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You can add/edit your subscription to our newsletters. All of our important updates and information is published to our newsletter subscribers first. Facebook follows and the rest is just word of mouth. If you want to be first on the list about important news, updates, software releases and more this is the list for you. We have two categories; trucking companies and pilot car companies.

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SaferTool

SaferTool

SaferTool makes your job much easier.

Out of appreciation to our dedicated users we have created a handy little tool that will enable you to research trucking companies that you are doing business with in just a few clicks. SaferTool is here!

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Have you ever wondered about who you are dealing with? Has their authority ever been revoked? What insurance company a trucking company uses? Are they a legitimate trucking company with valid authority? What their registered address is? Bond information, insurance provider, surety information, contract authority, brokerage authority or motor carrier authority and more? Our little tool will give you that information. If a company is properly registered in North America including Canada, Mexico their information is on the list or you have a problem. Best of all our little tool is free!

Why bother digging around in the clumsy safer database when our sniffer tool gives you organized information right at your finger tips.

Here is a snapshot of what information you can get:

  • US DOT Number.
  • Docket number or MC number.
  • Legal registered name of company.
  • Registered mailing and physical address of company.
  • Registered phone and fax number of company.
  • Authorities; common, contract, broker, property, private, household goods, passenger, enterprise.
  • If authority is active, pending or suspended for any reasons.
  • Insurance requirements: BIPD, cargo, BOC-3, bond and blanket company on file.
  • Comments placed in their file by the FMCSA.
  • Active/pending insurance providers with contact information and how much insurance they have.
  • Rejected insurances and the reason for rejection.
  • Insurance company history.
  • Surety bond provider and contact information.
  • Process agent contact information.
  • Revocations in authority current or past and why it was revoked.
  • Any pending applications, reviews, rejections, involuntary revocations.

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This software is 100% free and we do not collect any information about you, ever.  We do keep track of how many times it has been downloaded. This program runs on Windows operating systems only – sorry no Mac version yet. Download>Save>Run and you’re ready to start sniffing. Downloads from C|NET are certified secure so we implemented their download service for your protection. Click the button:

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Helpful hints on using the program;
Just enter a trucking company or brokerage company name, MC or DOT number and hit enter. Spelling, letter spacing and punctuation have to be exact for best results. Example; company name, llc not company name  llc. If you have their MC number or DOT number just enter it and click search and it will locate the file. You must be connected to the internet for it to work and have Adobe Reader installed to view the fully detailed reports.

Saskatchewan shipping regulations

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

 

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 Saskatchewan trucking regulations for oversize & overweight shipping.

Saskatchewan Province Regulations – Oversize Shipping, Trucking and Transport permits.



Saskatchewan Province DOT Trucking Information.

Physical address:
SGI
Over-dimensional Trucking Permits
2260 – 11th Avenue
Regina, SK  S4P 0J9

EmailCarrierSafetyPrograms@sgi.sk.ca
Help telephone line: 306-775-6969 or 800-665-7575
Fax: 306-775-6909
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Central Time Zone.

Click here for the Saskatchewan DOT Website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.
The Saskatchewan Truckers’ Guide is for all types of trucking but also includes over-dimensional information issued by the Saskatchewan Ministry of transportation.  Very useful and thorough.
Canada Ministry of Highway and Infrastructure Weights and Dimensions Administration Manual.

Legal Loads
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Length: 75′ overall long. Trailer length maximum is 53’.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 12,100 lbs on steer axle, 20,200 pounds on single axle, 37,400 lbs on tridem axle.
Overhang: Kingpin settings and trailer wheelbase positions are important.  Call to clarify.

Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:
Length: Since Saskatchewan Province has no said length restrictions your overall length approval will depend on your proposed route.
Width: No set maximums, depends on routing.
Height: No set maximums, depends on routing.
Weight: Saskatchewan is tough.  No single numbers, 48,000 lbs on tandem, 72,000 lbs on tridem, if you are over 60,000 lbs on tridem prepare for a bridge survey.
Overhang: No set limits, depends on routing.

Lights, flags and markers:
If over 102″ wide you will need amber lights for night running and flags for daytime travel.  A WIDELOAD or “D” sign is required for all wideloads over 10′ wide and “OVERSIZE LOAD” banner is NOT allowed.  If you are moving at night your banner must be illuminated with additional amber light in the center of the rear.  If over 10′ 9″ wide the cab of tractor must be mounted with an amber light.  If over 82′ long you MUST have a “D” sign or LONG LOAD banner mounted on the rear.  If not transporting a load you must cover ANY signs.

NOTES:  Lift axles are not permitted.  Flip axles can be used if trailer king pin to center distance is is less than 45′ 5″, the trailer is no longer than 53′ and the load is classified as NON DIVISIBLE.  A tractor wheelbase from the center of the steer axle to the center of the drive axle can not measure over 244″ unless you permit the load with a longer wheelbase AND IF they approve it.  This only applies to oversize permits and overweight will not be eligible.  A tridem drive tractor is NOT recognized by the Province of Saskatchewan except for moves that are large and NON DIVISIBLE, IF a tridem drive tractor IS allowed it MUST have a wheel base of no less than 260″ and no greater than 268″.  A spread axles trailer that has axles spacings of greater than 6′ is considered a single axle for weight calculations and is not allowed to carry more than a combined total weight of 20,000 pounds or 10,000 pounds per axle.  EXCEPT when in the case of when the object being shipped is NOT over 37,500 pounds loaded on the spread.  Please leave Saskatchewan experiences below.  This is a tough Province to get solid numbers out of and our viewers can use your experience to help them.

FROST & THAW LAW RESTRICTIONS: Saskatchewan Province does have spring weight restrictions and the roads and highways are dependent on conditions.  These restrictions usually apply to all secondary roads and not main highways.  Overall weight reductions may be imposed in some areas.  Check with Saskatchewan Province permit office for clarification.

Travel times and restrictions:
Holiday restrictions vary, contact SGI permit office to see if you can travel or not.  Daytime travel only for loads over 82′ in length, 12′ 2″ in width and 16′ in height.  No movement is allowed on Friday after 3:00 pm from July 1 until Labor day.  Night time travel is permitted if under the above maximums but must have amber lights on all 4 outer most corners and reflective sign on rear indicating OVERSIZE or LONG LOAD.

Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:
Length: If load is over 98′ on 2 lanes 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required.  If over 118′ in length 1 front and 2 rear pilot car (escort vehicle) is required.
Width: If a load goes beyond the center line of the road then 1 front escort is required.  If over 16′ 4″ wide you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear escort.
Height: Up to the permit office depending on route.  If over 17′ 2″ in height you will be required to have a bucket truck travel with you.
Weight: For over weight shipments it looks like an escort vehicle will not be required.
Overhang: Case by case basis.  Contact permit office for clarification.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:
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).

 

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 Saskatchewan Province DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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Maryland State Shipping Regulations

Maryland State Shipping Regulations

Maryland state shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and heavy haul loads over the roads and highways in the state of Maryland.

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Maryland oversize regulations.

Legal Loads.

Length: 65’ (48’ trailers) (53’ allowed on Interstate only with 41’ kingpin).
Overhang: 3’ front and 6’ rear maximum.
Weight: GVW 80,000
Tandem: 34,000
Width: 8’ on non designated highways – 8’6” on designated highways.
Height: 13’ 6”

Routine trucking permits.

Length: 120’
Weight: Less than 110,000 lbs
Width: 16’
Height: 14’ 6” – high pole required!

When you are required to have pilot cars.

Length: Over 120’
Weight: Over 110,000 lbs.
Width: Over 13’ requires 1 pilot car in front. Over 14’ requires 1 pilot car in front and 1 pilot car in rear.
Height: Over 16’.

Travel times and restrictions.

Times that you are not allowed to travel within the state or Maryland with oversize or heavy haul loads:

Daylight hours are defined as one half hour after sunrise and one half hours before sunset. You may not travel on Sunday. Saturday travel is permitted in till noon. Maryland state DOT has different curfews that have to be followed in areas with high traffic densities. Typically these hours are from 9 AM in till 3:30 PM. No travel is usually allow between these hours. The state of Maryland has many toll bridges and tunnels that may charge additional fees. You should contact the Maryland Transportation Authority (US-50:410–537–6601, I95: 410–537–1150, FC Key Bridge: 410–537–7600). Traveling on any of these toll roads bridges or tunnels. Always be sure to check your physical permit for curfew times. Especially if you are in excess of 45 gross tons 100 feet in length or over 12 feet wide. If you are over 14 feet by you will not be permitted to travel between the hours of 9 AM and 3:30 PM on any highway. Travel is not permitted on any of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The Maryland state DOT permit office for oversize and heavy haul loads is closed on the above-mentioned holidays as well as Martin Luther King Day, Columbus Day, election day and is also close on the day after Thanksgiving but travel is not restricted on these days.

Maryland DOT contact information.

Information and links for oversize and heavy haul shippers:

Maryland State Highway Administration
Office of Traffic Safety, Oversize and heavy haul division
Hauling Permits Unit
7491 Connelley Dr.
Hanover, MD  21076

E-mail: mdmotorcarrier@sha.state.md.us
Phone:  800-846-6435 or 800-543-4564
Fax: 410-787-2863 or toll free fax: 800-945-3416

Hours: are Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed noon to 1 o’clock).
NOTE: Single trip permits are valid for 5 days and costs $30 – you can view their fees. Also Maryland has a designated area for pilot cars which you can view here.

 

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 Maryland State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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Indiana State Shipping Regulations

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

 

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Indiana State Trucking Permit Regulations – oversize trucking and transport.

Indiana State Trucking information website is: http://www.in.gov/dot/business/permits/superl.html

Legal loads.
Length: 60′ (53′ trailers only)
Overhang: 3′ in front and unlimited in back as long as it does not exceed 60′ overall.
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs., Single axle: 20,000 lbs., Steer: 20,000 lbs., Tandem: 34,000 lbs., Tridem: 42,000 lbs.
Width: 8′ 6″
Height: 13′ 6″

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Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Length: 110′
Overhang: 3′ in front and unlimited in rear as long as it does not exceed 60′ overall.
Weight: 120,000 lbs. GVW, Single: 28,000 lbs., Steer: 28,000 lbs., Tandem: 48,000 lbs., Tridem: 60,000 lbs.

How to apply for trucking permits.
Motor Carrier Services Division
5252 Decatur Blvd., Suite R
Indianapolis, IN 46241

317-615-7200 Voice

Permits are valid for 14 days from the date of issue.

Pilot car – Escort vehicle requirements.
Width: 2 lanes and over 12′ 4″ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in the front.  4 lanes and over 12′ 4″ needs one pilot care or escort vehicle in the rear.
Height: 2 lanes over 14′ 6″ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in the front.  4 lanes over 14′ 6″ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in the rear.
Length: 2 lanes over 85′ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in front. 4 lanes over 85′ needs one pilot car or escort vehicle in rear.

Travel restrictions.
Travel permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. You can travel on weekends if less than 10′ wide.  If 10′ wide or over, you can travel until noon on Saturday.

 

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 Indiana State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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Illinois State Shipping Regulations for oversize and heavy haul.

Illinois State Shipping Regulations for oversize and heavy haul.

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

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Please share your expertise or knowledge of Illinois state shipping regulations with other visitors below.

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

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

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

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

Superload information:
Illinois DOT superload information.

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

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

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

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

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

When pilot cars are required:

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

Required pilot car certifications:

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

How to apply for trucking permits:

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

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

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

Hours: from 8 AM until 4:30 PM

Central Time Zone

 

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

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Florida State Shipping Regulations

Florida State Shipping Regulations

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

Florida state shipping regulations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to apply for oversize trucking permits.

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

You can visit the Florida DOT website for more information on oversize and over weight transport restrictions.
You can print up a single trip permit from the Florida DOT site and learn more about filing your own permits in this state by using our DIY trucking permits guide.

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

 

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