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South Dakota State Shipping Regulations

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

South Dakota oversize and overweight trucking regulations and DOT permits

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Legal load limitations.
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 trucking permits.
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′ wide on four lanes roads and highways and 15′ on two lane roads and highways.  Up to 20′ wide on Interstate highways has been approved routinely.
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.
Permitted travel times and restrictions:

Important info:  See the South Dakota DOT current route restriction report.  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.

When pilot cars are required.
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. For South Dakota vertical clearances they have a list of the bridge heights online here.
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.

South Dakota bridge weight limit map.

Pilot car requirements and certifications.
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 manufacturer’s gross weight rating of less than 26,000 pounds.

South Dakota DOT
South Dakota DOT information:

Physical address:
South Dakota Division of Highway Patrol
Capitol Building, Pierre, SD  57501-5070
Charleston, WV 25305

Email: wayne.j.kessinger@wv.gov
Help telephone line: 605-773-7144
Fax: 605-773-7144
Hours: Monday – Friday 5:00 am – 5:o0 pm
Central Time Zone

Click here for the State DOT Website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.

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 South Dakota State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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South Carolina State Shipping Regulations

South Carolina DOT shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking on state highway and roads.

South Carolina shipping regulations.

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Legal load limits.
Legal load sizes and weights:

Length: 60′ is the overall maximum length allowed without a permit.
Width: 8′ 6″ in the maximum legal width allowed to travel on state roads.
Height: 13′ 6″ is the maximum legal height allowed to travel without a permit.
Weight: 80,000 lbs maximum GVW is the maximum weight permitted to travel without a permit.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 6′ in the rear is the maximum permitted overhang for legal travel.

Routine trucking permits.
Trucking permits for overweight and oversize loads that are handled on a daily basis:

Length: 125′ in length pretty much is the maximum for routing permits. 100′ in length is the maximum on mobile homes. Overhang see; escort requirements below but the maximum is about 15′ in length.
Width: 16′ in width is the maximum allowed on a routine permit. Over this width depending on routing and you may become a superload.
Height: 16′ in height is about the maximum. Anything over 16′ in height and you start to run into trouble. Any shipment that is over 16′ in height will be required to have a route survey done prior to getting a permit issued. Also your routing requires that the overall height of your shipment is a minimum of 6″ less that any obstructions on the route in order to get that route approved routinely.
Weight: Single axle maximum weight: 20,000 lbs, tandem axle maximum weight is 40,000 lbs, tridum axle maximum weight is 50,000 lbs, quadem axle maximum weight is 70,000 lbs, 5 axle maximum weight is 90,000 lbs, 6 axle maximum weight is 110,000 lbs, 7 axle maximum weight is 130,000 lbs. Anything over 130,000 lbs in weight is a superload and will need to have a bridge analysis done. See superload section below.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 15′ of rear overhang is about all you are going to get. You can call for more information but expect trouble.
Notes: South Carolina DOT is pretty tough on shipments that exceed any of these weight/dimensions. So if you are a boat shipper you’d better figure out a way to cut that fly-bridge off, sorry and don’t shoot the messenger.

Superload information.
We have the following information available on superloads:

As far as length goes you can get some play as long as your routing keeps you away from historic areas. Width is the same thing with traffic density and population considered. Height is big trouble with the South Carolina DOT. You will be required to have a pilot car with you at all times if you are over 16′ in height for sure. Count on a full route survey for shipments over the 16′ in height and remember that they are NOT going to want to let you travel ANY route where the clearance is less than the required 6″ overage in height. So if you are 18′ in height then the obstruction on the proposed route needs to be a minimum of 18′ 6″ in height or you are going to have delays in getting your permit. Weight is a serious issue if you want to cross over ANY bridges so if your shipment is over 130,000 lbs in overall gross weight get ready for bridge studies and time delays. Our suggestion: examine routing alternatives. Overhang is a rare issue but when it comes up and you are wanting to overhang in excess of 15′ you are going to have trouble. This is the case anytime you want to exceed the basic rule which is more than 1/3 of the overall shipment length; you just don’t do it as it’s too dangerous and the South Carolina DOT knows it.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.
Permitted travel times and restrictions:

The 1 half hour after sunrise and 1 half hour before sunset rule applies. Travel is permitted Monday through Saturday with no travel permitted on Sundays. It is possible to get Sunday travel approved but the basic rule is “no travel on Sundays“. If you are allowed to travel on a Sunday it will be clearly stated on your travel permit.  You may not travel on the following holidays: New Years day, Independence day, Labor day, Memorial day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. You may not travel past 12 noon on the day previous of the holiday day and until after 12 noon on the day after the holiday. In high traffic density areas you are not allowed to travel from 7 AM -9 Am and 3 PM – 6PM if you are in excess of 14′ in width. If you are 16′ in width or over, on Saturdays you are only permitted to travel between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM with no travel before or after permitted in any locations.

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

Length: Length is tricky in South Carolina, call the DOT to make sure. Leave your comments below for others please.
Width: From 12′ to 14′ in width will require 1 front pilot car (escort vehicle) on 2 lane roads. 14′ to 16′ in width will require 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle) on all roads in the state. If your shipment is over 16′ in width you will be required to have 3 pilot cars (escort vehicles) 1 front, 1 rear and 1 police escort in the rear.
Height: It all depends on your routing. You could be required to have a pilot car (escort vehicle) with a height pole the entire trip if you are 13′ 7″  (seriously). Please share your expertise with others below.
Weight: If you are approved for weight and able to maintain the minimum speed requirements the South Carolina DOT permit office will probably not require you to have a pilot car (escort vehicle).
Overhang: If your pulling a 48′ or a 53′ (just to clarify) long trailer and you have less than 15′ of overhang you can probably get away with flagging or amber lighting your shipment instead of a rear pilot car (escort vehicle). Anything over the 15′ mark and forget it you will be required to have a pilot car (escort vehicle).

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications & requirements:

The South Carolina DOT is pretty relaxed on pilot cars. You are required to have the proper banner/sign stating “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDELOAD” displayed either prominently on the top of the vehicle or on the front of lead vehicles or rear of chase vehicles. You must have a flashing or strobing amber light on the top of the vehicle that is visible from 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′. You are required to have a CB radio or 2 way communication device and be in communication with all drivers working on your shipment. You are required to have your headlights turned on while working.

Note: It is only our professional opinion that pilot cars also have a minimum of the additional items but not required:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a paddle 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 a handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 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).

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

Amber lights: you are required to have 1 rotating or strobing rear amber light on any vehicle that is  shipping a load in excess of 12′ in width. Flags in safety colored orange or red with a minimum length in any direction of 12″ must be mounted on the 4 outer most corners of the entire overall shipment. Banner signs stating “OVERSIZE LOAD” OR “WIDELOAD” must be placed on the rear and front of the overall shipment. Banner signs must have a letter height of no less than 12′ and have a letter thickness of no less than 1 1/2″. Banner signs must have a yellow background with black lettering.

South Carolina DOT & information.
South Carolina DOT contact and other useful information:

Address:
South Carolina Department of Transportation – DOT
PO Box 191
Columbia, SC  39202

Telephone help line: 803-737-6769
Fax number: 803-737-2199
Hours of operation: 8 AM until 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday – EASTERN TIME ZONE.
South Carolina DOT oversize/overweight information website.
South Carolina DOT road closures and conditions reports.
South Carolina guidelines for movement of oversize and overweight loads.
South Carolina do it yourself single trip permit application – warning you can loose your money if you are not trained.

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 South Carolina State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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Pennsylvania State Shipping Regulations

These are the Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania DOT regulations for oversize trucking and shipping.

PA DOT regulations for oversize trucking.

Tucking company & pilot car directory.
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Legal load limits.
Pennsylvania DOT legal load size & weight limitations and restrictions:

Length: The maximum typical length overall is 70′ long in divided roads and 60′ on undivided roads and highways.
Width: You can figure up to 8′ 6″ on the major routes however some routes are restricted to only 8′. Be sure to check with the PA DOT is you aren’t going to always be on a major route.
Height: 13′ 6″ is the maximum legal allowed height of any shipment.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW.
Overhang: 4′ in the front and 6′ off of the rear of the trailer.

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

Length: 120′ is about it unless you are only traveling on a 4 lane highway which is about 160′ in length depending on the route you wish to take. Anything over 160′ in length is considered a superload.
Width: You can figure on about 15′ wide for a routine permit. If traveling on only the major routes you can get 16′ in width routinely. Anything over 16′ wide however is considered a superload.
Height: 14′ 6″ is about the maximum for height. Anything that is over 16′ in height is considered a superload.
Weight: Single axle: 27,000 lbs., tandem axles: 52,000 lbs., tridum exles: 72,000 lbs. Gross weights are: 5 axles 116,000 to 120,000 lbs., 6 axles: 127,000 to 147,000 lbs., 7 axles: 136,000 to 174,000 lbs., 8 axles: 136,000 to 201,000 lbs. Once you get over 201,000 lbs in weight you are considered a superload.
Overhang: Case by case depending on routing and how much you are overall with/without overhang.

Superload information.
Pennsylvania superload information:

We don’t have a lot of info on PA superloads so if you have any to share please do so for our other visitors using the simple form on the bottom.

Length: Anything over 160′ in length is considered a superload by the PA DOT.
Width: Any shipment in excess of 16′ in width is considered a superload by the PA DOT.
Height: The height in PA is pretty open as they know their clearance capabilities. So, depending on your route will determine your status.
Weight: As stated previously any shipment that is in excess of 201,000 lbs is considered a superload by the PA DOT.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.
Pennsylvania DOT permitted travel times and restrictions:

You are allowed to travel from sunrise to sunset in most areas in PA as long as it’s not within larger city limits. Ultimately you will need to refer to your permit as with most states for exact times of travel. There is no travel allowed on Sundays but you are permitted to travel until Noon on Saturdays. If you are overweight only your permit will allow you 24 hour travel 7 days a week up to 107,000 lbs. For mobile home shipments that are 16′ in width or more you are not allowed to travel of Friday or Saturday. The following holidays are no travel days as well: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. You may only travel up until noon on the day before the holiday if it is on a weekday.

When pilot cars are required.
If you max out over any of the below you will be required to have at least one pilot car or escort vehicle:

Length: On all roads if your shipment is over 90′ in length you will require at least one rear (chase) pilot car.
Width: 2 lanes over 13′ wide requires one front and one rear pilot car/escort. 3 lanes up to 13′ only requires one chase.
Height:  If your shipment is over 14′ 6″ in height you will be required to have a high pole escort vehicle with your load.
Weight: Not required as long as truck can maintain minimum posted traffic sppeds.
Overhang: This is decided on a case by case basis.

PA pilot car certifications.
Pennsylvania pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements for operating within the state:

 

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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 Pennsylvania State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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Oregon State Shipping Regulations

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

Oregon state trucking regulations for oversize and overweight shipping over the road.

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Oregon can be a tough state to ship OD and OW loads. We know, we’re based out of this state. If you have any knowledge or information that you feel would be helpful to others please share it below. Thank you!

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Oregon oversize and over weight trucking permits.

Legal load limits in Oregon.
Oregon ODOT legal load size & weight limitations:

Length: Maximum length is determined by the trailer: 53′.
Width: 102″ or 8’6″ – if over you will be required to have a permit.
Height: The maximum height allowed in 14′. Anything over is required to have a permit to move.
Weight: Over 80,000 lbs GVW or 20,000 per single axle or 34,000 lbs on tandem axles.
Overhang: 4′ in the front and 5′ off of the rear. Anything in excess is required to be permitted.
Notes: Some roads may require a permit for a 53′ trailer so be sure to check with ODOT first.

Routine issued trucking permits.
Trucking permits that ODOT will routinely issue – maximums:

Length: 80’ overall then approval could take longer depending on requested route.
Width: 15′
Height: 17′
Weight: Single 21,500 lbs., 43,000 lbs. on Tandem.  Once you exceed 98,000 lbs. you can expect permit issuance delays – be sure to visit and read state documentation link above.
Overhang: No set limitations. Done on a case by case basis depending on route.

Dozer blades that are over-width must removed and are allowed to be hauled with the dozer on same trailer even if the blade makes the shipment overweight. Make sure that you tell the ODOT permits office that you are shipping a dozer so they document it on your permit. For annual permits that are over-length and over-weight 48′ trailers are permitted to travel on some length restricted highways. Highway 395 from Pendleton, OR to John Day, OR is a good example as well as and highway 25 which spans the entire state will allow some divisible loads that exceed 80,000 pounds. These types of permits can be obtained from the Port of Entry or from the Oregon DMV for $8. Simply contact them at any of the offices listed below. If you are shipping anything overweight or oversize in Oregon you want to refer to the  Oregon State informationissued guide  for more detailed information. This is pretty much a must read for shipping in this state, especially if you are transporting items through the state off of I-5.

Superload information.
Oregon superload information:

Length: Loads that are over 150 in length are considered superloads.
Width: Loads over 16′ wide in the interstate (I-5) and (I-84) or over 14′ wide on 2 lane highways. If over 16′ wide you must obtain approval from the districts it is travelling through.
Height: Any load in excess of 17′ tall is considered a superload.
Notes: Superloads will take extra time to process permits so plan on it.

When pilot cars are required in Oregon.
You will be required to have pilot cars if you meet any of the following:

On Interstate, many 2 lane highways in districts closer to Portland:
Length: Over 120′ – 1 escort, over 140′ – as required on permit
Width: Over 14′ – 1 escort, over 16′ – as required on permit
Height: Over 14’6” – 1 escort

On GREEN routes:
Length: Over 105′ – 1 pilot car/ truck escort, over 120′ – 2 pilot cars/truck escorts, over 140′ is on a case by case basis.

Width: Over 12′ – 1 escort, over 14′ – 2 escorts, over 16′ – as required on permit
Height: Over 14’6” – 1 pilotcar/truck escot.
Length: Over 105′ – 1 pilot car/ truck escort, over 120′ – 2 pilot cars/truck escorts, over 140′ is on a case by case basis.

Most other 2 lane routes:
Width: Over 9′ – 1 pilot car/truck escort.
Height: Over 14’6” – 1 escort
Length: Over 95′ – 1 escort, over 120′ – 2 escorts, over 140′ is on a case by case basis.
Note: There are other places in Oregon that may require pilotcars/truck escorts so be sure to check with ODOT first before committing to transport anything within this state.

To clarify the information above be sure to refer to the Oregon pilot car attachments and requirements for operating pilot cars and in all districts in Oregon.

Oregon Pilot Car Vehicle Requirements:

Passenger car, pickups or truck tractor of legal size & weight with a 5’x10″  “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign with black letters (8″ high x 1″ minimum thickness) on a yellow background mounted on top of the vehicle. Two amber strobing or flashing lights widely spaced apart with a minimum of a 4″ diameter lens with a minimum of 35 candlepower rating with at least 30 rotations per minute or a revolving light with a minimum of 125 square inches of dome surface with at least 30 rotations per minute. Must be clearly visible from 360 degrees and mounted above vehicle roof. Minimum distance of visibility is 500′. CB or two way radio, two hand held red flags (a minimum of 18″ square) mounted on 3′ minimum staffs, eight safety flares and at least 2 reflective triangles. You can learn more about pilot car and escort requirements on the ODOT website.

Oregon Pilot Car Operator Requirements and certifications:
Oregon does not require a person to be certified to operate a pilot car. If you intend on controlling traffic you must obtain a flaggers license. ODOT has a authorized flagger certification class at: Chemeketa Community College. The class takes about 4 hours. You can find more information here or contact Larry Ralphs at 503-399-5181.

Travel times & restrictions

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour after sunrise and 1/2 hour before sunset Monday thru Friday and until noon on Saturdays. Continuous travel is permitted if your heavy only and should be noted on permit. Travel prohibited on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, from noon on Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day to 1/2 hour before sunrise on the following Monday & from 2 pm on Christmas eve until 1/2 hour before sunrise on the 1st business day following Christmas.

Oregon State DOT (ODOT) Trucking Information website:

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

Oregon Motor Carrier Transportation Division – Over-Dimensional Permit Unit.
Dept. of Transportation Permits Office
Motor Carrier Transport OS/OD Permit Unit
550 Capitol Street, NE
Salem, OR   97301
Hours: 8am – 5pm  Monday – Friday

ODOT oversize information website.
Oregon road closures and conditions.

For oversize trucking permits phone: 503-373-0000
The normal hours of operation for the Motor Carrier Transport Division is Monday thru Friday 7 am until 5 pm. Closed every Wednesday from Noon until 1 pm for staff meetings.

Note: When applying in Oregon for over weight permits you should know they have a strict bridge formula which may delay permit issuance depending on route. Also some counties require permits for travel as well so be sure to ask. Permits are valid for 10 days only.

Trip Permits: (503) 378-6699
Fuel Permits: (503) 373-1634

 

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 Oregon State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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North Carolina State Shipping Regulations

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

North Carolina DOT rules and regulations for heavy haul trucking.

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North Carolina State Trucking Information website.

 

Legal Loads

Length: 60’

Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, Single axle 20,000 lbs., Tandem axle 38,000 lbs.

Width:  102”

Height: 13’ 6”

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

Length:  110’ with no max on lengths upon permit approval.

Weight: Over 80,000 lbs. but under 110,000 lbs. 12,000 lbs. max on steer, Single 25,000 lbs., 50,000 lbs. max on Tandem, 60,000 lbs. max on a Tridem axle.

Width: 15’

Height: 14’ however permissible height is determined by route.

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

North Carolina Oversize, Overweight Permit Unit DOT
1425 Rock Quarry Rd., Suite 109
Raleigh, NC  27610
NC DOT Permit phone: 919-733-4740 or 888-221-8166
Hours of operation 7:30 am until 4 pm., Monday thru Friday

Pilot Car – Escort vehicle requirements.

Length: Over 110’ on escort vehicle in rear.
Width: 2 lanes over 12’ one escort vehicle in front. 4 lanes one escort in rear.  Over 14’ requires one escort vehile in front and one escort vehile in rear.
Height: Over 14’ 6 requires a high pole escort.

Note: Permits are valid for 10 days.

Travel Restrictions

Travel is permitted sunrise to sunset Monday thru Saturday with no travel allowed on Sunday. Continuous travel is permitted if heavy only and under 112,000 lbs. GVW.

North Carolina DOT rules.

North Carolina DOT regulations.

 

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

New York State Shipping Regulations

These are the New York 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 New York.

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New York State Trucking information website:  https://www.nysdot.gov/portal/page/portal/index

Legal Loads.
Length:  65’
Weight:  GVW 80,000 lbs.
Width:  8’ or 8’ 6” on Interstate and other designated highways.
Height:  13’ 6”

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Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Length:  100’
Weight:  5 axles 110,000 lbs. or 6 axles 132,000 lbs.
Width:  14’ and if over 16’ a bond must be posted.
Height: 13’ 11” and if over 14”, you will need a route/height survey.

How to apply for trucking permits.
Department of Transportation Trucking Permit Unit
518-457-1155 Phone
518-457-0367 Fax
Permit costs $40.00 and is valid for 8 days

Pilot – Escort Car Requirements.
NOTE: Police escorts are required for trucks pulling loads that exceed the following:
Width: On 2 Lanes:  Over 16’
Multi-Lanes: Over 18’
Length: On 2 Lanes:
Multi-Lanes: Height: 16’ or more
Weight: 200,000 lbs.

Travel Restrictions.
Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset Monday thru Friday and Saturday until noon.
NOTE: This State does have something called a “thruway permit” which can provide continuous travel. Inquire with the Department of Transportation and Trucking Permit Unit listed above.

 

 

 

New York superload 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 New York State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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New Mexico State Shipping Regulations

New Mexico DOT shipping regulations for the oversize and overweight trucking on state highways and roads.

New mexico shipping rules and regulations.

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Trucking company & pilot car directory.

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New Mexico heavy haul trucking company directory.
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Legal load limits.

Legal load limits:

Length: 65’on non designated highways and 57′ 6″ max trailer length for all other areas.
Height: 14′
Width: 8′ 6″ or 102″
Weight: 80,000 lbs. on interstate roads and 80,640 lbs. on all others.
Overhang: We do not have any information on legal overhang. If you can help please comment below.

Routine trucking permits.

Routinely issued trucking permits:

Length:  There is no clarification on length. We do know that over 190′ is classified as a superload. Routing would be the issue. Please share your expertise below.
Height: 14′
Width: Routine limits on width is another bloodstone.  Routing (mainly sub-routing) is complicated in this state. Please share your expertise below for others.
Weight: This is the routine weights that are allowed on the Interstates in New Mexico. Still routing is the determining factor. Single axle; 23,000 lbs, tandem axles; 46,000 lbs, tridum axles; 60,000 lbs, quadem axles; 68,000 lbs. Roads other than the Interstate all depend on your axle spacings. Gross weights are: 5 axles; 105,000 lbs, 6 axles; 119,000 lbs, 7 axles; 127,000 lbs, 8 axles; 150,000 lbs. Of course all of this is totally dependent on the New Mexico DOT so do not assume anything as it seems they want to review any shipments that are pushing the upper limits as they hold back information so it’s “pending approval”.
Overhang: We do not have any information on legal overhang. If you can help please comment below.

Superload information.

Information on superloads:

Length: anything over 190′ long.
Width: 20′ wide for sure. Possibly less on sub-routes.
Height: We have no number yet.  Maximum routine is 14′ but that is pretty low. We would think that 17′ would be superload height based on the information we have on this state but routing is everything when it comes to height.
Weight: 200,000 pounds and you are a superload.

Travel times & restrictions.

Permitted travel times and restrictions:

The sunrise to sunset rule applies in the state of New Mexico. Sunday travel is not allowed  and holiday restrictions apply.  If the holiday is on a Friday then you can only travel until sunset on Thursday.  So if the holiday is on a Saturday you can not travel past Friday at sunset.  Resuming travel. If the holiday falls on a Saturday you can’t resume travel until Tuesday. Travel is not permitted on the following holidays: New Year’s day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Christmas day and on Thanksgiving day.

Note: In the cities on Albuquerque, Espanola and Santa Fe you can not travel from the hours of 7 – 9 AM and 4 – 6 PM as high traffic density is the worst during this time.

When pilot cars are required in New Mexico.

A pilot car (escort vehicle) is required when:

Pilot cars (escort vehicles) are required for and shipments that exceed 14′ in width and can be even lower depending on the route you wish to travel.  Pilot cars (escorts) are required for loads exceeding 14′ 6″ on any of the restricted highways, see pilot car (escort vehicle) map developed by the New Mexico DOT which will furnish all pilot car (escort vehicles) a complimentary map is you ask. Over length shipments may require a pilot car (escort) for shipments in excess of  90′ in length overall. If you are over 110′ overall you will be required to have 2 pilot cars (1 front & 1 rear). If the width of the load exceeds 20′ wide you will be required to have a police escort and flag person that is certified to control traffic. Maximum height is 16′. If you are over this height you will be required to have a high pole pilot car (escort vehicle).

Pilot car certifications that are required.

Certifications and requirements of pilot cars (escort vehicles) working in the state of New Mexico:

At the New Mexico DOT port of entry your pilot car (escort vehicle) will be required to undergo an inspection for certification by the New Mexico DOT while operating in their state. The driver will be required to show all of the following equipment and documentation in/on the vehicle for inspection purposes:

  • Condition of vehicle tires must be excellent and wheelbase of vehicle must be a minimum of 100″ and have a rated capacity of no more than 1 and 1/2 ton vehicle.
  • Two-way radio or CB radio units that are capable of transporting well over 10 miles minimum.
  • 2 amber flashing or strobing lights on the two most outer edges of the vehicle that are visible 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′. Headlamps are required to be turned on as well when working.
  • At least 1 “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign must be displayed on the vehicle. This sign must have a yellow background with minimum dimensions of 5′ in width and 12″ in height with black letter thickness no less than 1″ thick. Best if mounted on top but can be mounted to rear if chasing or front if leading.
  • A minimum of 2 florescent orange colored safety flags no less than 12″ in length on any side.
  • Fire extinguisher with type A, B and C rating and a minimum of 2 1/2 pounds (5 or larger is suggested).
  • 3 reflective road triangles and 8 ignitable road flares.
  • Safety colored vest or jacket.
  • Vehicle must display company name, address and contact information on both sides of the vehicle. New Mexico does not allow any logo shapes that resemble law enforcement/vehicles.
  • Certificate of insurance meeting the minimum requirements for New Mexico DOT which is $50,000, $100,000 and $25,000.

The New Mexico DOT inspections are annual inspections and duration of validity is determined by expiration date on insurance certificate or 1 year, whichever is first.

Shipment truck & trailer markings.

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

Signs must be yellow and black detailed and specific stating; ‘OVERSIZE LOAD”, “OVER HEIGHT LOAD”, “OVER LENGTH LOAD” OR “WIDELOAD”. These signs/banners must be a minimum of 5’ in width, 12″ in height and have letters a minimum of 1″ thick and 10″ in height. Flags must be used at all times with over dimensional loads. Flags must be safety flags in florescent colors of orange or red. and be placed on the 4 outer most corners of overall shipment (front of truck and rear of trailer).

New Mexico DOT permits & information.

New Mexico DOT permit office and other helpful information:

Contact:
New Mexico Motor Transportation Division DOT Permit Office
PO Box 1028
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1028

Help line phone: 505-827-0665 or 505-827-0376; Fax: 505-827-0071 Also see: Click on Port of entry. and click on “Port of entry” link.
Office Hours: 7:30 AM – 5:00 AM

Mountain Time Zone

New Mexico state DOT single trip permit application here.
New Mexico motor transportation police here.
New Mexico road and highway conditions, closures, etc. here.

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 New Mexico DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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Montana State Shipping Regulations

Montana 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 Montana.

Montana DOT regulations

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Montana State Trucking Permit Regulations – oversize shipping and transport.




Montana State Trucking information website: http://www.mdt.mt.gov/business/mcs/permitting.shtml

Legal Loads.
Length: 75’ overall
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs.
Steer: 20,000 lbs.
Width: 8’ 6”
Height: 14’

Montana

Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Length: 110’
Weight: 100,000 lbs.
Width: 18’
Height: up to 17’ depending on the route chosen.

How to apply for Permits.
Montana Department of Transportation
406-444-7262
Permits are valid for 3 days.  The basic fee is $10.00

Pilot car – escort vehicle requirements.
Width: Two lanes over 12′ one pilot car or escort vehicle in front.
Two lanes over 14′ one pilot car or escort vehicle in front and one pilot car or escort vehicle in the rear.
Four lanes 14′ to 18′ one pilot car or escort in the rear.
Height:  Not Specified; Up to company because they are
responsible for all structures.
Length:  Two lanes over 105′ one pilto car or escort vehicle in the rear. Four lanes over 120’ only requires one pilot car or escort vehicle in the rear.

Travel Restrictions.
Travel is permitted sunrise to sunset Monday thru Friday.

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 Montata State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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Massachusetts State Shipping Regulations

Massachusetts DOT regulations for shipping oversize and overweight. Trucking company and pilot car reference information.

Massachusetts shipping regulations.

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Please share your expertise or knowledge with other visitors below.

Trucking company & pilot car directory.

Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in Massachusetts:

Massachusetts heavy haul trucking company directory.
Massachusetts pilot cars and truck escorts.
Massachusetts oversize trucking permits.

Legal load limits.

Massachusetts DOT legal load size and weight limitations:

Length: We’ve got 48′ on a trailer length and that you have to have a permit for a 53′ trailer. Working on an overall legal length. Please comment below.
Height: 13′ 6″ is the maximum height allowed.
Weight:
8′ 6″ in the maximum height allowed by the Massachusetts DOT – see MA DOT website for legal limits.
Overhang:
3′ in the front and 4′ off of the rear of trailer.

Routine trucking permits.

Massachusetts oversize and overweight trucking permits that are issued the the DOT routinely:

Length: 115′ is the maximum load length on a routine trucking permit.
Width: 14′ 11″  wide is the limit on routine permits.
Height: 14′ 11″ on the maximum height as well for routine permits.
Weight: Everything depends on the axle spacings here. You will still max out at about 130,000 lbs and after that it’s probably a superload but you never know – axle spacings and routing is everything.
Overhang: Case by case basis. Figure probably around 12′ but may be more.
Notes: Any loads over 13′ 8″ are going to require a route survey unless it is main road routing with simplicity. There is no fee for a special handling permit for vehicles that are under the following restrictions: 12′ 0″ wide, 13′ 6″ height, 99,000 lbs maximum, 100′ in length.

Superload information.

Massachusetts superload information:

For shipments in excess of 130,000 lbs depending on your route you may be classified as a superload. We need more superload information on this state if you can share your superload experience with the Massachusetts DOT we’d sure appreciate it. See below for easy comments.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.

Massachusetts DOT travel time and restrictions for oversize and overweight shipments:

Daylight hours are define as from sunrise to sunset. You are permitted to travel Monday morning from 12’01 am until 12 noon on Saturday morning during the daylight hours. This includes shipments that are between the width of 12′ and 14′, over 80′ in length (but not over 115′) and over 14′ in height with the exception of 3:30 PM until 7 PM due to traffic density on Mondays thru Fridays. For shipments that are in excess of 14′ wide and over 115′ in length are permitted to travel only between the hours of 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM and may travel only on the days of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Additional restrictions may apply depending on your routing so be sure to refer to the documentation on your physical permit before commencing movement.  You may not travel on any of these holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.

When pilot cars are required.

Massachusetts DOT may require your shipment to have pilot car or escort vehicles if you are over any of the following:

ROADS AND HIGHWAYS:

Length: 80′ – 94′ 11″ in length will require you to have 1 rear pilot car/escort. If over 94′ 11″ you are required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car. If you are over 134′ in length you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car as well as a police escort.
Width: Shipments that are from 12′ 1″ and up to 13′ 6″  wide require 1 rear escort vehicle unless you are shipping a dozer. A dozer requires 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort vehicle. For shipments in excess of 13′ 6″ you are required to have 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort on all roads.
Height:  If your shipment is in excess of  13′ 8″ you are required to have a high pole survey. If you shipment is over 14′ 11″ you are required to have 1 front pilot car with a high pole and 1 rear escort with a police escort.
Weight: Depending on your routing and if you can maintain the minimum required posted speed limits you will more than likely not be required to have a pilot car or escort vehicle by the Massachusetts DOT.
Overhang: If you have over 4′ of rear overhang consisting of long materials like poles, boat masts and booms you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle. If you have equipment with overhang in excess of 10′ of more you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle.
Notes: If the routing on your shipment will take your through tunnels you will be required to have at a minimum 1 rear escort vehicle if over 8′ 6″ – 12′ wide.

MASSACHUSETTS TURNPIKES:
Length If your shipment is over 80′ but under 85′ you are required to have 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is over 85′ but less than 135′ you are required to have 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is in excess of 135′ you will be required to have 1 front pilot car, 1 rear escort vehicle and 2 police escorts.
Width: If your shipment is in excess of 12′ you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is in excess of 13′ wide you will be required to have 1 front pilot car, 1 rear escort vehicle. If your shipment is in excess of 15′ you will be required to have 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort vehicle plus 2 police escorts.
Height: We have found no reference to pilot car high pole requirements on the Massachusetts turnpike. If you have any information please help others by commenting below.
Weight: Weight restrictions are handled on a case by case basis for the Massachusetts turnpike.
Overhang:  1 rear escort is required if you have overhand in excess of 4′ that it skinny in nature like a long pole, boat mast, etc. If overhang is in excess of 10′ but not skinny in nature you will be required to have 1 rear escort vehicle.
Notes: The turnpike can do pretty much whatever they want so if you find your trip requirements modified from what you expected then that is just the way it is. You could always appeal the decision. For items suck as drivable cranes and booms up to about 12′ in width you are usually required to have 1 rear escort vehicle.

IN THE CITY OF BOSTON:
Notes: If you are overweight or oversize you will most likely be required to have at a minimum, 1 pilot car/escort vehicle and 1 police escort.

Pilot car certifications & requirements.

The Massachusetts DOT maintains that pilot cars and escort vehicles meet the following:

Massachusetts DOT requires all escort vehicles to have 2 flashing or strobing amber lights that are visible from both the front and the rear of the vehicle as well as have 2 safety colored red or orange flags mounted to the vehicle that are no less than 24″ square in shape. At least one sight that states “OVERSIZE LOAD” mounted and visible from either the front of rear of the vehicle depending if you are piloting (front) or escorting (rear).

Shipment, truck and trailer markings.

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

An oversize load sign should be placed on the rear of the trailer or load whichever is appropriate. The dimensions for this sign should be no less than 7′ in length x 18″ in height with a yellow background and black letters with a line thickness of no less than 1 1/2″ thick and letters no less than 10″ in height. Safety colored red or orange flags are required at a minimum of the 4 most outer extreme corners and be no less than 18″ in length in any direction.
Note: in addition we suggest and amber light but at the time of this writing Apr 2013 it is not required.

Massachusetts DOT and other information.

Massachusetts DOT contact information and other helpful links:

Massachusetts DOT contact information:
Special Hauling Permit – Department of Transportation
668 South Avenue
Weston, MA  02493
Fax: 781-431-5014 – They have no phone number listed. EASTERN TIME ZONE.
For Massachusetts DOT general department phone number: 857-368-4636
General MA DOT E-mail page (bottom of page) for contacting them.
MA DOT oversize and overweight website.
MA DOT information on oversize and overweight trucking permits.
MA DOT oversize and overweight permit form (.pdf format).
MA road closure and closed highway 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 Massachusetts State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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Louisiana State Shipping Regulations

Louisiana state DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and overweight trucking over the roads.

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Louisiana State Trucking Permit Regualtions – Oversize Shipping and Transport.




Louisiana State Trucking information website:  http://perba.dotd.louisiana.gov/wsRegulations.nsf/$toc?OpenForm&Seq=1&ExpandOutline=1.3

Legal Loads.
Length: 65’ on non-designated routes (50’ trailer) 59’ 6” on designated truck routes.
Overhang:  8’ rear and 4’ front.
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs.
Width: 8’ on non-designated roads. 8’ 6” on designated roads.
Height: 13’6”

Louisiana

Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Length: No set limits – determined on a case by case basis
Weight: 5 Axles 108,000 lbs., 6 Axles 120,000 lbs., 7 Axles: 132,000 lbs., 8 Axles 152,000 lbs.
Width: 18’ (14’ on interstates)
Height: 14’8”

How to apply for trucking permits.
You will be required to use a permit service as the state will not take applications from individuals. Information at 225-343-2345 or 800-654-1433. The basic Fee is $10 per day plus the cost of the permit service.

Pilot car – escort car requirements.
Length: On 4 lane roads from 12’ to 14’ wide requires 1 rear escort car. Over 90’ requires 1 rear escort car. Over 125’ requires state police escort.
Width: 12’ to 14’ requires 1 front escort car
Height: No specific height – depends on route

Travel Restrictions.
Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset, Monday through Saturday.  If less than 12’ wide, 90’ long and 100,000 lbs. you may travel Sunday until 1:00 pm.

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 Louisiana DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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