overhang is greater than 10 feet but less than 20 feet one pilot car or escort vehicle may be used. It is possible to use an extended lightbar and place of a rear pilot car. Heavy haul or overweight shipments with special bridge conditions are required to have two pilot cars if the width is 12 feet up to 14 feet to pilot cars or escort vehicles are required if the length is greater than 100 feet to escort vehicles or pilot cars are required. If the overhang exceeds 20 feet unless the rear is greater than 35 feet or the front greater than 60 feet one pilot car is required. For widths over 14 feet three pilot car vehicles or escort’s are required: two in the front and one in the rear. If you have overhang from the rear that is greater than 35 feet to pilot cars are required and for widths up to 18 feet but not more than 22 feet 4 pilot cars or escort vehicles are required. If road closures exist and you are an excess of 22 feet wide then you will be required to have 5 escorts or pilot cars. You may be permitted to use an extended light-bar when up to 20 feet of rear overhang and lieu of a rear pilot car.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements.
Pilot cars and escort vehicles may be passenger trucks and cars as long is they are under 10,000 pounds in total weight. Pilot cars and escort vehicles must carry commercial vehicle insurance. Pilot cars and escort vehicles will not carry any passengers. Pilot cars and escort vehicles will not act as a steer man or a tiller man for any load. Oversize load signs and beacons: all escort vehicles and pilot cars are required to be equipped with the appropriate signage. Depending upon the shipment you are working with this might be oversize, wide load or long load and the sign must be roof mounted with a high intensity rotating flashing oscillating or strobe type amber beacon light which must be visible from a minimum of 500 feet in any direction. When a pilot car or in escort vehicle is required to lead any oversize load the appropriate sign must be faced towards the front of the pilot car or escort vehicle when the pilot car or escort is chasing a load the appropriate sign must be faced towards the rear of the vehicle. Pilot car companies and escort vehicle drivers shall carry the following items and equipment at all times when escorting heavy haul and oversize loads: a 24 inch stop slow paddle sign, three bidirectional emergency reflective triangles, 15 pound rated B and C fire extinguisher, a reflector rise orange vest shirt or jacket, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, a red cone and be equipped with a red hand flag.
Flag men or flag persons.
The state of Alaska does not require a pilot car or escort vehicle operator to have certification to perform flagging functions flaggers and or pilot car or escort vehicles operators shall complete the state approved flagging test as well is any necessary training prior to working in the capacity of a flagger. There is a fee for the online class. Flag persons shall not be less than 18 years of age and must be capable of carrying out flagging responsibilities in accordance with the Alaska state traffic manual regulations flaggers must be wearing high visibility or florescent orange jackets and vest as well as equipped with a slow stop paddle and a red hand flag these items must be utilized by the pilot car company or escort vehicle operator in the event that it becomes necessary. If required pilot car and escort vehicle operators will need to pull over and Park in order to stop or control Highway traffic. At no time shall the slow stop paddle or red flags be displayed out of the window of a moving vehicle.
Travel time for heavy haul and oversize loads.
Heavy haul permits and oversize trucking permits are valid for 3 to 5 days unless otherwise specified. Travel is permitted from Monday through Saturday at noon during daylight hours. One half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. However, vehicles that are not exceeding 10’6″ wide or 16 feet tall or 85 feet and linked total may travel Monday through Saturday during daylight hours. Oversize vehicles are allowed to operate during hours of darkness under special lighting and taping requirements. Travel is permitted on the following holiday weekends memorial day for for July and Labor Day. Urban areas do restrict travel during peak hours be sure to refer to your permit for specific travel times especially in urban areas.
Spring weight and frost laws.
Weight restrictions and frost laws usually occur on all major routes in South, Central as well as interior Alaska. Typical months are from March 1st until the 1st July.
Please share your expertise or knowledge of Illinois state shipping regulations with other visitors below.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Here we are again. As most of you know the over size and heavy haul trucking industry (as a whole) has enough trouble with weather in the winter months. Freight volumes are lower due to travel restrictions. A government shut-down (20%+ less freight) is newer territory for our industry and with current low winter volumes (less more) we’re all going to feel this for at least the next 90 days. If you have a hard time seeing these numbers consider, NASA, DOD, FEMA, all kinds of goods for other agencies, direct gov’t contracts as well as all of the “sub” contractors. This is a fine mess.
So, hopefully you all stashed 6 months worth of pay away so you can afford to pay your electric bill – forget about truck payments! Sound crazy? Yes it is and we agree. In a section of the transportation industry that already has a shortage all the way around we’ve got to wonder how heavy haul carriers, as well as pilot cars will be available for the 2019 big summer freight push?
It is this authors personal opinion in this day and age a “gov’t shut-down” should not be able to effect the daily operations of our nation as this just doesn’t seem like freedom, justice nor liberty. Perhaps companies in the same shoes we wear should be subsidized so we can do a little sitting on our rears as well while we wait (with 1/4 million+ dollars in equip. in the driveway) for the higher ups to get it right?
Interesting idea. Subsidizing important providers that are essentially on standby by. Of course our country needs our services to grow but without a payday nothings going to be growing anytime soon.
Moving past the political realm. As usual there’s already a shortage of freight. It looks to be a harsh winter and if it continues the way it started frost laws may be in effect well into May in the Northern states. I suppose time will tell.
If you’re operating a heavy haul trucking company and would like to share your thoughts we’d love to hear them. Please feel free to use the comment box below.
Please share your expertise of Vermont state DOT trucking regulations with other visitors below.
Length: Trailer length maximum is 53 feet.
Width: 8 feet and 6 inches wide.
Height: 13 feet and 6 inches tall.
Weight: 80,000 pounds gross (GVW), 20,000 single axles or 34,000 pounds on tandem axles.
Overhang: Overhang in the rear may not exceed 1/3 of the item being shipped length.
Length: 100 feet in overall length.
Width: 15 feet wide.
Height: 15 feet is about the most you can get away with on routine permits and main roads. 14 feet on many local roads.
Weight: Under 150,000 pounds over all in weight. Anything over 150,000 pounds in weight will require an individual study. They will need all steer tandem, tridem, quadem axle length spacing and weights data with routing ideas submitted. Here is a road weight limit search tool. Also crane routes.
Overhang: If you are over the 1/3 mark on your over all length you are going to have trouble.
One half hour before sunset and one half hour after sunset rule applies. You may travel on the weekend and holidays however some restrictions do apply. If over 100′ in length, 10′ 6″ in width or 108,000 lbs in weight, you may NOT travel on Saturday or Sunday or on holidays if between July 1 and Labor day on state roads. If a holiday is on a weekend day then you many NOT travel on Friday of Monday as well. The state of Vermont observes the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Columbus day, Martin Luther King day, Independence day, Veterans day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day, Christmas day and Presidents day. The state permit office is closed on these days as well. If a shipment is over length, over width or over height it may only travel during day light hours. Over weight shipments may travel 24 hours a day. There are travel restriction times during peak hours in high traffic areas being closed from the approximate hours between 7-9 am and 2-5 pm as well. Please refer to your permit for exact travel restrictions and times.
Length: 80′ in length.
Width: 12′ wide requires at least 1 rear pilot car on 4 lane or front on 2 lane roads (escort) and possibly 2 depending on routing.
Height: If height of load exceeds 14′ a front high pole card is required.
Weight: No pilot cars of escort vehicles are mentioned in re; to overweight or heavy haul shipments.
Overhang: If front over hang is over 15′.
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. 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 feet long and 12 inches in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 5 inches tall and 1 inch in width. Vehicle must have 4 safety flags displayed in red or orange in color and be a minimum of 12 inches in length quare 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. All pilot cars/escort vehicles must be at least of a “reasonable” size. All pilot cars (escort vehicles) must have a CB radio or 2-way communication device and be in contact with their shipment at ALL times. Pilot cars vehicles that are leading must have an appropriate sign visible from the front and when chasing must have an appropriate sign visible from the rear. All signs must be a minimum of 5′ in length and 12″ in height and have a yellow background with black letting of no less than 1″ 5/8″ in width. Headlights must be turned on when in operation on the job.
It is our opinion that pilot cars (escort vehicles) should have the minimum requirements as well which include the following;
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 Vermont State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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The term “Negative Nancy” is one we’ve all heard and are familiar with. A term most of us distance ourselves from but in reading about Loves Travel Stops free hot dog Wednesday the first thing you have to wonder is how much does that cost? If Loves is offering services to “factor” money to trucking companies (for a fee which is usually 2-4%) for fuel, freight bills, etc. – why in the heck are they being so nice paying for all of this free beef and where does it come from? Well it was a relief to learn from the Schwab Meat Co. which is interestingly enough also based out of Oklahoma. Good move there! Loves has 460 travel center locations. If each location dishes out an average of 600 hot dogs that’s 276,600 hot dogs that had to be cooked and dished out with condiments offered. So let’s see, if 1 hot dog weighs 3.5 ounces that’s 60,375 pounds of hot dogs which wholesale roughly cost $26,000.00. Plus condiments, electricity, napkins and labor we can double that to $52,000.00. Let’s say promotion was in-house but required some printing which at best give us $100,000.00.
Well, we’ve gotta say hat’s off to Loves for loving their customers. We’re pretty sure they’re going to have to give more away than our projection shows but in the end all companies need to promote themselves. Doing so on National Hot Dog day is a good idea in our book and this writer was glad to hear they were sourced locally. We thank you Loves and suggest looking at the possibility of giving away some free fuel to our fellow trucking companies and drivers in the future!
Cutting through the commentary here are the nuts and bolts. The actions the FMCSA stated it will take in its 10 page corrective action plan will include:
Everyone is giving this new agenda the big thumbs up. Sorry to say but we’ve only got our big finger up as none of this helps out a niche industry operating within a over regulated industry already mandated with curfews, holiday restrictions and travel time restrictions. So, you get nothing and you get to like it folks.
Please share your knowledge of Arkansas state DOT trucking regulations with others below.
Length: Maximum trailer length with a load is 53 feet and 6 inches long.
Width: 8 feet and 6 inches wide.
Height: 13 feet and 6 inches tall.
Weight: 80,000 pounds gross(GVW). Steer axle is whatever the manufacturer lists it as or no greater than 20,000 pounds. 20,000 pounds on any single axle , 34,000 pounds gross on any tandem axle, 54,000 pounds on any tridum axle.
Overhang: Arkansas is NOT clear on overhang which indicates they don’t like it. If you’re considering it call them and be sure to let our visitors know below.
Length: No set maximums.
Width: Up to 18 feet on interstate and up to 20 feet on others.
Height: 17 feet maximum. If over 16 feet tall (no interstate travel) approval will be required depending on desired route.
Weight: Maximum gross weight is 180,000 pounds. Typically steer axle is 12,000 pounds (unless manufacture specs allow for more – contingent upon spacings). Single axle is 20,000 pounds, tandem axles is 46,000 pounds, tridum axles is 60,000 pounds and 68,000 pounds on quadem axles. Routine permits cap out at 180,000 pounds gross.
Overhang: Depending on what you are hauling: poles, manufactured homes it’s all over the board. For more info see: Arkansas permit laws.
Length: Depends on your route needs.
Width: Anything in excess of 20 feet will be classified as a super load.
Height: Over 17 feet in height will require bucket trucks and route survey – count it as a super load.
Weight: If over 180,000 pounds.
Overhang: Share with us your experience (below) as Arkansas is all over the board on overhang.
Any combination or shipment in excess of the legal dimensions must be properly marked. Signs stating “OVERSIZE LOAD” are required to be displayed on the front of the combination as well as the rear of the load. In addition red or orange colored safety flags that are 18 inches square must be placed on the front of the power unit and rear corners of the load. Typically night movement is not permitted however, always refer to your permit for any special lighting requirements. Heavy haul shipments may not be required to display signs but again refer to your permit.
For a vehicle to qualify; all pilot car/escort vehicles must have a gross weight over over 2,000 pounds but also have a manufacturers gross weight rating of less than 26,000 pounds.
Length: If load is 75′ to 95′ on a 2 load road you will need one rear pilot car (escort).
Width: 10′ 6″ to 12′ wide on a 2 lane road requires 1 front pilot car. On a 4 lane road up to 12′ wide requires no escorts. When load is 12′ 1″ to 14′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required on all 2 lane roads and 1 rear on all 4 lane roads. For loads 14′ 1″ – 15′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required. 15′ 1″ to 16′ wide on 2 lane requires 2 front pilot cars (escorts) and 1 rear pilot car (escort). On 4 all lane roads 1 front and 2 rear pilot cars (escorts) are required. If you do have a permit for weekend travel you will be required to have a police escort. Districts and Parkways may require additional escorts as well. Vehicles traveling with a width of over 14′ wide will not be allowed to travel on Fridays except on Parkway. Maximum width allowed on the Parkway is 16′ and must be accompanied by police escort if over 15′.
Height: If height of load exceeds 15′ a front high pole car is required.
Weight: Check with the State of to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: If front over hang is over 10′ on 2 or 4 lane roads 1 front pilot car (escort) is required. If rear overhang exceeds 10′ on a 2 or 4 lane road one rear escort is required.
All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a bumper or roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle. Sign must be at least 5′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 10″ tall and 1 1/2″ in width. Vehicle must have 2 safety flags red or orange in color and be a minimum of 18″ of length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle. Company identification signs must be placed on both sides of the pilot car (escort vehicle) displaying the name of the company, phone number and be placed on both the left and right hand sides of the vehicle. These signs must be no less that 8″ tall x 12″ wide and identity writing must be plainly legible. Vehicle must be equipped with a horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber colored flashing light which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device, 2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. A red safety colored flag with handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).
Most travel is restricted to daylight hours only in Arkansas. Continuous travel may be permitted for heavy haul loads that are not oversize. It is possible under some circumstances to obtain weekend travel permission for some routes/smaller dimensions upon request (when filing). No travel is permitted when visibility is obstructed or inclement weather exists which can include but not limited to: snow, hail, rain, wind, etc. Always follow instructions on your permit as well as travel advisories for more information. CURFEWS: Little Rock area from 7 AM until 9 AM and 4 PM until 6 PM and also including I-30, mile marker 137 to 143, I-40 from mile marker 151 to 155 and all of Interstate 630. Holiday travel is restricted when the holiday is on a Monday or Friday (no weekend travel permitted) on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. However, you may travel on Martin Luther King Day, Robert E. Lee’s Birthday, George Washington’s Birthday and on Veterans Day.
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
10324 Interstate 30
Little Rock, AR 72203
Telephone: 501-569-2381 order permits by phone from 6 am to 4:30 pm M-F.
Hours: 6 AM until 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday.
Central Time Zone
Arkansas is a member of the SASHTO.
Arkansas State DOT website for additional info.
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Please share your expertise of Arizona state DOT trucking regulations with other visitors below.
As per the state of Arizona please read the following:
“The Arizona Department of Transportation in cooperation with state representatives, industry, the Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement personnel work in collaboration to update and amend oversize and overweight special permit rules containing special permit requirements, restrictions and allowances for transporting oversize and overweight vehicles and loads on highways under the jurisdiction of the Department. This is a council established in statute and makes up the Over-dimensional Permit Council.
These rules detail the eligibility, application and use requirements for a variety of permits the Department currently issues to commercial motor carriers for transporting vehicles or vehicle and load combinations exceeding the maximum size or weight limitations provided by statute.
Each special permit provided by the Department under these rules is specifically authorized by statute. The oversize and overweight special permits issued under these rules are that each permittee issued a particular class of permit is subject to the same activities, practices, requirements and restrictions applicable to that permit type. The statutes additionally provide authority for issuance, conditions, restrictions, approvals and fees.”
Length: Anything over 65 feet in length overall requires a permit on non-designated highways.
Overhang: 3 feet in the front and 6 feet off of the rear of trailer maximum (make sure your route is approved for overhang as there are location variations).
Weight: 80,000 pounds overall (GVW), 12,000 pounds on steer axle.
Width: 8 feet and 6 inches wide maximum.
Height: 14 feet maximum on interstates and 13 feet and 6 inches in height on secondary roads.
Length: 120 feet maximum or proceed to super load section.
Weight: 250,000 pounds maximum (Class C if over or see superloads). Single axle is 28,000 pounds maximum. All tandem, tridum, trunnion and quadem axle configurations depend on axle spacings and tire sizes. Gross weight maximums: 5 axles is 104,000 pounds, 6 axles is 108,000 pounds, 7 axles is 117,000 pounds. The permissible maximum weights depend on the number of tires combined with the overall distance between each of the axles. Spacings on axles are a little bit tricky in this state. The Arizona DOT permits office will consider a number or factors but it’s primarily about the bridges which could require a route survey if extreme weights are involved. If weights are excessive and trailer capabilities are even close to short of maxing out, forget it! Pavement, structural and stress testing results will govern your overall permissible capabilities.
Width: 14 feet wide maximum or file under super load.
Height: 16 tall maximum or file under super load.
Overhang: 3 feet of front or 6 feet off of the rear or any configuration that is in excess of 75 feet. They could require you to use a stretch trailer before allowing you to proceed under super load provisions.
Notes: These above routinely permitted shipments will need to be filed as class “A” permits. Class A permits are anything under 120 feet in length, 14 feet in width, 16 feet in height or under 250,000 pounds overall. Maximum speed is set at 55 mph for all oversize/overweight shipments.
If a shipment exceeds any of the following it is classified as a superload and will require a class C permit. Class C permits are “super load permits”. If any shipment is in excess of 120 feet in length or 14 feet in width or 16 feet in height or 250,000 pounds in weight it is classified as a super load.
Notes: For mobile home shipments and more class C permit information expand the file just below.
Applications for class C permits should ideally be submitted via the ADOT ePRO System. They do have other options but we strongly suggest you use the method they prefer. While it’s not a 100% guarantee you can usually get a Class C permit in 48 hours (excluding evenings, weekends and state holidays). Once it is approved you will see pending/approved/refused when you log in. The fee is $30 for class C shipments that are no greater than 18 feet in height and/or width and 80,000 pounds. Shipments that are over 80,000 pounds are $90. Shipments that are over 18 feet in height and width, but not over 80,000 pounds, are $40. For shipments that are greater than 18 feet in height and width and/or 80,000 pounds are $100. Typical class C permits are only valid for 4 working days unless otherwise specified. In order to obtain a class C permit extension beyond the 4 day working allowance you must either have inclement weather issues or equipment breakdown issues.
ADOT ePRO payment screen if requesting 3 a.m. or weekend movement for loads up to 16 feet wide and 16 feet high. The entire route must be designated for night movement, weekend movement or both or it will be denied.
ADOT ePRO. “Easy” Class C Mobile Home Permits are only valid on ADOT roadways. Transporters must check with local jurisdictions for permission to travel on roadways that are not under ADOT jurisdiction.
Required safety markings, safety flags, warning lights for heavy haul and oversize loads:
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.
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 feet requires 1 pilot car equipped with a height pole in front of truck.
On Interstates: Over 120’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck.
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. 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 feet long and 12 inches in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 5 inches tall and 1 inch in width. Vehicle must have 4 safety flags displayed in red or orange in color and be a minimum of 12 inches in length quare 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.
The one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset rule applies. Travel on weekends and holidays is permitted. Night time travel applies to any shipment that does not exceed 120 feet in length or 16 feet wide or 16 feet tall or less than 250,000 pounds. If your are empty but over weight you’ll be allowed to travel continuously more than likely. If overweight only you will probably be allowed continuous travel. Under 10 feet of overhang, 10 feet in width or 14 feet in height will more than likely be granted continuous travel. Some loads will NOT be granted travel on weekends. Always refer to the documentation on your permit to verify travel times.
Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT)
1225 N 25th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Office hours: 8 AM until 5PM Monday – Friday.
Arizona observes Mountain Time.
Website: Arizona DOT permits.
Notes: For class C permits: 602-712-8176 or 8280. All laws, regulations, rules and limitations are now set fourth in: Arizona transportation-permit laws.
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Heavy haul and oversize trucking permit limitations.
Maximum weight on a single axle is 28,000 pounds, on tandem axles or tried him as well as for axles it depends entirely upon the axle spacings and tire sizes. Trunnion: 60,000 pounds the gross raid on five axles is 104,000 pounds on six axles 108,000 pounds and on seven axles 117,000 pounds again depending on the actual number of tires, the distance between the axles and the actual tire size itself. Be sure to check with the state for any additional requirements or questions you may have. Pavement stress and bridge capacities will be the determining factor for the maximum permitted weights. For Arizona class A permits you must be less than the following: up to 14 feet wide, 16 feet high, 120 feet in length or 250,000 pounds. A truck operating under a class A permit will be allowed weekend travel from 3 AM until 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday or non holiday weekends, only on specific highways and with applicable escort. A height pole on escort vehicles or pilot cars is determined by the state. If the shipment exceeds any of these dimensions or weights refer to the section on superloads above. A superload is also classified as a class C shipment in the state of Arizona. A shipment is classified as a class C shipment and needs a class C permit issued if it is over 14 feet wide, 120 feet long, 16 feet high and/or in excess of 250,000 pounds. The maximum speed for any heavy haul or oversize shipment is 55 mph within the state of Arizona. Any specialized equipment that is not loaded is automatically granted continuous travel unless otherwise specified.
Heavy haul in oversize load truck signs and flags that are required.
All oversize, long-load or wideload signs should be a minimum of 6 feet wide and 1 feet tall and shall be mounted on the forward most part of the tractor-trailer and the rearmost part of the load or the vehicle which the shipment is loaded onto in such a manner that is clearly visible to motorists. This sign should have a yellow background with black letters and if you wish to move during daylight hours the background must be reflective or illuminated so it is clearly visible. All over-width vehicles wider than 8’6″ or transporting a load that is exceeding 9 feet in width must display oversize load signs. All shipments and vehicles must be flagged with red flags that are a minimum of 12 inches square or larger on all extremities. All loads or vehicles with an overhang in the front or the rear must be flagged and/or lighted.
Pilot car or escort requirements for heavy haul and oversize loads.
All pilot cars or escort vehicles must be a passenger car or a two axle truck not exceeding 20,000 pounds in total weight. All escort vehicles and pilot cars shall display red flags are are a minimum of 12 inches square on all corners of the vehicle and be fitted with a oversize load sign facing in the applicable direction. This sign must be a minimum of 5 feet above the ground and mounted securely to the vehicle. Signs must be a minimum of 5 feet 1 inches tall with 1 inch thick black letters on a yellow background. Warning lights are required. Each pilot car or escort vehicle needs to be equipped with a two-way radio capable of transmitting and receiving over a minimum distance of 1 mile and must be compatible with all other vehicles involved in the shipment. Each pilot car or escort vehicle must have a minimum of eight flares, one first-aid kit, to red flags and any other equipment specified by AASHTO standards. a minimum distance of 1000 feet shall be maintained between the escort vehicle and the shipment except where visual contact is not obtainable. When in urban areas the distance needs to be between 100 and 250 feet maximum. Arizona state pilot car and escort vehicle certification certificate must be carried by all pilot car and escort vehicle operators. If the operator has a certification in another state as long as the certification is CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) recognized the state of Arizona will recognize it.
Travel time. Note: Arizona does not recognize daylight savings time.
Daylight hours are one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. Night travel may be allowed for vehicles that do not exceed 16 feet wide, 16 feet high, 120 feet long or less than 250,000 pounds. Refer to your permit. A load within these limits shall have escort vehicles if 11 feet wide to 14 feet wide; 1 rear pilot car or escort vehicle is required or if 14’1″ to 16 feet wide you will need a front and rear pilot car and escort vehicle. If the shipment is in excess of 15 feet in height you may be required to have a pilot car with a height pole.
Weekend travel: if the shipment is not greater than: 16 feet wide, 16 feet high, 120 feet long or 250,000 pounds it may be allowed to travel on specified routes from 3 AM until 12 noon on weekends.
Night movement: for shipments that do not exceed any of the following dimensions: 16 feet wide, 16 feet high, 120 feet long and/or 250,000 pounds, night moves should be permitted and noted (if allowed on your route) under restrictions on your permit.
Heavy haul only: shipments that are not over 10 feet wide or not over 14 feet tall with less than 10 feet of overhang may be granted continuous travel with a permit. However no travel may be allowed on Saturdays or Sundays be advised that no movement will be allowed during snow or icy conditions or any severe weather conditions that might be hazardous to motorist or detrimental to the roads and highways.
Travel time is prohibited on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. If the proceeding holidays falls on a Monday them shipment shall stop before 12 noon the Friday preceding the national holiday. The state permit office will be closed on these holidays as well as on Lincoln’s birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Travel will not be restricted on these four days however there is a curfew. Permitted vehicles are prohibited from I-17, I-10 and SR 360 within city limits of greater Phoenix and I-10 and I-19 within city limits of the greater Tucson area from 7 to 9 AM and 4 to 6 PM.
Weather restrictions for heavy haul and oversize loads.
Whenever driver visibility is restricted you may not travel especially when visibility is less than 500 feet. This can be due to snow, heavy rain, followed or dust. Road surface condition reduces normal traction and under conditions of flooding, ice or snow you may not travel this also applies to high winds or anything else or conditions that may suggest any injury to motorists or the road.
With the demand for more truck drivers owners of trucking companies can now be more picky about who they haul for. The age old cry of freight brokers are crooks may be coming to an end as technology progresses. With demand for drivers and internet technology maturing in years to come the freight broker may be a job position of the past such as a “wheel maker” or “spear maker”. While wheel and spear makers are still needed with automation there just not in high demand.
We’re hearing it everywhere. CNN recently published a story about Cheetah trailers and how Chinese companies are violating it’s copyright design on their own trailers. Cheetah trailers haul shipping containers. Chinese manufacturers simply buy one, study it, mass produce it and start exporting them cheaper. They’re also made cheaper but that’s another story. New HOS regulations are hitting truck drivers hard. If you can’t driver you can’t make money and if you can’t make money driving why bother? What’s left is the fleet owners, small trucking companies and the owner operators. Put a broker in the middle of all of this combined with internet technology and what do you get? You get smaller companies that have the ability to network with buyers, manufactures and anyone else that needs transportation.
The oversize and heavy haul industry have already dumped the freight broker. In fact, from inception trucking company owners realized the liability was simply too high. A broker with a $10,000 bond (or even $50,000) isn’t much to hang your hat on if the shipment costs $55,000 to ship. Not only that the broker want’s everything he/she can get which is $5,500 at 10% or $6,600 at 12% which are both claimed industry standards. That’s a WHOLE LOT OF MONEY! So in the case of dry van shipments let’s say that number is 90% less or the line haul is $5,500. Well $550 or $660 is still a WHOLE LOT OF MONEY! What is going to happen next inevitably is the trucking companies will have to crunch the numbers in between profit and inflation and combined with technology that need will be met. Good-bye brokers. It’s inevitable. Trucking companies are continue to look for more and more direct customer freight.
While the Beluga Airbus super transporter certainly looks like it could put a lot of folks out of work the of it reality is a little different. The Beluga is currently used primarily for transporting other air-crafts and air-craft parts. If a shipment we’re to fit in this monstrosity it would definitely need to be a time sensitive shipment as the amount of jet fuel consumed just to get off of the ground would probably exceed the cost of transporting the same item over the road. Test flights are being done now with a commercially approved version expected to be released at the end of 2018.
Fact: The Airbus Beluga A300 600 supertransporter is the world’s most volumetrically cavernous aircraft. It certainly looks like a Beluga whale!
The newest version is the larger XL is based on an Airbus A330. The whale-themed livery was chosen a poll of all 20,000 Airbus employees. Of six choices, the smiling whale received 40 per cent of the votes to win. The BelugaXL will now undertake ground tests before first flights planned later in 2018.
Reference: https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/look-see-inside-airbus-beluga-8496882 and photo courtesy: https://flyawaysimulation.com/downloads/files/3674/fsx-airbus-a300-600st-beluga/
*Note: For US states maximum height varies. East of Missouri river is 13 feet and 6 inches or 4.1148 meters and west of the Missouri river is 14 feet or 4.2672 meters. Alaska maximum height is 15 feet or 4.572 meters. This is only a rule of thumb and not exact. For example Oklahoma is 13′ 6″ or Colorado and Nebraska are 14′ 6″. Also some designated routes are approved for additional heights. Be sure to research any/all laws before attempting to ship oversize or heavy items. Shipping it legally can be tricky.
Each state or province has different regulations. The above is a North American average. Regulations for heavy haul and oversize trucking can be very complex once a shipment has been determined “heavy” or “oversize” and there is a classification system within each state that can even qualify a shipment as a “super load”. Once dimensions or weights exceed the legal maximums transport permits are required. Some shipments may require pilot cars or even pilot cars equipped with height poles or the trucking company may be required to have a route survey performed. It’s important to consult a professional before attempting to transport any objects, machinery or equipment that is oversize or over weight.
Whether you are a professional truck driver or a novice with a pick up truck it’s always smart to know the laws. Public safety a big factor to consider when transporting large or heavy items. Public property should also be factored in as damages could crush you financially. Fines and possibly getting your vehicle towed and impounded are other factors to consider. Always consult a professional as well as local laws when considering transporting over dimensional or over weight shipments.
Please share your knowledge of Idaho regulations with others below.
Length: A 75’ length is the legal limit for any combined truck and trailer in transport.
Width: A maximum of 8’ 6” wide.
Height: A maximum of 14’
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.
Overhang: 4’ in front of trailer and no more than 10’ from the rear axle of trailer to the end of load.
Length: 110’ on 2 lane roads and 115’ on 4 lane roads.
Weight: 5 axles 112,000 6 axles 118,000
Length: Over 100’ 2 Lanes requires 1 car. Over 115’ Interstate requires 1 car.
Width: Over 12’1” 2 Lanes requires 1 car., Over 15’1” 4 Lanes requires 1 car.
Height: Over 16’ requires 1 car.
Travel permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. If 10’ wide or less, travel is permitted 24/7.
How to apply for trucking permits:
Idaho Transportation Department
3311 W State St
800-662-7133 Phone within Idaho
Basic fee is $13.00
Permit is valid for 5 days
Idaho State Trucking information website: http://itd.idaho.gov/dmv