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2018 Georgia State Shipping Regulations

2018 Georgia state DOT shipping laws, regulations, rules, limitations, for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits. 

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Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Georgia maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required.

Length:  75 feet maximum overall combined including overhang. However, 60 feet maximum length on some routes.
Width: 8 feet maximum on some roads but on main highways and Interstates 8 feet and 6 inches is the maximum width.
Height: 13 feet and 6 inches.
Weight:  GVW 80,000 pounds overall combined. Single axle is 20,340 pounds, tandem axles is 34,000 pounds and tridem axles depends on the spacing  but is 20,340 pounds maximum on each axle in the configuration.
Overhang: Overhang in not detailed much by Georgia state DOT so if you are in excess of 60 feet in length overall combined we strongly suggest you contact the oversize permitting office by telephone below.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in Georgia:

Length: Under 120 feet long was the old rule but as of 06/26/18 it seems there’s no limit on length if that is the only dimension over routine. Also a legal
Weight: Any single axle routine permit is 23,000 pounds, tandem axles is 46,000 pounds, tridem axles is 60,000 pounds, quadem axles is 92,000 pounds. Gross maximum routine permit weight limitations are: 5 axles 100,000 pounds, 6 axles 125,000 pounds, 7 axles 148,000 pounds, 8 axles 150,000 pounds. If over 150,000 pounds it’s a superload.
Width: 15 feet and 6 inches. However, on some routes 16 feet is permitted with 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort. Mobiles and pre-fab homes are limited to 95 feet in length overall.
Height: Under 14 feet tall.
Overhang: This is a very odd state as far as overhang is concerned. Look below under superloads and try the actual state documentation or simply give them a call at the number listed below.
Notes: Georgia mentions a legal 53 trailer with no over all length restrictions on federal interstates and “STAA” designated routes. This isn’t real clear to our staff as no overhang limits would then be governed by maximum lengths. But with no maximum length if that is the only dimension that is over routine limits then we assume any length can be permitted. BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN TO ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR ACTUAL OVERSIZE TRUCKING PERMIT FOR ANY DISCREPANCIES.

Georgia superloads.

Georgia superload information:

Ultimately Georgia superloads are classified on a base-by-case basis if they exceed the maximum weights or dimensions mentioned above in “routine permits” however there are exceptions to the rules. We suggest for in-depth research you refer to: The Georgia state DOT laws for oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:

Georgia travel times unless otherwise stated on your permit are as follows; Monday thru Saturdays from one-half hour after sunrise until one-half hour before sunset Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight time depending on spring or fall. No travel is permitted on Sundays unless stated on your permit. No movement is permitted on the following holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. I-285 is the boundary for Atlanta and travel within it is restricted and not permitted at all unless you are picking up or delivering within – if so travel times are not permitted from 6 AM until 9 AM and from 4 PM until 6 PM on weekdays M-F. Shipments in excess of 10 feet in width may not travel more than 55 miles per hour. Any permitted shipment that is in excess of 16 feet in width may only travel between 10 AM and and 3 PM in and around major cities. Any permitted shipment that is in excess of 12 feet in width may not travel under any circumstances if visibility is restricted to less than 600 feet or wind speed in in excess of 25 miles per hour.

Lights, safety flags and warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads.

Required marking, safety flags, warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads:

Any oversize or heavy-load must be clearly identified by the appropriate signs such as “OVERSIZE LOAD” OR “HEAVY-HAUL LOAD” or other variations that are specific. Signs must be mounted on the front of the truck and rear of item being transported. Sign dimensions must be no less than 6 feet wide and 12 inches in height. Sign must have a yellow background with black letters not less than 8 inches tall. Front and rear of oversize combination must be flagged with red or orange florescent flags 18 inches square. The power unit must be equipped with a amber light – note you must purchase a amber light permit to operate one in the state of Georgia.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanies by a escort vehicle or pilot car if:

QUICK REFERENCE

Length:

  • 75 feet requires 1 pilot car or a 8 inch amber light at each rear corner.
  • 100 feet requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle.
  • 125 feet and over requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort.

Width:

  • 12 feet to 14 feet and 8 inches requires 1 front and 1 rear escort. However, on some highways and designated routes amber lights may be used instead of a rear escort.
  • 14 feet and 8 inches up to 16 feet will require 1 front lead pilot car and 1 rear chase escort on 2-lane roads. 1 escort/pilot car may be used on interstates.
  • 16 feet in width will be determined on a case-by-case basis – refer to your permit.

Height: When over 15 feet and 6 inches in height you will be required to have a lead pilot car equipped with a height pole.

DETAILED VERSION

Length: Over 75 feet but less than 100 feet 1 rear escort of pilot car is required. Over 100 feet but less than 125 feet long requires 1 rear escort vehicle. Over 125 feet long requires 1 front pilot car and  1 rear escort vehicle.
Height: Over 15 feet and 6 inches requires 1 lead pilot car in front of truck equipped with a height pole.
Width: On 2 lane roads over 12 feet but less than 14 feet and 8 inches requires 1 rear escort vehicle behind the shipment.  On 2 lane roads over 14 feet and 8 inches but less than 16 feet wide requires 1 pilot car vehicle in front of the truck and 1 rear chase escort vehicle behind the load.  On 4 lane roads over 12 feet but less than 14 feet and 8 inches requires 1 rear escort vehicle.  On Interstates over 14 feet and 8 inches wide but less than 16 inches will require 1 chase rear escort vehicle.  Requirements for loads over 16 feet wide will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

You must be certified (a good read) to operate a pilot car or escort vehicle in the state of Georgia (call: 888-262-8306). You must obtain a amber light permit ($2 fee 2 weeks in advance) in order to operate in the state of Georgia (call: 404-624-7211 for more information). Amber lights need to strobe and must have a minimum base size of 8 inches in diameter and be placed at the top of the vehicle. Of course newer light-bars are being accepted as pictured below. The minimum candle power rating is 35,000 or must be clearly visible from no less than 1/4 mile away. A front “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign (yellow background with 8 inch black lettering) that is no less that 6 feet wide and 1 foot tall is required to mounted on the front of all lead pilot car vehicles and on the rear of all chase escort vehicles. Pilot cars and escort vehicles are required to be equipped with 2-way communications and be in constant contact with all parties related to shipment being transported. Stop/slow paddle a minimum of 18 inches across. Safety helmet and safety vest/jacket that must be worn when exiting the vehicle. 9 yes 9 safety road triangles 17 inches tall. 8 road flares, 3 safety cones 18 inches tall, 5 fire extinguishers, first-aid kit, spare-tire, traffic wand flash-light with spare batteries. Vehicles used should either be a truck no less than 1/4 ton but no more than 17,000 pounds (GVW) or a passenger vehicle with no more than 2,000 pounds (GVW). Both sides of pilot cars must have a sign detailing the companies name and contact information visible from no less than 50 feet. Pilot cars are required to have a minimum of 2 red or orange safety colored flags mounted on the front or rear of vehicle no less than 18 inches square in shape. Passengers are not allowed with the exception of certified individuals in training status. No pets. All pilot cars and escorts must have headlights turned on low beam when operating and have lights on only when in operation (not when preparing to operate or pulled over in a turn out). Signs must be covered when not in operation. Oversize loads must pull over to allow for traffic to pass which is the only time it is appropriate to continue operating lights. Do not operate lights during pre-trip planning or any other time when not in full operation leading or chasing the shipment.

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Georgia DOT contact information and notes.

Georgia DOT office and permit contact information:

Georgia Office of Permits and Enforcement
State Department of Transportation
935 East Confederate, Building 24, Room 401
Atlanta, GA  30316
Telephone: 800-570-5428
Hours: 7 AM until 4:45 PM
E-mail: ustruckerregulations@dot.ga.gov

Notes: Georgia requires that you sign their permit applications with blue ink only.
Reference: Georgia state DOT laws for oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

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The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Georgia State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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2018 Maine State Shipping Regulations

2018 Maine DOT regulations for shipping oversize and overweight loads. Trucking company and pilot car reference.

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Legal load limits.

Maine DOT legal size and weight limitations:

Length: 69 feet combined overall and the maximum length of your trailer can not exceed 48 feet.
Width: 8 feet and 6 inches in the maximum width allowed by Maine DOT.
Height: 14 feet is the maximum height allowed to travel in Maine legally.
Weight: 80,000 pounds GVW is the maximum weight allowed without a permit.

Routine trucking permits.

Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the Maine state DOT office:

Length: 125 feet in length is the maximum for a routine trucking permit.
Width: 16 feet wide is the maximum for a routine permit and anything wider than this will require a police escort. If over 18 feet wide you will not be allowed to travel on the turnpike.
Height: 16 feet high in the most on a routine permit (13 feet and 6 inches is the limit on the Maine turnpike) and this depends on your routing. If you are close to this or over you will possibly have to have a route survey done and you will be required to notify all utility companies that have obstructions along your route.
Weight: Tandem axles: 52,000 pounds, tridum axles: 75,000 pounds, quadem axles: 100,000 pounds. Gross weight for 5 axles is: 130,000 pounds, for 6 axles: 140,000 pounds, and for 7 axles is the maximum gross weight allowed is: 167,000 pounds maximum.

Maine DOT superload information:

Anything that is over 125 feet long, 16 feet wide, 16 feet tall or over 125,000 pounds in weight is considered a superload by the Maine DOT. Permit approval could take 30 days depending on your proposed route and how far you want to exceed legal limits. You may wish to see: Maine state oversize and heavy haul trucking laws.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.

Maine DOT permitted travel times and travel restrictions:

One 1/2 before and 1/2 hour after sunset rule applies. With the exception of during the months of July and August you may travel on Saturdays and Sundays but may not during these 2 months. There is no holiday travel on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Columbus day, Veterans day, Thanksgiving day, Black Friday and on Christmas day.

NOTES: Turnpike travel: you may travel on the Maine turnpike  during the daylight hours from Monday until Friday at 12 noon. You may not travel on the weekends. Max width if 14 feet 6 inches and for height see “Routine permits” above. You can reach the Maine turnpike office at 207-871-7771. Mobile home shipments can only travel on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and on Thursdays – after that you may not travel. Night shipments may be approved but have to clear the Maine state police for permission first.

When pilot cars are required.

If your shipment is over any of the following you will be required to have a pilot car or escort vehicle by the Maine DOT office.

If highway is divided, a single pilot car or escort vehicle is to be positioned at the rear of the vehicle. If the highway is undivided, a single pilot car or escort vehicle is to be positioned at the front of the truck and trailer.

Width: 12 feet to 14 inches requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle., 14 feet and 6 inches to 15 feet and 11 inches requires 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles.
Height: Over 16 feet requires a state police escort.
Length: Over 79 feet and 11 inches requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 110 feet requires 2 pilot cars (escort vehicles).  Over 125 feet requires a state police escort.

NOTES: Signs must say “oversize load” in 10 inch high black letters on a yellow background.
They must be at least 7 feet wide by 18 inches high and posted on both the front and rear.
18 inch by 18 inch flags must be posted on all four corners of load. Pilot cars must have 2-way radio that has contact with at least a ½ mile range. The truck must have a flashing amber light on top of the cab.

How to apply for trucking permits.

Maine Department of State Bureau of Motor Vehicles, overlimit Permit Unit
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333
Phone: 207-622-5332
E-mail: overpermits@maine.gov
Office hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 Am until 5 PM
Eastern Time

NOTES: The Maine turnpike requires a separate permit and has its own size/weight limits.  (800) 698-7747 or 207-871-7771. Permits can be purchased
at Maine Turnpike toll plazas. Cost is $10. Signs must say “oversize load” in 10 inch high black letters on a yellow background. They must be at least 7 feet wide by 18 inches in height and posted on both the front and rear. 18 inch by 18 inch flags must be posted on all four corners of load. Pilot cars must have 2-way radio that has contact with at least a ½ mile range. The truck must have a flashing amber light on top of the cab.


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The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Maine State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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June updates on regulations information.

June updates on regulations and information, volume, production.

We hope that you are reaping the rewards of our 14+ years of industry service. We’re asking for your input on our regulations pages but more on that below. As you know freight volumes are up and increasing so it’s always a wise idea to follow the loadboard for your next direct customer. If you happen to be busy or stuck on the road and prefer to monitor your loadboard account via Apple or Android phone it’s pretty easy to install the APP via iTunes or Google Play – just search the term “WideloadShipping.com” and install it to your device.

Regulations updates and user comments

The main reason we are sending this quick note however is to let you know the Rules and Regulations pages have been updated for 2018 and we’re averaging around 1400 visitors on these pages 24 hours a day. With this much web traffic depending on our data we’d like to ask anyone viewing them that may have additional information to add please do so by using the quick comment form at the bottom of each page. You can add comments in a single click from any computer or device. We value and appreciate your valuable input and comments on these pages as it give our viewers (and us) more information. While the regulations have a lot of information there is constantly updates and more info you may wish to see featured.


Banner advertising information

Another opportunity we’d like to offer you is the ability to advertise on these pages. Our standard fee due to the amount of exposure you’ll get is $240 a month for a basic banner ad (this is about 90% cheaper than Google Adsense). However, for those interested in placing banner ads we’re having a sale this week for 40% off. That’s correct! We’ll place your banner ad on each of the State/Province oversize and heavy haul regulations for $144 a month. So if you’re currently running an ad campaign or thinking about it now is a real good time to implement it as our web traffic will be at its highest (14+ years online tells us so) until the beginning of the New Year. We offer full support and can even show you how to create your own customer banner (.gif file or moving images on it) for free. Just send a note and we’ll set you up. Our directory of carriers is wise and affordable as well (create account).

Silver investing a production volumes?

Web traffic isn’t the only thing that is up these days, so are freight volumes. We sure hope you’re getting your getting a nice slice of that! While we’re all catching up on maintenance and bills from the winter consider this do your absolute best to save money. While advertising in the right place will probably earn you more money do it wisely. Also, while we’re not investment strategists and have never proclaimed to be investing in silver seems to be a good idea. Here’s a decent page to follow for more information on investing in silver. Also, if you want a good source for purchasing it (it’s affordable) we highly suggest using the Bullion Vault to make purchases as they have spot prices and are reliable world wide. Why silver? Well, technology is advancing at a very high rate daily. So is production. While gold is great silver prices are not only affordable (as low as $16.42 per ounce on 06/12/18) but there’s a production shortage as mines are producing less). So, this is only what we consider a safe option. In no way are we conveying to you we are professional precious metal speculators.

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Investing in silver is affordable and more than likely a very good idea. Production volumes are down and demand is increasing daily.

The main purpose of this post however is to remind you all just how much a quick comment at the bottom of our regulations pages helps others. We thank you for your input! Let us know if there’s anything we can do to make our service better for you.

Safe travels and in the kind words of Joe Overlease “don’t take cheap freight”!

State Certifications for Pilot Cars & Escort Vehicles.

2018 State Certifications for Pilot Cars & Escort Vehicles. Which states require pilot car certification?

Some states require pilot car and escort vehicle drivers to be certified operators before operating within their jurisdictions. If you are considering operating a oversize load truck escorting service you will be required to have certain “certifications” in each of the following states. For details on each of the states requirements as of 2018 this is a great place to start your research.

Oversize load.

Typical oversize load that does not require a pilot car vehicle. However, shipments slightly wider may required a pilot car in some locations.

Arizona – Colorado – Florida – Georgia – Louisiana – Minnesota – Nevada – New Mexico – New York – Oklahoma – Virginia – Washington

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASTO) in conjunction with the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration released the National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices,  specifically chapter 6(F) which applies to pilot cars and escort vehicles (also see; pilot car_and escort_best_practices_guidelines). Any escort vehicle or pilot car vehicle shall carry the following equipment items at all times when escorting a over dimensional, heavy haul or otherwise extra-legal shipment.

1. One two-way electronic communication device which enables the pilot car or escort to communicate directly with the driver of the extralegal shipment.
2. One 105 pound fire extinguisher or to 5 pound fire extinguishers.
3. One stop go paddle sign reflective for night movement no less than 18 inches across or tall with letters no less than 6 inches in height.
4. One night reflective safety orange vest shirt or jacket.
5. One handheld red flag no less than 18 inches square.
6. To oversize load banners that are yellow with black lettering (no minimum size specified. See below or state laws for state(s) working in.
7. One hardhat.
8. Three reflective triangles or 18 inch traffic cones.


We do strongly suggest any individual or company operating as a pilot car or escort vehicle be outfitted with the minimum requirements. For your convenience see the list below, or you may visit our pages on “Starting a new pilot car company“.

The basics:

  • 1 professional mileage book with room for notations and 1 journal book. Keep good logs and summary daily.
  • 5 – 36″ orange road cones with two strips of safety reflective tape at the top.
  • 5 – 12″ orange road cones (day use) with at least one safety reflective strip at top just in case (night use).
  • 1 – safety colored yellow or orange reflective safety jacket and 2 reflective safety vests.
  • 8 roadside reflective triangles no less than 16″ tall.
  • 1 dozen up to date flammable safety road flares. Write expire date in your journal book for later reference.
  • 4 red safety colored flags no less than 18″ square on 1/2″ wooden dowels.
  • 2 yellow signs reading “Oversize Load” no less than 12″ tall x 5′ wide with lettering 10″ tall and 1 5/8″ thick.
  • 1 – 2-way radio. We suggest a high quality CB radio with very high quality antenna.
  • 2 fire extinguishers. 1 – 2.5 lb and 1 – 5 lb dry chemical type or higher rating.
  • 1 safety colored red or fluorescent hard hat with reflective safety tape.
  • 1 very good all inclusive first aid kit. The more you spend the better. Familiarize yourself with everything.
  • Stop/Slow safety paddle sign no less that 24″ the same shape as a stop sign with a 5′ handle.
  • 2 flashlights that run on a minimum of 2 DC batteries with extra batteries.
  • 1 heavy duty set of jumper cables. The best pair you can buy.
  • 1 jump box with charge meter indicating level of charge. A jump box is an external battery used for starting vehicles.
  • Chains for all 4 wheels of your vehicle for snow covered passes or iced roads.
  • 2 two way radios fully charged with 2 fully charged batteries.
  • 1 GPS with good up to date quality mapping software that allows you to create way-points and also a good USA road atlas.

If you approach a state such as Louisiana, New Mexico or Utah which require pilot cars to stop and pay for a inspection at the port or entry (prior to leading or chasing a load) and you don’t have the minimum tools listed above, wave goodbye to your money and the permit as you’ll be denied and rightly so.  A pilot cars primary duty is to ensure the safety of the motorists. If you don’t have the basic tools required then you’re not deemed safe to operate in the capacity of a pilot car.  Below we will cover the specific details required by pilot car companies in order to become certified in the states that have certification requirements.

Details of State Certifications required for Pilot Cars. Which states require pilot car certification?

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Firetruck being shipped with signs and flags.

If you are researching and looking for a list of the states that require specific pilot car certifications you have found it.  Below is the list of each state requiring special certification for pilot cars and escort vehicles as well as some details about the type of certifications that are required, where to obtain them, fees, etc. Please feel free to add any comments to share with others at the bottom of this page.

    1. Arizona.

      The state of Arizona does not observe daylight savings time. Arizona pilot car certification: the state of Arizona says that pilot car companies or escort vehicles must maintain a certificate of certification that verifies the pilot car and operator successfully completed a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) program. Arizona does recognize equivalency programs completed in other states however the pilot car or escort vehicle operator must file an application in order to operate within Arizona State jurisdictions. For more information contact the Arizona motor vehicles division at phone number: 602-771-2960 located at 1225 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix, AR 85009. Office hours are from 8 AM until 5 PM mountain time Monday through Friday. You can read more about the Arizona pilot car regulations, requirements, permits, etc. on our regulations pages.

    2. Colorado.

      The state of Colorado requires that pilot car or escort company operators have a Colorado State Certification card when working with in the Colorado state jurisdiction. Colorado does recognize certificates received from other states such as Florida, Oklahoma, Washington or Utah as well as the SC&RA. If you do not have any other state certificate endorsements you may contact RSA Network, Inc. by phone at: 801–838–8199 to inquire about testing for your Colorado State Certification. For more information about Colorado regulations, requirements, permits, etc. visit our regulations pages.

    3. Florida.

      The state of Florida requires that pilot car or escort companies operators have to have Florida State certification or FDOT authorization. The state of Florida does recognize programs completed bike pilot car drivers from the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. In order to legally operate in the capacity of a pilot car or escort vehicle driver/company, you must obtain a certificate of completion by the Florida Department of Transportation pilot/escort training class. This class is offered by the Florida technology transfer Center. Inquiries by phone: 352-392-2371 or e-mail: 12assist@ce.ufl.edu. One portion of the Florida State Law requires successful completion of a National Safety Council 8 hour defensive driving course qualified by the state of Florida (or equivalent) by one of the above listed states as the same. So if you have already completed a similar course your credit may be transferable. Re-qualification is required every 4 years and this can also be done by contacting the University of Florida, PO Box 116587  Gainesville, FL  32611-6587.  You can read more about the Florida pilot car regulations, requirements, permits, etc. on our regulations pages.

    4. Georgia.

      The state of Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) requires pilot car or escort company operators to complete the Certified Escort Vehicle Program. In addition to this you are required to have a “amber light permit” when operating a pilot car or escort vehicle within Georgia state lines. If you obtain a “amber light permit” AND have completed a pilot car and/or escort vehicle certification program through any of the following states: Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Utah or Arizona you will more than likely be approved with proof of completion. The Georgia DOT also reciprocates directly with North Carolina, Florida and Oklahoma pilot car certification programs. If you have any questions for the Georgia Oversize Permit Unit you may contact them directly by phone: 888-262-8306.  You can also read more about the Georgia state pilot car regulations, requirements, permits, etc. on our regulations pages.

    5. Louisiana.

      All escort and pilot car operators who wish to travel through or work in the state of Louisiana are required to obtain a Louisiana Approved Escort Vehicle Permit. Escort vehicle operators and pilot car company operators can obtain a Louisiana state escort vehicle permit at Louisiana weigh stations. These permits can also be obtained online at www.dotd.la.gov. Look for the quick links section on the right-hand side of the webpage and click on truck permits. Once you’ve reached the permitting electronic routing bridge analysis selection then select submit application for annual permits and will get a list of annual permits on that page. The escort and pilot car vehicle permit portion will give you two options for submitting the application. You can submit it online or print the PDF form and fax the completed application to the truck permit office at: 225-377-7154. Any questions you may have pertaining to escort vehicle and/or pilot car driving permits and be addressed by calling: 800-654-1433 or 225-434-2345 and selecting option 1. You can also read more about the Lousiana state pilot car regulations, requirements, permits, etc. on our regulations pages.

    6. Minnesota.

      All escort vehicle and pilot car operators who wish to travel or work in the state of Minnesota are required to be certified. The good old state of Minnesota has two different types of escorts. Civilian escorts and peace officers. Learn the difference between the two. The state of Minnesota recognizes escort vehicle and pilot car operator certifications from the following states Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington state. Currently Minnesota requires drivers of pilot cars and escort vehicles to hold a current Minnesota State patrol certification. When working within this state all pilot car companies and escort vehicle operators must travel with a copy of their certification. If you are a escort vehicle or pilot car operator with certification already in the state of Colorado Florida North Carolina Oklahoma Utah or Washington you will be allowed to escort over dimensional loads within the state of Minnesota however you must have Minnesota insurance for the vehicle the driver the signage delighting and all safety equipment requirements must be met. For more information you can contact Erik Gohl at: 952-995-1346 fax: 952-995-1331 or visit their website:  www.hennepintech.edu/cts/pages/1233 who is the pilot car and escort driver class administrator at Hennepin Technical College,  customized training services located at: 13100 College View Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55347. You can also read more about the Minnesota state pilot car regulations, requirements and permits on our regulations page.

    7. Nevada.

      All pilot car operators and escort vehicles who wish to work in the state of Nevada must be certified and also obtain a amber light permit. At the time of this writing (May 16, 2018) the state of Nevada Department of Transportation does not have any particular specific certification program for pilot cars. However they do have in place a rather lengthy amber light law. We would strongly suggest that anyone considering escorting loads through the state of Nevada obtain certification in another state with stringent laws such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida or Oklahoma. You will still need a amber light permit to operate a escort vehicle or pilot car with in Nevada state jurisdiction. The amber light law basically states that it is unlawful for any person to mount a flashing amber warning light on the top of the vehicle without a permit from the Nevada Highway Patrol. The Nevada Highway Patrol will issue a permit to mount amber flashing lights on a vehicle upon written request. We suggest that readers such as yourself read our regulations page for the state of Nevada in order to research amber light specs such as how many times it flashes per minute and the distance its visible from. In addition to the amber light law if you anticipate stopping or slowing traffic you must comply to the stringent laws of Nevada state flagman. If it is necessary to warrant approaching traffic, each flagman must be wearing a solid florescent yellow or green material jacket or vest and equipped with a red flag and paddle readings stop in white letters with a red background. The sign must be a standard 18 inch two-sided stop and slow sign and be attached to a 5 foot pole. For further clarification on other items required please see our regulations page for trucks pilot cars and escort vehicles operating within Nevada state jurisdiction.

    8. New Mexico.

      All pilot car and escort vehicle operators working with in the state of New Mexico need to be inspected at the port of entry for a New Mexico certification inspection. You are required to approach the port of entry before any load you may be escorting reaches any scale house upon entry. Once pilot car or escort vehicle operators pull into the New Mexico port of entry you are subject to inspection. The officer conducting the inspection will require you to have two amber lights, oversize escort signs, a two-way radio, fire extinguisher, to outside rear view mirrors, the condition of the tires, three red flares and or reflectors, oversize escort signs and to florescent orange or red flags 12 inch in size or larger as well as a safety jacket and/or vest with a hardhat. The vehicle requirements are a minimum of 100 inch wheelbase, vehicle maximum capacity of 1 1/2 tons, a valid current drivers license and the terms of your insurance policy. Basically, you can expect a full on roadside intensive and thorough review of your vehicle and its equipment. For specific clarifications on vehicle specifications escort vehicle and pilot car operators should refer to our New Mexico state regulations page.

    9. New York.

      All pilot car and escort vehicle operators who intend to work within the state of New York must be New York State certified. To be certified as a escort or pilot car driver it is mandatory for all drivers as well as any persons acting as a flag person who intend on escorting oversize loads on the roads and highways within the state of New York regardless of where they reside obtain New York state certification. From the best of our knowledge no previous certification programs you may have completed will be accepted, credited or otherwise considered. For a list of New York Department of motor vehicle testing locations call 518-486-9748. For more information on getting certified or obtaining the New York certification manual you can call 418-457-1155 or 800-783-1685. We suggest also reading our New York state pilot car regulations, requirements, permits, etc. on our regulations pages.

    10. Oklahoma.

      All escort vehicles and pilot car operators who intend on working within the state of Oklahoma must be Oklahoma certified. The state of Oklahoma Department of Public Safety does recognize certifications and other states that do have a reciprocal agreement with the state of Oklahoma however if the operator of the pilot car or escort vehicle is a Oklahoma State resident they must have Oklahoma certification. The first order of business when operating a pilot car or escort vehicle within the state of Oklahoma is the certificate of insurance. Escort vehicle and pilot car vehicle operators must provide not less than $1 million of combined single limit or per occurrence or both of commercial liability coverage. Your insurance policy must protect the public against loss of life, bodily injury to persons and damage to property or bowls as a result of operating a escort vehicle or pilot car, or of the actions of the escort or pilot car vehicle operator or both. The state of Oklahoma will need to be listed as a certificate holder on your insurance certificate. In order to obtain your certificate from the department of public safety you will be required to take the course and the examination offered by the Oklahoma State University, phone 405-744-6049. The term of this certificate shall be for a maximum period of five years and will expire automatically after the date it was issued you can obtain more information on the certification training program by visiting: www.clgtokstate.com/escort.htm  or for more information about pilot car and  escort vehicle specifications please visit our Oklahoma state regulations page.

    11. Utah.

      All pilot car operators and escort vehicle drivers who intend on operating within the state of Utah must be certified and inspected at the Utah Port of Entry. Pilot car and escort vehicle operators who wish to obtain a authorized certification card may do so by participating in a authorized qualified certification program. A list of authorized instructors can be obtained by calling 801-965-4892. Pilot car and escort company drivers that live outside of Utah may operate as a certified pilot car or escort driver with another State certification credentials provided that the course meets the minimum requirements outlined in the Utah pilot car and escort vehicle training manual the department may decide to enter into a reciprocal agreement with other states provided these other states can demonstrate that their course materials are comprehensive and meet the minimum requirements outlined by the Utah Department of Transportation. Such agreements already exist with the Utah Department of Transportation recognizing the states of Washington, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma and the state of Florida. Any pilot car or escort driver certifications expires four years from the date the certificate was issued and it is is the responsibility of the driver to maintain current certification as well as a minimum amount of insurance coverage of $750,000 for liability insurance.Upon entering the jurisdiction within the state of Utah it is strongly advised that you have a certificate of completion that is valid and current with any of the above mentioned states. You are required to stop at the port of entry when entering Utah state jurisdiction. For more detailed information about Utah state pilot car and escort vehicle requirements please visit our regulations page.

    12. Virginia.

      The state of Virginia does require that all pilot car and escort vehicle operators be certified prior to performing the duties of a oversize or overweight load pilot or escort vehicle operator within the Virginia state jurisdiction. The state or Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does recognize certification programs completed by applicants from the following states: Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington however you must still apply for escort/pilot car operator  certification from the Virginia DMV. It is important for pilot car and escort vehicle operators to be aware they are required to carry their certification document from the state of Virginia with them while escorting any type of oversize or overweight vehicle configurations. You must have a valid drivers license as well. If you are requested by law enforcement or the Department of Transportation enforcement officials you must provide them with certificate program completion documentation. Failure to do so while escorting or piloting in oversize configuration will cause the shipment to be delayed until the appropriate documents are in place or another company with documentation replaces you. For more detailed information about Virginia state pilot car and escort vehicle requirements please visit our regulations page.

    13. Washington.

      And finally last but not the least of our 2018 State Certifications for Pilot Cars & Escort Vehicles update is the state of Washington. The state of Washington Department of Transportation does require pilot car and escort vehicle operators to be certified by them. They recognize programs and certificates from the states of Utah, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Colorado however pilot car and escort vehicle operators who desire to operate withing the state of Washington’s jurisdiction must be issued a official Washington state certificate. You can contact pilot/escort, flagging instructor Michael Blackman at: 509-684-7632 or contact the Washington state Pilot Escort official Jim Wright at: 360-704-6345 or you may visit the official state information page at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/commercialvehicle/ If you would like more detailed information about Washington state regulations, requirements, permits, etc visit our regulations page.

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Pilot cars or escort vehicles will be required to move a shipment of this size. Some states may require special certification.

State requirements for pilot cars and escort vehicles change from time to time.

It should be noted that state requirements for pilot cars and escort vehicles do change from time to time. The purpose of this page is to provide you with updated information that includes the rules and regulations of the states that do require pilot car drivers and escort vehicle drivers to have special certifications. It should be noted this page was written as a basic guide for pilot car companies and escort vehicle operators to use when researching which states do require certification. We strongly suggest if you are considering operating and any state under the capacity of a pilot car or escort that each state you intend on working in be contacted directly by you before entering that state. Also, in addition to state certifications and requirements always refer to the instructions on the actual permit issued from the state for that particular over dimensional or heavy haul load. The permit should list all responsibilities and detail as well as clarify any additional questions you may have during transit. In closing, remember as a escort vehicle driver or pilot car operator your number one job is public safety.

 

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Washington D.C. Shipping Regulations

2018 Washington D.C. Shipping Regulations.
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Trucking weight limitations.

Single axle: 31,000 lbs. per axle.
Tandem axles: 31,000 lbs. per axle.
Triple axles: 31,000 lbs. per axle.
Quad axles: 313,000 lbs. per axle.
Maximum weights are considered on a case by case basis. They will determine if you are eligible (considering proposed routing) at the time you apply for your permit. No single axle will be permitted to exceed 31,000 lbs.

Truck length limitations:

If you propose to move any shipment with a length that is in excess of 56 feet, you may be required to travel during night time hours only. Again, this is considered on a case by case basis. Any load that exceeds 80′ (feet) will be required to have a front (lead) pilot car (escort vehicle).

Truck width limitations:

Maximum width for legal travel is 8′ 6″. Anything in excess of 8’6″ (inches) in width will be decided on a case by case basis (considering proposed routing). Shipments that are in excess of 12′ (feet) in width will be required to have a lead pilot car vehicle.

Truck height limitations:

Truck height limitations are determined by the overhead clearance of any obstructions that may exists (or are proposed; temp, construction, etc) in the routing proposition you propose. Planning a route that gives you a minimum of a 6″ (inch) clearance is suggested. Any shipment that is in excess of 13′ 6″ (feet/inches) will be required to have a pilot car (escort vehicle) equipped with a height pole

Truck overhang limitations:

If overhang is in excess of 10′ (feet) from the rear of the trailer you will be required to have a lead vehicle as well as a chase.

Truck signs and flag requirements:

Shipments that are in excess of 8′ 6″ (feet/inches) are required to have “wideload” signs affixed to the front and rear of the truck and trailer. No flags are “required”. There are no sign size/letter specifications in the Washington D.C. laws but note they should be professionally printed signs.

Notes:

If you are in a situation where you have excess (extreme) widths and/or heights you will more than likely be required to travel during night time hours.

Pilot car (escort) vehicle requirements (PiloTrac):

No particular type of vehicle is specified in Washington D.C. laws. However, we do suggest a minimum wheel base of 72 inches. Pilot cars (escort vehicles) will be required to have a amber flashing (rotating) light mounted on the very top of the vehicle. We would suggest pilot cars have the minimum requirements by other states such as: slow/stop paddle, professional wide, oversize, long load signs, company name, address and phone on the side of vehicle, flares, safety vest, CB radio and a height pole if the shipment you intend on escorting is in excess of 13′ 11″.

Travel times and restrictions:

Travel is permitted 24 hours a day unless you are in the extreme excess as noted above in height, width and length. Shipments that are wideloads or overheight or over length may be restricted to travel between 10 pm and 5 am. If so you will not be permitted to travel from 7am til 9:30 am and 4 pm til 6:30 pm. During extreme weather conditions travel may be restricted. Weekend travel is allowed as well as weekends. The Washington D.C. permitting office will be closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Goof Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

 

Washington District of Columbia Department of Traffic
2nd floor, Potomac Bldg.
614 H Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001

Office hours: 9 am to 3 pm EDT
Phone: 202-442-4670
Website: http://www.EEOT.EC.gov

 

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2018 advertising opportunities in oversize trucking

Hello all!

We would like to update the photos on the site so we offer to you a advertising opportunity for 2018. 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.

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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 your consideration and will do our best to include your shot when we can. This is a awesome opportunity for actual website owners looking to get higher search engine placement via back linking, reciprocal linking to a website that has been doing the exact same thing for almost 15 years at the time of this writing. Just the link value alone will increase your position dramatically in search results.

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

2018 Advertising and oversize trucking.

2018 Advertising and oversize trucking.

Oversize trucking, heavy haul and advertising. Technology in 2018 demands strategic advertising…

It’s certainly no secret that the major search engines dictate who is going to get work and who is not going to get work. But in this day and age the average person browsing is starting to scroll past the paid ads and onto the real results which is great, but still. This is why oversize trucking companies and heavy haulers have got to play the same game everyone else does in order to get new customers. What were going to talk about in this letter is life skills for your company. It doesn’t matter whether you are currently using wideloadshipping.com or not. Many of these roles in fact most of them apply to the way the Internet works in general and how search engines operate. However, the first thing I’m going to talk about is how to maximize your use of the WideloadShipping.com load board or your company. After that, we’ll go over the the oversize and heavy haul trucking company directory and how it’s more beneficial to your company then you may know.

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There’s no time like the present.

Since were right about in the middle of the absolute slowest time of the year now is a good time to implement some of these strategies for your company so you can be fully ready to optimize your production for the 2018 shipping season. As you know it’s all about getting new customers so if new customers are what you need then new customers is what you will get. Let’s take a look at our load board and think about the way that most companies use it. If you’ve got a truck that hauled a load out to the middle of nowhere you’re definitely going to be more at the taking of brokered load just so you can get anything to get your driver rolling towards the yard and making a profit. With that said you’re probably just glancing through all the load to see what you can get quickly. Understandably so. But let’s take a look at the big picture here and that’s in landing what will call the “million-dollar customer”. Many companies are able to get that customer just by using the system on a day-to-day basis. However, what we suggest is maximizing your exposure in order to do this you’re going to want to at least communicate with direct customers that have freight that is within your weight class and within your transit lanes whether you can cover the load are not. In doing so not only are you helping to keep your trucks moving but you’re making new connections as well. Here’s how we suggest you do that.

Sharpen your pencil and work smarter, not harder.

Sharpen your pencil out and create an introductory template for your company that you can mail out to potential customers. Simply leave the “Dear Whoever” named place blank. That way you can easily insert the customers name into that spot. So what you’re going to want to do is send this email template to any customers who post loads in the system that are attractive to you. Once again, that have freight that is again within your weight class and the shipping lanes that you service. You’re going to find out that most of our customers would rather have the phone number of a company that they can trust to call and say hey trucking company here’s what we have what do you think were looking at? Rather than having the go to wide load shipping.com and plugging in all of their information on the load. It’s convenient for them to do it this way because they get instant results in speaking with you. Your email template will offer this opportunity for them to do so. This is how you optimize every cent you spend with us the and will also undoubtedly ensure you get that “million-dollar customer” much sooner than you would if you were just working the system for your open dates. Also, you can have your sales team give the customer a follow-up call as well as sending them the promotional email. However we do suggest that the salesperson is very soft and the content they are selling to the customer. The high pressure pushy sales tactics as you know don’t go very far these days and people tend to find it more annoying than anything else. We’ve got a few newer brokerage companies now that I won’t mention that have 2.000 and experienced kids that do nothing but call all day long and sell garbage. I will say the first letter starts with the T that’s it. Moving right along.

Information about the word “auto” and the web.

This brings us to our final topic in this newsletter which is the WideloadShipping.com oversize and heavy haul carrier directory. First of all I want you to understand that this is not intended to be a sales email to try to get you to put your listing in our directory. As I’m sure you aware we send out very few emails. It’s merely a good example that is right here of how things work. Realistically our directory will not make your telephone ring off the hook. However, having a company listing in our directory will do some pretty cool things for your company and here’s why. The way the search engines work and part of the way they determine who is going to be at the top of their list is by looking at what sites are linked to them. They figure if a lot of other sites are connected to your website by a link that people are telling other people there is valuable information there. Especially if the site that has the link on it contains related content. In this case equipment moving companies, oversize trucking companies and heavy haul shippers as well as regulations and pilot cars and all that good stuff is perfect. It’s a good example of one of the most valuable links there is. There’s another factor, how long has the website that is linked to your site been online and how much traffic do they get? In fact, a link to your site from a “link farm” or any other site that does not have good quality relevant content on it can actually harm your site and make it drop in search results. So you do want to be careful where you put links to your website at. You don’t just want to put is many links as you possibly can which is what “auto-link” posters and “auto-bloggers” do. This is a horrible thing to do to your own site and can be almost impossible to fix. Not only do you have to contact the owner of each site to request that the link be removed but you also have to motivate them to actually do the work involved with removing it. So, there’s no sense in bothering with that in the first place, it’s poison. Anytime you see the word “auto”, run in the opposite direction!

There’s more than meets the eye.

So with that said what a lot of people don’t realize is the link that you pay either 70 or $100 for depending if you want basic or premium is worth a lot more than that. If you were to contact an SEO expert (search engine optimization) and hire them to move your website up in the search engine results it would cost you at minimum $500 a year but realistically in between $900 and $1200, something that you can do on your own right here or with any other good quality directory. Ours has been published since 2003 so it’s history is nothing more than an extra plus for you. I can guarantee you 100% if you place a listing in our directory once it is re-indexed by the search engines your own website move up in the search results a minimum of 20 positions within 20 days if you take the time to add a well written (300 word minimum) keyword description about your company and the services you provide. Just so you know once again this is not an upsell by any means but for 2016 if you do purchase three states in our directory we will give you the fourth one for free. What you can expect besides your own website moving up in position is a few good quality customer calls a year that have good quality freight but are usually on the secret side of what they are shipping. These types of customers tend to be ones that do not want to publicly post their shipments because they may involve the department of defense, NASA, the treasury, the Hollywood industry and so forth. One thing you should consider in your online campaign other than being thrifty with your company money is the 300 word minimum description I mentioned above. It’s important that you don’t post the exact same information on other websites. This is called “duplicate content”and does not help you nearly as much as original content will.

Again I want to stress that this is not a sales email but rather an informational one. These tactics apply to all content related websites on the Internet. So by all means look for places where you can add your company information free. It’s getting harder to find that these days but it is possible. Also remember that you never want to associate yourself with a company that says that they can get your website more traffic and is using an auto poster to do that. The risk is simply too high and we have seen the results of such campaigns first-hand on other projects that we have managed. Treat your website as you would your own baby because that’s exactly what it is and it will slowly grow. It is up to you to determine if it will grow poorly or with high achievements. Remember that each thing you do contributes to the amount of money you will make not only over the course of this year but years to follow as well.

Locating your heavy haul/oversize trucking company

We welcome you to join in and post your questions, comments and any concerns you may have at the bottom of this page which is posted online here. We look forward to not only serving you now but also in the future!

Remember our new pilot car directory (PiloTrac) is live and geo-location based so you can locate pilot cars based on their location and equipment type. It’s also free with no signup required, just click and call!

 

 

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