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British Columbia shipping regulations

British Columbia shipping regulations

British Columbia DOT shipping regulations. Limitations, rules and laws for trucking oversize and over weight loads on the roads and highways in the Province of British Columbia.

British Columbia DOT regulations for oversize shipping.

British Columbia. The official Coat of Arms.

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Trucking & pilot car directory.
Locate trucking companies and pilot cars in British Columbia:

British Columbia trucking company directory.
British Columbia pilot car/truck escort company directory.

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.
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 (11.8″)on each side additional, auxiliary devices are allowed 30 cm (11.81″) 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.

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). 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.

 

Arkansas Truck Scales

Truck scales located in Arkansas.

If you are aware of a scale house or truck scale in the State of Arkansas or have any additional information about one that we have listed please help our other viewers by letting them know about it at the bottom of this page.

Cities in Alabama with scale houses.

Hope, AR: I-30 – about 3.8 miles SW. of town, East bound and West bound lanes.
Malvern, AR: I-30 @ mile marker post 113 in the West bound lane only.
Fort Smith, AR: I-40 about 4 miles West of Alma, AR in the East and West bound lanes.
West Memphis, AR: I-40 @ mile marker post 273.5 East bound lane and 283.5 West bound lane.
West Memphis, AR: I-55 half way from the TN border and I-40 in the North and South bound lane only.
Lonoke, AR: I-40 @ mile marker post 169 in the East and West bound lanes.
Corning, AR: Route 67 at the MO border in both the North and South bound lanes.
N. Little Rock  (Jacksonville, AR):  RT 67 – North and South bound lanes (a half mile north of 440).
Ashdown, AR: Route 71 in both the North and South bound lanes.
Springdale, AR:  I-540 and Route 71 @ MILE POST 412 in both the North and South bound lanes.
Buckley, AR: Route 375 in the North bound lane.
Yarbro, AR: I-55 @ the MO border in the South bound lane only (Blytheville).
Malvern, AR I 30 @ mile marker post 112.5 in the East bound lane (just South East east of Little Rock, AR).

Helpful links:
Arkansas oversize shipping rules and regulations.
Arkansas oversize trucking permits – DIY.
Arkansas oversize and heavy haul shipping companies.
Arkansas pilot car companies.

Road conditions and weather report for all US states – click here.

Road conditions and weather report for all US states - click here.

United States road conditions including interstate and highway. Weather conditions.

Road conditions and highway weather map.

Map provided by courtesy of www.fhwa.dot.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also feature just road closure information for truck drivers.

 

Alabama 334-242-4378 or 888-411-7623

(Road conditions, weather and advisory information)

Alaska 907-428-7200 road condition info. 907-273-6037 #2 road construction info.
(Latest weight restrictions, route summary reports)

Arkansas 501-569-2374 for road conditions. 501-569-2227 road construction info – weekdays.
(Weather related road conditions/closings with interactive map option)

Arizona 888-411-7623 or dial within the state 511.
(Traffic, closure, constuction, delays and conditions information map.)

California 916-445-7623 or 800-427-7623 for highway conditions.
(Real time clickable traffic, road and conditions info map)

Colorado 511 in state or 303-573-7623 for highway conditions report.
(Real time clickable traffic, speeds, conditions and construction info map)

Connecticut 860-594-2000 #8
(Road conditions with cams and incident information.)

Delaware 302-760-2080 Live operator during normal business hours.
(Road conditions interactive map with travel alerts)

Florida Road Conditions- or dial 511 within the state. 800-292-3368
Southwest Florida only 800-749-2967
Lake City 800-207-8236
Jacksonville 800-780-7102
District 5 800-435-2368
District 6 800-226-7220
District 7 800-749-7453
Florida Turnpike 800-475-0044
(Road construction and incidents mp) 

Georgia Dial *DOT- if you are in the state. 404-635-6800 road conditions 24/7 404-635-8900 road construction.
(Road conditions, construction, closures and weather.)

Idaho 888-432-7623-511 info Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road weather conditions and construction map)

Iowa 515-288-1047 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Iowa travel information and highway traffic reports)

Illinois 800-452-4368
(Winter road conditions as well as traffic reports)

Indiana 800-261-7623 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
317-232-8298 State Police (12-1 to 3-31 for winter months only)
(Road and weather information)

Kansas 800-585-7623 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions and travel information)

Kentucky 866-737-3767 #2 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions and information links)

Maine 866-282-7578 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions map)

Massachusetts (617)374-1234 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road construction and traffic reports)

Maryland
(Maps for road conditions and current route restrictions)

Michigan 800-381-8477 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Construction, incident alerts and road closures)

Minnesota 800-542-0220 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Traveler information)

Missouri
(Road conditions, closed road and construction map)

Mississippi 601-987-1212 #1 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions and traveler information)

Montana 800-226-7623 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road closures and conditions)

Nebraska 800-906-9069 Interstate, highway and road conditions. (from outside NE); 511 (from inside NE)
(Road closure and weather conditions map as well as construction delays)

Nevada 877-687-6237
(Road conditions and traveler information)

New Hampshire 866-282-7579 Interstate, highway and road conditions.  From outside NH or 511 from inside the state.
(Road conditions)

New Jersey
(Road conditions and alerts)

New Mexico 800-432-4269 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions map)

New York 800-847-8929 #2 for road conditions or #3 for construction info.
Road conditions and information map)

North Carolina 877-511-4662  Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions and construction information map)

North Dakota 866-696-3511  Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions and information map)

Ohio 888-264-7623 if in Ohio State. 614-466-7170 #5 if outside of State.
Road conditions and construction information map)

Oklahoma 405-425-2385 or 888-425-2385 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions information map)

Oregon 800-977-6368 or 503-588-2941 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions information map)

Pennsylvania 814-355-6044 Interstate conditions and construction. 717-939-9551 – extension 92.
Turnpike conditions and construction.
(Road conditions information map)

Rhode Island 888-401-4511 Interstate, highway and road conditions, construction and closures.
(Road conditions, construction and closure information map)

South Carolina 803-896-9621 Interstate highway and road closure, construction and conditions.
(Road conditions information map)

South Dakota 866-697-3511
(Road conditions, construction, closure information map)

Tennessee 800-342-3258 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions information map)

Texas 800-452-9292 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions information map)

Utah 866-511-8824 Interstate, highway and road conditions. from outside UT. Dial 511 within state.
(Road conditions information map)

Virginia 800-367-7623 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions information map)

Vermont 800-429-7623 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions information map)

Washington 800-695-7623 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions information map)

West Virginia 877-982-7623 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
Road conditions information map)

Wisconsin 414-785-7140 or toll free: 800-762-3947 Interstate, highway and road conditions.
(Road conditions information map)

Wyoming 307-772-0824 or toll free 888-996-7623 Interstate, highway and road conditions
(Road conditions information map)  

 

Please report any broken links or updated and better resources below in order to help our next visitor.

 

Frost laws introduction and overview.

Frost laws and thaw law introduction and overview.

Frost/thaw damages to surface.

Frost/thaw damages to surface.

Frost laws.  In States and Providences in the USA and Canada that experience very low temperatures in the winter months frost laws have been enacted.  These frost laws have been created to protect the State of Providences from highway and road damage caused by the surface cracking which is a direct result of too much weight being placed on the pavement which causes stress cracks thus damaging it.  Also, when the freezing temperatures start to thaw out at times the water can not escape quickly which will cause the water to build up which can weaken the base structure of the road or highway which again causes damages the the pavement.  Damages from thawing are just as severe if not even more extreme than frozen damages as they occur to the upper structure of the pavement rather than the base structure.  In some areas during the winter months actual federal weight limits for the trucking industry (80,000 pounds gross) have been reduced with a reduction in driving speeds as well.  This reduction has been observed as high as 35% in weight and even more in maximum speeds.  Some States and Providences close winter and spring travel in certain areas.

It is very important that managers of trucking and transportation companies are aware of the open and closed months, days and times these particular laws are in effect as you can’t make an arrangement with a customer to ship their item if the state will not let you ship it due to frost or thaw laws being in effect.  We are creating  a contact list (EDIT ADD LINK)  of each state that has frost laws enacted for the trucking industry for you to contact for further information.

It is important for you to check with the DOT, DMV or governing office of that particular area for clarification of the specific rules and regulations.

Manitoba shipping regulations

Manitoba shipping regulations

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

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Trucking & pilot car directory.

Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in Manitoba, Canada:

Manitoba trucking company directory.
Manitoba pilot cars and truck escorts.

Legal limits.

Legal load limits:

Length: The overall maximum length without a permit is 23 meters.
Width: The maximum width allowed without a permit is 2.6 meters.
Height: 4.15 meters is the maximum height allowed by Manitoba DOT without a permit.
Weight: 9,100 kg on steer (seems high to us so NOT a confirmed number –  use reference link below), tandem axles: 17,000 kgs, tridem: 17,000 kgs,  or 3 axel combination with proper spacing of a 23,700, quadem: 31,600 kgs, 5 axle: 39,500 kgs and 6 axles: 46,500 kgs. Let me refer you to our reference on this for clarification from Manitoba DOT as there are different weight classes.
Overhang: Our researchers are unable to find any information on maximum allowed legal overhang. We did find the pilot car requirements of 25 meters. We will call and update at a later time or you can call Debra Martin at: 204-326-8292 M-F 8-4 – if you do please comment below as this author is writing on a Sat. and they are closed. Thank you!

Routine trucking permits.

Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are issued routinely by Manitoba province:

Length:  30 meters on length is about all you are going to get.
Width: 5 meters wide for routine permits depending on routing.
Height: Depending on routing as Manitoba DOT has designated routes the maximum height is 4.8 meters.
Weight: We were unable to get a solid figure. Manitoba DOT has different zones for weight restrictions so it all depends on which zone you need to travel in. See Manitoba DOT zone map.
Overhang: Based on the comment they made on 25 meters of rear overhang we are going to say that up to this amount is routine. If you need to speak to them call the number located above in “legal load limits” in the “overhang” section.

Superload information.

Manitoba DOT information on suplerloads or extra ordinary loads:

We will do more research on superloads in Manitoba in the future. The Manitoba DOT documentation does not cover or mention much about them so we will need to speak with someone on the phone. We are able to  see that they are well versed in shipping superloads as they mention in their online documentation that there will make arrangements to remove road side signs and replace them for shipments that are in excess of the road width. We will get back to this section soon but in the meantime appreciate any comments you may be able to leave for other visitors below.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.

Manitoba DOT permitted travel times and restrictions:

Daylight travel times are defined as from sunrise to sunset in Manitoba. No travel is permitted after 3 PM on Fridays during the summer months for shipments in excess of 3.4 meters (11′ 2″) wide on seasonal restricted roads. In the spring shipments in excess of 4.6 meters (15′) in width are not allowed to travel on roads during the spring restriction times. On routes that are not seasonally restricted you may proceed (multiple lane roads) until 3 PM as long as you are no wider than 3.7 meters in width (12′ 2″) on Friday and resume travel on Saturday at sunrise however if you are in excess of 25 meters in length (82′) you are not permitted to travel after 3 PM on Fridays during the summer months if you are on a seasonally restricted highway and resume on Saturday at sunrise – you are allowed however to travel on holidays. Sunday travel is permitted for loads up to 3.85 meters (12′ 7″) in width on all roads that have no seasonal restrictions. On a single lane highway on holidays you can not exceed 3.4 meters (11′ 2″) in order to travel. On multiple lane roads you can travel only if you are less than 3.7 meters (12′ 2″). This is very confusing so always refer to your permit for final verification but to help the matter lets go over the restricted routes:

  • Highway 1 from Falcon lake to the Manitoba/Ontario border.
  • Highway 6, 8, 9, 15, 16, 44, 307, 313, 317.
  • Highway 10 from the US border to Riding Mountain National Park.
  • Highway 11 but only north of highway 44.
  • Highway 12 but only north of highway 15.
  • Highway 59 from the west boundary line of Brokenhead to Grand Beach and the South perimeter of St. Malo

Here is the Manitoba link for spring road restrictions with zones to help you with interpretation. Holidays observed are: New years day, Provincial day, Good Friday, Victoria day, Canada day, Family day, Labour day, Thanksgiving day, Remembrance day, Christmas day and on Boxing day.

When pilot cars are required.

Manitoba DOT requires you to have a pilot car if your shipment is in excess of any of the following regulated limits:

Length: Shipments that are in excess of30 meters (98′ 5″) long require 1 pilot car/escort vehicle on the rear of the shipment on all roads. For shipments that include a booster of a jeep that are over 31 meters (101′ 9″) you are required to have 1 rear pilot car vehicle on all roads.
Width: If your shipment is in excess of 4.6 meters (15′) wide then you are required to have 1 front pilot car on single lane roads and 1 rear pilot car/escort on multiple lane roads. If your load is in excess of 3.66 meters (12′) but less than 4.55 meters ( 14′ 7″) then you are permitted to travel at night as long as you have 1 front and 1 read pilot car/escort vehicle on all roads and highways. Mobile homes can travel at night on multiple lane roads as long as it does not exceed 5 meters wide (16′ 4″) but are required to have 1 pilot car on the rear.
Height: If you are approved for a shipment that is over the legal limits Manitoba DOT has designated routes and you are not required to have a pilot car.
Weight: As long as your shipment is able to maintain the minimum speed requirements you will more than likely not be required to have a pilot car as long as your shipment is overweight only.
Overhang: Overhang is approved on a case by case basis. Check with the Manitoba DOT for further information to see if your shipment will require a pilot car due to excessive overhang.

Pilot car certifications.

Manitoba DOT certifications and requirements of pilot cars (escort vehicles):

Pilot car/escort vehicle operators are required to take a Manitoba DOT certification course in order to operate in this province. The certification program is recognized by all US jurisdictions that require PEVO except for New York state. 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″), 2 – 175 mm (7″) diameter flashing lights mounted on the top of the sign box on each side with 2 amber strobing or rotating lights a minimum of 203 mm (8″) mounted between the flashing lights on top of the box as well. The sign box must light up and be visible from a minimum distance of 200 meters (656′). 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.

To operate in Manitoba you must obtain a light permit. More information is available by calling: 204-985-0920

Shipment, truck and trailer markings.

Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners and flags in Manitoba:

All trucks that are hauling oversize or overweight loads must have a strobing, 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 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.

Manitoba DOT contact and other information.

Manitoba DOT contact and other information:

Manitoba DOT – Central Permit Office
Telephone help line, Winnipeg; 877-812-0009 or 204-945-3961 (compliance: 204-945-3890)
Fax line: 204-945-3961
Hours of service: 7:30 AM until 6 PM Monday thru Friday – CENTRAL TIME ZONE.
Manitoba DOT oversize and overweight trucking permits website.
Manitoba spring thaw road restrictions information.
Manitoba DOT axle and axle group weight definitions and restrictions.
Manitoba province current road conditions and closure 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 Manitoba Province DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

Alberta DOT Shipping Regulations

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

Alberta Canada oversize and overweight shipping regulations.

Alberta Canada official coat of arms.

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Trucking & pilot car directory.

Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in Alberta:

Alberta trucking company directory.
Live pilot cars in Alberta.

Legal load limits.

Alberta DOT legal load limits:

Length: The overall maximum length allowed in Alberta without a permit is 23 meters (75′ 3″).
Width: The maximum width allowed is 2.6 meters (8′ 6″‘).
Height: The maximum height allowed in Alberta is 4.15 meters 13′ 7″.
Weight: 6,000 kg maximum on steer axle. Tandem axles: 17,000 kg. Tridum axels is 17,000 kilograms (37,478.6 lbs) as well. All axle weights are subject to the size of the tire.
Overhang: We have no information on allowable overhang in Alberta. Please share your knowledge with others below.
Notes:

* Super single tires require “New Generation, Wide Base” tires with a minimum tire width of 445 mm. Available by permit only. Super single tires do not apply to the steering axle.
** These weights for tridem axles apply to provincial highways only. The maximum weight for a tridem axle on a municipal road is 17,000 kg. Permits may be available to achieve heavier weights.
*** All axle weights are subject to minimum tire size. The maximum weight per tire shall not exceed the lesser of the tire manufacturer’s weight rating or the width of the tire stamped on the sidewall multiplied by 10 kg/mm.
Source: Alberta Transportation

Routine trucking permits.

Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the Alberta DOT:

Length: 52 meters (170′ 8″) is about the maximum length you can get by with on a routine permit.
Width: 14′ 7″ wide depending on routing  for routine trucking permits.
Height: 5.3 meters (17′ 5″) in height is the cut off point for routine permits of course contingent on routing.
Weight: Weight is where you run into a problem. Alberta wants to know every single detail down to the size of tire you are running. Routing being a huge issue we can’t state a “routine” weight as it all depends on your axle spacings, combinations and tire sizes. Just for a safe number we’re going to say a routine permit caps out at 43,359.2 kilograms (100,000 lbs).
Overhang: 6.09 meters is about the most you can get on routine depending on routing.

Superload information.

Alberta superload information:

The maximum width normally allowed is 7.32 meters (24′) so anything over this width is a superload. We are researching information pertaining to shipping superloads in the province of Alberta Canada. If you happen to have expertise or knowledge of trucking superloads in this province please share your information for our other viewers below. Thank you.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.

Alberta DOT travel times and restrictions for oversize and overweight trucking:

The rule of 1/2 hour before sunrise until one full hour after sunset is observed in Alberta. Travel is allowed on Fridays until 3pm in the afternoon for loads that exceed 3.85 meters in width (12′ 7″) (WE WILL NEED TO DOUBLE CHECK THIS AS IT WAS LEFT AS A CORRECTION COMMENT BELOW). Travel is otherwise allowed and unrestricted on Saturdays unless stated on your permit.  Night travel is permitted for loads that are over length as long as you have 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle and are on multiple lane roads. If your shipment is no longer than of 42 meters (137′ 10″) on a single lane road you will be required to have1 front pilot car/escort vehicle and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle. Weekend travel is permitted for loads that are over length only. If your shipment is in excess of 4.45 meters (14′ 7″) in width you will be permitted to travel only during daylight hours. If over 3.85 meters (12′ 7″) in width you may not travel on Sundays. There is not travel permitted on the following holidays: New Years day, Provincial day, Good Friday, Victoria day, Canada day, Family day, Labour day, Thanksgiving day, Remembrance day, Christmas day and on Boxing day.

Adverse weather conditions: If adverse weather conditions are reported you may not proceed with your shipment and are required to remain where ever you are. If adverse weather conditions interrupt your shipment you are required to pull over at the nearest suitable location even if it is on the side of the road unless you are over width. Over width loads must continue until they are able to completely turn off of the road and remain until adverse weather conditions stop. If your shipment is over 4.45 meters (14′ 7″) in width or 5.32 meters (17′ 5″) in height you are not permitted to travel with snow or fog visibility less than 150 meters (492′), if the road is covered with snow or ice or sleet or any other conditions that may effect the driver from proceeding with the absolute safety in mind first and foremost.

Frost laws: Alberta does have frost laws but when they are in effect changes every year based on testing with a heat flow model that measures to 30 cm below the surface. So, if you are shipping during the spring months you will need to call the number below for the exact frost law restriction dates. There are exemptions which include milk and bread trucks, farm machinery, water, fuel, fertilizer, mail and buses.

When pilot cars are required.

If your shipment is in excess of any of the following you will be required to have a pilot car escort you:

Length: If your shipment is in excess of 34 meters (111′) in overall length you are required to have 1 rear pilot car on single lane roads. For shipments in excess of 38 meters (124′ 8″) you are required to have 1 front pilot car/escort and 1 rear pilot car/escort.
Width: If your shipment is in excess of 3.85 meters (12′ 7″) wide you are required to have 1 front pilot car/escort on a single lane road or one rear pilot car/escort on multiple lane roads. For shipments over 4.45 meters (14′ 7″) wide require 1 front pilot car/escort and 1 rear pilot car/escort on single lane roads. If your shipment is in excess of 5.5 meters (18′) you are required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle on all roads.
Height: Alberta does not normally use pilot cars with high poles as they have designated routes for shipments that are over height. You can view the routes on the Alberta DOT high load corridor page located here.
Weight: 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 Alberta DOT.
Overhang: If you have overhang that is over 6.5 meters (21′ 4″) you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle. If your shipment overhang is in excess of 9 meters (29′ 6″) you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle.

Pilot car requirements.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) requirements for operating in Alberta province are as follows:

Pilot car/escort vehicle operators are NOT required to take any sort of DOT certification course in order to operate in Canada. Your vehicle is required however to have a lighted sign box that is a minimum of 180 cm x 35 cm x 10 cm (72″ x 14″ x 4″), 2 – 175 mm (7″) diameter flashing lights mounted on the top of the sign box on each side with 2 amber strobing or rotating lights a minimum of 203 mm (8″) mounted between the flashing lights on top of the box as well. The sign box must light up and be visible from a minimum distance of 200 meters (656′). 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 strobing, 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 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.

Alberta DOT and other information.

Alberta DOT contact  and other information:

Alberta DOT & Central Permit Office
Telephone help line: 403-342-7138 toll free (all of North America): 800-662-7138
Fax: 403-340-5278
Road ban information: Current road bans. Toll free (all of North America): 855-762-3226
6 AM until 12 Midnight Monday – Friday
7 Am until 10 PM on weekends and holidays – MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE

Alberta current road restrictions from construction maintenance and spring thaw law. Excellent resource!
Alberta Canada truck driver hours of service.
Alberta Canada road and weather conditions.
Alberta DOT permit office website.

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 Alberta Province DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

Bridge Formula Weights

Explaining the maximum weight any combined set of axles on a truck and trailer can carry to cross a bridge on the Interstate highway system.  The following formula is used for calculating acceptable weights:

W=500 [ LN/N-1 + 12N + 36]

W= the overall gross weight on any group of two or more consecutive axles the the nearest 500 pounds.

L= the distance in feet between the outer axles of any group of two or more consecutive axles.

N= the number of axles in the group that are under consideration.

Axle spacing is another consideration that must be taken into account when looking at the Federal weight compliance laws.  In order to properly protect our bridges the number and the spacing of truck and trailer axles carrying the shipment must be calculated.  So a bridge weight formula applies when the gross weight on 2 or more consecutive axles exceeds the limitations on the formula, except that the 2 consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a gross weight load of 34,000 pounds each if the overall distance between the 1st and last axle is  over a 36′ minimum.

There are exceptions.  Federal law does include an exception to the Federal Bridge Formula and the bridge table. 2 consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry 34,000 pounds each IF the overall distance between the first axle and last axles of these tandems is 36′ or greater.  For example:  a 5 axle tractor semi trailer combination may carry 34,000 pounds of weight both on the tractor tandem (axles 2 and 3) and the trailer tandem (axles 4 and 5), provided the axles 2 and 5 are spaced at least 36′ from each other.  Without this exception the bridge formula would allow for actual weight of only 66,000 pounds to 67,000 pounds on tandems spaced 36′ to 38′ apart. (References: U. S. Department of TransportationFederal Highway AdministrationBridge Formula Weights“)

Note:  In addition to the above formula weights Federal law says that a single axle is limited to a maximum of no greater than 20,000 pounds and that axles that are closer than 96″ from each other are limited to a maximum weight of 34,000 pounds.  Also that gross vehicle weight be less than 80,000 pounds

Wisconsin State Shipping Regulations

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

Wisconsin state shipping regulations and permits.

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Wisconsin State shipping regulations for heavy haul and oversize trucking. DOT legal limits, pilot cars, requirements, road conditions and more.

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Wisconsin trucking and pilot car companies:

Wisconsin trucking company directory.
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Legal load limits.
Legal Loads:

Length: Over all 75′ maximum for a truck and trailer.  Combination of 2 vehicles is  70′ and single vehicle and load is 45′ in maximum length allowed by state law.  They do have some restricted routes for size and routes for combinations.  For more information click here (.pdf).
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, up to 13,000 lbs on steer axle, 11,000 lbs on a  single wheel or end of an axle, 20,000 lbs on a single axle, 34,000 lbs on a tandem axle.  For more restrictions see link above under “length”.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 4′ in the rear.  Red flagged in daytime and red light at night.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: Anything under 130′ long is routinely permitted.  They do have some stuff going on that is odd for some routes so call if you are close to this length.  Manufactured homes and mobile homes maximum is 80′ in length or 110′ combined as per Wisconsin state shipping regulations.
Width: Up to about 16′ in length for routine permits.  Anything over than is going to take time.
Height: 14′ is about the most you can get away with on routine permits and main routes.  The Wisconsin state shipping regulations are going to want to route you on Federal Highways.  If over 15′ 6″ expect possible permit delays depending on your route.  They seem to have no height limits but you have to be specific on your proposed routing and take them specific plan.  This is a good thing as you will probably NOT be required to do a route survey as they are pretty organized on their maximum height capabilities.

Weight: They have frost laws in effect from March 15 – May 15 so confirm that it’s even possible to ship during these months.  Steer: 13,000, Single up to 20,000 lbs., up to 65,000 lbs. on Tandem, Tridem up to 81,000 lbs., Quadem, up to 90,000 lbs.  5 axles up to 100,000 lbs., 6 axle up to 166,000 lbs., 7 axle up to 182,000 lbs., 8 axles up to 191,000 lbs.  Over 150,000 lbs is a super load.  This is all depending on axle spacing and tractor configurations.
Overhang: Nothing specified so it’s a case by case basis.

Legal travel times.
Travel times and restrictions:

Sunrise to sunset applies with no half hour window stated.  Night time travel is permitted for loads under 100′ in length, 12′ in width and 13′ 6″ in height.  Travel on the weekend is allowed for all loads that are under 100′ long, 12′ wide and 13′ 6″ in height from Memorial day until Labor day..  All loads over these limits can only travel until 12 noon on Saturday from Memorial day and Labor day.  No travel is allowed from 4 pm until 11 pm on Fridays or Sundays.  No holiday travel on New Years day, Labor day, Memorial day, Thanksgiving day, Independence day and Christmas day.  If the holiday is on a Sunday you can not travel on Monday.  If the holiday is on a Saturday you may not travel on Friday.  IF you are on a humanitarian project you can possibly get the Wisconsin state shipping regulations to work towards your advantage and get the travel times lifted but don’t ask if it’s not a totally legitimate excuse.

When are pilot cars required.
Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:

Length: 95′ to 110′ one rear pilot car (escort) is required.
Width: Loads over 12’ 6” some roads requires 1 (but not all), 15’ to 16’ feet in width needs 1 front on non divided highways or 1 rear on divided highways.  16’ to 22’ wide requires 1 police escort on some routes.  Non divided roads require 1 police in front, divided 1 police in rear.  You never know with this state as the same load may be able to run at a later date with a civilian escort.
Height: It all depends on your route with this state.
Weight: Check with the Wisconsin State of to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: Who knows?

Notes:  Don’t bid on a shipment or plan on anything in this state without speaking with them first and make sure you get the persons name.  Permits are usually valid for 14 days or one trip which ever happens first.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:

All pilot cars/escort vehicles must have head lights turned on with hazard lights when in movement on a load as per Wisconsin state shipping regulations.  Amber light must be turned on and NEVER used when not escorting.  You will need two red or orange flags mounted on each side of the vehicle no less than 18″ square.  Pilot cars must have an OVERSIZE LOAD sign mounted on the roof of the vehicle clearly visible from the front and rear of the vehicle.  This sign needs to be yellow in color with minimum dimensions of 12″ in height and 60″ in length with black letters no less than 1 1/2″ thick and 10″ in height.  Driver must be a minimum of 18 years of age and have a state issued escort vehicles operators license.  Vehicle must be equipped with 2 horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber colored flashing light no less than 4″ in diameter which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet.

Wisconsin DOT.
Contact information:

Physical address:
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Motor Carrier Services (oversize)
PO Box 7980
Madison, WI  53707-7980

Emailoversize-permits.dmv@dot.wi.gov
Help telephone line: 608-266-7320
Fax: 608-264-7751
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:o0 pm
Central Time Zone

Wisconsin road & highway conditions.
Wisconsin DOT website – oversize and overweight.
Wisconsin permit applications .

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 Wisconsin State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

West Virginia State Shipping Regulations

West Virginia State Shipping Regulations

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

West Virginia state shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking as per the DOT permits department.

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West Virginia state shipping regulations for heavy haul trucking and pilot car companies.

West Virginia State Regulations – Oversize Shipping, Trucking and Transport permits
West Virginia State DOT Trucking Information.

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Trucking company and pilot car directory.

Legal load limits.

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Legal travel times.

When are pilot cars required

Pilot car certifications.

Wisconsin DOT

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 West Virginia State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

 

Washington State Shipping Regulations

Washington State Shipping Regulations

Washington state shipping regulations DOT limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

Washington state DOT rules and regulations for oversize and overweight trucking.

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Legal load limits.
Washington DOT legal load size & weight limitations: 

Length: The maximum overall length allowed legally is 75′.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 14’ tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs.
Overhang: 3′ in the front measured from the manufacturers front bumper and 15′ rear is the maximum and measured from the center of the rear axle.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: No set limits other than travel times. Case by case basis for routine maximums.
Width: 2 lane, 14′ or less, multi-lane roads with barrier strip 16′
Height:  16′ (note anything over 14′ will be required a pilot car w/height pole).
Weight: Single axle 22,000 lbs, tandem 34,000 lbs, tridum 55,000 lbs, quadem 70,000 lbs, gross weight on 5 axles 99,200 lbs, 6 axles 108,200 lbs, 8 axles 156,000 lbs.  These weights are limitations and totally dependent upon federal bridge formula.  Superload is 200,000 lbs. Also tire weight on all axles – 600 pounds per inch tire width.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 15′ in the rear – also read in “legal loads” above.

NOTE: Non-divisible loads can not be made smaller or lighter. Exception: Dozers have have blade detached and sitting on trailer. No multiple blades. Loaders may have bucket detached as long as it is a pertinent piece for the loader being transported. No multiple buckets allowed.

Superload information.
Information on superloads for the state of Washington:

Superloads are classified as vehicles or loads that are non-divisible (or a combination of the two) that weigh in excess of 200,000 lbs or over 16′ in height or over 16′ in width in Washington state. A superload application must be submitted 30 days prior if your shipment exceeds the weight maximum or 7 days if exceeding the height or width maximums. You will need to document why it is in the best interest of the people of Washington state to grant you permission to perform the move, show that it can not be reduced in any way reasonable, have a mechanical drawing of the truck, trailer and shipment showing all of the axle positions, why you can’t perform the shipment via water, have an iron clad route in mind, a detailed plan for controlling traffic, how you plan to use your pilot cars, show that you are aware of all railroad route time tables if performing any crossings, and have a way to prove that any kind of emergency vehicle at any time can easily get past you. If you have all of this together then the Washington DOT will take a look at it and may even charge you for their time. Superloads in Washington should be completely handled by a professional or you may loose time and money. If you need assistance please see our consultation section as we have staff that specialize in superload shipments.

Legal truck travel times.
Travel times and restrictions in Washington:

7 days a week.  One half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset is permitted.  No movement after 3 pm on Fridays, Sunday and only travel until 12 noon.  Holiday travel is not permitted on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Labor day, Thanksgiving, Independence day and Christmas day.   If the holiday is on a Saturday or a Sunday there will be no Friday or Monday travel permitted.  The Washington State permit office is closed on the above holidays in addition to Martin Luther Kings day, Presidents day and Veterans day however travel is not restricted on these holidays as well as Columbus day and George Washington’s birthday.  Night travel is permitted for shipments that are under 12′ wide, 14′ 6″ in height and 105′ overall in length.  Overweight only loads that do NOT exceed any of the legal maximums in width, height or length are permitted to travel 24/7 as long as the tractor can maintain the minimum rated speed limit for that particular road or highway.

Notes:  There are travel restriction times during heavy traffic hours for Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Everett and Vancouver.  Please call the main number above for exact times or refer to the documentation on the permit that is issued.

When are pilot cars required.
Pilot car and escort vehicle information:

Length: If load is over 105′ in length you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Width: If over 11′ in width you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Height: If height of load exceeds 14′ 6″ a front high pole pilot car (escort vehicle) is required.
Weight: If this is your only exceeded limit NO pilot car/escort vehicle is required as long as tractor can maintain minimum road speeds.
Overhang: No set limits, case by case basis.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car and escort vehicle certification and equipment requirements:

Pilot car or escort vehicles may be a car, truck of SUV as long as it has a gross vehicle maximum rating at least 14,000 pounds and a wheelbase of at least 60″ in width.  Headlights must be on at all times while escorting shipment. Each vehicle must be equipped with 2 amber lights on top of the vehicle and horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber colored flashing light which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet.  Company identification signs must be placed on both sides of the pilot car (escort vehicle) displaying the name of the company, phone number and be placed on both the left and right hand sides of the vehicle. These signs must be no less that 8″ tall x 12″ wide and identity writing must be plainly legible. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device, a 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C.  A sign hand help sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. 3 bi-directional road safety triangles.  While operating the vehicle the driver will is required to wear a reflective safety vest, jacket or shirt.  A orange hard hard and a first aid kit must be kept in the vehicle.  A non-conductive height measuring device that is to be used while escorting loads with any height in excess of 14′ 6″ and should be set at a length of no more than 6″ above the actual height of the load and no less than 3″.  Pilot car (escort vehicle) operators are NOT allowed to carry passengers other than co-workers. Washington state escort drivers are required by law to be state certified and have a copy of their Washington State Certification ID in the vehicle at all times.  Some programs in other states may qualify the driver to operate in Washington State but you will want to verify this by calling the main office number above.    Pilot cars (escort vehicles) must keep a distance of no less than 1/2 mile from the shipment they are escorting.  If at any time ANY vehicle either the actual shipment or escorting vehicle is delayed from each other said vehicle MUST pull over and wait for the other to resume position.  All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle.  Sign must be at least 5′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 10″ tall and 1 1/2″ in width.  Sign must be a minimum of 5′ above the pavement.  Vehicle should  have 2 safety flags red or orange in color and be a minimum of 18″ of length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle but this (the flags) are NOT mandatory at the time of this publishing.

Washington DOT information.
Contact information for Washington state DOT office:

Physical address:
State Department of Transportation
921 Lakeridge Way
PO Box 47367
Olympia, WA  98504-6340

Ports of entry:
The ports do NOT issue permits in the State of Washington.
Bow Hill: (I-5 S) 360-766-6196, Plymouth: (I-82 N) 509-734-7043, Ridgefield: (I-5 N) 360-887-8231, Spokane: (I-90 W) 509-226-3366

Email: if you know of a good one please leave it below.
Help telephone line: 360-704-6340
Fax: 360-704-6350
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 5:o0 pm
Pacific Time Zone

Click here for the State DOT Website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.
Click here for Washington State road & highway conditions.

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 Washington State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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