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2018 Alabama State Shipping Regulations

Alabama DOT oversize and over weight trucking permit laws.

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2018 Alabama state DOT shipping laws, rules, regulations and limitations for oversize and heavy haul trucking permits. Pilot car requirements.

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Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Alabama maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required:

Length: Trailer length maximum allowed is 57 feet (17.37 meters). 85 feet (25.90 meters) overall combined.
Width: 8 feet and 6 inches (2.59 meters) wide for most roads, 8 feet (2.43 meters) for roads under 12 feet (3.65 meters) in width.
Height: 13 feet and 6 inches (4.11 meters) tall.
Weight: 80,000 pounds (36287.39 kilograms) gross (GVW).
Overhang: 4 feet (1.21 meters) off of the rear and 4 feet from the front of trailer.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

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

Length: 150 feet (45.72 meters) maximum length overall.
Width: 16 feet (4.87 meters) if shipment is over 16 feet in width you are not permitted use the interstate system.
Height: 16 feet (4.87 meters) in total height.
Weight: on a single axle; 22,000 pounds (9979 kg), tandem axles: 44,000 pounds (19958 kg), tridum axles: 66,000 pounds (29937 kg), quadem axles: 88,000 pounds (39916 kg), 5 axles: 102,000 pounds (46266 kg), 6 axles: 124,000 pounds (56245 kg), 7 axles: 146,000 pounds (66224 kg), 8 axles: 168,000 pounds (76203 kg).
Overhang: 20 feet (6.09 meters) 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 super load section below for more information. Loads with weight restrictions are subject to a bridge analysis.

Super load information for Alabama.

Alabama state DOT will classify any shipment in excess of the following as a super load:

Defined as shipments in excess of any of the following dimensions/weights; over 250,000 pounds (113398.0 kilograms) of gross weight, over 16 feet (4.87 meters) in width, over 16 feet in height, over 150 feet (45.72 meters) 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 pounds (68038.8 kilograms)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 super load 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 super load 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 feet and 5 inches (5.0 meters) in height and it is the carriers responsibility to show proof of “utility notification” for shipments in excess of 16 feet and 6 inches (5.02 meters) in height. City or county approval is required for Alabama super loads as well, please see the Alabama list of county engineers for contact details. For information published by the state you can read more Alabama super load information.

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

Required safety markings, safety flags, warning lights for heavy haul and oversize loads:

A sign will need to be mounted on the front and rear of any over width or over length truck and trailer or combinations. Banners/signs need to be a minimum of 7 feet (2.13 meters) in width, 18 inches (45.7 centimeters) in height and be marked with black letters of no less than 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) in height, with a minimum of a 1-5/8 inch (4.12 centimeters) 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 inches (45.7 centimeters) square and be placed at all 4 outer most corners of all over-dimensional shipments.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

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

1 front pilot car (escort vehicle) is required for all loads over 15 feet and 6 inches (4.72 meters) in height with a height pole will be required adjusted 4-6 inches (10.16 – 12.7 centimeters) 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 feet (3.65 meters) wide. Rear pilot cars (escort vehicles) for mobile home shipments may be replaced with two 5 inch (12.7 centimeters) flashing, stobing or rotating amber lights. 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required for shipments over 85 feet (25.90 meters) in length. 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle) is required for shipments over 105 feet (32.0 meters) in length. 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required if overhang exceeds 10 feet (3.04 meters) from the front of the trailer or 5 feet (1.52 meters) off of 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 cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle 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.

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy haul loads.

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

One half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Travel is allowed all day Saturday with NO SUNDAY TRAVEL PERMITTED. Shipments 120 feet (36.57 meters) to 150 feet (45.72 meters) 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.

Alabama DOT contact information and notes.

Alabama DOT office and permit contact 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 Alabama permits 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. Note: Alabama DOT requires you to sign their permit with red ink only.
DOT permit office Hours: 7:00 AM – 4:45 – PM
CENTRAL TIME ZONE
Alabama is a member of SASHTO.

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Additional information:

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

2018 Florida State Shipping Regulations

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

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Legal load limits. Do I need a trucking permit?

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 inches (only 8 feet on some un-designated highways).
Height: 13 feet 6 inches (only 13 feet on some un-designated highways).
Weight: 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW). 22,000 pounds on a single axle, 44,000 pounds on tandem axles and 66,000 pounds on tridem axles.
Overhang: 3 feet from the front or 3 feet from the rear of trailer maximum.

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 maximum.
Height: Up to 16 feet maximum.
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 vehicle 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.

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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 serviced.

Additional information.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and heavy-haul trucking permit 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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Multi state permits, regional permits. NASTO, SASHTO, MAASTO & WASHTO regions.

All USA regions are overseen by AASTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials)

Multi state permits, regional permits. 2018 NASTO, SASHTO, MAASTO & WASHTO regions.

(formerly: NASHTO, SASHTO, MVCSHTO & WASHTO)

USA MULTI-STATE PERMITS AND REGIONS.

USA MULTI-STATE PERMITS AND REGIONS FOR NASHTO, SASHTO, MVCSHTO AND WASHTO.

Have you ever wondered about multi state permits or regional permits? What is AASTO, NASTO, SASHTO, MAASTO or WASHTO? How can I learn from this information to help me? If you are involved in oversize or heavy haul trucking and travel through multiple states this is good information to learn about. It can save you time and money when obtaining over-dimensional and heavy haul trucking permits.

As you can see from the map of the United States certain states have created a type of partnership which has been divided up into regions. It is important to know that all of the regions together are overseen by “AASTO” which is an acronym for: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Region 1 or “NASTO” consists of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont and Rhode Island.
Region 2 or “SASHTO” consist of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Region 3 or “MAASTO” consist of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Region 4 or “WASHTO” consists of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Region 1 – NASTO (Northearstern Association of Highway Transportation Officials)
It should be noted that while NASTO has been divided as a “region” not all states have completely agreed to be fully implemented into the NASHTO agreement. So, here is what you have to work woth for the time being: for non-divisible overweight, oversize and over dimensional shipments within the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) including Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire Rhode Island and Vermont, multi-state permits may be obtained for shipments and loads that are within these size and weight limits.
Maximum weights: 108,000 pounds on five actual units. 120,000 pounds on six or more actual units. You should know that special axle weight and axle spacing requirements of the NETC (read or download) must meet their specific configurations.
Maximum height: 13’6″ or less is the maximum height allowed.
Maximum width: 14’0″ or less is the maximum width allowed.
Maximum length: 90’0″ is the maximum linked allowed.
Note: If You are transporting a modular or mobile home there is a provision that may allow you to have an additional overhang of 6 inches maximum for roofing or window eaves. If the shipment you wish to transport is greater than any of the above limitations you will be required to obtain your oversize or heavy haul permits from each individual state.

Region 2 – SASHTO (Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials)
This particular region is fairly straightforward and will issue multi-state permits provided the shipment does not exceed any of the following maximum limitations.
Maximum weights: The overall GVW must not exceed 120,000 pounds. No more than 12,000 pounds on the steer actual or 20,000 pounds on any single axle or 40,000 pounds on any tandem axles. For axle groupings of three or more the limit is 60,000 pounds. If you have questions you can call 804-786-2787 for more information. If the shipment that you wish to transport exceeds any of these limitations then you will need to contact each state individually to apply for your oversize or heavy haul trucking permits.
Maximum height: The maximum over all height allowed is 13’6″.
Maximum width: The maximum with is 14’0″ overall and must not have any overhang.
Maximum length: The maximum length is 100’0″ which includes all combinations as well as overhang. No distance of over than 51’0″ of axle spacing from outer axles.
Note: As long as you do not exceed any of the following maximums the SASHTO region is fairly easy to obtain multi-state oversize and heavy haul trucking permits from. As noted above you can direct any questions you may have about the SASHTO region by calling 804-786-2787.

Region 3 – MAASTO (Mid America Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials)
We’re having difficulties obtaining the exact maximums for these states at the time of publish. We will update this as soon as we get good information from this association.

Region 4 WASHTO (Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials)
The WASHTO region operates seamlessly for the most part for regional permitting and multi-state permitting of over size and heavy haul loads. As long as you are within the maximum limits as well as restriction below you will have no problem in obtaining your multi-state or regional heavy haul or over dimensional load permit.
Maximum weight: The maximum overall weight allowed is 600 pounds per inch of tire width or 21,500 pounds per single axle. 43,000 pounds per tandem axles and 53,000 pounds per triedem axle configurations with a wheelbase that is no less than 8 feet but no more than 13 feet. 160,000 pounds gross weight maximum.
Maximum height: The maximum overall height allowed is 14 feet.
Maximum width: The maximum overall width allowed is 14 feet. Projection from either side of the trailer in the state of Arizona is limited to a maximum of 3 feet on either side of the actual trailer. Except for loads that are less than 12 inches thick above the bed of the trailer. These are limited to 2 feet of maximum projection on either side of the trailer.
Maximum length: The maximum overall length allowed is 100 feet.
Notes: This is where it gets a little tricky as not all states can agree on everything such as overhang: maximum amount is 3 feet in the front and or 20 feet in the rear except for Arizona and Nevada and Utah which state if you are over 10 feet of overhang in the rear you must travel during daylight hours only. If you are in Arizona you can only travel on Monday through Friday during daylight hours. You should also know once you have filed for a permit you will not be eligible for a refund, credit or any kind of substitution. There is no movement allowed when road hazards exist such as ice, snow or frost or if the visibility is less than 500 feet. However the state of Washington allows for 1000 feet of visibility and the state of Texas allows for 2/10 of a mile visibility due to snow, fog, smoke or other conditions. If the shipment wit is in excess of 8’6″ or the overall linked is over 80 foot, except Arizona and Texas where the restriction applies to all movement under permit and Idaho where the carrier makes the determination. However, enforcement may restrict travel. As far as speed limits permitted loads may move at the posted speed limits except for in the state of New Mexico you are limited to a maximum of 55 mph. In Montana you are permitted to drive 65 mph during the day and night on the interstate and 60 mph (if posted) on non-interstate roads during daylight hours,  however 55 mph maximum on non interstate roads during night time travel.

Washington D.C. Shipping Regulations

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

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

Truck length limitations:

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

Truck width limitations:

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

Truck height limitations:

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

Truck overhang limitations:

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

Truck signs and flag requirements:

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

Notes:

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

Pilot car (escort) vehicle requirements (PiloTrac):

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

Travel times and restrictions:

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

 

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

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

 

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As the 2017 heavy haul trucking season begins

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Driver nutrition. This is a serious topic.

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

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

 

Other quick reminders:

Check rig brakes, air and all fluids.

Inspect all signs, flags and brackets/holders.

Check all lights, turn signals and strobes.

Inspect safety equipment flares and extinguishers.

Check radio equipment, electronics, etc.

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

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

 

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

 

Until next time,

 

WideloadShipping.com

 

New loadboard, phone apps and more.

Carriers we’ve got a whole new loadboard and phone apps coming soon.

Good news! As we told you last year we would complete the live pilot car system (PiloTrac – pilotrac.com) and then give the carrier loadboard a makeover with additional features. We’ll if you haven’t noticed we’ve done just that! The loadboard now has a whole new look and more features. One of the ones is the archive system. Now when a direct customer posts a load it will be placed in our archives so you can market that customer at a later date if you wish. More functionality has been added the the actual posting system as well. Now get ready for this; look for the phone app to show up in Apples iTunes store next week. Yep, that’s right. Simply install the free app on your phone, enter your username and password and you are connected to the system. Now you can take WideloadShipping.com with you and have access to the loadboard as well as the pilot car directory, regulations for all of North America and more… The app will be available in the Google Play store as well as Amazon Underground for those of you using Android based phones as well in the later part of next week.

Next on the list is a complete makeover for the directory. Those of you who are sporting your company in our oversize and heavy haul trucking directory will have a whole new look and make your company not only look better but attract more customers as well as the coding will be state of the art drawing the search engines even nearer than they already are. If you don’t know about our oversize trucking and heavy haul carrier directory consider this; even a premium listing is only $100 a year. That’s .27 a day! Direct customers that have freight they consider on the more private side of things like the DOD, Hollywood industry, NASA and many more that do not wish to publicly post their freight will go to the directory and call you direct. Worth it’s weight in gold!

Look for more great additions soon. We will send out notifications as soon as the phone apps are released and until then have a safe trip on the road drivers!

Here comes the 2016 oversize trucking season!

Here comes the 2016 oversize trucking season!

Finally, it looks like the 2016 heavy haul and oversize trucking season is beginning to start. While freight volumes are still on the low side we can tell by the consistency of loads being posted that the season will start very shortly. This won’t come soon enough for many companies as the 2015 oversize trucking season was very short lived with freight volumes extremely low. Economic indicators for 2016 look fair as the wind power industry continues forward with its expansion (although not as big as in previous years). That’s not to say it’s time to go trailer shopping just yet but it does look like we should have a decent year. While the heavy haul trucking industry certainly needs a boost, the oversize trucking industry needs it terribly bad with so many other companies dependent upon oversize freight in order to operate. Companies like the entire pilot car industry as well as specialized equipment manufacturers that cater to and service the industry. Over the past few decades we’ve learned that the pilot car industry can be very flexible as well as resilient and can recover from freight shortages pretty quickly considering. Whereas the heavy haul industry suffers much longer from a short term financial blow as equipment costs add so much more money to a companies operating costs and overhead.

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So what do we think about 2016 and freight volumes?

In general we think 2016 will be a difficult year for this area of the specialized trucking industry. While we’re not predicting record breaking highs in freight volumes it is our general thought that 2016 will bring some much needed relief as existing construction projects are already on the table. Companies that wish to have this work will need to brush up existing advertising as well as create new avenues.

Here are a few noteworthy items about 2016 freight volumes:

  • Existing wind energy jobs in WY, KS, OK and East TX will continue. However, quite a few projects are now being built in other parts of the world as well as sea. This hurts us as far a wind energy equipment shipping goes.
  • This is an election year and consumer spending is down so far. Another issue is the candidates. Nobody is real certain where the candidates will be as far as decision making once someone is elected. You know just as well as us these candidates will say anything to get elected but once in office have a whole new story. It’s hard for companies that create huge projects to forecast what their capabilities are for new construction projects. So not a lot is expected to hit the table for this year. This hurts us as well.
  • The US has too many heavy equipment surplus items that need to be sold. That heavy equipment will come up in the auctions this year so shipping from the auctions to the ports will be good in 2016 with the over all freight volume getting some help from this area.
  • The US government has a huge inventory of old surplus airplanes and parts in the Arizona desert. Much of this equipment will be sold this year which will also help the over all freight volumes.

It’s going to be another tough year folks. The companies that will earn the most money in 2016 are the ones that are advertising savy.

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2018 Advertising and oversize trucking.

2018 Advertising and oversize trucking.

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

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

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There’s no time like the present.

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

Sharpen your pencil and work smarter, not harder.

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

Information about the word “auto” and the web.

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

There’s more than meets the eye.

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

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

Locating your heavy haul/oversize trucking company

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

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

 

 

Michigan oversize trucking permits

Michigan oversize trucking permits.

oversize trucking permits as well as over-weight

Save money DIY trucking permits. Oversize and over-weight.

Getting your own oversize trucking permits in Michigan is easy. DIY trucking permits.

No doubt about it if you’re looking to make some cuts in this economy so your company can operate more efficiently you are barking up the right tree. With technology advancements the way there are state DOT offices started looking for ways they could save money and they found it. Have a computer issue a oversize or overweight trucking permit rather than a human being that needs money and insurance. Of course this isn’t something your current trucking permit provider really wants you to know, or they will minimise it. But the truth is you can get them from the state just as easy as you can from them. Remember, it’s the same information. The trucking permit company just forwards it along with their fee of $30 to $60 so they’re making money. If you need 10 states, well you get it. It adds up quick and your company stands to save tens of thousands of dollars a year, that’s why you are here. So…

You can quickly get set up with Michigan DOT and  might already be.

Yes that’s correct. In order for the trucking permit company to get permits for you they have to send in your insurance and DOT authority so if you been issued a permit from Michigan you are already in their system. One way or the other were going to find out. So you can start by following these directions:

  • Read this document from the state website – MDOT.
  • Call Michigan DOT permit office: 517-241-3757 website.

Please comment below. We’re having a hard time collecting data for this state at the moment, thank you!

Massachusetts oversize trucking permits

Massachusetts oversize trucking permits

Massachusetts oversize trucking permits.

oversize trucking permits as well as over-weight

Save money DIY trucking permits. Oversize and over-weight.

Do it yourself (DIY) Massachusetts oversize trucking permits are easy.

Get ready for this. If you are reading this then you are on your way to saving yourself a potential huge chunk of money on a monthly basis and surely yearly. Oversize trucking permit providers don’t want you to know this so they’re not doing to tell you. In todays digital world it easy for anyone to get trucking permits. Back in the day is was hard and took a lot of work so you had to have a permit agent but these days it’s different. A lot different. Basically the state DOT office MASSDOT realized that is they could have a computer take care of the trucking permits for them then they could cut a few jobs and save a lot of money and they did. Now, all the trucking permit company does it forwards your information straight over to the state, tacks on $30 to $60 and says thanks! It’s their business. All of this is just another spoke in the wheel for a trucking company that is moving oversize and heavy haul loads but once you get used to it you will sure be happy you did as you’ll save thousands if not much more.

You can start getting your trucking permits going in just a few minutes.

So yea, it’s really that easy. We’ll show you how to get your trucking company hooked up and self issuing permits in just a few easy steps. Just follow the links below:

  • Get your trucking company registered in the MASSDOT online truck permit system here – click the “register now” link to get your company rolling. If you would like you can view the fees.
  • Or if you’d like you can use their one time permit form.
  • Kick back and relax. MASSDOT state permit software is trying to get you approved at this very moment.

It’s hard to believe it’s that easy but it is. There are still a few states like TN and a few others that require you to have a bond and all of that but for the most part they’re a thing of the past. If you would like to share this with others simply click the green button above. If you would like to share your expertise or experience with MASSDOT with our other viewers please do so below. Thanks for using our service!

 

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