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Oklahoma State Shipping Regulations

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

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

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

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

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

Superload information.
Oklahoma ODOT superload information.

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

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

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

Travel Restrictions
Times of travel that are permitted.

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

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

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

New Oklahoma State DOT Trucking Information website

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

 

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

 

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North Carolina State Shipping Regulations

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

North Carolina DOT rules and regulations for heavy haul trucking.

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Legal Loads

Length: 60’

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

Width:  102”

Height: 13’ 6”

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

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

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

Width: 15’

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

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

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

Pilot Car – Escort vehicle requirements.

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

Note: Permits are valid for 10 days.

Travel Restrictions

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

North Carolina DOT rules.

North Carolina DOT regulations.

 

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

New York State Shipping Regulations

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

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

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

New York State

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

New York superload information.

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

 

 

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New Mexico State Shipping Regulations

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

New mexico shipping rules and regulations.

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Legal load limits.

Legal load limits:

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

Routine trucking permits.

Routinely issued trucking permits:

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

Superload information.

Information on superloads:

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

Travel times & restrictions.

Permitted travel times and restrictions:

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

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

When pilot cars are required in New Mexico.

A pilot car (escort vehicle) is required when:

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

Pilot car certifications that are required.

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

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

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

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

Shipment truck & trailer markings.

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

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

New Mexico DOT permits & information.

New Mexico DOT permit office and other helpful information:

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

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

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

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

 

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Montana State Shipping Regulations

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

Montana DOT regulations

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Montana State Trucking Permit Regulations – oversize shipping and transport.




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

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

Montana

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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2018 Minnesota State Shipping Regulations

2018 Minnesota state DOT shipping laws, regulations, rules, limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

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Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Minnesota maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required.

Length: Trailers no longer than 53 feet on designated highways.  All other roads 53 feet.
Width:  8 feet and 6 inches.
Height: 13 feet and 6 inches.
Weight: 80,000 pounds GVW, 20,000 pounds on a single axle, 23,000 pounds on tandem axles with spread limited to 20,000 pounds, 20,000 pounds on tridem axles, quadem axles is 18,000 pounds maximum.
Overhang: 3 feet in the front and anything over 4 feet in the rear must be red flagged in the day and red light at night.

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in Minnesota:

Length:  Combinations overall length over 75 feet requires a permit. Single vehicles that exceed 45 feet require a permit. Anything under 130 feet long is considered routine.
Weight:  Single axle 20,000 pounds, 40,000 pounds on tandem axles (46,000 pounds with a bridge check), tridem axles 60,000 pounds, quadem axles 72,000 pounds,  trunion axles 60,000 pounds. Gross weights: 5 axles 92,000 pounds, 6 axles 112,000 pounds, 7 axles 132,000 pounds, 8 axles 144,000 pounds. Over 150,000 pounds is a superload.
Width: Figure up to 14 feet to 16 feet as a routine permit. Anything over 16 feet wide man have routing issues and require a route survey.
Height: Over 13 feet and 6 inches requires a permit. Up to 14 feet is easy, then at 15 feet and 6 inches route restrictions start to apply. If over 15 feet and 6 inches you have the pleasure of paying for a route survey unless it’s an easy short run then you may wiggle out of it.
Notes: Farm equipment operating at less than 30 miles per hour may be exempt. Utility poles may be exempt. Heavy-haul loads have to deal with frost laws. Visibility from inclement weather can side-line you as well.

Minnesota superloads.

What constitutes a superload in Nebraska:

Superloads in the state of Nebraska are defined as any shipment in excess of the above weights or dimensions described above in “routine”.  Also see: Laws for Minnesota state oversize and heavy-haul.

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy-haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:

Travel times are primarily from 2 AM until 10 PM except for holidays.  Some areas have rush hour restrictions 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM so check your permit as any applicable restrictions will be listed on it. For heavy-haul loads there are spring restrictions that start usually late in February and usually end and the end of May. Night time travel is simply defined as local times of sunrise and sunset. The state of Minnesota observe Central standard Time.

Lights, safety flags and warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads.

Required marking, safety flags, warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads:

Signs: Oversize load signs will need to meet the following requirements: be constructed of a rigid material or mounted on a flat surface that ensures the sign will remain flat and clearly legible to all approaching traffic. Warning signs must be a minimum size of 18 inches tall and 84 inches wide. The background of all signs must be yellow in color with the letters OVERSIZE LOAD”printed on them with a clear font that is no less than 10 inches tall and 1 and 3/8ths of an inch thick and black in color. The sign panel shall be lighted when ever use during night time transport. Whenever lighting a sign it must be an a manner that illuminates it well enough to be seen from a distance of no less than 500 feet. Any oversize load that is in excess of 12 feet wide requires oversize load signs. Oversize load signs are required on all vehicles and shipments that exceed 95 feet in length. All signs will need to be legible, clean and in good condition whenever used. The appropriate and applicable sign will need to be mounted on the roof of the escort vehicle (not on the bumpers) whenever a escort vehicle or pilot car is required. Oversize load signs will need to be mounted on the cab of the truck that is towing the shipment and on the rear of the trailer that is hauling the shipment and installed no less than 5 feet above the pavement. Signs will need to be displayed when escorting or moving a oversize load. The oversize load sign shall be required on any oversized loads with multiple dimensions. “WIDELOAD” and “LONG LOAD)” signs must be used on escort vehicles, whichever is applicable. Signs will not be permitted to extend beyond the width of the fenders of the vehicle more than 6 inches to the left or the right of pilot car vehicles. The Minnesota DOT may even require additional signs if they determine that it is necessary.
Flags: Flags are required to be used on any projection(s) that extend more than 3 feet beyond the front bumper or 4 feet beyond the rear of the truck bed of any semi-trucks or when any loads exceeds 9 feet wide and or 65 feet long. Flags must be either safety fluorescent red, yellow or orange and be no less than 18 inches square. They must be securely attached to all extremities of overhang whether on the front the rear and at the corners at the widest point so they are clearly visible to approaching motorists.
Warning lights: warning lights are required when traveling during night hours and must be visible from a distance of no less than 500 feet on a clear day. Simultaneously flashing warning lights will need to be spaced as far apart from each other as possible and are required on the front and rear of the shipment and have a flash rate somewhere between 60 and 90 flashes permit. Lenses on all warning lights must be a minimum of 4 inches in diameter or have a minimum lense surface area of 12 and 1/2 inches. Instead of a pair of warning lights that flash simultaneously either one or more strobe lights or rotating lights may be permitted.

When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanies by a escort vehicle or pilot car if:

Length: 95 feet to 110 feet 1 pilot car or escort vehicle on the rear. Over 110 feet requires 1 front escort and 1 chase pilot car.
Width: Loads over 12 feet and 6 inches most of state roads requires one (but not all), 14 feet and 6 inches to 16 feet require 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort on non-divided highways but only 1 rear on divided highways.  Over 16 feet wide and they will require 1 lead pilot car and a Police/LPA on the rear. On less than 4 lane roads 1 front pilot car is required and on 4 lanes 1 rear escort is required.  Up to 15 feet wide at which point a second escort is required. 18 feet or wider requires a police escort.
Height: If over 14 feet and 6 inches in height you may be required to have a high pole depending on route..
Note: Permits will state on them if they are valid for either 3 or 5 days.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

The state of Minnesota has two different types of pilot cars/escorts.

“Civilian” escorts/pilot cars and “Peace Officer” escorts/pilot cars. Let’s learn about the two types first.

Civilian escorts/pilot cars: A civilian escort is an individual with a valid drivers license and a valid certification from Minnesota state DOT which has reciprocal agreement (MVCSHTO) with the following states: Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington state. Operators must be a minimum of 18 years old and in a properly equipped automobile or pickup truck. This agreement allows other civilian escorts (pilot car operators) certified in participating states to operate in each other.
Peace officer escorts: A peace officer escort is a Minnesota state licensed peace officer using a state authorized emergency vehicle displaying red and/or blue lights. A peace officer escort is the only type of escort permitted that has the ability to require on-coming traffic to yield to the right of way whenever an oncoming wide load encroaches over a 2 lane road center-line. A peace officer escort or pilot car will be required whenever a loaded trucks width extends over the roadway center-line and into on-coming traffic or whenever a loaded truck dimensions require the truck to travel in the wrong lane of the roadway. The Minnesota DOT has determined if extreme hazards exist a peace officer escort or pilot car is the most reasonable solution to maintain road safety for motorists. The carrier must arrange for peace officer escorts or pilot cars whenever they are required whether it is specified on the permit or not. Any time a shipment may potentially cross over the center-line a peace officer escort or pilot car is required.
Civilian escorts/pilot cars continued: Pilot car and escort vehicles can be either a pickup truck, SUV, van, or a passenger vehicle that is in good operating condition and is properly equipped. The driver of a pilot car or escort vehicle must be a minimum of 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license. No pilot car or escort vehicle is permitted to tow any type of trailer or other vehicle when operating in the capacity of a escort or pilot car driver. A pilot car or escort vehicle operator is not permitted to perform any other duties other than operating the vehicle. If a rear steer is needed or a remote is being utilized the operator of the pilot car or escort vehicle is not permitted to take part in any of these operations. All escort vehicles and pilot cars are required to be equipped with a wide load or long load sign that shall be displayed on the top of the vehicle. This sign must be clean clear and visible to all traffic. Rotating strobe being or flashing amber lights are required to be installed in the center of the roof of the vehicle and not be obstructed by any other signage. Multiple lights may be used provided they are not obstructed by anything and should be placed on the far right and left hand sides of the upper portion of the vehicle. A pilot car operating in the capacity of a lead vehicle will need to proceed the shipment by a minimum distance of 300 feet and no more than 700 feet. Rear escort vehicles or chase vehicles must follow the shipment at a close safe distance that clearly identifies it as part of the escorted shipment. Convoys are not permitted unless specifically authorized by the Minnesota state DOT.

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Minnesota DOT contact information and notes.

Minnesota DOT office and permit contact information:

Minnesota Administrative Truck Center
395 John Ireland Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155
Telephone line: 651-296-6000
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM (closed from Noon until 1 PM).
Website: www.dot.mn.gov
Central Standard Time
Notes:
Minnesota is a member of the MVCSHTO agreement.

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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 Minnesota State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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Massachusetts State Shipping Regulations

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

Massachusetts shipping regulations.

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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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Maryland State Shipping Regulations

Maryland state shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and heavy haul loads over the roads and highways in the state of Maryland.

 If you would like to share your knowledge with others please do so at the bottom of this page.

 

Maryland oversize regulations.

Legal Loads.

Length: 65’ (48’ trailers) (53’ allowed on Interstate only with 41’ kingpin).
Overhang: 3’ front and 6’ rear maximum.
Weight: GVW 80,000
Tandem: 34,000
Width: 8’ on non designated highways – 8’6” on designated highways.
Height: 13’ 6”

Routine trucking permits.

Length: 120’
Weight: Less than 110,000 lbs
Width: 16’
Height: 14’ 6” – high pole required!

When you are required to have pilot cars.

Length: Over 120’
Weight: Over 110,000 lbs.
Width: Over 13’ requires 1 pilot car in front. Over 14’ requires 1 pilot car in front and 1 pilot car in rear.
Height: Over 16’.

Travel times and restrictions.

Times that you are not allowed to travel within the state or Maryland with oversize or heavy haul loads:

Daylight hours are defined as one half hour after sunrise and one half hours before sunset. You may not travel on Sunday. Saturday travel is permitted in till noon. Maryland state DOT has different curfews that have to be followed in areas with high traffic densities. Typically these hours are from 9 AM in till 3:30 PM. No travel is usually allow between these hours. The state of Maryland has many toll bridges and tunnels that may charge additional fees. You should contact the Maryland Transportation Authority (US-50:410–537–6601, I95: 410–537–1150, FC Key Bridge: 410–537–7600). Traveling on any of these toll roads bridges or tunnels. Always be sure to check your physical permit for curfew times. Especially if you are in excess of 45 gross tons 100 feet in length or over 12 feet wide. If you are over 14 feet by you will not be permitted to travel between the hours of 9 AM and 3:30 PM on any highway. Travel is not permitted on any of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The Maryland state DOT permit office for oversize and heavy haul loads is closed on the above-mentioned holidays as well as Martin Luther King Day, Columbus Day, election day and is also close on the day after Thanksgiving but travel is not restricted on these days.

Maryland DOT contact information.

Information and links for oversize and heavy haul shippers:

Maryland State Highway Administration
Office of Traffic Safety, Oversize and heavy haul division
Hauling Permits Unit
7491 Connelley Dr.
Hanover, MD  21076

E-mail: mdmotorcarrier@sha.state.md.us
Phone:  800-846-6435 or 800-543-4564
Fax: 410-787-2863 or toll free fax: 800-945-3416

Hours: are Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm (closed noon to 1 o’clock).
NOTE: Single trip permits are valid for 5 days and costs $30 – you can view their fees. Also Maryland has a designated area for pilot cars which you can view here.

 

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

 

 

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Louisiana State Shipping Regulations

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

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Louisiana State Trucking Permit Regualtions – Oversize Shipping and Transport.




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

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

Louisiana

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

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

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

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

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

Kentucky State Shipping Regulations

These are the Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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Kentucky State Trucking Permit Regulations – oversize shipping and transport.



Kentucky State Trucking information website:  http://transportation.ky.gov

Legal Loads.
Length: 65’ (53’ trailer)
Overhang: Less than 5’
Weight: GVW on 5 or more axles 80,000
Width: 8’6” on interstates and other designated highways 8’ on non-designated highways
Height: 13’6”

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Routine oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.
Length: 95’ on 2 lanes or 110’ on 4 lanes
Overhang: less than 25’
Weight: 96,000 on 5 axles., 24,000 single., 120,000 on 6 axles., 160,000 on 7 axles.
Width: 14’
Height: 15’

How to apply for trucking permits.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
502-564-7150 Phone
502-564-0992 Fax
Permit is valid for 10 days – basic fee is $60

Pilot car – Escort Car Requirements.
Width: 2 lanes over 10’6” requires 1 front escort or pilot vehicle. 2 lanes over 12’ requires 1 front escort or pilot vehicle and 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.  4 lanes over 12’ requires 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.
Length: 2 lanes over 75’ requires 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.  2 lanes over 85’ requires 1 front and 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.  4 lanes over 110’ requires 1 rear escort or pilot vehicle.

Travel restrictions.
Travel is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset Monday thru Friday and Saturday until noon.

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 Kentucky State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

 

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