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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.

We are building this page November 1, 2013 so please excuse the mess! Back with more info soon!

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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DOT links.
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Contact info.
Road closures.
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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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Louisiana State Shipping Regulations

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.

Indiana State Shipping Regulations

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″

Indiana

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

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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 Illinois State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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Florida State Shipping Regulations

Florida State Shipping Regulations

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

Florida state shipping regulations

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Florida trucking companies and pilot cars.
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Florida oversize and heavy haul trucking companies.
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Florida legal load limits.
Florida DOT legal load size and weight limitations:

Length: 75′ overall.
Width: 8′ 6″ (on designated highways).
Height: 13′ 6″
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs.
Overhang: 3′ front and 4′ in rear.

Routine oversize shipping, trucking & transport permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the Florida DOT:

Length: 75′
Width: 12′
Height: Up to 15′
Weight: Tandem 44,000 lbs.,  Tridem 69,000 lbs., 5 axles 112,000 lbs., 6 axles 122,000 lbs.
Note: You must have a minimum of a 51” axle spacing for over weight permits.

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

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 before sunset.  Travel permitted on Saturday and Sunday if not over 10′ wide, 13′ 6″ in height and 55′ long.  Night time travel is not allowed for shipments in excess of 10′ in width. Continuous travel permitted if heavy only. Over weight travel is allowed for some constructions items as long as they are reduced (ie. blades removed from dozers, etc.). Be sure to clarify with permit office before travel.

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

Over 12′ wide (up to 14′) needs one pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 14′ wide needs two pilot cars or escort vehicles. Over 14′ 6″ in height needs one pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 15′ in height needs two pilot cars or escort vehicles.
Lengths up to 95′ only require one pilot car or escort vehicle.

How to apply for oversize trucking permits.

Secretary of Transportation
605 Suwannee Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Phone: 850-414-4100

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.

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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California State Shipping Regulations

California State Shipping Regulations

California state shipping regulations for shipping oversize and overweight. Trucking company and pilot car rules and regulations as well as travel times allowed by CA DOT – CALTRANS.

California state shipping regulations.

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Trucking company & pilot car directory.
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California trucking company directory.
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Legal load limits.
California DOT legal load size & weight limitations:

Length: Many measurements for semitrailers by California DOT seem very short because they are talking about the distance from the king-pin to the rear axle. So if you hear/see a small number make sure you get clarification. Also certain routes have restrictions on trailer sizes so if you are at any point confused please call the DOT and check California state shipping regulations before traveling. First of all for passenger related vehicles the maximum is 45′ in length overall on approved routes. Semi-trailers: for a single axle semitrailer the maximum length is 53′ overall as long as it has two axles. If it has only one axle the maximum is 38′ overall. The maximum overall legal combination length is 65′ for our sector of the trucking industry but for those who care to wager we will mention that there is some esoteric law for trucks pulling doubles or triples (dry box) that allows them to max out at 75′ overall.
Width: 8′ 6″ is the maximum with allowed to travel on any road in the state of California.
Height: 14′ in the maximum legal height allowed to travel in the state of California.
Weight: 80,000 lbs GVW. 20,000 lbs maximum weight on any single axle and 34,000 lbs on tandem axles is the maximum weight allowed in California without a permit.
Overhang: You are allowed 3′ of front overhang. Rear overhang is 6′ in most areas but can for sure be no more than 1/3 of the total item being shipped. Be sure to clarify the amount with the California DOT office you are traveling in to make sure. We welcome your comments below to help others in clarification of rear overhang.

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

Length: 135′ in the maximum length on a routine oversize trucking permit that is issued.
Width: 15′ wide is the maximum width issued by a routine oversize trucking permit in California.
Height: Under 17′ as anything over that height is required to have a route survey. If your route happened to be a well documented  route you might be able to get away without having to do the route survey but its not likely.
Weight: Steering axle: 12,500 lbs. Single axle: 20,000 lbs. Tandem axles: 46,000 lbs. Tridum axles: 60,000 lbs. Quad axles: 60, 000  lbs (a quad setup is recognized by California state shipping regulations and the DOT as a weight reducer). 5 axles: 112,500 lbs. 6 axles: 117,450 lbs. 7 axles: 158,000 lbs. 8 axles: 181,300.
Overhang:

Notes: The distance between axles is measured to the nearest whole foot. When a portion is six inches you round up to to the nearest foot ie: 8′ 6″ = 9′.
Two consecutive sets of tandem axles can have a maximum weight of 34,000 lbs on each one but only if the distance between the first and last axles of the consecutive sets of tandem axles is greater than at least 36′.
The gross weight of each set of tandem axles must not be more than 34,000 lbs and the gross weight of the two consecutive sets of tandem axles is not over 68,000lbs. There is a lot to be said and read about what the California state shipping regulations and the DOT consider legal weights as far as axle groups and spacings are required. You can read more here. If you have anything to ad to this that can help others please share that information below.

Superload information.
California DOT superload information:

Length: If you are over 135′ in length overall you are more than likely going to be classified as a superload in California.
Width: Depending out routing and the number of lanes available on the route but 15′ in some areas would qualify you. Over 17′ in width and you will more than likely be categorized as a superload.
Height: Anything over 16′ as you know will require a route survey. If 17′ in height or over you are more than likely a superload. Check here to see if you are “black route” or “yellow route”. Then this is the California DOT (Caltrans) .pdf booklet for loads over 20′ in height which may just save your butt.
Weight: Of course weight is a huge issue. So we simply refer you to the “orange“, “green” and “purple” weight charts to get straight to the point.
Overhang: California is NOT going to let you break the rule of 1/3 (no more than 1/3 of overall length can overhang) and they shouldn’t in our opinion from a general view point. Get your proposed routing together and talk to them and see what you come up with would be our suggestion. 15′ possibly routine. 20′ and you are superload for sure we’d guess.
Notes: Here are some maps for superloads (California calls them “Extralegal” – maybe Arnie came up with that?)that can save you some serious money when you need the information. If you need to hire an expert to take care of your California shipping needs or even consult you we are happy to assist you. Most of the time we can handle your problem over the phone for a reasonable fee but when you need someone in the field we are qualified to assist you.  See consultation.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.
Caltrans permitted travel times and restrictions:

Let’s start by clarification of daylight hours; the basic rule of 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset. If you do not require a pilot car/escort vehicle and are not overweight (green chart – over 52,000 lbs. on tandem axles or higher see charts in “superloads” section above) or don’t have anything out of the ordinary going on your travel times are 7 days a week 24 hours a day if you request to do so when you order your permits. The travel times restrictions are loaded so figure this as a rule of thumb (your permit will state your allowed travel times when issued) since this is just for you to get an estimate:

  • No travel from 6 AM until 9 AM in/around Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento & San Francisco.
  • No travel from 3 PM until 6 PM in the same areas with a 1 hour variance.

Your physical permit will state your exact allowed travel times when you get it issued and they will be real close to the above examples. There are simply too many variable to list.
Holiday travel:  There is no holiday travel time permitted in California unless you have a special arrangement with Caltrans. The following holidays are observed as no travel days by California state shipping regulations: New Years day, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, George Washington’s birthday, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. If the holiday is in a Friday or a Monday there is no travel permitted during Saturday or Sunday. Never travel without first verifying approval first which will be documented clearly on your permit.

When pilot cars are required.
If your shipment is any of the following you will be required to be escorted by a pilot car(s):

Length: If over 100′ in length in Los Angles area you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort. This may be required in other areas as well. If over 120′ in length on some routes you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle. If over 135′ in length you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear escort on any road in the state.
Width: If your shipment is over 12′ wide the general rule is that you will be required to have 1 front escort on 2 lane roads or 1 rear escort on 4 lane roads. This 12′ rule pretty much applies until you get up to a width of 15′. At 15′ wide it is mandatory that you have 1 front and 1 rear escort. There are certain routes that will require you to have 1 front and 1 rear escort as well with only 12′ in width. Check with Caltrans to see if your route applies.
Height: Once you hit the 17′ mark that’s it. You have to have a high pole pilot car/escort vehicle and before you even apply for your permit you have to conduct a route survey with the pole set at a minimum of 17′ 3″. Anything over this is the same thing with utility companies notified in advance of transport.
Weight:  There is little mention if any of weight restrictions and pilot cars. As with many states if the shipment is able to maintain the minimum required speed limits there is usually not pilot car/escort vehicle required. If your shipment is NOT able to meet the minimum speed requirements then you will be required to have at minimum 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort and in some cases may even be required to have a police escort. Check with California DOT (Caltans) for further information.
Overhang: It all depends on the route. Just as a basic rule to calculate off of (NOT LAW) if you have less than 15′ of rear overhang you are probably not going to be required to have a pilot car. If you are dealing with a shipment that has 20′ – 25′ of overhang then yes you are going to be required to have at least 1 pilot car/escort vehicle – if overhang is in the front then lead and if off of rear chase. If you have both front and rear overhang that is in excess (20′ front and 25′ rear) count on being required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle.
Notes: Keep in mind these are basic rules as of April 2013 intended to help you calculate requirements. California state shipping regulations has too many variations of policies, routes and regions to list anywhere but the state library. Always refer to your permit before traveling.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements for operating in California state:

Pilot car (escort vehicles) are required to have a minimum of one flashing or strobing amber light mounted at the highest point if the vehicle. Light must be visible from 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′ and be completely covered when not tending a shipment. Pilot car vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or a 2 way communication device with a range of no less than 15 miles and be in constant communication with all parties related to the shipment at all times while in transit. Vehicle is required to have identification signs on each side of the vehicle stating the company name, address and contact telephone number. Vehicle must be equipped with the appropriate banner/sign stating ‘OVERSIZE”, with “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDELOAD” and “LONG LOAD” being used when appropriate that is a minimum of 5’ in width and 10″ in height with black lettering no less than 1 5/8″ letter thickness and a yellow background mounted no less than 48″ from the pavement surface. If not tending a shipment this sign must be fully covered or removed. Vehicle must have one safety colored red flag mounted on each side of the vehicle with a minimum distance of 16″ in either direction. Vehicles must also be equipped with a hand held sign with the words “stop” on one side and “slow on the other, a emergency colored vest/shirt/jacket with reflective stripe and a red emergency flag of no less than 24” in either direction.
Note: It is only our professional opinion that pilot cars also have items in addition to the above but not required:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a hard hat. Also when working in California you want to make sure you have the pilot car maps.

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

All trucking companies that are hauling oversize and overweight shipments must have a amber colored strobing or flashing light affixed to the top of the tractor trailer cab that is visible 360 degrees from a minimum distance of 500′. Signs that state the exact nature of the shipment; “WIDELOAD”, “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “LONG LOAD”, “EXCESSIVE FRONT OVERHANG”, “EXCESSIVE REAR OVERHANG”. If the shipment is over 100′ overall then the “LONG LOAD” sigh shall be displayed and the “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign is to be displayed for lesser lengths and other oversize configurations. The other signs will need to be used when appropriate. When shipping ANYTHING in excess of 80′ in length, 102″ in width or more than 10′ of overhang you MUST have the appropriate sign on the front of the tractor trailer and on the rear of the trailer and/or rear of overall shipment. The signs must have lettering that is a minimum of 10″ in height with a minimum of 1 5/8″ letter thickness with lettering being black in color on a yellow background. All shipments that are in excess of the 102″ must also have safety colored red flags placed on all for corners of the shipment that are no less than 16″ in either direction. Overhang must be flagged as well.  California law defines daylight time as 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset which leaves you open for trouble on lighting which states that during the hours of darkness (we’ve got a 1/2 hour of lee-way time here) you must have 2 red lights on the side and rear (visible from a minimum of 500′) attached to the load or extremities. So, as soon as you pull out in the AM or if it gets close to dusk pull over and put on the red lights so you don’t find yourself in court trying to argue their error in defining “daylight hours” as it is a contradiction that our legal beagles caught while perusing their endless piles of regulations.

California DOT and other information.
California DOT (Caltrans) contact information and other helpful links:

Contact information:
Northern region:
California Department of Transportation – Caltrans
PO Box 942874, room 4105
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
Telephone help line:
916-322-1297
Fax line:
916-322-7966
Permit office hours:
8 AM until 5 PM – PACIFIC TIME ZONE

Southern region:
California Department of Transportation – Caltrans
464 West 4th Street, MS 618
San Bernadino, CA  92401
Telephone help line:
909-383-4637
Fax line:
909-388-7001
Permit office hours:
8 AM until 5 PM

Caltrans pilot car maps – PILOT CARS LOOK!
Caltrans oversize, overweight and single trip permits here.
Caltrans oversize and overweight shipping manuals.
Loads of contacts inside of the Caltrans oversize permit offices.
California traffic and road conditions reports.

California state shipping regulations.

California DOT and Caltrans regulations for oversize trucking and heavy haul.

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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 California DOT (Caltrans) Permits office before commencing movement.

Arizona State Shipping Regulations

Arizona State Shipping Regulations

Arizona state shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking on state highways and roads – DOT.

Arizona

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Trucking company & pilot car directory.
Locate trucking & pilot car companies in Arizona state:

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

Legal load limits within the state of Arizona.
Legal load limits:

Length: Anything over 65’ qualifies as a over length load on non-designated highways.
Overhang: 3’ front or 6’ rear (make sure your route is approved for overhang this far as there are location variations).
Weight: GVW 80,000 lbs., 12,000 lbs on steer axle.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 14’ on Interstate; 13’ 6” height on secondary roads.

Routine trucking permits in Arizona.
Routine trucking permit limits:

Length: 120’
Overhang:  3’ front or 6’ rear
Weight:  250,000 maximum. Single axle; 28,000 lbs, tandem axles, tridum axles, and quadem axles. Depends upon the axle spacings and tire size. Trunnion: 60,000. Gross Weight: 5 Axles – 104,000; 6 Axles – 108,000; 7 Axles 117,000. The weights depend upon the number of tires combined with the overall distance between each of the axles. Spacings on axles are tricky in this state. The Arizona DOT permits office will consider a number or factors but primarily bridges. If weights are excessive and trailer capabilities are even close to short of maxing out forget it. Pavement structural and stress testing and results will govern your overall capabilities.
Width: 14’
Height: 16

Note maximum speed is set at 55 mph for all oversize/overweight shipments.

Super load information for Arizona.
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If a shipment exceeds any of the following it is classified as a superload. 120′ in length, 14′ in width, 16′ in height or 250,000 pounds in weight.

Travel times and restrictions in Arizona.
Permitted travel times and restrictions in Arizona:

The one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset rule applies.  Travel on weekends and holidays is permitted. Some loads will NOT be able to travel on weekends, please refer to the documentation on your permit to verify.  If overweight only you will probably be allowed continuous travel. Under 10′ of overhang, 10′ in width or 14′ in height will probably be granted continuous travel.

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

Length: On 2 Lanes:Over 120’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck and 1 rear of truck.
Width
: On 2 lanes over 14’ requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle in front of truck and 1 the rear of truck. On Interstates over 15’ wide you are required to have 1 pilot car in front of truck.
Height: Over 17’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck.
On Interstates: Over 120’ requires 1 pilot car in front of truck.

Pilot car certifications in Arizona.
Certifications and requirements of Arizona pilot cars/escort vehicles:

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 6′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 5″ tall and 1 ″ in width. Vehicle must have 4 safety flags displayed in red or orange in color and be a minimum of 12″ of length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle.   Vehicle must be equipped with a  CB radio or 2-way communication device, 8 ignitable road flares and have a first-aid kit.
For a vehicle to qualify; all pilot car/escort vehicles must have a manufacturers gross weight rating not to exceed over over 20,000 pounds.

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

If shipment is over 102″ in width it must be flagged on the 4 outtermost corners of the entire combined shipment. Flags must be red in color and be not less than 12″ in either direction. Proper “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDELOAD” banner/sign bust be displayed on both the upper most front of overall shipment (front of truck) no less than 5′ from the pavement line. Banner/sign must be no less than 6′ in length and 12′ in height with reasonable and size letting thickness and height. If you are seeking or awarded night movement reflective or illuminated banners/signs are required.

Arizona DOT permits and information:
Arizona DOT permit office information:

Arizona Department of Transportation – ADOT
14370 W. Van Buren
Goodyear, AZ 85338

Phone: 602-712-8851
FAX:
623-932-2441
E-mail:  
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NOTES: We are being told that Arizona DOT at times will allow addendums to their permits at times. While the base permit doesn’t allow this they have been known to do it.

Arizona DOT routing contacts list (also current road restrictions report) here:
Arizona state transportation laws. Here are the actual laws issued by the Arizona Secretary of State.

 

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 Arizona State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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Alabama State Shipping Regulations

Alabama State Shipping Regulations
Alabama DOT oversize and over weight trucking permit laws.

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Alabama DOT shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking on state highways and roads.

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Alabama state DOT trucking regulations information for oversize, overweight and heavy haul. Find Alabama DOT regulations for oversize shipping, trucking, pilot cars and transport permits.

Trucking company & pilot car directory.
Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in Alabama state:

Alabama trucking company directory.
Alabama pilot car directory.
Order Alabama oversize or heavy haul trucking permits.

Legal load limits.
Legal Loads:

Length: There is currently “no set maximum” for vehicles. Trailer length maximum is 57’.
Width: 8’ 6” wide for most roads, 8′ for roads under 12′ in width.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs.
Overhang: 4′ in the rear and 4′ in the front.

Routine trucking permits.
Trucking oversize and overweight permit limits:

Length: 150′ maximum length overall.
Width: 16′ if shipment is over 16′ in width you are NOT permitted use the interstate system.
Height: 16′ in total height.
Weight: on a single axle; 22,000 lbs, tandem axles: 44,000 lbs, tridum axles; 66,000 lbs, quadem axles; 88,000 lbs, 5 axles; 110,000 lbs, 6 axles; 122,000 lbs, 7 axles; 142,000 lbs, 8 axles; 150,000 lbs.
Overhang: 20’maximum.

Superload information.
The following would qualify a shipment as a superload in the state of Alabama:

Defined as shipments in excess of any of the following dimensions/weights; over 150,000 lbs in weight, over 16’in width, over 16′ in height, over 150′ long. Anything of this nature will require special ALDOT approval. Detailed drawings will be required and need to include axle weights and spacings for both truck tractor and trailer. Loads exceeding 150,000 lbs. are subject to a full scale structural analysis if bridges are in the route. Superload requirements by the ALDOT can be read here.
Notes: If the shipment exceeds any of these dimensions or weights you will need to contact the Alabama state DOT office for superload information. Any permit requests for the shipment of loads with excess weight is subject to a detailed bridge analysis

Permitted travel times & restrictions.
Travel times and restrictions:

The one half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset basic travel rule applies (note times posted on the right of this screen). Travel is allowed all day Saturday with NO SUNDAY TRAVEL PERMITTED. Shipments 120′ to 150′ in length are restricted from moving from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Mondays through Fridays. Travel is NO permitted on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The Alabama DOT state permit office is closed on these holidays as well as on Martin Luther King Day, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, Confederate Memorial Day, Jefferson Davis’ Birthday and on Veteran’s Day. More information on DOT permit office closure is available here. Travel is NOT restricted on these days.

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

1 front pilot car (escort vehicle) is required for all loads over 16′ in height with a height pole adjusted 4-6″ higher than the actual shipment. Both a front and rear pilot car (escort vehicle) is required when the shipment exceeds 12′ wide. On some routes a high pole pilot (escort) may be required for even less heights. Rear pilot cars (escort vehicles) for mobile home shipments may be replaced with 2 – 5″ flashing, stobing or rotating amber lights. 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required for shipments over 76′ in length. 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required for shipments over 105′ in length. 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required if overhang exceeds 5′ from the rear of trailer or 10′ from the front of the trailer. There are special escort requirements for bulldozers, scrapers, loaders and other construction equipment being transported with a blade or bucket intact.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car or escort vehicle certifications & requirements:

A pilot car vehicle must be classified as an actual passenger vehicle to qualify, ie; car, truck, van, etc. A pilot car vehicle must be equipped with a strobing, flashing or rotating amber light. The pilot car must be able to communicate with and be in constant contact with all parties working in relation to the shipment by CB or 2-way radio. Signs mounted on pilot car vehicles must moderately fit the vehicle and not be obtrusive in any manner.

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

A sign will need to be mounted on the front and rear of any overwidth or overlength truck and trailer or combinations. Banners/signs need to be a minimum of 7′ in width, 18″ in height and be marked with black letters of no less than 10″ in height, with a minimum of a 1-5/8″ line thickness on a yellow or orange background. The actual words required are exactly as follows: “OVERSIZE LOAD”. Red flags must be a minimum of 18″ square and be placed at all 4 outer most corners of all trucks.

Alabama state DOT information:
Alabama DOT contact and  information:

Alabama Department of Transportation or Alabama DOT ALDOT Permits and Operations
1409 Coliseum Boulevard Montgomery, Alabama 36110

Phone: 334-834-1092 and 334-242-6700 or toll free: 800-499-2782
FAX: 334-832-9084
Alabama DOT: Main page of the Alabama state trucking permits website.
E-mail trucking permits:  Jesse Wallace; wallacej@dot.state.al.us
Current routing detours: Here is the current ALDOT closures memo.
Misc: Alabama DOT trucking permit manual – has a lot of good information. Escrow account customers may replenish escrow by credit card.  Contact: Mechelle @ 1-800-499-2782 and press option 4.
DOT permit office Hours: 7:00 AM – 4:45 – PM
CENTRAL TIME ZONE

Hint: Alabama DOT requires you to sign their permit with red ink only.

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

Alaska Shipping Regulations

Alaska Shipping Regulations

Alaska shipping regulations, DOT limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways for pilot cars and trucking companies.

Alaska shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking and DOT permit information.

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Heavy haul trucking, pilot cars and permits.

Locate heavy haul, oversize equipment shipping companies, pilot cars and ordering trucking permits in Alaska:

Legal load limits.

Legal load limits:

Length:  53’ Trailer Length
Width:  8’6”
Height: 14’
Weight: Depending on route 80,000 lbs GVW.
Overhang: 3’ in the front, 4’ in the rear.

Routine trucking permits.

Trucking oversize and overweight permit limits:

Length: Shipping varies due to routing and season.
Width: Shipping rules vary depending on route and seaason.
Height: Over 14′ and once again everything varies depending on routing and season.
Weight: Single; 30,000 lbs, tandem; 56,000 lbs, tridem; 70,000 lbs, quadem 80,000 lbs, gross weight; 150,000 lbs. Depends on the route you wish to travel, distance and the bridges you intend on crossing.
Overhang:  20′ is a safe number but once again everything up here is seasonal as roads are closed or combined with weight frost laws may be in effect and limit you.  For the most part there is no such thing as a “routing” shipment in Alaska.

Notes:  When between the months of October 1 and March 31 for 1, 2 & 3 drive axle groups on truck tractors intending to travel the Dalton, Elliott or Steese highways between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay you can shift your legal axle weights to make them legal. The following weights on these routes apply: single; 22,000 lbs with 8′ 1″ minimum spacing between axles, tandem; 42,000 lbs, tridem; 48,000 lbs maximum.

When pilot car is required.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) requirements:

Length: if overall length exceeds 85′ you are required to have 1 pilot car (escort). If overall length exceeds 100′ you are required to have 1 front and 1 read pilot car (escort).

Width: If 10′ to 12′ wide you will be required to have 1 pilot car (escort vehicle). If width exceeds 12′ and up to 14′ you are required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle). From 14′ to 18′ in width you will be required to have 3 pilot cars. 2 front on 4 lane and 2 rear on 2 lane roads with the additional at either end. 18′ up to 22′ in width will require 4 pilot cars (escorts); 2 in front and 2 on the rear. If over 22′ in width you will be required to “close and roll” (closing the road as you move) requiring you to have 5 pilot cars as well as a minimum of 1 police escort.

Weight: You may be required to have a pilot car/cars if you are not able to maintain the minimum speed limit and on some designated bridge crossings depending on your weight class.

Overhang: If overhang is greater than 20′ you will be required to have 1 pilot car vehicle. If over 35′ you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car.

Required shipment markings & flags.

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

For loads that are over 8′ 6″ in width you will be required to have a “OVERSIZE LOAD” banner on the front or your truck and on the rear of your truck or load, whichever is most practical. Flags must be a minimum length of 16″ and be safety orange or red in color.

Pilot car certifications & requirements.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications & requirements:

A pilot car must be manufactured  as a passenger vehicle (car, truck, van, etc.) with a manufacturers weight of less than 10,000 lbs. All pilot car drivers must be wearing a safety colored vest, jacket or shirt. All pilot cars must be equipped with a rotating, strobe or flashing amber light visible from 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′. Vehicle must have a regulations sized hand help SLOW – STOP sign, safety colored flags of no less than 18″ in either direction, 8 road safety flares, 3 reflective road triangles, a 2-way communication device capable of transmitting at least 10 miles and a type A, B and C fire extinguisher.

Travel times and restrictions.

Travel times and restrictions:

Approved permits are valid for 3-5 days unless otherwise stated. Travel times are from Monday through Saturday at noon during daylight hours – the one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset rule applies. However, vehicles not exceeding 85′ in length, 16’in width or 16′ in height can travel Monday through Sunday during daylight hours only. Travel is NOT permitted on the following holiday weekends: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Areas of high traffic densities are restricted from 7:00-9 AM and 3:30-6:00 PM in certain areas (refer to your permit for documentation). Movement is NOT permitted on Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Kenai Spur highway or the Sterling highway from 6:45-9:00 AM and 2:15-4:30 PM during the school months for shipments in excess of 14′ in width. Ketchikan has restricted movement from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM and from 12 noon – 1 PM and from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM.  Glenn and Parks Highways to Palmer and Wasilla between the hours of 6:00-8:00 AM and from 12:30-1:00 PM and from 4:30 until 6:00 PM if over 14′ in width.

Frost and thaw laws.

Frost and thaw laws:

Frost and thaw laws are in effect usually from March 1 until mid June. There are so many roads that have different regulations on thaw laws and frost laws that you absolutely will want to call the Alaska state DOT office at the number below for information. Here’s an example why: any highway might have a set of regulations until you reach a certain mile post, then after that has a whole different set of regulations and there are hundreds of them like this.

Alaska DOT & information.

Alaska state DOT trucking permit contact information:

Division of Measurement Standards Phones:  907-365-1200
Commercial Vehicle Customer Service Center: 800-478-7636
Huffman Business Park
11900 Industrial Way, Building M
Anchorage, AK  99515

Phone help line: 907-365-1200
Toll free within Alaska: 800-478-7636
Fax: 907-365-1204
Permit office hours: 8 AM – 5 PM
PACIFIC STANDARD TIME

Alaska state DOT website with all kinds of permit info, forms, manuals, etc here.
Road closures and highway conditions here.
Alaska road closure information.

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

Alaska DOT

Alaska state rules and regulations.

Alaska state regulations.

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