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Florida State Shipping Regulations

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

Florida state shipping regulations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements.

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

How to apply for oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

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

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

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Additional information:

Heavy haul trucking and oversize load permit limitations.

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

Super loads.

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

Required truck signs, flags and lights.

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

Special permit requirements.

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

 

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

 

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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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Arkansas State Shipping Regulations

These are the 2018 Arkansas State DOT shipping laws, rules, regulations and limitations for transporting oversize and heavy haul loads.

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Arkansas State trucking regulations for heavy haul.
Arkansas State Regulations – Oversize Shipping, trucking and transport permits
Arkansas State DOT Trucking Information.



Physical address:
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
10324 Interstate 30
Little Rock, AR 72203

Email: ahppermit@arkansashighways.com
Help: telephone line: 501-569-2381 order permits by phone from 6 am to 4:30 pm M-F.
Fax: 501-568-1565
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Central Time Zone

Click here for the Arkansas State DOT website for oversize and overweight hauling permits.

Legal Loads:
Length: There is currently “no set maximum” for vehicles. Trailer length maximum is 53’.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, 20,000 single, 34,000 tandem.
Overhang: 3′ in the rear and 6′ in the front.

Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:
Length: Since STATE NAME has no said length restrictions you overall length approval will depend on your proposed route.
Width: 16′ on four lanes roads and highways and 15′ on two lane roads and highways.
Height: 15′ is about the most you can get away with on routine permits and main routes. Anything taller than that off of the main roads should prepare to have a route survey performed.
Weight: STATE NAME is somewhat difficult in weight determination. If you are over 120,000 lbs or have any extremely heavy axle groupings you will be considered a super-load. All applications for permits will a computer analysis done with anything that fails being then evaluated by the district bridge supervisor for further review. If you are under 100,000 pounds and main road routing proposed you will probably get permitted routinely. Remember this however; anything for any amount of time can happen in this state when extreme weights are considered.
Overhang: It doesn’t get much better than this; 30′ rear and 15′ front for overhang.

Travel times and restrictions:
No weekend travel is permitted in STATE. You can request to travel on the weekend when you are applying for your permit however. They have been known to grant weekend travel to loads that are say 14′ in width or a little on the heavy side but do not count on approval. Travel is not permitted on the following holidays: New Years day, Good Friday, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. The permit office is also closed on these days as well.

Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:
Length: If load is 75′ to 95′ on a 2 load road you will need one rear pilot car (escort).
Width: 10′ 6″ to 12′ wide on a 2 lane road requires 1 front pilot car. On a 4 lane road up to 12′ wide requires no escorts. When load is 12′ 1″ to 14′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required on all 2 lane roads and 1 rear on all 4 lane roads. For loads 14′ 1″ – 15′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required. 15′ 1″ to 16′ wide on 2 lane requires 2 front pilot cars (escorts) and 1 rear pilot car (escort). On 4 all lane roads 1 front and 2 rear pilot cars (escorts) are required. If you do have a permit for weekend travel you will be required to have a police escort. Districts and Parkways may require additional escorts as well. Vehicles traveling with a width of over 14′ wide will not be allowed to travel on Fridays except on Parkway. Maximum width allowed on the Parkway is 16′ and must be accompanied by police escort if over 15′.
Height: If height of load exceeds 15′ a front high pole card is required.
Weight: Check with the State of to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: If front over hang is over 10′ on 2 or 4 lane roads 1 front pilot car (escort) is required. If rear overhang exceeds 10′ on a 2 or 4 lane road one rear escort is required.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:
All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a bumper or roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle. Sign must be at least 5′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 10″ tall and 1 1/2″ in width. Vehicle must have 2 safety flags red or orange in color and be a minimum of 18″ of length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle. Company identification signs must be placed on both sides of the pilot car (escort vehicle) displaying the name of the company, phone number and be placed on both the left and right hand sides of the vehicle. These signs must be no less that 8″ tall x 12″ wide and identity writing must be plainly legible. Vehicle must be equipped with a horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber colored flashing light which must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device, 2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. A red safety colored flag with handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).

For a vehicle to qualify; all pilot car/escort vehicles must have a gross weight over over 2,000 pounds but also have a manufacturers gross weight rating of less than 26,000 pounds.

Arkansas cities: Adona, Alexander, Alicia, Allport, Alma, Almyra, Alpena, Altheimer, Altus, Amagon, Amity, Anthonyville, Antoine, Arkadelphia, Arkansas City, Ashdown, Ash Flat, Atkins, Aubrey, Augusta, Austin, Avoca, Bald Knob, Banks, Barling, Bassett, Batesville, Bauxite, Bay, Bearden, Beaver, Beebe, Beedeville, Bella Vista, Bellefonte, Belleville, Ben Lomond, Benton, Bentonville, Bergman, Berryville, Bethel Heights, Bigelow, Big Flat, Biggers, Birdsong, Black Oak, Black Rock, Black Springs, Blevins, Blue Eye, Blue Mountain, Bluff City, Blytheville, Bodcaw, Bonanza, Bono, Booneville, Bradford, Bradley, Branch, Briarcliff, Brinkley, Brookland, Bryant, Buckner, Bull Shoals, Burdette, Cabot, Caddo Valley, Caldwell, Cale, Calico Rock, Calion, Camden, Cammack Village, Campbell Station, Caraway, Carlisle, Carthage, Casa, Cash, Caulksville, Cave City, Cave Springs, Cedarville, Centerton, Central City, Charleston, Cherokee Village, Cherry Valley, Chester, Chidester, Clarendon, Clarksville, Clinton, Coal Hill, College City, College Station, Colt, Concord, Conway, Corinth, Corning, Cotter, Cotton Plant, Cove, Coy, Crawfordsville, Crossett, Cushman, Daisy, Damascus, Danville, Dardanelle, Datto, Decatur, Delaplaine, Delight, Dell, Denning, De Queen, Dermott, Des Arc, De Valls Bluff, De Witt, Diamond City, Diaz, Dierks, Donaldson, Dover, Dumas, Dyer, Dyess, Earle, East Camden, East End, Edmondson, Egypt, Elaine, El Dorado, Elkins, Elm Springs, Emerson, Emmet, England, Enola, Etowah, Eudora, Eureka Springs, Evening Shade, Everton, Fairfield Bay, Fargo, Farmington, Fayetteville, Felsenthal, Fifty-Six, Fisher, Flippin, Fordyce, Foreman, Forrest City, Fort Smith, Fouke, Fountain Hill, Fountain Lake, Fourche, Franklin, Fredonia (Biscoe), Friendship, Fulton, Garfield, Garland, Garner, Gassville, Gateway, Gentry, Georgetown, Gibson, Gilbert, Gillett, Gillham, Gilmore, Glenwood, Goshen, Gosnell, Gould, Grady, Grannis, Gravel Ridge, Gravette, Greenbrier, Green Forest, Greenland, Greenway, Greenwood, Greers Ferry, Griffithville, Grubbs, Guion, Gum Springs, Gurdon, Guy, Hackett, Hamburg, Hampton, Hardy, Harrell, Harrisburg, Harrison, Hartford, Hartman, Haskell, Hatfield, Havana, Haynes, Hazen, Heber Springs, Hector, Helena, Hensley, Hermitage, Hickory Ridge, Higden, Higginson, Highfill, Highland, Hindsville, Holland, Holly Grove, Hope, Horatio, Horseshoe Bend, Horseshoe Lake, Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Houston, Hoxie, Hughes, Humnoke, Humphrey, Hunter, Huntington, Huntsville, Huttig, Imboden, Jacksonport, Jacksonville, Jasper, Jennette, Jericho, Jerome, Johnson, Joiner, Jonesboro, Judsonia, Junction City, Keiser, Kensett, Keo, Kibler, Kingsland, Knobel, Knoxville, Lafe, LaGrange, Lake City, Lake Hamilton, Lakeview, Lake View, Lake Village, Lamar, Lavaca, Leachville, Lead Hill, Leola, Lepanto, Leslie, Letona, Lewisville, Lexa, Lincoln, Little Flock, Little Rock, Lockesburg, London, Lonoke, Lonsdale, Louann, Lowell, Luxora, Lynn, McAlmont, McCaskill, McCrory, McDougal, McGehee, McNab, McNeil, McRae, Madison, Magazine, Magness, Magnolia, Malvern, Mammoth Spring, Manila, Mansfield, Marianna, Marie, Marion, Marked Tree, Marmaduke, Marshall, Marvell, Maumelle, Mayflower, Maynard, Melbourne, Mena, Menifee, Midland, Mineral Springs, Minturn, Mitchellville, Monette, Monticello, Montrose, Moorefield, Moro, Morrilton, Morrison Bluff, Mountainburg, Mountain Home, Mountain Pine, Mountain View, Mount Ida, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Mulberry, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Newark, Newport, Nimmons, Norfork, Norman, Norphlet, North Crossett, North Little Rock, Oak Grove, Oak Grove Heights, Oakhaven, Oden, Ogden, Oil Trough, O’Kean, Okolona, Ola, Omaha, Oppelo, Osceola, Oxford, Ozan, Ozark, Palestine, Pangburn, Paragould, Paris, Parkdale, Parkers-Iron Springs, Parkin, Patmos, Patterson, Peach Orchard, Pea Ridge, Perla, Perry, Perrytown, Perryville, Piggott, Pindall, Pine Bluff, Pineville, Piney, Plainview, Pleasant Plains, Plumerville, Pocahontas, Pollard, Portia, Portland, Pottsville, Powhatan, Poyen, Prairie Creek, Prairie Grove, Prattsville, Prescott, Pyatt, Quitman, Ratcliff, Ravenden, Ravenden Springs, Reader, Rector, Redfield, Reed, Reyno, Rison, Rockport, Rockwell, Roe, Rogers, Rondo, Rose Bud, Rosston, Rudy, Russell, Russellville, St. Charles, St. Francis, St. Joe, St. Paul, Salem, Salem, Salesville, Scott, Scranton, Searcy, Sedgwick, Shannon Hills, Sheridan, Sherrill, Sherwood, Shirley, Sidney, Siloam Springs, Smackover, Smithville, South Lead Hill, Sparkman, Springdale, Springtown, Stamps, Star City, Stephens, Strawberry, Strong, Stuttgart, Subiaco, Success, Sulphur Rock, Sulphur Springs, Summit, Sunset, Sweet Home, Swifton, Taylor, Texarkana, Thornton, Tillar, Tinsman, Tollette, Tontitown, Traskwood, Trumann, Tuckerman, Tull, Tupelo, Turrell, Twin Groves, Tyronza, Ulm, Valley Springs, Van Buren, Vandervoort, Victoria, Vilonia, Viola, Wabbaseka, Waldenburg, Waldo, Waldron, Walnut Ridge, Ward, Warren, Washington, Watson, Weiner, Weldon, West Crossett, Western Grove, West Fork, West Helena, West Memphis, West Point, Wheatley, Whelen Springs, White Hall, Wickes, Widener, Wiederkehr Village, Williford, Willisville, Wilmar, Wilmot, Wilson, Wilton, Winchester, Winslow, Winthrop, Woodson, Wooster, Wrightsville, Wynne, Yellville, Zinc.

 

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Oklahoma State Shipping Regulations

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

Oklahoma State Seal.

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Trucking company and live pilot car system.
Locate heavy haul and oversize trucking companies in the state of Oklahoma.

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Locate pilot cars that are in Oklahoma.
Get multiple shipping quotes to ship a oversize or heavy load originating out of Oklahoma.
Order your own oversize trucking permits from Oklahoma state.



Legal load limits.
Oklahoma DOT legal load size limits and weight limitations.

Length: Trailers no longer than 59’ 6” on designated highways. All other roads 53’.
Width: The maximum width allowed by law is: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: The maximum allowed height is 13’ 6”.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW on the interstate and 90,000 off of the interstate on many approved routes. 20,000 single, 34,000 tandem, 42,000 triples.

Routine heavy haul, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by Oklahoma DOT:

Length: No set maximum length is set on routine permits.
Width: For your reference it was 16’ maximum for routine permits (and still is on the Interstates) but now they have raised it to 23′ on pre-approved routes.
Height: Up to 21’ depending on routing. Anything over 15’ 9” requires a high pole.
Weight: Single 20,000 lbs., 40,000 lbs. on Tandem, Tridem 60,000 lbs., Quadem, 80,000 lbs. 5 axles 65,000 lbs., 6 axle 115,000 lbs., 7 axle 135,000 lbs., 8 axles 150,000 lbs. Gross weight and axles: 5 axles: 100,000 lbs. 6 axels: 120,000 lbs, 7 axles 1140,000 lbs, 8 axles: 160,000 lbs. It used to be anything over 150,000 lbs was a superload but now anything that does not comply with OL-1 (read more here) truck standards is now a superload.
Notes: You can put 15,000 on your steer as long as you have a minimum spacing of 15′. You can put up to 20,000 lbs under routine permits as long as you have dual lane trunnion axles or our trailer types page.

Superload information.
Oklahoma ODOT superload information.

Oklahoma superloads are now all about being in compliance with the statutory regulations defined in OL-1. Anything that is not in compliance with OL-1 is going to need to be thoroughly reviewed by the state engineers and maybe even go through a ODOT approval process. If you have any additional information about shipping superloads in Oklahoma state please comment below so we can share that information with our other viewers. It is fine to link back to your own website if you are contributing to our community.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements.
When you will need a pilot car in Oklahoma state.

Length: All roads over 80’ require one front. Over 100’ one front and one rear pilot car.
Width: Loads over 12’ wide, one front on 4 lanes or less or rear if over 4 lanes. Up to 15’ then second escort is required. 18’ or wider needs police escort.
Height: If over 14’ 6” you may be required to have a high pole depending on route..
Note: Permits will state on them if they are valid for either 3 or 5 days.

Travel Restrictions
Times of travel that are permitted.

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset 7 days a week.

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

Size and Weight Permission Department
2401 NW 23 St., Suite 45
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

New Oklahoma State DOT Trucking Information website

Help line: 405-522-9060
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 4:30 pm
Central Standard Time

 

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 Oklahoma State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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Kansas State Shipping Regulations

Kansas state shipping regulations, limitations and laws for oversize and over weight loads over roads and highways.

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Kansas oversize shipping regulations

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Legal Loads

Length: Trailer may be no longer than 59’ 6”.  At this time we have no clarification on max over hang. Figure 3’ front and 4’ in the rear as a basic standard.
Width:  8’ 6”.
Height: 14’
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW



Routine heavy haul, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.

Length:  Up to 126’ overall depending on route.
Width: Figure up to 16’ 6” as a routine permit. Over 16’ 6” is a super load.
Height: Up to 17’ depending on routing.  Anything over 17’ is a superload.
Weight:  Single 22,000 lbs., 45,000 lbs. on Tandem, Tridem 60,000 lbs., Quadem, 65,000 lbs.  5 axles 95,000 lbs., 6 axle 110,000 lbs., 7 axle 150,000 lbs., 8 axles 150,000 lbs.  Over 150,000 lbs is a super load.

Pilot Car – Escort vehicle requirements.

Length: All roads over 90’ require one rear/chase.
Width: Loads over 14’ wide, one front escort and one rear. 4 lanes or less may eliminate rear escort with amber light on the cab and rear or load.  Light must be at least 2’ high from pavement and no more than 8’ from pavement.  Does not apply to super or over 4 lanes.
Height: If over 17’ you need a high pole escort.
Note: Permits will state on them if they are valid for either 3 or 5 days.

 

Travel Restrictions

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset 7 days a week. No night movements except for overweight only.

 

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

Motor Carrier Services Bureau
Docking State Office Building
915 SW Harrison, Room 150
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-368-6501 – if you’re having trouble, read below.

POSTED: NOV 1, 2013

Kansas State DOT called us today. They have a short staff at the moment and ask that you please try to plan ahead as best as you can when ordering permits and avoid last minute orders. If you are experiencing difficulty getting through to someone you will have to keep trying. If you need to order a trucking permit that is NOT a superload, the best thing you can do is complete this application and fax it in with your payment information (included on the form). IMPORTANT: make a notation at the top saying either “e-mail back” or “fax back”, and make sure that field is clear on the application. The agent will send it back to you via the method you specified. They have two things happening: 1. They are short staffed. 2. They are finishing up an automated oversize trucking permit and routing system called K-TRIPS which will be easy to use and similar to the permitting system Texas has TxPROS. You can read more about the system the Kansas DOT will release in this article by hutchnews.

It has been asked by some employees within the state that you call the governors secretary and ask that more money be delegated to the oversize permitting office. But, since the KS governor is aware of the new system which will be released later this year, it probably will not help. In case you wish to call, here is that number: 785-296-3232 


Kansas State DOT Trucking Information website.

The normal hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 8 am until 5:00 pm.
Get information on Kansas road closures and Kansas closed road reports.

 

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 Kansas State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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Indiana State Shipping Regulations

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

 

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Indiana State Trucking Permit Regulations – oversize trucking and transport.

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

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

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

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

317-615-7200 Voice

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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Illinois State Shipping Regulations for oversize and heavy haul.

Illinois State Shipping Regulations for oversize and heavy haul.

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

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

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

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

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

Superload information:
Illinois DOT superload information.

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

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

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

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

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

When pilot cars are required:

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

Required pilot car certifications:

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

How to apply for trucking permits:

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

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

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

Hours: from 8 AM until 4:30 PM

Central Time Zone

 

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

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