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Missouri State Shipping Regulations

Missouri State Shipping Regulations

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

 

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Missouri State DOT (MODOT) Trucking Information website:

Legal Loads

Length: It appears no max length is set but after 90’ requires a rear/chase escort.

Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW

Width:  8’ 6”

Height: 13’ 6”

Missouri

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

Length:  Over 90’ requires rear escort.  We assume routine would be up to 120’.

Weight:  Single 29,000 lbs., 36,000 lbs. on Tandem, Tridem 47,000 lbs., Quadem.  This state is comlplicated on weight. See State website above or contact for clarification.

Width: Figure up to 14’ as a routine permit.

Height: 14’ 6” depending on routing.

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

Missouri Department of Transportation, Motor Carriers, Special Permit Office
PO Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-2871
The normal hours of operation are Monday thru Friday 7:30 am until 3:45 pm.

Pilot Car – Escort vehicle requirements.

Length: Anything over 90’ requires one rear/chase vehicle.
Width: Two lanes total over 12” 4”’ wide needs one front up to 14’. Four lanes total over 12’ 4” wide requires one rear.
Height: If over 15’ 6” you need a high pole and a rear/chase vehicle and can only move from 6:30 -9:00 am and 3:30 – 6:00 pm on all routes. Over 17’ 5” needs route survey and bucket truck.

Travel Restrictions

Travel is restricted if over 12’ 4” wide in most areas to 6:30 am (or a half hour after sunrise) until 9:00 am then resume at 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm (or a half hour before sunset). If over 14’ wide no movement on Saturday or Sunday at all.  You may move Monday thru Friday but only. For now, consider this info as a basic guideline for estimates only. Please call the State of Missouri for exact laws. And always be sure to read the instructions on your permit(s).

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 Missouri State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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Mississippi State Shipping Regulations

Mississippi State Shipping Regulations

These are the Mississippi DOT 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 Mississippi.

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Trucking company & pilot car directory.

Legal load limits.

Routine trucking permits.

Superload information.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.

When pilot cars are required.

WE ARE UPDATING THESE LIVE MAY 22, 2014

 

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 Mississippi DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
Mississippi state regulations for oversize and overweight shipping.

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Michigan State Shipping Regulations

Michigan State Shipping Regulations

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

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Trucking company & pilot car directory.

Locate trucking companies and pilot cars in Michigan state:

Michigan trucking company directory.
Michigan pilot car company directory.
Michigan easy do it yourself trucking permits.

Legal load limits.

Michigan legal load limits:

Length: Overall no longer than 75’ on designated highways.  Trailer length maximum is 50’.
Width:  96″ on non designated highways and 102″ (8’ 6”.) on designated.
Height: 13’ 6”
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, 20,000 single, 34,000 tandem.
Overhang: 3’ in the front and anything over 4’ in the rear must be red flagged in the day and red light at night.

NOTE: You can check out the maximums on the Michigan state website as well. State maximums Michigan DOT website.

Routine trucking permits.

Routine overweight, oversize trucking and transport permits:

Length: Under 150’ long is routine.  Anything over is superload (105’ for mobile homes).
Width: Figure up to 16’ as a routine permit.  Anything over is going to looked at seriously and they may even classify you as superload (confirming 16’ as no typo).
Height: Up to 15’ is routine.  If you are over 15’ high count on needing a route survey.
Weight:  They will not confirm anything. Anything over 80,000 lbs is looked at on a case by case basis. Anything over 150,000 lbs is subject to a bridge weight study.
Overhang: Check with the Michigan DOT office for clarification.

Superload information.

Information about shipping superloads in the state of Michigan.

If your shipment is in excess of any of the following then you will be classified as a superload:

Length: Anything over 150′
Width: 16′
Height: 15′ – yes this is correct.
Notes: We have no weight max. Height may be on a case by case basis. Permit and info from Michigan DOT.

Legal travel times.

Travel times and restrictions:

Travel time is sunrise to sunset daylight only with the half hour after sunrise and a half hour after sunset leniency rule.  No weekend travel.  No holiday travel or the day after Christmas or Thanksgiving. They have rush hours rules from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM in a whole list of counties (look on permit). Wind restrictions if over 24 MPH you can’t run. Frost and thaw laws in effect from Feb. until April on weight. You can view the original publish here and there is more information on Michigan thaw laws here as well.

When pilot cars are required.

When a pilot car or escort vehicle is needed:

Length: 90’ to 100’ one on the rear. Over 100’ needs a rear and a chase pilot car.
Width: Loads over 12 wide on 4 lane is required one rear. Front is required for loads on 2 lane highway over 12’ wide.  Front and rear is required for loads over 14’ wide. Front escort with height pole is required for 14’ 6” and over.
Height: Over 14’ 5” needs high pole. Over 15’ needs one front and one rear.
Overhang: If over 15’ one rear escort is needed.
Weight: If truck can maintain minimum speeds no pilot cars required unless excessive or superload.
Note: Allow 1 to 10 days for permits to be approved. Distance for pilot car to lead/chase load 500′ unless otherwise stated on permit. This is the distance between lead/chase and the truck/trailer. Maximum speeds of 45 MPH if 4 or more lanes, 35 MPH is under 4 lanes. Also read travel restrictions below.

Michigan DOT & misc. information.

Michigan DOT contact & misc. information:

Mailing address:
Michigan Department of Transportation – DOT
PO Box 30050
Lansing, MI  48909

Physical address:
Michigan Department of Transportation – DOT
7050 West Saginaw, Suite 43
Lansing, MI  48917

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Mobile homes and modular home shipments.
Email: click here for e-mail contact form on state website.
Help line: 517-241-8999 or main: 517-373-1837 Fax: 517-373-4340
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Eastern Standard Time

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

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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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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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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Trucking company & pilot car directory.

Locate trucking companies and pilot cars in Maine:

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

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.

Coder notes>bring it:

Permit valid for.
DOT links.
Map shot.
Contact info.
Road closures.
Thaw law.
MDOT for juicy info that is hard to find.

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.

Kansas State Shipping Regulations

Kansas State Shipping Regulations

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

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Kansas oversize shipping regulations

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Legal Loads

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

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

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

Pilot Car – Escort vehicle requirements.

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

 

Travel Restrictions

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

 

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

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

POSTED: NOV 1, 2013

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

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


Kansas State DOT Trucking Information website.

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

 

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

 

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Indiana State Shipping Regulations

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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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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Please share your expertise or knowledge of California state shipping regulations with other visitors below.

Trucking company & pilot car directory.
Locate trucking companies and pilot car companies in the state of California:

California trucking company directory.
California pilot car company directory.
Order California heavy haul and oversize trucking permits.

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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Please share your expertise or knowledge of Arizona state trucking regulationswith other visitors below.

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.
Help others with your expertise and leave comments below:

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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