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Maine State Shipping Regulations

Maine State Shipping Regulations

Maine DOT regulations for shipping oversize and overweight loads. Trucking company and pilot car reference.

Maine oversize shipping regulations.

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Legal load limits.

California DOT legal size and weight limitations:

Length: 69′ overall and the maximum length of your trailer can not exceed 48′
Width: 8′ 6″ in the maximum width allowed by Maine DOT.
Height: 14′ is the maximum height allowed to travel in Maine legally.
Weight: 80,000 lbs GVW is the maximum weight allowed without a permit.

Routine trucking permits.

Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the Maine state DOT office:

Length: 125’ in length is the maximum for a routine trucking permit.
Width: 16’ wide is the maximum for a routine permit and anything wider than this will require a police escort. If over 18′ wide you will not be allowed to travel on the turnpike.
Height: 16’ high in the most on a routine permit (13′ 6″ is the limit on the Maine turnpike) and this depends on your routing. If you are close to this or over you will possibly have to have a route survey done and you will be required to notify all utility companies that have obstructions along your route.
Weight: Tandem axles: 52,000 lbs, tridum axles: 75,000 lbs, quadem axles: 100,000 lbs. Gross weight for 5 axles is: 130,000 lbs, for 6 axles: 140,000 lbs, and for 7 axles is the maximum gross weight allowed is: 167,000 lbs maximum.

Maine DOT superload information:

Anything that is over 125′ long, 16′ wide, 16′ tall or over 125,000 lbs in weight is considered a superload by the Maine DOT. Permit approval could take 30 days depending on your proposed route and how far you want to exceed legal limits.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.

Maine DOT permitted travel times and travel restrictions:

One 1/2 before and 1/2 hour after sunset rule applies. With the exception of during the months of July and August you may travel on Saturdays and Sundays but may not during these 2 months. There is no holiday travel on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Columbus day, Veterans day, Thanksgiving day, Black Friday and on Christmas day.

NOTES: Turnpike travel: you may travel on the Maine turnpike  during the daylight hours from Monday until Friday at 12 noon. You may not travel on the weekends. Max width if 14′ 6″ and for height see “Routine permits” above. You can reach the Maine turnpike office at 207-871-7771. Mobile home shipments can only travel on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and on Thursdays – after that you may not travel. Night shipments may be approved but have to clear the Maine state police for permission first.

When pilot cars are required.

If your shipment is over any of the following you will be required to have a pilot car or escort vehicle by the Maine DOT office.

If highway is divided, a single pilot car or escort vehicle is to be positioned at the rear of the vehicle. If the highway is undivided, a single pilot car or escort vehicle is to be positioned at the front of the truck and trailer.

Width: 12’ to 14’ requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle., 14’6” to 15’11” requires 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles.
Height: Over 16’ requires a state police escort.
Length: Over 79’ 11” requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 110’ requires 2 pilot cars (escort vehicles).  Over 125’ requires a state police escort.

NOTES: Signs must say “oversize load” in 10” high black letters on a yellow background.
They must be at least 7’ wide by 18” high and posted on both the front and rear.
18” by 18” flags must be posted on all four corners of load. Pilot cars must have 2-way radio that has contact with at least a ½ mile range. The truck must have a flashing amber light on top of the cab.

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How to apply for trucking permits.

Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles
207-287-8632 Phone
Maine State Trucking information website: http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/commercial/olperms.htm

The Maine turnpike requires a separate permit and has its own size/weight
limits.  (800) 698-7747 or 207-871-7771 phone. Permits can be purchased
at Maine Turnpike toll plazas. Cost is $10.

 

NOTES: Signs must say “oversize load” in 10” high black letters on a yellow background.
They must be at least 7’ wide by 18” high and posted on both the front and rear.
18” by 18” flags must be posted on all four corners of load. Pilot cars must have 2-way radio that has contact with at least a ½ mile range. The truck must have a flashing amber light on top of the cab.

Required shipment truck and trailer markings.

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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 Maine State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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