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Missouri State Shipping Regulations

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

 

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Missouri State DOT (MODOT) Trucking Information website:

Legal Loads

Length: It appears no max length is set but after 90’ requires a rear/chase escort.

Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW

Width:  8’ 6”

Height: 13’ 6”

Missouri routine heavy haul, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.

Length:  Over 90’ requires rear escort.  We assume routine would be up to 120’.

Weight:  Single 29,000 lbs., 36,000 lbs. on Tandem, Tridem axles 47,000 lbs., Quad axles.  This state is complicated on weight. See State website above or contact for clarification.

Width: Figure up to 14’ as a routine permit.

Height: 14’ 6” depending on routing.

How to apply for heavy haul, wideload and oversize trucking permits.

Missouri Department of Transportation, Motor Carriers, Special Permit Office
PO Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-2871
The normal hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 7:30 am until 3:45 pm.

Pilot Car – Escort vehicle requirements.

Length: Anything over 90’ requires one rear/chase vehicle.
Width: Two lanes total over 12” 4”’ wide needs one front up to 14’. Four lanes total over 12’ 4” wide requires one rear.
Height: If over 15’ 6” you need a high pole and a rear/chase vehicle and can only move from 6:30 -9:00 am and 3:30 – 6:00 pm on all routes. Over 17’ 5” needs route survey and bucket truck.

Travel Restrictions

Travel is restricted if over 12’ 4” wide in most areas to 6:30 am (or a half hour after sunrise) until 9:00 am then resume at 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm (or a half hour before sunset). If over 14’ wide no movement on Saturday or Sunday at all.  You may move Monday thru Friday but only. For now, consider this info as a basic guideline for estimates only. Please call the State of Missouri for exact laws. And always be sure to read the instructions on your permit(s).

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 Missouri State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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How to start a pilot car company.

How to start a pilot car company in 2018?

Over the years we’ve had quite a few people contact us and ask us how to start a pilot car company? Most of them we we’re able to help as much as we can but our staff is already in pretty deep with hundreds of pilot car companies weekly and literally thousands of carriers. It’s what we do and we’ve been doing the same thing online since 2003. After seeing some other content on the wonder web that suggested you could get your new pilot car company going tomorrow for as little as $500 we figured it would be a good idea to do what we do best. Help folks and be honest about it. So, we designed a package that is very detailed and inclusive that will steer folks in the right direction that are interested in starting their own pilot car business. While we do have to charge for our time the price is very affordable considering what we’re providing you with: inside information on exactly how the industry works and what you will be required to have to get your pilot car company in business and rolling down the road.

How to start a pilot car company.

How to start a pilot car company or business. This escort vehicle (pilot car) is clearly prepared for in/out of state.


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First things first when starting a pilot car or truck escort business.

Pretty much every state is going to want you to register your business with a minimum of a DBA or “doing business as”. You may decide you would rather start a corporation (Inc.) or a limited liability company (LLC.) once you get going but a DBA may be the right choice for you depending on the laws in your state. We strongly suggest that you talk to an attorney about what entity is best for you as each persons circumstances are different. There are many factors to consider like taxes, marital status, joint incomes, the amount of money you bring into your household and of course liability. With a DBA you can get your pants sued off of you in the unfortunate event you made a decision that resulted in property damages or worse hurt someone. Have you ever heard some one say: “you can sue my company but please don’t sue me”? Well, if your corporation or LLC is properly set up and you are working for it then it would more than likely be the corporate body bearing the responsibility resulting from your actions. But again – consult a professional attorney in your state. Once you have that figured out you can move on to considering obtaining your flaggers license and dealing with any state insurance and training qualifications that are more than likely going to be required. What we do in our “How to start a pilot car company” kit is explain all of the ins and outs that are necessary to get your idea off of the ground and get you into our industry. There is ALWAYS a shortage of good, professional pilot car companies.

We actually show you how to create your own pilot car business from A to Z.

  • How to figure out what type of business model is best for you to start your pilot car company.
  • Insurance requirements for pilot car companies and how to avoid any potential troubles.
  • Choosing a vehicle that meets minimum requirements in order to operate in the capacity of a pilot car vehicle.
  • States/Provinces that require pilot car vehicle operators to have certifications and where to get them.
  • What NASTO, SASHTO, MAASTO and WASHTO is and what regions they cover.
  • Required equipment (and suggested equipment by the FMCSA) and minimum requirements that will get you by anywhere.
  • How to get set up for hi-pole pilot car industry.
  • How to get customers so your pilot car company can start making money.
  • Tips on how to operate a pilot car in a professional manner to protect motorists.
  • Invoice templates and creating them so your new pilot car company can get paid quickly.
  • What is expected of pilot car vehicle operators from driver and pre-trip safety checks and planning.
  • How to create your own “package” to exchange with trucking companies. What you need and what you need from them.
  • Industry rates and what to charge for your pilot car service.
  • Online strategies on how to get your name out there and develop a serious online presence the right way affordably if not free.
  • Our contact information for purchasers of our “how to start a pilot car company” and help we can offer you.
  • We show you the real no-joke inside and outs of the industry from well seasoned professionals with well over 100 years of combined experience.

Next your going to want to know exactly what a pilot car company needs.

There are laws and legalities that govern exactly what needs to be on board a vehicle that is operating in the capacity of a pilot car company. We bring you completely up to speed on exactly what is required in 2018 from professionals that have over 100 years of experienced combined. Again, it’s pretty easy to get into our industry and make very good money locally and long haul but earning $500 a week easy and starting tomorrow, legally and properly in simply not going to happen! However, you can get your foot in the door affordably by following our small course and you can also make a lot more than 500 bucks a week – shoot our top runners make that in a day – seriously! This is NOT AN UPSALE and we’re not going to spew out a buch of business names we own. This is real and if you aren’t sure simply type our name (WideloadShipping.com) into the WayBackMachine (internet archive) and see for yourself. This is the end of our 14th year online doing the exact same thing. This site didn’t set for 5 or 10 years until it was developed as we knew what we wanted to do the day we purchased the name. Our point is this: if you want to start a pilot car company and you want to do it right, do it with a company that cares about the industry and has a good, solid, well established name.

To start a pilot car business you need to know where to get business!

In order to properly start any company you need to know where to go in order to get work. In our training kit (How to start a pilot car company) we show you exactly where to go and how to go about getting customers. Not only that but we also show you how to set yourself up where it counts the most so you actually have an online presence and are in the mix with oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies. After all, that’s the business industry we service: oversize, heavy-haul and pilot car companies. Not only that but our industry needs new dependable and reliable pilot car companies so the more we can bring on the better! Think long and hard when considering purchasing our pilot car company business starter kit before trying to just go on your own with web searches and word of mouth. We cut straight to the chase and show you exactly what you will need and where to get it.

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You need to know this. Once you order, we will see your order and email you your Pilot Car Business started with within 24 hours from the time of your purchase. Usually it will only take us a few minutes to fulfill your order but in consideration or holidays, weekends and the fact that we are located in the Pacific time zone it may take a little bit longer. Once your order is received by us we will email it directly to the email address that was used in the order. If for some reason you think your order was not done properly please use this form to contact us (at bottom of page) and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. We deal with literally thousands of companies each and every week and have very few if any dissatisfied customers.

The coolest part is if you order in 2018 we’ll knock $20 off our regular price of $129.00


Delaware State Shipping Regulations

2018 Delaware state shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking over the roads and highways in the state of Delaware.

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Delaware Oversize Shipping Trucking & Transport.


Legal Loads.

Length: 60’ (53’ trailer)
Overhang: 3’ front; 6’ rear (included in legal allowable length)
Weight: GVW  80,000 lbs., or 20,000 lbs. per axle.

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Routine trucking & transport permits.

Length: 100’
Overhang: over 5’ must be permitted
Weight: GVW 120,000
Width:  14’
Height: 15’

How to apply for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

Delaware Department of Transportation
DMV DELDOT Hauling Permits Section
PO Drawer E, Room 208
Dover, DE  19903

Phone: 302-744-2700
Hours: 8 AM until 4:30 PM
Website: www.osow.deldot.gov
E-mail: haulpermit@state.de.us

Basic Oversize permit is valid for 5 days and costs $10

Pilot Car – Escort Car Requirements.

Width over 12’ requires 1 escort car, over 14’ requires 2 escort cars, over 15’ requires State Police escort.
Length over 100’ requires 1 car, over 110’ requires 2 cars, over 120’ requires State Police escort.
Height: None unless specified on permit after obtained.

Travel times and restrictions.

Travel is permitted from sunrise to sunset with no weekend travel permitted. Travel is also prohibited on the following holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Election Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. On days preceding a holiday day movement must stop at 12 noon. Movement may continue the day following the holiday after 12 noon. Be certain to refer to your oversize or heavy-haul trucking permit for any other instructions.

Cities in Delaware: Arden village, Ardencroft village, Ardentown village, Bear, Bellefonte, Bethany Beach, Bethel, Blades, Bowers, Bridgeville, Brookside, Camden, Cheswold, Claymont, Clayton, Dagsboro, Delaware City, Delmar, Dewey Beach, Dover, Dover Base Housing, Edgemoor, Ellendale, Elsmere, Farmington, Felton, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Frederica, Georgetown, Glasgow, Greenville, Greenwood, Harrington, Hartly, Henlopen Acres, Highland Acres, Hockessin, Houston, Kent Acres, Kenton, Laurel, Leipsic, Lewes, Little Creek, Long Neck, Magnolia, Middletown, Milford, Millsboro, Millville, Milton, Newark, New Castle, Newport, North Star, Ocean View, Odessa, Pike Creek, Rehoboth Beach, Rising Sun-Lebanon, Riverview, Rodney Village, Seaford, Selbyville, Slaughter Beach, Smyrna, South Bethany, Townsend, Viola, Wilmington, Wilmington Manor, Woodside, Woodside East, Wyoming.

 

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 Delaware State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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2018 British Columbia shipping regulations

2018 British Columbia shipping regulations

2018 British Columbia DOT shipping regulations. Laws, regulations, rules and limitations for oversize/heavy-haul trucking in the Province of British Columbia.

British Columbia DOT regulations for oversize shipping.

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Legal load limits.
British Columbia legal load limits:

Length:  14.65 meters (48.06′) from the kingpin to the rear most portion of the trailer. No combinations in length over 23 meters (75.45′) overall without a permit. A 53 foot semi-trailer is allowed provided the lift axle is raised.
Width: No shipment may travel if in excess of 2.6 meters in width (without a permit) unless it is a shipment of hay which is limited to 3.1 meters (122″) or rear view mirrors which are limited to 30 cm (11.81 inches)on each side, additional auxiliary devices are allowed 30 cm (11.81 inches) and tires are allowed an additional 10 cm.
Height: No shipment may travel if larger than 4.15 meters (163″) in height without a permit.
Weight: Single axle: 9,100 kg (20,062 lbs) and the same for tandem and tridum axles. A tridem pole trailer: gross weight on any two adjacent axles in a tridum axle group must not exceed 17,000 kg (37,478 lbs). The maximum licensed gross vehicle weight of a vehicle or combination of vehicles must not exceed 63,500 kg* (139,994 lbs) without a permit (see; en B.C Regulation 95/2006, s. 3.)* THIS AMOUNT SEEMS EXCESSIVE. THIS IS THE NUMBER OUR RESEARCH PRODUCED. See; reference link below in “notes” under “maximum gross weight”.
Notes: Not matter what a permit states if there is a sign posted on a highway or road that contradicts your permit the sign will take precedence over the permit so you must immediately stop traveling and get clarification. Section reference: Copyright Queens Printer Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Overhang: 1m in front and .061 – which seems a little odd to us as the rear maximum seems short. Please contact the BC DOT to verify.

Routine trucking permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the British Columbia DOT routinely:

Length: 27.5 meters (90 feet, 2 and 43/64 fourths on an inch) in the maximum length for a routine permit in B. C.
Width: 4.4 meters (14 feet, 5 and 15/64 fourths of an inch) is the maximum with you will get from BC DOT on a routine permit.
Height: There is no number provided. The British Columbia DOT permit office wants to assess every load that is over height based on intended routing.
Weight: This is the same as height. They will not give you a solid number for routine. We are going to suggest 63,500 kg (134,994 lbs) since we had trouble locating what we feel was a reasonable maximum limit above for “legal loads limits”. we sure welcome your comments below.
Overhang: 6.5 meters (21 feet, 3 and 29/32 seconds of an inch) for routine permits for overhang.

NOTES: If your shipment is oversize AND overweight you will be required to have two separate permits. Oversize loads are required to have safety flags no less than 16″ x 16″ (46.64 cm) square and be red in color.

Superload information- extraordinary loads.
British Columbia superload information:

Superloads in British Columbia or “extraordinary loads” are defined by the DOT any shipment that is in excess of 85,000 kilograms GVW in weight, 4.4 meters (14 feet, 5 and 15/64ths of an inch) in width, 4.88 meters (16 feet and 1/8th inches) in overall height. Depending on your route you may not be classified as a “Superload” as the British Columbia DOT has  pre-approved designated routes. You can find more (limited) information on super or extraordinary loads here.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.
British Columbia DOT travel times and restrictions for oversize and overweight trucking:

The rule of daylight is defined as 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset in B. C. No travel is allowed after 2 PM on Friday until 12:01 AM on Monday for any load in excess of 3.8 meters (12′ 6″) in width. If your shipment is over 3.5 meters (11′ 6″) in width you are only allowed to travel during daylight hours only with the exception of the Peace River region. For holiday travel restrictions you may not travel after 2 PM on the day before the holiday and after 12:01 on the day after the holiday. Holidays are New Years day, Provincial day, Good Friday, Victoria day, Canada day, Family day, Labour day, Thanksgiving day, Remembrance day, Christmas day and Boxing day.

When pilot cars are required.
British Columbia DOT requires a pilot car (escort vehicle) to accompany your shipment if you are in excess of any of the following dimensions or weights:

Length: For shipments in excess of 27.5 meters (90′) in length you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle) on all roads. For shipments over 27.5 meters (90′) in length 1 front pilot car/escort and 1 rear pilot car/escort is required.
Width: Shipments in excess of 3.5 meters (11′ 6″) wide you will be required to have 1 front pilot car on two lane roads or 1 rear pilot car/escort on multiple lane roads. In some cases a beacon light may be substituted. In many cases night travel is granted at 304.8 cm (10′ wide). If granted night travel you may be required to have 1 pilot car/escort in the front if your shipment is over 3.2 meters (10′ 5 and 63/64 fourths of an inch”) in width. Shipments that are over 3.5 meters (11′ 5 and 51/64 fourths of an inch”) wide up to 4.4 meters (14′ 5 and 15/64 fourths of an inch) require 1 front pilot car/escort vehicle. Shipments that are over 3.5 meters (11′ 5 and 51/64 fourths of an inch”) wide are permitted to travel at night only.
Height: Depending on your route the BC DOT permit office will determine if you are required to have a pilot car/escort vehicle.
Weight: Weight is on a case by case basis. As long as your shipment can maintain the minimum required speed limit you will probably not be required to have a pilot car/escort by the British Columbia DOT permits office.
Overhang: If you are have more than 6.5 meters (21′ 3 and 29/32 seconds of an inch) of overhang you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car/escort.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements for operating in British Columbia:

Pilot car/escort vehicle operators at this time are only required to: 1.) have a valid drivers license and 2.) be over 18 years of age.  We are getting reports that a certification program is in the works but at the time of this update (March 2, 2014) these above 3 requirements are all that is needed to operate a “pilot car” or “escort vehicle” within the Province of British Columbia (see comments below for more information). Also see; British Columbia Pilot Cars laws. Your vehicle is required to have a lighted sign box that is a minimum of 180 cm x 35 cm x 10 cm (72″ x 14″ x 4″),  have 2 – flashing lights mounted on the top of the sign box on each side with 2 amber strobe or rotating lights a minimum of 203 mm (8″) mounted between the flashing lights on top of the box as well.

The minimum acceptable size for a rotating amber light is 15 cm in diameter and for strobe lights 11 cm in diameter. Either type of lamp must emit light flashes in 360 degrees.

The sign box must light up and be visible from a minimum distance of 200 meters. The sign box must have either a red and white D sign or a yellow with black lettering stating “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDE LOAD”,  OR “LONG LOAD”. If you have the “D” sign your letter must be no less than 20 cm (8″) in height with a 4 cm (1 5/8″) line thickness. If you have the yellow sign your lettering must be no less than 20 cm (8″) with a 4 cm (1 5/8″) line thickness. The sign box must be mounted on the top of the vehicle and covered when not in operation. You are also expected to have the following items inside of the vehicle: CB radio or high powered 2-way radio, first aid kit, fire extinguisher type A, B & C of at least a 2 liters, 3 reflective road triangles, 3 traffic cones, reflective vest (worn while working), slow/stop sign, 3 red or orange safety colored flags no less than 40 x 40 cm (16″ x 16″), nose cone flashlight and a hard hat.

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

All trucks that are hauling oversize or overweight loads must have a strobe, flashing or rotating amber light mounted to the roof that is visible from 360 degrees at a minimum distance of 200 meters (656′). All 4 outermost corners of the overall shipment and any obtrusive points must have flags mounted to them that are safety red or orange in color no less than 40 cm x 40 cm (16″ x 16″) and have the flags exchanged for lighting if moving during the night. A sign stating the nature of the load; “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDE LOAD” or “LONG LOAD” must be mounted to the front and rear of the overall shipment. Signs must be a minimum of 12′ in height and 6′ in width with a yellow background and black letting with lettering thickness no less than 4 cm (1 5/8″) thick.

British Columbia DOT & other information.
British Columbia DOT contact and other useful information:

British Columbia DOT – Central Permit Office
Telephone help line: 800-559-9688 or the have districts so click on area for phone and info.
Hours: 5 AM until 10 PM including all holidays – PACIFIC TIME ZONE.

British Columbia DOT oversize and overweight permit applications online.
British Columbia DOT oversize and overweight permits manuals.
British Columbia Province road conditions and closures.
British Columbia HOS or hours of service rules and regulations
 -.pdf document.
British Columbia DOT spring thaw and frost laws.

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 British Columbia Province DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

Alaska Shipping Regulations

2018 Alaska DOT shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits for pilot cars and trucking companies.

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

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Legal load limits.

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

Kenworth double trailers in compliance with 80,000 pounds GVW laws.

Alaska requires any shipment over the weight of 80,000 pounds to have a special trip permit.

Routine trucking permits.

Trucking oversize and overweight permit limits:

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

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

When a pilot car is required.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) requirements:

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

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

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

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

Required shipment markings & flags.

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

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

Pilot car certifications & requirements.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications & requirements:

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

Travel times and restrictions.

Travel times and restrictions:

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

Areas of high traffic densities are restricted from 7:00-8 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:

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 DOT & information.

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
Fax: 907-365-1204
Permit office hours: 8 AM – 5 PM
PACIFIC STANDARD TIME

Alaska state DOT website with all kinds of permit info, forms, manuals, etc here. Alaska heavy-haul and oversize trucking laws.
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Alaska road closure information.

Cities in Alaska: Adak, Akhiok, Akiachak, Akiak, Akutan, Alakanuk, Alatna, Alcan Border, Aleknagik, Aleneva, Allakaket, Alpine, Ambler, Anaktuvuk Pass, Anchorage municipality, Anchor Point, Anderson, Angoon, Aniak, Anvik, Arctic Village, Atka, Atmautluak, Atqasuk, Attu Station, Barrow, Bear Creek, Beaver, Beluga, Bethel, Bettles, Big Delta, Big Lake, Birch Creek, Brevig Mission, Buckland, Buffalo Soapstone, Butte, Cantwell, Central, Chalkyitsik, Chase, Chefornak, Chenega, Chevak, Chickaloon, Chicken, Chignik, Chignik Lagoon, Chignik Lake, Chiniak, Chisana, Chistochina, Chitina, Chuathbaluk, Circle, Clam Gulch, Clark’s Point, Coffman Cove, Cohoe, Cold Bay, Coldfoot, College, Cooper Landing, Copper Center, Copperville, Cordova, Covenant Life, Craig, Crooked Creek, Crown Point, Cube Cove, Deering, Delta Junction, Deltana, Diamond Ridge, Dillingham, Diomede, Dot Lake, Dot Lake Village, Dry Creek, Eagle, Eagle Village, Edna Bay, Eek, Egegik, Eielson AFB, Ekwok, Elfin Cove, Elim, Emmonak, Ester, Evansville, Excursion Inlet, Fairbanks, False Pass, Farm Loop, Ferry, Fishhook, Flat, Fort Greely, Fort Yukon, Four Mile Road, Fox, Fox River, Fritz Creek, Funny River, Gakona, Galena, Gambell, Game Creek, Gateway, Glacier View, Glennallen, Golovin, Goodnews Bay, Grayling, Gulkana, Gustavus, Haines, Halibut Cove, Happy Valley, Harding-Birch Lakes, Healy, Healy Lake, Hobart Bay, Hollis, Holy Cross, Homer, Hoonah, Hooper Bay, Hope, Houston, Hughes, Huslia, Hydaburg, Hyder, Igiugig, Iliamna, Ivanof Bay, Juneau city and borough, Kachemak, Kake, Kaktovik, Kalifornsky, Kaltag, Karluk, Kasaan, Kasigluk, Kasilof, Kenai, Kenny Lake, Ketchikan, Kiana, King Cove, King Salmon, Kipnuk, Kivalina, Klawock, Klukwan, Knik-Fairview, Knik River, Kobuk, Kodiak, Kodiak Station, Kokhanok, Koliganek, Kongiganak, Kotlik, Kotzebue, Koyuk, Koyukuk, Kupreanof, Kwethluk, Kwigillingok, Lake Louise, Lake Minchumina, Lakes, Larsen Bay, Lazy Mountain, Levelock, Lime Village, Livengood, Lowell Point, Lower Kalskag, Lutak, McCarthy, McGrath, McKinley Park, Manley Hot Springs, Manokotak, Marshall, Meadow Lakes, Mekoryuk, Mendeltna, Mentasta Lake, Metlakatla, Meyers Chuck, Miller Landing, Minto, Moose Creek, Moose Pass, Mosquito Lake, Mountain Village, Mud Bay, Naknek, Nanwalek, Napakiak, Napaskiak, Naukati Bay, Nelchina, Nelson Lagoon, Nenana, New Allakaket, Newhalen, New Stuyahok, Newtok, Nightmute, Nikiski, Nikolaevsk, Nikolai, Nikolski, Ninilchik, Noatak, Nome, Nondalton, Noorvik, North Pole, Northway, Northway Junction, Northway Village, Nuiqsut, Nulato, Nunapitchuk, Old Harbor, Oscarville, Ouzinkie, Palmer, Paxson, Pedro Bay, Pelican, Perryville, Petersburg, Petersville, Pilot Point, Pilot Station, Pitkas Point, Platinum, Pleasant Valley, Point Baker, Point Hope, Point Lay, Point MacKenzie, Pope-Vannoy Landing, Portage Creek, Port Alexander, Port Alsworth, Port Clarence, Port Graham, Port Heiden, Port Lions, Port Protection, Primrose, Prudhoe Bay, Quinhagak, Rampart, Red Devil, Red Dog Mine, Ridgeway, Ruby, Russian Mission, St. George, St. Mary’s, St. Michael, St. Paul, Salamatof, Salcha, Sand Point, Savoonga, Saxman, Scammon Bay, Selawik, Seldovia, Seldovia Village, Seward, Shageluk, Shaktoolik, Sheldon Point (Nunam Iqua), Shishmaref, Shungnak, Silver Springs, Sitka city and borough, Skagway, Skwentna, Slana, Sleetmute, Soldotna, South Naknek, Stebbins, Sterling, Stevens Village, Stony River, Sunrise, Susitna, Sutton-Alpine, Takotna, Talkeetna, Tanacross, Tanaina, Tanana, Tatitlek, Tazlina, Teller, Tenakee Springs, Tetlin, Thoms Place, Thorne Bay, Togiak, Tok, Toksook Bay, Tolsona, Tonsina, Trapper Creek, Tuluksak, Tuntutuliak, Tununak, Twin Hills, Two Rivers, Tyonek, Ugashik, Unalakleet, Unalaska, Upper Kalskag, Valdez, Venetie, Wainwright, Wales, Wasilla, Whale Pass, White Mountain, Whitestone Logging Camp, Whittier, Willow, Willow Creek, Wiseman, Womens Bay, Wrangell, Y, Yakutat.

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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.

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

2018 Arizona state shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations for oversize and overweight trucking on state highways and roads.

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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.”

All laws, regulations, rules and limitations are now set fourth in:  A.A.C. R17-06: Oversize and Overweight Special Permits “Administrative Rules”

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Legal load limits within the state of Arizona.
Legal load limits:

Length: Anything over 65’ qualifies as a over length load on non-designated highways.
Overhang: 3’ front or 6’ rear (make sure your route is approved for overhang this far as there are location variations).
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs., 12,000 lbs on steer axle.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 14’ on Interstate; 13’ 6” height on secondary roads.

Routine heavy haul and oversize trucking permits in Arizona.
Routine trucking permit limits:

Length: 120’
Overhang:  3’ front or 6’ rear
Weight:  250,000 maximum (Class C if over or see superloads). Single axle; 28,000 lbs, tandem axles, tridum axles, and quadem axles. Depends upon the axle spacings and tire size. Trunnion: 60,000. Gross Weight: 5 Axles – 104,000; 6 Axles – 108,000; 7 Axles 117,000. The weights depend upon the number of tires combined with the overall distance between each of the axles. Spacings on axles are tricky in this state. The Arizona DOT permits office will consider a number or factors but primarily bridges. If weights are excessive and trailer capabilities are even close to short of maxing out forget it. Pavement structural and stress testing and results will govern your overall capabilities.
Width: 14’
Height: 16

Note maximum speed is set at 55 mph for all oversize/overweight shipments.

Super load information for Arizona.

Arizona Department of Transportation
Maintenance Permits Services 
206 S. 17th Ave.
MD 004R 
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.8280 or 8176
Fax: 602.712.3380

If a shipment exceeds any of the following it is classified as a superload and will require a class C permit. 120′ in length, 14′ in width, 16′ in height or 250,000 pounds in weight.

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.

Class C Permits are valid on state and interstate highways only. Transporters must check with local jurisdictions for authorization to travel on roadways that are not under ADOT jurisdiction. When submitting an application include a note in the comment field on the 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.

Engineering analysis fees. A base fee of $125 per 50-mile increment is charged on shipments that do not meet Arizona Administrative Code R17-6-411, Tables 3.01 through 3.09. Prior to issuance of a permit, all analysis fees must be paid online or sent by mail. Engineering analysis fees must be received by the Class C Permits Office prior to any engineering analysis is performed. Shipments that are in excess of 250,000 lbs over axle weight, or in excess of the posted bridge weights are analyzed by the ADOT Bridge Preservation Services. “Engineering analysis may take up to two weeks. Certified weights are required. Failure to provide the correct weights may require a second analysis to be performed by the ADOT Bridge Preservation Services and will incur a new analysis fee”.

Once issued, if your Class C Permit requires you to obtain law enforcement escorts, you may use your EZ Pay account to pay for Department of Public Safety (DPS) Escorts. To create an EZ Pay account, contact a Service Arizona Business Coordinator at 602.712.4039, or email to address above. To schedule law enforcement escorts after you have been issued a Arizona class C permit, contact the DPS Escort Scheduler at 602.223.2855.

For mobile home shipments:

The requirements for an “Easy” C  Mobile Home Permit are similar to those for a regular Class C permit except the “Easy” C permit does not require a bridge-engineering analysis and is issued only to vehicles that do not exceed all of the following weight and size dimensions:

  • 16 feet wide
  • 16 feet high
  • 120 feet in overall length (vehicle and load combination length)
  • 80,000 pounds combined gross vehicle weight rating
  • Within statutory axle group weight limits

“Easy” C Mobile Home Permits can be requested and issued through 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.

Once you are issued a “Easy” C permit if you are required to have police escorts use the above payment method to submit your payment. You will be required to pay for police escorts in advance.

Travel time restrictions for heavy haul and oversize trucking in Arizona.
Permitted travel times and restrictions in Arizona:

The one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset rule applies.  Travel on weekends and holidays is permitted. Some loads will NOT be able to travel on weekends, please refer to the documentation on your permit to verify.  If overweight only you will probably be allowed continuous travel. Under 10′ of overhang, 10′ in width or 14′ in height will more than likely be granted continuous travel.

When pilot cars are required in Arizona.
A pilot car (escort vehicle) is required in Arizona when:

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’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck.
On Interstates: Over 120’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck.

Pilot car certifications in Arizona.
Certifications and requirements of Arizona pilot cars/escort vehicles:

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′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 5″ tall and 1 ″ in width. Vehicle must have 4 safety flags displayed in red or orange in color and be a minimum of 12″ of length 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.
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.

Required heavy haul or oversize shipment truck & trailer markings.
Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners & flags in Arizona:

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.

Arizona DOT oversize and heavy haul trucking permits and information:
Arizona DOT permit office information:

Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (ADOT)
1225 N 25th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009

Business hours are from 8am until 5pm (Mountain time M-F).
Oversize and overweight permit website: Arizona DOT permits.

Phone: 602-771-2960 or for Class C permits: 602-712-8176 or 8280
E-mail: ECDePROSupport@azdot.gov

Arizona cities: Ajo, Ak-Chin Village, Amado, Apache Junction, Arizona City, Arizona Village, Ash Fork, Avondale, Avra Valley, Bagdad, Benson, Big Park, Bisbee, Bitter Springs, Black Canyon City, Blackwater, Bluewater, Bouse, Buckeye, Bullhead City, Burnside, Cameron, Camp Verde, Canyon Day, Carefree, Casa Grande, Casas Adobes, Catalina, Catalina Foothills, Cave Creek, Central Heights-Midland City, Chandler, Chilchinbito, Chinle, Chino Valley, Chuichu, Cibecue, Cibola, Clarkdale, Claypool, Clifton, Colorado City, Congress, Coolidge, Cordes Lakes, Cornville, Corona de Tucson, Cottonwood, Cottonwood-Verde Village, Dennehotso, Desert Hills, Dewey-Humboldt, Dilkon, Dolan Springs, Douglas, Drexel-Alvernon, Drexel Heights, Dudleyville, Duncan, Eagar, East Fork, East Sahuarita, Ehrenberg, Elgin, El Mirage, Eloy, First Mesa, Flagstaff, Florence, Flowing Wells, Fort Defiance, Fortuna Foothills, Fountain Hills, Fredonia, Gadsden, Ganado, Gila Bend, Gilbert, Gisela, Glendale, Globe, Gold Camp, Golden Valley, Goodyear, Grand Canyon Village, Greasewood, Green Valley, Guadalupe, Hayden, Heber-Overgaard, Holbrook, Hotevilla-Bacavi, Houck, Huachuca City, Jeddito, Jerome, Kachina Village, Kaibab, Kaibito, Kayenta, Keams Canyon, Kearny, Kingman, Kykotsmovi Village, Lake Havasu City, Lake Montezuma, Lechee, Leupp, Litchfield Park, Littletown, Lukachukai, McNary, Mammoth, Many Farms, Marana, Maricopa, Mayer, Mesa, Mesquite Creek, Miami, Moenkopi, Mohave Valley, Mojave Ranch Estates, Morenci, Mountainaire, Munds Park, Naco, Nazlini, New Kingman-Butler, New River, Nogales, Oljato-Monument Valley, Oracle, Oro Valley, Page, Paradise Valley, Parker, Parker Strip, Parks, Patagonia, Paulden, Payson, Peach Springs, Peeples Valley, Peoria, Peridot, Phoenix, Picture Rocks, Pima, Pine, Pinetop-Lakeside, Pinon, Pirtleville, Pisinemo, Poston, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Quartzsite, Queen Creek, Queen Valley, Red Mesa, Rio Rico Northeast, Rio Rico Northwest, Rio Rico Southeast, Rio Rico Southwest, Rio Verde, Rock Point, Rough Rock, Round Rock, Sacaton, Safford, Sahuarita, St. David, St. Johns, St. Michaels, Salome, San Carlos, San Luis, San Manuel, Santan, Santa Rosa, Sawmill, Scottsdale, Second Mesa, Sedona, Seligman, Sells, Shongopovi, Shonto, Show Low, Sierra Vista, Sierra Vista Southeast, Snowflake, Somerton, Sonoita, South Tucson, Springerville, Spring Valley, Stanfield, Steamboat, Strawberry, Summit, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, Sun Valley, Supai, Superior, Surprise, Swift Trail Junction, Tacna, Tanque Verde, Taylor, Teec Nos Pos, Tempe, Thatcher, Three Points, Tolleson, Tombstone, Tonalea, Tonto Basin, Top-of-the-World, Tortolita, Tsaile, Tubac, Tuba City, Tucson, Tucson Estates, Tumacacori-Carmen, Tusayan, Vail, Valencia West, Wellton, Wenden, Whetstone, Whiteriver, Wickenburg, Wilhoit, Willcox, Williams, Williamson, Willow Valley, Window Rock, Winkelman, Winslow, Winslow West, Yarnell, Young, Youngtown, Yuma.

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North Dakota Shipping Regulations

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

 

North Dakota heavy haul rules and limits for pilot cars.

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North Dakota State Trucking information website: http://www.nd.gov/ndhp/permits/permits.html

Legal Loads.
Length: 75’ overall on non-designated highways
110’ overall on designated highways.
Weight: 80,000 GVW
Width: 8’ 6”
Height: 14’

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Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Length: 110’
Weight: Steer 12,100 lbs., Single 24,000 lbs., Tandem 45,000 lbs., Tridem 60,000 lbs., 4 axles 73,200 lbs., 5 axles 103,200 lbs., 6 axles 118,000 lbs., 7 axles 126,000 lbs.
Width: 18’
Height: 15’ 6”

How to apply for oversize transport and shipping permits.
North Dakota Highway Patrol
Motor Carrier Operations
600 E Boulevard Ave., Dept. 504
Bismark, ND  58505-0240

Phone: 701-328-2621
Fax: 701-328-1642

Basic Permit costs $20 and is valid for 5 days.  Applications can be printed here.

Pilot Car – Escort Car Requirements.

Width: 2 lanes  over 14’6” requires 1 front pilot car.  4 lanes over 16’ requires 1 rear pilot car. 2 lanes over 16’ requires 1 front pilot car and 1 rear pilot car.
Height: Over 18’ requires 1 front pilot car.
Length: Over 120’ requires 1 rear pilot car.

Travel Restrictions.

Travel is permitted from sunrise to sunset.  Travel permitted all weekend up to 16′ wide or 110′ in length. Continuous travel also permitted if heavy only.  When hauling a dozer the blade has to be attached when over weight.

 

 

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 North Dakota State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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Alabama State Shipping Regulations

Alabama DOT oversize and over weight trucking permit laws.

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2018 Alabama state heavy haul and oversize trucking laws, regulations, rules and limitations.

These are the laws, rules and regulations pertaining to heavy haul and oversize loads on the roads and highways in the state of Alabama. The Commissioner of Transportation or other authority having charge of the operation, repair or maintenance of any highway or bridge is authorized to deny or grant permits for transporting vehicles or combinations of vehicles or vehicles and loads or other objects transported within Alabama state jurisdiction. With that said heavy haul trucking and oversize trucking within the state of Alabama is primarily subject to the following regulations, rules and limitations. We do ask viewers such as yourself to mention any variations of this information below. Sharing will immediately notify us and other viewers user so we can immediately update our information if needed. State laws for heavy haul trucking, oversize trucking and pilot car companies is constantly changing. We thank you for your consideration and visiting us.

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Legal load limits.
Legal Loads:

Length: Trailer length maximum allowed is 57’.
Width: 8’ 6” wide for most roads, 8′ for roads under 12′ in width.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs.
Overhang: 4′ in the rear and 4′ in the front.

Over-weight trucking is restricted to gross vehicle weights (GVW) under 80,000 pounds.

Heavy haul trucking shipments are restricted to 80,000 pound gross vehicle weights.

Routine trucking permits.
Trucking oversize and overweight permit limits:

Length: 150′ maximum length overall.
Width: 16′ if shipment is over 16′ in width you are NOT permitted use the interstate system.
Height: 16′ in total height.
Weight: on a single axle; 22,000 lbs, tandem axles: 44,000 lbs, tridum axles; 66,000 lbs, quadem axles; 88,000 lbs, 5 axles; 102,000 lbs, 6 axles; 124,000 lbs, 7 axles; 146,000 lbs, 8 axles; 168,000 lbs.
Overhang: 20’maximum.
Notes: Alabama state permitting department no longer uses the metric system. On shipments in excess of any of the above dimensions or 180,000 pounds proceed to the SUPERLOAD section for more information. Loads with weight restrictions are subject to a bridge analysis.

Superload information.
The following would qualify a shipment as a superload in the state of Alabama:

Defined as shipments in excess of any of the following dimensions/weights; over 250,000 lbs in gross weight, over 16’in width, over 16′ in height, over 150′ long. Anything of this nature will require special ALDOT approval. Detailed drawings will be required and need to include shop drawings of the item being shipped, the truck and trailer axle weights and spacings for both truck tractor and trailer. A letter from the manufacturer is required certifying the shipment is reduced to the lowest possible size and weight configuration as well as an explanation of why it can not be shipped by other means such as by barge or port. Loads exceeding 150,000 lbs. are subject to a full scale structural bridge analysis if bridges are in the route. A special weight authorization (SWA) is required from the permit office to initiate the necessary bridge rating section investigation as well. Night travel (9pm – 6am) may be required with a state trooper or police escort (minimum of 2 when travelling). A route survey will probably be required. The Alabama State Troopers Association handles all of the scheduling of police/trooper escorts after your superload permit has been issued. A lighting system configured from strobe warning lights must be placed on each extremity of the shipment in addition to basic requirements such as flags and oversize load signs. All rail road crossings must be identified and railroad must be notified in advance of your intent to cross as well as date and time. ALDOT will more than likely verify this with the railroad and not issue a superload permit until verified. It is the carriers responsibility to notify the railroad of each intended crossing. At each rail crossing you will find a small plaque with a phone number and a “crossing number” that identifies each crossing for submitting cross requests. A bucket truck is required to accompany loads that exceed 16′ 5″ in height and it is the carriers responsibility to show proof of “utility notification” for shipments in excess of 16′ 6″ in height. City or county approval is required for Alabama superloads as well, please see the Alabama list of county engineers for contact details. Superload requirements by the ALDOT can be read here.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.
Travel times and restrictions:

One half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Travel is allowed all day Saturday with NO SUNDAY TRAVEL PERMITTED. Shipments 120′ to 150′ in length are restricted from moving from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Mondays through Fridays. Travel is NO permitted on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The Alabama DOT state permit office is closed on these holidays as well as on Martin Luther King Day, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, Confederate Memorial Day, Jefferson Davis’ Birthday and on Veteran’s Day. More information on DOT permit office closure is available here. Travel is NOT restricted on these days.

When pilot cars are required.
A pilot car or escort vehicle is required when:

1 front pilot car (escort vehicle) is required for all loads over 15′ 6″ in height with a height pole will be required adjusted 4-6″ higher than the actual shipment. On some routes a high pole pilot (escort) may be required for even less heights. Two front and one rear pilot car (escort vehicle) is required for any shipment in excess of 12′ wide. Rear pilot cars (escort vehicles) for mobile home shipments may be replaced with two 5″ flashing, stobing or rotating amber lights. 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required for shipments over 85′ in length. 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle) is required for shipments over 105′ in length. 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required if overhang exceeds 10′ from the front of the trailer or 5′ from the rear of the trailer. There are special escort requirements for bulldozers, scrapers, loaders and other construction equipment being transported with a blade or bucket intact. However on some routes that are 2 lane roads may require 1 front pilot car and on some 4 lane roads 1 rear escort.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car or escort vehicle certifications & requirements:

A pilot car vehicle must be classified as an actual passenger vehicle to qualify, ie; car, truck, van, etc. A pilot car vehicle must be equipped with a strobing, flashing or rotating amber light. The pilot car must be able to communicate with and be in constant contact with all parties working in relation to the shipment by CB or 2-way radio. Also see federal requirements for pilot cars and escort vehicles. Signs mounted on pilot car vehicles must moderately fit the vehicle and not be obtrusive in any manner.

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

A sign will need to be mounted on the front and rear of any overwidth or overlength truck and trailer or combinations. Banners/signs need to be a minimum of 7′ in width, 18″ in height and be marked with black letters of no less than 10″ in height, with a minimum of a 1-5/8″ line thickness on a yellow or orange background. The actual words required are exactly as follows: “OVERSIZE LOAD”. Red flags must be a minimum of 18″ square and be placed at all 4 outer most corners of all over-dimensional shipments.

Alabama state DOT information:
Alabama DOT contact and  information:

Alabama Department of Transportation – Oversize Permits
1409 Coliseum Boulevard Montgomery, Alabama 36110

Phone: 334-834-1092 or toll free: 800-499-2782 – option 4.
FAX: 334-832-9084 – if this number has changed please let us know below.
Alabama DOT: Main page of the Alabama state trucking permits website. Alabama laws direct.
E-mail trucking permits:  alabamapermits@dot.state.al.us
Current routing detours: Here is the current ALDOT closures memo (if link is down visit main site).
Misc: Alabama DOT trucking permit manual – has a lot of good information. Escrow account customers may replenish escrow by credit card.  Contact: Mechelle @ 1-800-499-2782 and press option 4.
DOT permit office Hours: 7:00 AM – 4:45 – PM
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List of Alabama cities: Abbeville, Adamsville, Addison, Akron, Alabaster, Albertville, Alexander City, Alexandria, Aliceville, Allgood, Altoona, Andalusia, Anderson, Anniston, Arab, Ardmore, Argo, Ariton, Arley, Ashford, Ashland, Ashville, Athens, Atmore, Attalla, Auburn, Autaugaville, Avon, Babbie, Baileyton, Banks, Bay Minette, Bayou La Batre, Bear Creek, Beatrice, Beaverton, Belk, Benton, Berry, Bessemer, Billingsley, Birmingham, Black, Blountsville, Blue Mountain, Blue Ridge, Blue Springs, Boaz, Boligee, Bon Air, Branchville, Brantley, Brent, Brewton, Bridgeport, Brighton, Brilliant, Brookside, Brookwood, Brundidge, Butler, Bynum, Cahaba Heights, Calera, Camden, Camp Hill, Carbon Hill, Cardiff, Carolina, Carrollton, Castleberry, Cedar Bluff, Center Point, Centre, Centreville, Chalkville, Chatom, Chelsea, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Childersburg, Citronelle, Clanton, Clay, Clayhatchee, Clayton, Cleveland, Clio, Coaling, Coffee Springs, Coffeeville, Coker, Collinsville, Colony, Columbia, Columbiana, Concord, Coosada, Cordova, Cottonwood, County Line, Courtland, Cowarts, Creola, Crossville, Cuba, Cullman, Dadeville, Daleville, Daphne, Dauphin Island, Daviston, Dayton, Deatsville, Decatur, Demopolis, Detroit, Dodge City, Dora, Dothan, Double Springs, Douglas, Dozier, Dutton, East Brewton, Eclectic, Edgewater, Edwardsville, Elba, Elberta, Eldridge, Elkmont, Elmore, Emelle, Enterprise, Epes, Ethelsville, Eufaula, Eunola, Eutaw, Eva, Evergreen, Excel, Fairfield, Fairhope, Fairview, Falkville, Faunsdale, Fayette, Five Points, Flomaton, Florala, Florence, Foley, Forestdale, Forkland, Fort Deposit, Fort Payne, Fort Rucker, Franklin, Frisco City, Fruithurst, Fulton, Fultondale, Fyffe, Gadsden, Gainesville, Gantt, Gantts Quarry, Garden City, Gardendale, Gaylesville, Geiger, Geneva, Georgiana, Geraldine, Gilbertown, Glen Allen, Glencoe, Glenwood, Goldville, Good Hope, Goodwater, Gordo, Gordon, Gordonville, Goshen, Grand Bay, Grant, Grayson Valley, Graysville, Greensboro, Greenville, Grimes, Grove Hill, Guin, Gulf Shores, Guntersville, Gurley, Gu-Win, Hackleburg, Haleburg, Haleyville, Hamilton, Hammondville, Hanceville, Harpersville, Hartford, Hartselle, Harvest, Hayden, Hayneville, Hazel Green, Headland, Heath, Heflin, Helena, Henagar, Highland Lake, Hillsboro, Hobson City, Hodges, Hokes Bluff, Holly Pond, Hollywood, Holt, Homewood, Hoover, Horn Hill, Hueytown, Huguley, Huntsville, Hurtsboro, Hytop, Ider, Indian Springs Village, Irondale, Jackson, Jacksons’ Gap, Jacksonville, Jasper, Jemison, Kansas, Kennedy, Killen, Kimberly, Kinsey, Kinston, Ladonia, La Fayette, Lake Purdy, Lakeview, Lake View, Lanett, Langston, Leeds, Leesburg, Leighton, Lester, Level Plains, Lexington, Libertyville, Lincoln, Linden, Lineville, Lipscomb, Lisman, Littleville, Livingston, Loachapoka, Lockhart, Locust Fork, Louisville, Lowndesboro, Loxley, Luverne, Lynn, McDonald Chapel, Macedonia, McIntosh, McKenzie, McMullen, Madison, Madrid, Malvern, Maplesville, Margaret, Marion, Maytown, Meadowbrook, Memphis, Mentone, Meridianville, Midfield, Midland City, Midway, Mignon, Millbrook, Millport, Millry, Minor, Mobile, Monroeville, Montevallo, Montgomery, Moody, Moores Mill, Mooresville, Morris, Mosses, Moulton, Moundville, Mountainboro, Mountain Brook, Mount Olive, Mount Vernon, Mulga, Munford, Muscle Shoals, Myrtlewood, Napier Field, Natural Bridge, Nauvoo, Nectar, Needham, Newbern, New Brockton, New Hope, New Market, New Site, Newton, Newville, North Bibb, North Courtland, North Johns, Northport, Notasulga, Oak Grove, Oak Hill, Oakman, Odenville, Ohatchee, Oneonta, Onycha, Opelika, Opp, Orange Beach, Orrville, Owens Cross Roads, Oxford, Ozark, Paint Rock, Parrish, Pelham, Pell City, Pennington, Petrey, Phenix City, Phil Campbell, Pickensville, Piedmont, Pike Road, Pinckard, Pine Apple, Pine Hill, Pine Ridge, Pinson, Pisgah, Pleasant Grove, Pleasant Groves, Point Clear, Pollard, Powell, Prattville, Priceville, Prichard, Providence, Ragland, Rainbow City, Rainsville, Ranburne, Red Bay, Red Level, Redstone Arsenal, Reece City, Reform, Rehobeth, Repton, Ridgeville, River Falls, Riverside, Riverview, Roanoke, Robertsdale, Rock Creek, Rockford, Rock Mills, Rogersville, Rosa, Russellville, Rutledge, St. Florian, Saks, Samson, Sand Rock, Sanford, Saraland, Sardis City, Satsuma, Scottsboro, Section, Selma, Selmont-West Selmont, Sheffield, Shiloh, Shorter, Silas, Silverhill, Sipsey, Skyline, Slocomb, Smiths, Smoke Rise, Snead, Somerville, Southside, South Vinemont, Spanish Fort, Springville, Steele, Stevenson, Sulligent, Sumiton, Summerdale, Susan Moore, Sweet Water, Sylacauga, Sylvania, Sylvan Springs, Talladega, Talladega Springs, Tallassee, Tarrant, Taylor, Theodore, Thomaston, Thomasville, Thorsby, Tillmans Corner, Town Creek, Toxey, Trafford, Triana, Trinity, Troy, Trussville, Tuscaloosa, Tuscumbia, Tuskegee, Underwood-Petersville, Union, Union Grove, Union Springs, Uniontown, Valley, Valley Head, Vance, Vernon, Vestavia Hills, Vina, Vincent, Vredenburgh, Wadley, Waldo, Walnut Grove, Warrior, Waterloo, Waverly, Weaver, Webb, Wedowee, West Blocton, West End-Cobb Town, West Jefferson, West Point, Wetumpka, White Hall, Wilsonville, Wilton, Winfield, Woodland, Woodville, Yellow Bluff, York.

Alabama laws, regulations, rules and limitations for heavy haul trucking, oversize trucking and pilot cars.

Note: Alabama DOT requires you to sign their permit with red ink only.

Additional information:

Heavy haul and oversize trucking permit limitations.

Weight for single axle 22,000 pounds. Weight for tandem axles 44,000 pounds. Weight for tridem axles; 66,000 pounds. Weight for quantum axles; 88,000 pounds gross weight for five axles; 102,000 pounds. For six axles; 124,000 pounds. For seven axles;146,000 pounds and for 8 axle shipments;168,000 pounds

Maximum length is 150 feet. Maximum overhang is 20 feet.

Maximum with the 16 feet.

Maximum height is 16 feet.

If your heavy haul or oversize load exceeds any of these dimensions or 180,000 pounds please refer to the super load section. Any permitted load with a weight is subject to a detailed bridge analysis.

Super loads.

Heavy haul loads greater than 150,000 pounds or 16 feet wide or 16 feet tall or 150 feet long will require special approval. Drawings are required and should include axle weights and spacings. Heavy haul loads exceeding 150,000 pounds are subject to structural analysis. If any bridges are to be crossed moving a heavy haul shipment (with exceptions) you may be able to move at night with police escorts when hauling a super load.

Pilot car and escort requirements.

Front pilot cars or escorts are required for loads that are over 15’6″ tall and must have a high pole. Two front escorts and one rear pilot car is required when loads are in excess of 12 feet wide. Escorts and or pilot cars may be required for lower heights depending upon routing. A rear escort or pilot car is required on mobile homes and maybe replaced with 25 inch flashing amber lights in some circumstances. One rear escort is required if over 85 feet in length. Front and rear pilot cars or escorts are required on all loads that are in excess of 105 feet long. Rear escorts or pilot cars are required if overhang is in excess of 5 feet from the rear or 10 feet to the front. There are some special escort or pilot car requirements for bulldozers that travel in two lanes one front escort may be required and in four lanes one rear escort or pilot car may be required.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements.

Escort vehicles and pilot car shall be a passenger vehicle or pickup truck as well as a full-size van or station wagon. All escort vehicles and pilot cars must be equipped with a flashing or revolving amber light. All escort vehicles and pilot cars must be able to maintain constant contact with each other as well as the permitted truck via two-way radio. Pilot cars and escort vehicles must have signs mounted on them and must be modified if necessary to fit correctly.

Inclement weather travel restrictions.

Inclement weather may restrict travel times in Alabama such as conditions with poor visibility.

Travel times for heavy haul and oversize loads as well as weekend travel.

Travel is permitted one half hour before sunrise all the way until one half hour after sunset. Travel is allowed all day on Saturdays however no Sunday travel is permitted. Travel is prohibited on the following holidays; New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. The Alabama state permit office will be closed on these holidays as well as Martin Luther King Day, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, Confederate Memorial day, Jefferson Davis day, Lincoln’s birthday and Veterans Day. Travel may not be restricted on these particular days but you must refer to your permit for any particular instructions.

 

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 Alabama State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
 

Florida State Shipping Regulations

2018 Florida state shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations, for oversize and heavy haul trucking.

Florida state shipping regulations

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Florida trucking companies and pilot cars.
Locate trucking and pilot car companies that operate in the state of Florida:

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

 


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

Length: 75 feet overall. 48 feet semi-trailer. A 53 feet semi-trailer must have kingpin set 41 feet from the kingpin to the center of rear axle.
Width: 8 feet 6 inchecs (only 8 feet on some designated highways).
Height: 13 feet 6 inches (only 13 feet on some designated highways).
Weight: GVW 80,000 pounds (22,000 pounds on a single axle, 44,000 lbs on tandem axles and 66,000 pounds on tridem axles.
Overhang: 3 feet in the front or read.

Routine oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.
Oversize and heavy haul trucking permits routinely issued Florida DOT:

Length: 150 feet overall maximum.
Width: 16 feet.
Height: Up to 16 feet (14 feet 7 inches on some two-lane routes), if over 15 feet a written route survey will be required.
Weight: Tandem 44,000 pounds,  Tridem 69,000 pounds, quadem axles must have a minimum of 10 feet between groupings. 5 axles 112,000 pounds, 6 axles 122,000 pounds, 7 axles 142,000 pounds, 8 axles 160,000 pounds, 9 axles 195,000 pounds, 10 axles 197,000 pounds, 11 axles 199,000 pounds. You may be able to add an additional 1,000 pounds (up to 5,000) to each additional foot of outerbridge but this does not apply to all configurations. Heavy haul loads that are over a GVW of 160,000 (overall) or less must have a minimum of 10 feet between groupings as mentioned above.
Overehang: No set limitation on overhang. All shipments with overhang are looked at individually.
Notes:

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

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 after sunset.  Travel permitted on Saturday (possibly on Sunday) is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise only until 12 noon if under 14 feet wide and under 14 feet 6 inches tall but you must request “weekend travel” when applying for your permit. Weekend travel is not permitted on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Days before and after these holiday days may be restricted as well especially when 4 or 3 day weekends are observed. Heavy haul shipments that do not require escorts or pilot cars may travel continuously. Military shipments (MOBCON)will fall under different guidelines as noted on the permit. Be sure to clarify any discrepancies with the permit office before moving. Always follow the instructions on your permit.

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

Length: If shipment is over 95 feet long 1 rear pilot car is required. If you have in excess of 20 feet of overhang see below.
Width: If over 12 feet wide you will be required to have 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Some routes may require 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles. If shipment is in excess of 14 feet wide 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles will be required. If shipment is in excess of 15 feet you may be required to have a police escort in addition to a minimum of 2 pilot cars of escort vehicles.
Height: If shipment is in excess of 14 feet and 6 inches you will be required to have one escort vehicle. Over 16 feet in height needs two pilot cars or escort vehicles. Any shipment in excess of 15 feet in height will be required to have a written route survey.
Overhang: Rear overhang up to 20 feet past the center of the rear axle (or dolly) may require 1 pilot car or escort vehicle.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements.

Pilot car certification programs that are accepted within the state of Florida are the following: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. A “escort vehicle” or “pilot car” must be a vehcile weighing more than 2,000 pounds with a gross vehicle rating of less than 26,000 pounds. The operator of the vehicle must be certified by the state of Florida or one of the above mentioned states.

How to apply for oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Florida Department of Transportation
605 Swannee St., MS-62
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: 850-410-5777
Hours: 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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.

Florida cities: Alachua, Alford, Altamonte Springs, Altha, Altoona, Alva, Andover, Andrews, Anna Maria, Apalachicola, Apollo Beach, Apopka, Arcadia, Archer, Asbury Lake, Astatula, Astor, Atlantic Beach, Atlantis, Auburndale, Aventura, Avon Park, Azalea Park, Babson Park, Bagdad, Baldwin, Bal Harbour village, Bartow, Bascom, Bay Harbor Islands, Bay Hill, Bay Lake, Bayonet Point, Bay Pines, Bayport, Bayshore Gardens, Beacon Square, Bee Ridge, Bell, Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace, Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Belle Glade, Belle Glade Camp, Belle Isle, Belleview, Bellview, Beverly Beach, Beverly Hills, Big Coppitt Key, Big Pine Key, Biscayne Park village, Bithlo, Black Diamond, Bloomingdale, Blountstown, Boca Del Mar, Boca Pointe, Boca Raton, Bokeelia, Bonifay, Bonita Springs, Bonnie Lock-Woodsetter North, Boulevard Gardens, Bowling Green, Boyette, Boynton Beach, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Brandon, Branford, Brent, Briny Breezes, Bristol, Broadview Park, Broadview-Pompano Park, Bronson, Brooker, Brookridge, Brooksville, Broward Estates, Brownsville, Buckhead Ridge, Buckingham, Bunche Park, Bunnell, Burnt Store Marina, Bushnell, Butler Beach, Callahan, Callaway, Campbell, Campbellton, Canal Point, Cape Canaveral, Cape Coral, Captiva, Carol City, Carrabelle, Carver Ranches, Caryville, Casselberry, Cedar Grove, Cedar Key, Celebration, Center Hill, Century, Century Village, Chambers Estates, Charleston Park, Charlotte Harbor, Charlotte Park, Chattahoochee, Cheval, Chiefland, Chipley, Chokoloskee, Christmas, Chula Vista, Chuluota, Cinco Bayou, Citrus Hills, Citrus Park, Citrus Ridge, Citrus Springs, Clearwater, Clermont, Cleveland, Clewiston, Cloud Lake, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa West, Coconut Creek, Coleman, Collier Manor-Cresthaven, Combee Settlement, Conway, Cooper City, Coral Gables, Coral Springs, Coral Terrace, Cortez, Cottondale, Country Club, Country Estates, Country Walk, Crescent Beach, Crescent City, Crestview, Crooked Lake Park, Cross City, Crystal Lake CDP (Broward County), Crystal Lake CDP (Polk County), Crystal River, Crystal Springs, Cudjoe Key, Cutler, Cutler Ridge, Cypress Gardens, Cypress Lake, Cypress Lakes, Cypress Quarters, Dade City, Dade City North, Dania Beach, Davenport, Davie, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, De Bary, Deerfield Beach, De Funiak Springs, De Land, De Land Southwest, De Leon Springs, Delray Beach, Deltona, Desoto Lakes, Destin, Doctor Phillips, Doral, Dover, Duck Key, Dundee, Dunedin, Dunes Road, Dunnellon, Eagle Lake, East Bronson, East Dunbar, East Lake, East Lake-Orient Park, East Palatka, East Perrine, Eastpoint, East Williston, Eatonville, Ebro, Edgewater, Edgewater, Edgewood, Eglin AFB, Egypt Lake-Leto, Elfers, Ellenton, El Portal village, Englewood, Ensley, Estates of Fort Lauderdale, Estero, Esto, Eustis, Everglades, Fairview Shores, Fanning Springs, Feather Sound, Fellsmere, Fernandina Beach, Ferndale, Fern Park, Ferry Pass, Fisher Island, Fish Hawk, Five Points, Flagler Beach, Floral City, Florida City, Florida Ridge, Forest City, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meade, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers Shores, Fort Pierce, Fort Pierce North, Fort Pierce South, Fort Walton Beach, Fort White, Fountainbleau, Franklin Park, Freeport, Fremd Village-Padgett Island, Frostproof, Fruit Cove, Fruitland Park, Fruitville, Fussels Corner, Gainesville, Gandy, Gateway, Geneva, Gibsonia, Gibsonton, Gifford, Gladeview, Glencoe, Glen Ridge, Glen St. Mary, Glenvar Heights, Godfrey Road, Golden Beach, Golden Gate, Golden Glades, Golden Heights, Golden Lakes, Goldenrod, Golf village, Gonzalez, Goodland, Gotha, Goulding, Goulds, Graceville, Grand Ridge, Greater Carrollwood, Greater Northdale, Greater Sun Center, Greenacres, Green Cove Springs, Green Meadow, Greensboro, Greenville, Greenwood, Gretna, Grove City, Groveland, Gulf Breeze, Gulf Gate Estates, Gulfport, Gulf Stream, Gun Club Estates, Haines City, Hallandale, Hampton, Hamptons at Boca Raton, Harbor Bluffs, Harbour Heights, Harlem, Harlem Heights, Hastings, Havana, Haverhill, Hawthorne, Heathrow, Hernando, Hernando Beach, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Highland Beach, Highland City, Highland Park village, High Point CDP (Hernando County), High Point CDP (Palm Beach County), High Springs, Hiland Park, Hillcrest Heights, Hilliard, Hill ‘n Dale, Hillsboro Beach, Hillsboro Pines, Hillsboro Ranches, Hobe Sound, Holden Heights, Holiday, Holly Hill, Hollywood, Holmes Beach, Homestead, Homestead Base, Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Horseshoe Beach, Howey-in-the-Hills, Hudson, Hunters Creek, Hutchinson Island South, Hypoluxo, Immokalee, Indialantic, Indian Creek village, Indian Harbour Beach, Indian River Estates, Indian River Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Indiantown, Inglis, Interlachen, Inverness, Inverness Highlands North, Inverness Highlands South, Inwood, Iona, Islamorada, Islandia, Istachatta, Ivanhoe Estates, Ives Estates, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Jacob City, Jan Phyl Village, Jasmine Estates, Jasper, Jay, Jennings, Jensen Beach, June Park, Juno Beach, Juno Ridge, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Jupiter Island, Kathleen, Kendale Lakes, Kendall, Kendall Green, Kendall West, Kenneth City, Kensington Park, Key Biscayne village, Key Colony Beach, Key Largo, Keystone, Keystone Heights, Key West, Kings Point, Kissimmee, Labelle, Lacoochee, La Crosse, Lady Lake, Laguna Beach, Lake Alfred, Lake Belvedere Estates, Lake Buena Vista, Lake Butler, Lake Butter, Lake City, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Forest, Lake Hamilton, Lake Harbor, Lake Hart, Lake Helen, Lake Kathryn, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Lake Lindsey, Lake Lorraine, Lake Lucerne, Lake Mack-Forest Hills, Lake Magdalene, Lake Mary, Lake Panasoffkee, Lake Park, Lake Placid, Lake Sarasota, Lakes by the Bay, Lakeside, Lakeside Green, Lake Wales, Lakewood Park, Lake Worth, Lake Worth Corridor, Land O’ Lakes, Lantana, Largo, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Laurel, Laurel Hill, Lawtey, Layton, Lazy Lake village, Lecanto, Lee, Leesburg, Lehigh Acres, Leisure City, Leisureville, Lely, Lely Resort, Lighthouse Point, Limestone Creek, Lisbon, Live Oak, Loch Lomond, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Lockhart, Longboat Key, Longwood, Loughman, Lower Grand Lagoon, Lutz, Lynn Haven, Macclenny, McGregor, McIntosh, Madeira Beach, Madison, Maitland, Malabar, Malone, Manalapan, Manasota Key, Manattee Road, Mango, Mangonia Park, Marathon, Marco Island, Margate, Marianna, Marineland, Mary Esther, Masaryktown, Mascotte, Matlacha, Matlacha Isles-Matlacha Shores, Mayo, Meadow Woods, Medley, Medulla, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village, Melrose Park, Memphis, Merritt Island, Mexico Beach, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Miami Shores village, Miami Springs, Micanopy, Micco, Middleburg, Midway, Midway, Milton, Mims, Minneola, Miramar, Miramar Beach, Mission Bay, Molino, Monticello, Montverde, Moore Haven, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Mulberry, Myrtle Grove, Naples, Naples Manor, Naples Park, Naranja, Nassau Village-Ratliff, Neptune Beach, Newberry, New Port Richey, New Port Richey East, New Smyrna Beach, Niceville, Nobleton, Nokomis, Noma, Norland, North Andrews Gardens, North Bay Village, North Beach, North Brooksville, North De Land, North Fort Myers, North Key Largo, North Lauderdale, North Miami, North Miami Beach, North Palm Beach village, North Port, North Redington Beach, North River Shores, North Sarasota, North Weeki Wachee, Oak Hill, Oakland, Oakland Park, Oak Point, Oak Ridge, Ocala, Ocean Breeze Park, Ocean City, Ocean Ridge, Ocoee, Odessa, Ojus, Okahumpka, Okeechobee, Oldsmar, Olga, Olympia Heights, Opa-locka, Opa-locka North, Orange City, Orange Park, Orangetree, Orchid, Orlando, Orlovista, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Osprey, Otter Creek, Oviedo, Pace, Page Park, Pahokee, Paisley, Palatka, Palm Aire, Palm Bay, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Palm City, Palm Coast, Palmetto, Palmetto Estates, Palm Harbor, Palmona Park, Palm River-Clair Mel, Palm Shores, Palm Springs village, Palm Springs North, Palm Valley, Panama City, Panama City Beach, Paradise Heights, Parker, Parkland, Paxton, Pebble Creek, Pelican Bay, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Penney Farms, Pensacola, Perry, Pierson, Pine Castle, Pinecrest village, Pine Hills, Pine Island, Pine Island Center, Pine Island Ridge, Pine Lakes, Pineland, Pinellas Park, Pine Manor, Pine Ridge CDP (Citrus County), Pine Ridge CDP (Collier County), Pinewood, Pittman, Placid Lakes, Plantation, Plantation, Plantation Island, Plantation Mobile Home Park, Plant City, Poinciana, Polk City, Pomona Park, Pompano Beach, Pompano Beach Highlands, Pompano Estates, Ponce de Leon, Ponce Inlet, Port Charlotte, Port La Belle, Port Orange, Port Richey, Port St. Joe, Port St. John, Port St. Lucie, Port St. Lucie-River Park, Port Salerno, Pretty Bayou, Princeton, Progress Village, Punta Gorda, Punta Rassa, Quincy, Raiford, Ramblewood East, Ravenswood Estates, Reddick, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Richmond Heights, Richmond West, Ridgecrest, Ridge Manor, Ridge Wood Heights, Rio, Riverland Village, Riverview, Riviera Beach, Rock Island, Rockledge, Rolling Oaks, Roosevelt Gardens, Roseland, Rotonda, Royal Palm Beach village, Royal Palm Estates, Royal Palm Ranches, Ruskin, Safety Harbor, St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, St. Augustine Shores, St. Augustine South, St. Cloud, St. George, St. James City, St. Leo, St. Lucie village, St. Marks, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Samoset, Samsula-Spruce Creek, San Antonio, San Carlos Park, Sandalfoot Cove, Sanford, Sanibel, Sarasota, Sarasota Springs, Satellite Beach, Sawgrass, Schall Circle, Scott Lake, Sea Ranch Lakes village, Sebastian, Sebring, Seffner, Seminole, Seminole Manor, Sewall’s Point, Shady Hills, Shalimar, Sharpes, Siesta Key, Silver Lake, Silver Springs Shores, Sky Lake, Sneads, Solana, Sopchoppy, Sorrento, South Apopka, South Bay, South Beach, South Bradenton, South Brooksville, Southchase, South Daytona, Southeast Arcadia, Southgate, South Gate Ridge, South Highpoint, South Miami, South Miami Heights, South Palm Beach, South Pasadena, South Patrick Shores, South Sarasota, South Venice, Springfield, Spring Hill, Spring Lake, Stacey Street, Starke, Stock Island, Stuart, Sugarmill Woods, Suncoast Estates, Sunny Isles Beach, Sunrise, Sunset, Sunshine Acres, Sunshine Ranches, Surfside, Sweetwater, Sylvan Shores, Taft, Tallahassee, Tamarac, Tamiami, Tampa, Tangelo Park, Tangerine, Tarpon Springs, Tavares, Tavernier, Taylor Creek, Tedder, Temple Terrace, Tequesta village, Terra Mar, The Crossings, The Hammocks, The Meadows, The Villages, Thonotosassa, Three Lakes, Three Oaks, Tice, Tierra Verde, Tildenville, Timber Pines, Titusville, Town ‘n’ Country, Treasure Island, Trenton, Trinity, Twin Lakes, Tyndall AFB, Umatilla, Union Park, University, University Park, Upper Grand Lagoon, Utopia, Valparaiso, Valrico, Vamo, Venice, Venice Gardens, Vernon, Vero Beach, Vero Beach South, Village Park, Villages of Oriole, Villano Beach, Villas, Vineyards, Virginia Gardens village, Wabasso, Wabasso Beach, Wahneta, Waldo, Warm Mineral Springs, Warrington, Washington Park, Watertown, Wauchula, Wausau, Waverly, Webster, Wedgefield, Weeki Wachee, Weeki Wachee Gardens, Wekiwa Springs, Welaka, Wellington village, Wesley Chapel, Wesley Chapel South, West and East Lealman, West Bradenton, Westchase, Westchester, West De Land, Westgate-Belvedere Homes, West Ken-Lark, West Little River, West Melbourne, West Miami, Weston, West Palm Beach, West Pensacola, West Perrine, West Samoset, West Vero Corridor, Westview, Westville, Westwood Lakes, Wewahitchka, Whiskey Creek, Whisper Walk, White City, White Springs, Whitfield, Wildwood, Williamsburg, Williston, Williston Highlands, Willow Oak, Wilton Manors, Wimauma, Windermere, Winston, Winter Beach, Winter Garden, Winter Haven, Winter Park, Winter Springs, Woodville, Worthington Springs, Wright, Yalaha, Yankeetown, Yeehaw 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Additional information:

Heavy haul trucking and oversize load permit limitations.

Shipments with four tile axles that have a minimum of 10 foot between each axle grouping the maximum gross weight on seven axles is 142,000 pounds, eight axles 160,000 pounds nine axles 195,000 pounds 10 axles 197,000 pounds and 11 axles 199,000 pounds. 1000 pounds may be added to each additional foot of out Bridge up to 5000 pounds but does not apply to all axle configurations. A minimum of 13 feet and 1 inch between axle groupings only applies to loaded configurations that are exceeding a gross vehicle weight of 160,000 pounds. Load configurations with a gross vehicle weight of over 160,000 pounds or less must have a minimum of 10 feet between axle groupings. Maximum width is 16 feet. Maximum height is 16 feet maximum length is 150 feet with no set maximum amount of overhang.

Super loads.

All super load applications must be submitted in writing with information that includes but not limited to axle spacing’s, weight and proposed a routes.

Required truck signs, flags and lights.

Flags will need to be a minimum of 18″ x 18″ and a square shape and either red or orange in color. They need to be displayed on all four corners of the extreme ends of any protrusions or per ejections or overhangs. For loads that are up to 10 feet wide or 14 feet and 6 inches tall or in excess of 80 feet long. For shipments over 10 feet and up to 12 feet wide. Warning lights are to be mounted at the top of the power unit as well as the top of the load so they are visible and all directions from a minimum of 500 feet. Each warning sign will need to be yellow in color with black letters a minimum of 12 inches and height with a minimum of 1 1/2 inches of thickness. The sign will need to state the words oversize load. Each warning sign will be no less than 7 inches long and 18 inches in height. The semi-tractor will need to have one mounted in the front and another mounted at the very rear of the load.

Special permit requirements.

If there are are any special requirements required of your shipment they will be listed on your Florida trip permit. If you are traveling south of Florida city and are between 10 feet and six teen feet wide you will be permitted to travel during nighttime hours from 9 PM until 5 AM and will not be allowed to travel on the weekends. If you’re width is in excess of 10 feet and up to 14 feet you will be required to have a minimum of one escort or pilot car vehicle. If your shipment is greater than 14 feet up to 16 feet wide you will be required to have a minimum of one police escort. If you are traveling north of Florida city then you may travel during all days and daylight hours only with the exclusion of weekends and holidays. No movement is permitted on any state mentioned roadway including interstates that are over 12 feet in width or in excess of 85 feet long from 7 AM until 9 AM and 4 PM until 6 PM during weekdays in the following counties: Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, orange, do Voll, Hillsboro and Pinellas counties. Additionally there is no movement allowed on state maintain cities which include Daytona Beach, Janesville, Lakeland, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Pensacola, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota and Tallahassee. To warning lights and one escort with high visibility flags a minimum of 18″ x 18″ that are square in shape are required and one escort or pilot car vehicle with a height pole indicator is required to proceed the shipment. Warning lights with 12 inch high black letters on a yellow background are required on the front and rear of the escort or pilot car vehicle.

 

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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Florida state flag.

 

Clarification of flagging and flagger certifications.

What is flagging? What flagging certifications am I required to have?

What is flagging?

A “flagger” or “flagging” is a person on a construction site or zone who controls the flow of traffic. Flaggers maximize the flow of traffic while protecting motorists from accidents when the normal flow of traffic is interrupted due to construction, accidents, shipments or anything else that is disruptive to the normal operation of traffic flow in a location. Most states require any person that acts as a flagman or flagging and controls traffic to be certified by that state to ensure they operate within the guidelines set forth by that particular state. A permit is usually required to temporarily control traffic in any location. However, some circumstances require immediate action, thus obtaining a permit isn’t probable. In this type of circumstance it is expected of the individual who decides to control the traffic have the mandatory certifications as well as appropriate equipment to do so. Since over-dimensional shipments have a higher probability of potentially creating a temporary situation where traffic may require a flagger to ensure the safety of motorists some states do require pilot car and escort vehicle operators to be properly certified by them and carry the tools required to do so with them when operating. In this article we’ll have a look at what states require and expect of pilot car and escort vehicle operators while working in their states.

What flagger certifications am I required to have?

Flagger paddle.

Standard flagger paddle stop/slow sign.

Every state we know of requires flagger certification for individuals and companies who intend on controlling traffic or acting as a traffic controller. Many community colleges offer affordable flagger certification classes that are approved by the state. Most flagger certification classes that we are aware of take a minimum of 40 hours of classroom time. If you are interested in becoming a certified flagger or traffic controller the best place to get more information is from the department of transportation or the department of motor vehicles. They should be able to provide you with contact information for state approved flagger certification programs. It is very important for anyone considering controlling traffic at any time to become certified as it is against the law to control traffic without proper authority. You may be able to contact your local police department for assistance in getting connected with a state certified flagger certification program if you are unable to get in contact with the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Department of Transportation. If you would like more information on obtaining your flagging certification or which states require certain certifications you can visit our regulations pages for more information.

 

 

What is the proper way to flag traffic?

Flagging traffic is a pretty straight forward thing to do. Obviously you want to protect yourself so you’re not accidentally hit by any oncoming vehicles. Outside of that you want to follow basic standard procedures which seem to be fairly universal anywhere you go. You definitely want to make sure that the motorist has a good distance to see you in advance. We suggest a minimum safe distance of about 300 feet. This allows approaching traffic to have sufficient distance and time to reduce speed before they approach you. In urban areas where speed limits are lower you may not need to have such a long distance so use your best judgement.

Stand with your body facing the traffic on the edge of the road but not on the curb. So you should be just right outside of the traffic lane. Always stand in a location where you can see and be seen by approaching motorists.

If you just need to slow the traffic down position your flagging sign so the word slow are facing the oncoming traffic. Never wave or sign when using the sign always hold it up right towards the oncoming traffic so they can see the word slow. It needs to be clear to the motorist exactly what you are wanting them to do. The drivers should never have to guess what you want them to do so never wave your your sign. Simply hold it up straight and firmly with your body facing the traffic.

If you need to slow the traffic down so you can then stop them you will want to make sure your sign is facing them with the word stop on it from me nice clear distance. Let’s for instance say you are chasing 120 foot long load and the turn radius will require the truck to almost come to a complete stop in order to make the turn then you are probably going to decide the traffic needs to come to a complete stop. In some cases you can use your freehand by holding it up in one position with your palm facing towards the oncoming traffic. This should instill confidence in the motorist that you are protecting them by wanting them to stop and that you are clearly paying attention to them. Always be very courteous and very brief. You will find over all being candid towards motorists pays off as they appreciate what you are doing for them.

Now let’s say do you want to get the traffic moving again. You may decide if they need to move slowly to use your slow sign. In this case with your body facing the traffic flip your sign so the word slow is facing the oncoming traffic with your body. With your freehand you can also wave for them to proceed. Once you get the traffic flow going again simply lower your sign so it is upside down and below your waist. It’s also a good idea to consider holding your sign below your waist with the flat side facing the traffic so they don’t see either of the words slow or stop.

Keep in mind that some states may require you to set up as many as three safety cones or triangles and in some conditions even road flares near the position where you will be flagging from. So it’s a very good idea to have your flagging certification so you are aware of the laws and can abide by them. This article covers just the basics and is by no means to be anticipated under any circumstances as state law. Each state has a specific set of rules and instructions that will need to be obeyed. Make certain you are familiar with the flagging and traffic control laws in the state you are operating in.

 

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