California State Shipping Regulations

California State Shipping Regulations

2021 California state shipping laws, regulations, and limitations for heavy-haul trucking and oversize loads. 

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Maximum legal limits without requiring a permit. 

Maximum legal limits. Standard Metric
Length: 65 feet. 19.8 meters.
Width: 8 feet, 6 inches. 2.6 meters.
Height: 13 feet, 6 inches. 4.1 meters.
Weight: 80,000 pounds. 36,287 kilograms.
Overhang: 4 feet from the rear, 3 feet from the front. 1.21 meters from the rear, 1 meter from the front.
Notes: Always verify any discrepancies with CalTrans prior to movement/transport if you are ever uncertain.

These rules pertain to personal vehicles (towed or otherwise), commercial motor vehicles including semi-tractors, trailers, buses, boats, or anything else on California roads. Some local roads may have additional restrictions. For clarification of any discrepancies consult CalTrans (see contact information below).

California legal maximum limit information in detail.

Routinely issued oversize/overweight permit maximums.

Oversize/overweight transport/trucking permits routinely issued by CALTRANS.

Maximum routine permit limits Standard Metric
Length: 135 feet. 41.1 meters.
Width: 15 feet. 4.5 meters.
Height: 17 feet. 5.1 meters.
Weight: 250,000 pounds. 36,287 kilograms.
Overhang: 4 feet from rear, 3 feet from front. 1.21 meters from rear, 1 meter from front.
Notes: Detailed instructions should be clearly printed on your official permit. Any discrepancies should be discussed with issuing CALTRANS office official prior to movement/transport for clarification.

Routinely issued oversize/overweight permit information in detail.

California overhang in-depth clarification.

California superload information.

Shipments in excess of the following weights/dimensions are classified as superloads in California.

Superload size/weight classification Standard Metric
Length: 135+ feet. 41.1+ meters.
Width: 15 + feet. 4.5+ meters.
Height: 17+ feet. 5.1+ meters.
Weight: 250,000+ pounds. 36,287+ kilograms.
Overhang: 4 + feet. 1.21+ meters from rear, 1+ meters from front.
Notes: Superloads have finely detailed instructions clearly printed on the official permit. Any discrepancies should be discussed with the issuing CALTRANS superload permit office official prior to commencing movement/transport.

California superload information in-depth.

Travel times and restrictions.

Pilot car/escort vehicle requirements.

Required shipment markings, signs, flags and lights.

Additional information.

California DOT locations and contact information.

California DOT (CalTrans) contact information and other helpful links.

Northern region:
California Department of Transportation – CalTrans
PO Box 942874, room 4105
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
Telephone helpline:
916-322-1297
Fax line:
916-322-4966
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 helpline:
909-383-4637
Fax line: 909-388-7001
Permit office hours: 8 AM until 5 PM – PACIFIC TIME ZONE

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See also:

California heavy haul trucking company directory.
California pilot car company directory.
Order California heavy haul and oversize trucking permits.
CalTrans pilot car maps – Pilot cars look!
CalTrans oversize and overweight shipping manuals.
Loads of contacts at 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.

California state flag.

Cities we service in California:

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, pilot car companies, and private individuals. 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.

How far can a ladder or lumber stick out from the rear of a vehicle?

How far can something like a ladder or lumber stick out from the back/rear of my car, truck, or vehicle?

Have you ever wondered what the law is in your state concerning protrusions from a vehicle? Like when you’re hauling a ladder or lumber for that new project. Most states have different rules so it’s important for you to not only have the red flag but to know the limitations of protrusion lengths your state legally permits. If you have something sticking out too far from your car or truck you can be issued a citation or worse, a fine. We’ll go over the basics of having something protruding from the front or back of your vehicle and what the limitations are in your state.

Over loaded van with lumber on top, How much is the legal limit? Find out what your state laws are below. Photo credit.

Let’s first go over some of the basics.

Properly securing your item.

One of the more important things here is to ensure you don’t lose whatever you intend to move. This is why properly securing your long item to the car or truck you intend on transporting it on. When securing lighter items we suggest using a small rope as long as you can tie a good knot. If you’re not the greatest with knots consider double tieing in if this is the only option you have. For heavy items, we suggest using ratchet straps to secure your long item (lumber, poles, pipe, ladders, etc) when possible. We do not recommend using bungee cords for securing anything under any circumstances. They are too stretchy and simply can’t be counted on 100%. The last thing you need is an insurance claim.

Red flag rules.

Do I have to tie a red flag on anything that sticks out of the back or front of my vehicle? The rule of thumb on this is if it sticks out more than 3 feet, yes. It doesn’t matter if it extends 3 feet from the front bumper or 3 feet from the rear bumper down low, or on top on the hood, or in racks. If it protrudes more than 3 feet in either direction, you must attach a red-colored warning flag to each protruding end.

What the laws say about objects protruding from the front or rear of vehicles.

Considering the safety of other motorists as well as public property, there are various laws in place to limit how far an item can overhang or protrude the rear end of vehicles. They also cover properly marking the item being transported at each end. As mentioned earlier if you choose not to properly flag or mark the protrusion you could be subject to a ticket or a fine or both. The USDOT has federal regulations that cover this area of the law. It basically says that if you have something protruding over 3 feet in the front and/or 4 feet from the rear of the car or truck it must be properly marked with a red or orange safety flag. It should be noted that objects protruding more than 4 inches from the sides of a vehicle must be properly marked as well.

Proper marking of objects protruding from the front or rear of your vehicle.

During daylight hours. During daylight hours protrusions can be marked with a red or orange safety/warning colored flag. Flags must be a minimum of 18 inches square.

During nighttime hours. During the hours of darkness, objects protruding from vehicles must be illuminated with a red lamp placed at the far rear extreme of the item protruding from the rear.

Examples of items that may be too long for your car or truck.

  • Lumber
  • Poles
  • Ladders
  • Pipe
  • Building materials
  • Kayaks
  • Canoes
  • Surfboards
  • Nursery stock
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    Considering the USDOT doesn’t have authority on state and local roads, let’s look at the individual state laws on items sticking out (protruding) from vehicles.

     

     

     

    Washington State Shipping Regulations

    Washington State Shipping Regulations

    2021 Washington state shipping laws, regulations, and limitations for heavy-haul trucking and oversize loads.

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    Maximum legal limits without requiring a permit.

    Maximum legal limits. Standard Metric
    Length: 75 feet. 22.8 meters.
    Width: 8 feet, 6 inches. 2.6 meters.
    Height: 14 feet. 4.2 meters.
    Weight: 80,000 pounds. 36,287 kilograms.
    Overhang: 15 feet from the rear, 3 feet from the front. 4.5 meters from the rear, 91 cm from the front.
    Notes: Rear overhang is measured from the center to the rear axles. The front is measured from the bumper.

    Washington maximum limit information details.

    Routinely issued oversize/overweight permit maximums.

    Oversize/overweight transport/trucking permits routinely issued by Washington WSDOT.

    Maximum routine permit limits Standard Metric
    Length: Case-by-case basis.
    Width: 14 feet on 2-lanes. 16 feet 4-lanes. 4.2 and 4.8 meters.
    Height: 16 feet. 4.8 meters.
    Weight: Some routes up to 200,000 pounds. 90,718 kilograms.
    Overhang: 15 feet from the rear, 4 feet from the front. 4.5 meters. 91 cm.
    Notes: non-divisible loads can not be made smaller or lighter. Exception: Dozers have blades detached and sitting on the trailer. No multiple blades. Loaders may have bucket detached as long as it is a pertinent piece for the loader being transported. No multiple buckets allowed.

    Routinely issued oversize/overweight permit information details.

    Washington overhang in-depth clarification.

    Washington superload information.

    Shipments in excess of the following weights/dimensions are classified as superloads in Washington.

    Superload size/weight classification Standard Metric
    Length: 125+ feet on some routes 38.1+ meters.
    Width: 16 + feet. 4.8+ meters.
    Height: 16+ feet. 4.8+ meters.
    Weight: 200,000+ pounds. 90,718+ kilograms.
    Overhang: 15+ feet, case-by-case. 4.5+.
    Notes: Superloads have finely detailed instructions clearly printed on the official permit. Any discrepancies should be discussed with the issuing Washington superload permit office official prior to commencing movement/transport.

    Washington superload information in-depth.

    Permitted travel times and restrictions.

    When pilot cars/escorts are required.

    Pilot car/escort vehicle requirements.

    Required shipment markings, signs, flags and lights.

    Additional information.

    Washington DOT (WSDOT) locations and contact information.

    Washington WSDOT contact information and other helpful links.

    Washington State Department of Transportation
    921 Lakeridge Way
    PO Box 47367
    Olympia, WA  98504-6340

     

    Ports of entry:
    The ports do NOT issue permits in the State of Washington.
    Bow Hill: (I-5 S) 360-766-6196, Plymouth: (I-82 N) 509-734-7043, Ridgefield: (I-5 N) 360-887-8231, Spokane: (I-90 W) 509-226-3366

    Email: if you know of a good one please leave it below.
    Help telephone line: 360-704-6340
    Fax: 360-704-6350
    Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 5:o0 pm.

    Pacific Time Zone

     

    See also:

    Washington State trucking company directory.
    Washington State pilot cars and truck escorts.
    Washington heavy-haul and oversize trucking permits.

    Click here for the State DOT Website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.
    Click here for Washington State road & highway conditions.

    Washington cities serviced.

    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 Washington State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

     

    Oregon State Shipping Regulations

    Oregon State Shipping Regulations

    2021 Oregon state shipping laws, regulations, and limitations for heavy-haul trucking and oversize loads.

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    Maximum legal limits without requiring a permit.

    Maximum legal limits. Standard Metric
    Length: Determined by trailer length: 53 feet max. 16.1 meters maximum trailer length.
    Width: 8 feet, 6 inches. 2.6 meters.
    Height: 14 feet. 4.2 meters.
    Weight: 80,000 pounds. 36,287 kilograms.
    Overhang: 5 feet from the rear, 4 feet from the front. 1.5 meters from the rear, 1.2 meters from the front.
    Notes: Some roads require a permit for a 53 feet trailer. Overhangs must be day flagged or night illuminated.

    Oregon legal maximum limit information in detail.

    Routinely issued oversize/overweight permit maximums.

    Oversize/overweight transport/trucking permits routinely issued by ODOT.

    Maximum routine permit limits Standard Metric
    Length: 80 feet overall depending on routing. 24.3 meters.
    Width: 15 feet. 4.5 meters.
    Height: 17 feet. 5.1 meters.
    Weight: 98,000-105,000 lbs depending on the route. 44,452 kilograms.
    Overhang: No set limit. Depends on the route.
    Notes: Overhang can not exceed more than 1/3 of the total combined wheelbase length: first front to last rear axle.

    Routinely issued oversize/overweight permit information in detail.

    Oregon overhang in-depth clarification.

    Oregon superload information.

    Shipments in excess of the following weights/dimensions are classified as superloads in Oregon.

    Superload size/weight classification Standard Metric
    Length: 150+ feet. 45.7+ meters.
    Width: 14 feet on 2 lane – 16+ feet on Interstate. 4.2+ and 4.8+ meters.
    Height: 17+ feet. 5.1+ meters.
    Weight: Over 105,000 lbs on some routes. 47,627+ kilograms.
    Overhang: 4+ feet. 1.21+ meters.
    Notes: Superloads have finely detailed instructions clearly printed on the official permit. Any discrepancies should be discussed with the issuing ODOT superload permit office official prior to commencing movement/transport.

    Oregon superload information in-depth.

    Permitted travel times and restrictions.

    When pilot cars/escorts are required.

    Pilot car/escort vehicle requirements.

    Required shipment markings, signs, flags and lights.

    Additional information.

    Oregon DOT (ODOT) locations and contact information.

    Oregon ODOT contact information and other helpful links.

    Oregon Motor Carrier Transportation Division – Over-Dimensional Permit Unit.
    Dept. of Transportation Permits Office
    Motor Carrier Transport OS/OD Permit Unit
    550 Capitol Street, NE
    Salem, OR   97301
    Telephone: 503-373-0000
    Trip Permits: (503) 378-6699
    Fuel Permits: (503) 373-1634
    Hours: 7 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday (Wed. closed from 12-1 pm). PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME.

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

    See also:

    ODOT oversize information website.
    Oregon road closures and conditions.
    Oregon pilot car and truck escorts.
    Oregon heavy haul and oversize trucking companies
    Oregon oversize and overweight trucking permits.

     

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

     

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    Missouri State Shipping Regulations


    2021 Missouri shipping laws, regulations, rules, and limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

    Please share your knowledge of Missouri state shipping regulations with other visitors below.

     

    Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

    Missouri maximum load limits until and trucking permits are required.

    Length: 53 feet maximum. If you overhang in either direction on a 53-foot trailer (even a 1/2 inch) you are required to obtain a permit.
    Width:  8 feet  6 inches.
    Height: 13 feet 6 inches.
    Weight: 80,000 pounds GVW.

    Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

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

    Length: 53 feet is the maximum. Over 90 feet combined overall requires 1 rear escort.  120 feet can be permitted. Anything over is a superload.
    Width: Figure up to 14 feet as a routine permit. Some routes/distances may qualify as routine, see: state laws.
    Height: 14 feet and 6 inches depending on routing/distance. To see if others qualify see the above “state laws” link.
    Weight:  Single axle 20,000 pounds, 46,000 pounds on tandem axles, tridem axles 60,000 pounds (no more than 21,000 on any single in combination), quad axles 72,000 pounds (no more than 19,000 pounds on any single axle configurations), 5 axles 104,000 pounds, 6 axles 120,000 pounds, 7 axles (config. 1-2-4) 130,000 pounds, 8 axles 160,000 pounds, 9 axles (config. 1-4-4) 156,000 pounds.
    Overhang: Anything over 53 feet in length requires a permit. If you overhang or are in excess of 53 feet by a 1/2 inch you are required to obtain a permit.

    Missouri superloads.

    Requirements for extra-heavy or over-dimensional (superloads in MO):

    All superload shipments are required to have a minimum of 2 million dollars in single limit combined liability insurance. For simplicity, a superload in Missouri is any shipment in excess of the above dimensions or weights listed above in “routine”. For complete details of state laws.

    Missouri load long and heavy.

    When a pilot car or escort vehicles are required.

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

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    Length: 90 feet overall length requires 1 rear/ chase pilot car or escort vehicle if the highway is not divided.
    Width:

    • 12 feet and under requires no escort.
    • 12 feet and 4 inches will require 1 rear/chase escort vehicle. 1 escort vehicle and 1 pilot car are required on non-designated roads.

    Height:

    • 15 feet 6 inches on 2 lane undivided roads requires a high pole pilot car.
    • 15 feet on divided highways requires 1 pilot car with a height pole. May need route survey and bucket trucks.

    Overhang:

    • Anytime the length of the load exceeds 53 feet 1 pilot car is required. Over 90 feet overall may require 1 pilot car and 1 escort.

    Notes: If the shipment consists of 2 dimensions being over the legal limits 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle are required.

    Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements, certifications.

    In order to operate a pilot car or escort vehicle in the state of Missouri you are required to have a minimum of the following:

    Missouri state laws say pilot car/escort vehicles must be a standard size and have unrestricted vision in the front and rear. The vehicle must be in safe operating condition. “Oversize Load” signs must be displayed towards the front or rear, whichever is applicable. Signs must not be visible when not in service. Signs must be a minimum of 5 feet in length and 1 foot in height. Signs must have a yellow background color with thick (1-inch minimum) black clear, professional print quality lettering. All escort vehicles must be equipped with safety-colored red or orange fluorescent flags that can be mounted on both sides of the front of lead pilot car vehicles or both rear sides of chase escort vehicles. All vehicles involved in shipment must have 2-way radio capabilities. Insurance requirements must be a minimum of $50,000 for personal injury per person. $200,000 for accident/property damage and/or combined single limit liability of $250,000.

    Note: Flaggers or any person directing or altering traffic is required to have a “flaggers certification” and be flagger certified.

    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).

    Missouri DOT contact information.

    Physical address and MDOT contact information:
    Missouri Department of Transportation, Motor Carriers, Special Permit Office
    PO Box 270, Jefferson City, MO 65102
    Phone: 573-751-2871
    Permit office hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 am until 3:45 pm.
    Missouri legal guidelines: Missouri oversize and heavy-haul regulation laws printed by the state.

    Missouri oversize and heavy-haul shipping regulations, permits.

    Missouri cities serviced.

    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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    Missouri oversize, heavy haul trucking companies, and pilot car for hire:

    Missouri pilot cars and trucking escorts.
    Missouri oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies.

     

    Montana state shipping regulations.

    Montana state shipping regulations.

    2021 Montana oversize and over-weight shipping laws and regulations.

    Official 2021 Montana state over the road transport laws, regulations, and guidelines. Legal maximum dimensions and/or weight limits. Shipments in excess of the following weights/dimensions will require special permit approval from the state.

    Maximum dimensions/weights allowed without a permit.

    Any shipment exceeding any of the following dimensions or weights requires a special permit issued from the state.

    Length: 75 feet maximum combined total overall.
    Width: 8’6″.
    Height: 14 feet.
    Weight: 80,000 pounds. 20,000 pounds on any steer axle. Divisible loads may exceed 80,000 without an overweight permit as long as all axle group spacings and weights are legal. Truck drivers must have a special DMV endorsement for additional weight.

    Maximum dimensions/weights of routinely permitted shipments.

    If a proposed shipment is in excess of any of the following dimensions or weights it is considered a superload. Superloads require extensive review in order to be granted permits.

    Length: 110 feet (33.528 meters).
    Width: 18 feet (5.4864 meters).
    Height:  17 feet (5.1816 meters) on most routes.
    Weight: 100,000 pounds (45359.237 kilograms).

    When pilot cars/escort vehicles are required.

    If your shipment pertains to any of the following you will be required to have pilot cars or escorts.

    Length: On two-lane roads over 105′ one pilot car or escort vehicle in the rear is required. Four lanes over 120’ only require one pilot car or escort vehicle in the rear.
    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 the company because they are responsible for all structures.

    Travel times and holiday restrictions.

    Continuous travel is permitted for loads not exceeding 10′ wide, 15′-6″ high, or 110′ in length.  Daylight hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Saturday and Sunday travel is allowed for loads not exceeding 18′ wide, 18′ high, or 120′ in length except on designated highways – refer to your actual permit instructions.

    Restricted travel routes should be documented on your permit. Restricted routes do not permit travel after 3:00 pm Friday thru Saturday, and from 12:00 PM on Sunday until sunrise on Monday if the dimensions exceed 10′ wide, 14′-6″ high or 110′ in length. No travel is permitted after 4:00 pm Friday until Monday morning if the dimensions exceed 18′ wide, 18′ high, or 120′ in length.

    Holiday travel is usually permitted for loads that do not exceed: 10′ wide, 14′-6″ high or 110′ in length.

    Superload information.

    Superload (class 1) Loads exceeding 18 feet wide up to 34 feet wide, 17 feet high up to 24 feet high, and/or 150 feet long up to 200 feet long, must obtain the appropriate department district administrator or designee approval of a completed super-load permit application. The department’s decision on a complete super-load application for these dimensions must be issued within two working days of a properly completed application submittal. At the discretion of the MCS administrator or designee, any restricted travel may be waived.

    Superload (class 2) Loads exceeding 34 feet wide, 24 feet high, and/or 200 feet long must obtain the appropriate department district administrator or designee approval of the super-load permit application. The department’s decision on a super-load application for these dimensions must be issued within five working days of a properly completed application submittal. At the discretion of the MCS administrator or designee, any restricted travel may be waived.

    Truck & trailer. Required lights, signs, banners, flags, etc.

    (1) Vehicles exceeding 10 feet in width must:

    (a) Display a sign with the words “OVERSIZE LOAD” or similar wording which must be mounted at any visible height on the front and rear of the load. Letters shall not be less than 8 inches in height. The letters shall be black in color on a yellow colored background with the exception of digital signs.

    (b) On the power unit, flashing amber lights, a minimum of five inches in diameter, 50 candlepower, 60 to 90 flashes per minute, shall be mounted at each end of the oversize load sign and visible 360 degrees. A single revolving light or strobe light may be substituted for flashing lights. Lights shall be flashing at all times when moving an oversize vehicle or load.

    (2) Pilot vehicles may be required under ARM 18.8.511A in lieu of “oversize load” signs and flashing lights.

    (3) Towing vehicles must be equipped with two-way radio communications if pilot vehicles are required under ARM 18.8.511A.

    (4) Oversize load signs must be removed from the vehicle upon completion of the highway movement which necessitated the signs.

    Reference credit: 18.8.510B Oversize load signs.

    Pilot cars/escort vehicles. Required lights, signs, banners, flags, etc.

    (1) A pilot vehicle may be any passenger car or two-axle truck a minimum of 60 inches wide. The maximum manufacturer’s rating for the pilot vehicle shall not exceed a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds. Service or mechanic trucks owned or contracted by the permittee and used as a pilot vehicle shall not exceed a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds. A pilot vehicle may not exceed legal limits of size and weight. Trucks used as pilot vehicles shall be clearly distinguished from and identifiable as the escort vehicle. A pilot vehicle may pull a trailer or carry any item or equipment which:

    (a) is within legal limits of size and weight;

    (b) allows an unobstructed view of the flashing lights and signs used by the pilot vehicle;

    (c) complies with all state traffic laws; and

    (d) possesses current registration and valid insurance.

    (2) Service or mechanic trucks used as pilot vehicles must not have a utility box that extends above the cab more than 12 inches or beyond the width of the cab more than 6 inches on either side.

    (3) A sign with the words “oversize load” or similar wording shall be visible from the front of the vehicle and rear of the vehicle at all times when piloting an oversize load. Letters shall not be less than 8 inches in height. The letters shall be black in color on a yellow colored background with the exception of digital signs. When not being operated as a pilot vehicle, signs must be removed.

    (4) Flashing amber lights, visible 360 degrees, shall be mounted at each end of a sign with the words “oversize load” or similar wording, on the roof of the pilot vehicle. A revolving or strobe light may be substituted for flashing lights. Lights shall be flashing at all times when piloting an oversize load.

    (5) All pilot vehicles shall be equipped with two-way communication.

    (6) Pilot vehicles must remain within 1,000 feet of the permitted vehicle or load.

    Reference credit: Regulations and equipment for pilot vehicles as defined in ARM 18.8.510(A).

    How to apply for oversize/weight trucking permits.

    Montana Motor Carrier Service Division
    2701 Prospect Avenue
    Helena, Montana 59620

    Phone: 406-444-6130 or 406-444-7262
    Permits are valid for 3 days.  The basic fee is $10.00
    More information.

    Mountain Time ZoneMontana DOT regulations

    See also:
    Montana frost/thaw restrictions.

    Resource credits:
    Montana permit restrictions.
    Montana rule subchapter 18.8.6.

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

    Nebraska State Shipping Regulations

    2021 Nebraska state shipping laws, rules, regulations, limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

    Nebraska oversize, heavy-haul trucking permits.

    Nebraska oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies for hire.
    Nebraska pilot car companies for hire.
    Nebraska oversize and heavy-haul permits.

    Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

    Nebraska maximum load limits until a trucking permit are required.

    Length: Overall no longer than 85 feet on designated highways.  The trailer length maximum is 53 feet.
    Weight: 80,000 pounds GVW, 20,000 pounds on a single axle, 34,000 pounds on tandem axles.
    Width:  8 feet and 6 inches.
    Height: 13 feet and 6 inches
    Overhang: No set rules, case-by-case.  We figure 3 feet of front or rear should be safe but by no means is that policy. For clarification be sure to refer to your permit.
    Notes: For documentation refer to Nebraska legal limitations for transport.

    Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

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

    Length: Up to 120 feet long is routine. Anything over will be assessed but limits are relaxed.
    Weight: They do not use the federal bridge formula. 20,000 pounds per axle is the maximum. Anything over 110,000 pounds combined overall is going to be a superload. 20,000 pounds on a single axle, 40,000 pounds on tandem axles, 60,000 pounds on tridum axles, 80,000 pounds on quadem axles.  A Dummy axle must carry a minimum of 8,000 pounds or 8% of the gross total weight.
    Width: Figure up to 14 feet as a routine permit.  They are strict on width and over 14 feet wide is going to be looked at as superload unless it’s a light load. Case-by-case but if you are heavy you may need approval from Lincoln, NE (up to 5 days processing times).
    Height: Up to 14 feet and  6 inches is considered routine and some routes may require a high pole. If you are over 16’ feet a high pole is mandatory.

    Nebraska superloads.

    Requirements for extra-heavy or over-dimensional (superloads in NE):

    For the purpose of this reading, you can figure superload dimensions are anything that is in excess of the dimensions or weights mentioned above in “routine”. If you are close then it will be up to the state to determine if you must file for your permit as a superload or not. See actual Nebraska state oversize and heavy haul trucking laws.

    Legal travel times for oversize and heavy-haul loads.

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

    Travel time is a half-hour before sunrise and a half-hour after sunset leniency rule.  Weekend travel is permitted but they do have travel time restrictions around Lincoln, NE, and Omaha, NE during both weekdays and weekends.  Travel is prohibited on most all holidays and the day after Thanksgiving.

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

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

    All loads being shipped in Nebraska must be marked with oversize load signs shipments are also required to have square red or orange fluorescent flags on all four corners to include the power unit and must be 18 inches. Pilot cars or escort vehicles that are used during the shipment must have flags in the front if leading or the rear if chasing. One revolving amber light must be on the top of the power unit as well as on the top of the pilot car. All signs must be yellow and background with black letters no less than 10 inches in height. For nighttime moves on shipments that are in excess of 12 feet wide a light bar attachment is required to be mounted on the rear of the load at a height that is clearly visible by motorists approaching from the rear.

    When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

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

    Length: 90’ one on the rear. Over 100’ needs a rear and a chase pilot car.
    Width: They can impose a required pilot car for anything over 8’ 6”.  In some cases, a lightbar can be used in lieu of a pilot car. Loads over 12 wide on 4 lanes are required one rear escort. A front is required for loads on 2 lane highway over 12’ wide. Front and rear are required for loads over 14’ wide. Front escort with a height pole is required for 14’ 6” and over.
    Height: Over 14’ 6” needs a pilot car, may need height pole depending on the route.
    Overhang: If over 15’ one rear escort is needed.
    Note: Allow 1 to 10 days for permits to be approved. Maximum speeds of 45 MPH if 4 or more lanes, 35 MPH is under 4 lanes. Also, read travel restrictions below.

    Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

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

    All escort vehicles or pilot cars must be equipped with an amber light or light bar and must have a left and right side flashing or Rotary amber or yellow light of sufficient size that will be visible 360° from a distance of no less than 800 feet. Lights must be a minimum of 50 candle power bulbs. Lights must be no less than 6 inches in diameter.

    Heavy lift being shipped in Nebraska.

    Nebraska DOT contact information and notes.

    Nebraska DOT office and permit contact information:

    Physical and mailing address:
    Nebraska Department of Roads
    1400 NE Highway 2, Permit Office, Room 123
    Lincoln, NE  68509
    Telephone: 402-471-0034
    Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

    Central Daylight Time

    Nebraska cities serviced.

     

    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 Nebraska State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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    Texas state shipping regulations. Oversize, heavy-haul, pilot cars, permits.

    2021 Texas state shipping regulations. Oversize trucking, heavy-haul, pilot cars, permits.

    Texas oversize and overweight shipping regulations and DOT trucking permit limitations.

    The great state of Texas official seal.

    Texas heavy-haul trucking permits.
    Texas oversize trucking companies.

    Locate oversize, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars.

    Texas oversize, heavy-haul trucking and pilot car companies for hire:

    Texas pilot car company directory.
    Texas heavy-haul trucking company directory.

    Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

    Texas maximum load limits until a trucking permit are required:

    Legal Loads:
    Length: Trailer length maximum is 59 feet. The overall combined length maximum is 65 feet.
    Width: 8 feet, 6 inches wide maximum.
    Height: 14 feet tall maximum.
    Weight: 80,000 pounds overall GVW, 20,000 pounds on single axles, 34,000 pounds on tandem axles, and 42,000 pounds on tridem axles.
    Overhang: 4 feet in the rear and 2 feet in the front maximum.

    Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

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

    Length: Up to 180 feet long or see the superload section.
    Width:  20 feet wide on “routine” permits (Go Texas!) however only 16 feet wide on the interstates.
    Height: 18 feet and 11 inches maximum for routine oversize trucking permits on state highways. Anything over this height is going to require a route survey.
    Weight: up to 240,000 pounds for routine heavy haul trucking permits however if the shipment is in excess of 200,000 pounds with less than 95 feet of axle spacings you will have to apply for a heavy haul superload trucking permit. On single axles: 25,000 pounds. Tandem axles: 46,000 pounds. Tridum axles: 60,000 pounds and quadem axles: 63,000 pounds (confirmed May 31, 2018). 5 axles 73,260 pounds. Trunnion axles 54,000 pounds. On restricted routes: Single: 22,500 pounds, tandem: 41,400 pounds, tridum: 54,000 pounds, quad: 63,000 pounds, 5 axles 73,260 pounds, trunnion: 54,000 pounds. 5 axels gross weight 105,000, 6 axels: 119,000, 7 axles: 129,000 lbs, 8 axles depends on your axle configurations.
    Overhang: Go again Texas DOT!  The front overhang maximum is 25′ and the rear overhang maximum is 30′ in length for routine Texas oversize trucking permits.  Nice job folks!
    Notes: If over 125 feet in length, 20 feet wide, or 18 feet and 11 inches tall you will be required to have a route inspection. A flatbed trailer can not be used for a shipment that is considered a “wide-load” and an “over-height” load. Your permit will be rejected and you will lose your payment. If a shipment has 2 different oversize dimensions (ie; long and wide or wide and tall), then it automatically will be required to have 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles.

    Texas superloads.

    To keep this simple any shipment that exceeds the above dimensions/weights in the “Routine” section above will more than likely be classified as a superload shipment in the state of Texas. Superload permits issued in the state of Texas usually take at minimum 2 weeks time to be approved.

    Legal travel times for oversize and heavy-haul loads.

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

    One half-hour before sunrise and one-half hour after sunset is considered daylight time. Nighttime travel is permitted in the state of Texas if the shipment is less than 100 feet long or 10 wide on the Interstate highways only. If the shipment is ONLY overweight it may travel at night on any roads.  Weekend travel is permitted.  You can travel on some holidays but there are some limits;  if the length is in excess of 110′ long, height is in excess of 16′ or width in excess of 14′ you may NOT travel on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

    The Texas state DOT permit office is closed on these days as well.  Texas does have quite a few travel time curfews in high-density traffic areas so be sure to refer to your permit. These typically range from 6-9 am and 3-6 pm (example only).  Each permit issued by the Texas DOT will specifically state exactly what the curfew law is. No Texas state heavy haul or oversize trucking permit is valid without the specific curfew restrictions attached to it.

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

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

    When transporting heavy haul and oversize loads the tractor-trailer unit must have its low beam headlights turned on at all times. Any shipment that extends from either side of the actual trailer width requires red or orange fluorescent warning flags that are no less than 16 inches square as well as red lights/lamps. If you are transporting anything that has a rear overhang in excess of 4 feet from the rear of the trailer you will be required to place two red lamps at each rear extreme corner. Red lights must be visible from a minimum distance of 500 feet. Any shipment over 8 feet and 6 inches wide will require a strobe and red lighting is an addition to warning flags. Trucks must have either 1 strobing amber light with a minimum base size of 8 inches or 2 simultaneous flashing amber lights mounted on the roof of the power unit. Signs must be applicable to the shipment being moved such as “oversize load”, “long load”, etc. Signs must be a minimum of 5 feet in width but no wider than 7 feet with a yellow background and black letters a minimum of 8 inches tall.

    When pilot cars or escort vehciles are required.

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

    Length: If a shipment is over 110′ in length and up to 125′ you will need 1 pilot car in the rear.  Over 125′ in length requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle in the front and 1 on the rear.
    Width: Shipments 14 feet to 16 feet wide will require 1 pilot car vehicle in front on a 2 lane road and 1 on the rear on a 4 lane road.  If a shipment is in excess of 16 feet, 1 front and 1 rear pilot car or escort vehicle will be required on all shipments on all roads and highways.
    Height: If the height of the load exceeds 17′ a front high pole car is required. If the shipment is over 18′ in height you will be required to have 1 high pole and 1 rear escort.
    Weight: If the shipment is able to maintain minimum speeds no escort vehicle is required.
    Overhang: Front overhang up to 20 feet on some 2 land roads will require 1 pilot car or escort vehicle in the front.  On a 4 lane front overhang, up to 25 feet requires 1 pilot car (escort) on the rear.  Rear overhang; over 20 feet but not more than 30 feet requires one pilot car (escort) on the rear of shipment. If over 30 feet of overhang 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles will be required and you will need to get special approval for the permit to be issued.

    Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

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

    At the date of this publish (06/20/18) there are no certifications required by the state of Texas for pilot car or escort vehicle operators. Vehicle requirements: All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display either both bumpers or 1 roof-mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDELOAD” sign (whichever is applicable) visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle and only displayed while working. The sign must be at least 5′ long but no greater than 7′ and 12″ in height but no greater than 18″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 8″ in height but no more than 10″ in height and lettering must be a minimum of 1.4″ in width.  Vehicle must be equipped with 2 horizontally mounted rotating (if rotating 8″ base is required) (or strobe) amber-colored flashing or strobe light which must be visible from a 360-degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device and be in constant communication with all parties assigned to the movement.

    It is only our express opinion that pilot cars also have a minimum of the additional items but not required:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B, and C, a paddle sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. A red safety colored flag with a handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering), and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).

    Texas DOT contact information and notes.

    Texas DOT office and permit contact information:

    Physical address:
    Texas State Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Division
    125 East 11th Street
    Austin, TX  78701

    EmailSizeWeight@txdmv.gov
    Help telephone line: 800-299-1700 – option 1 or 5.
    Hours: Monday – Friday 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM  and Saturday’s from 6 AM until 2 PM.
    Central Time Zone

    Texas road & highway conditions.

    Click here for the Texas state DOT website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.

    Texas cities serviced.

    Additional info on oversize/weight loads.

     

    The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and heavy-haul 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 Texas State DOT Permits office before commencing any transport of oversize or heavy haul loads.
    Texas oversize and overweight regulations for DOT trucking permits.

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    New Mexico State Shipping Regulations

    2021 New Mexico DOT shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking.

    New mexico shipping rules and regulations.

    The great state of New Mexico official seal.

    Please share your expertise or knowledge with other visitors below.

    Trucking company & pilot car directory.

    Locate trucking & pilot car companies located in New Mexico state:

    New Mexico heavy haul trucking company directory.
    New Mexico pilot car company directory.

    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″ depending on route.
    Weight: 80,000 lbs. on interstate roads and 80,640 lbs. on all others.
    Overhang: We do not have any information on the legal overhang limits. If you have information please share it with others below.

    Routine 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.
    Weight: These are 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 the legal overhang. If you can help please comment below.

    Superload information.

    Length: anything over 190′ long.
    Width: 20′ wide for sure. Possibly less on sub-routes.
    Height: We have no number yet.  The 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.

    The sunrise to sunset rule applies in the state of New Mexico. Sunday travel is not allowed and holiday restrictions apply (if overweight interstate travels only with a pilot car). If the holiday is on a Friday then you can only travel until sunset on Thursday. 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 Thanksgiving day.

    Note: In the cities of 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.

    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 the pilot car (escort vehicle) map developed by the New Mexico DOT which will furnish all pilot cars (escort vehicles) a complimentary map if 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. The 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 required.

    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 a wheelbase of the 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 the 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.
    • The 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 the duration of validity is determined by the expiration date on the 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 fluorescent colors of orange or red. and be placed on the 4 outermost corners of the overall shipment (front of truck and rear of trailer).

    New Mexico DOT permits & information.

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

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

    Mountain Time Zone

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

    The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the New Mexico DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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    2021 Arkansas State Shipping Regulations

    2021 Arkansas state DOT shipping laws, rules, regulations, and limitations for heavy-haul and oversize trucking.

    Please share your knowledge of Arkansas state DOT trucking regulations with others below.

    Arkansas

    Arkansas legal load limits.

    Length: Maximum trailer length with a load is 53 feet and 6 inches long.
    Width: 8 feet and 6 inches wide.
    Height: 13 feet and 6 inches tall.
    Weight: 80,000 pounds gross(GVW). Steer axle is whatever the manufacturer lists it as or no greater than 20,000 pounds. 20,000 pounds on any single axle, 34,000 pounds gross on any tandem axle, 54,000 pounds on any tridum axle.
    Overhang: Arkansas is NOT clear on overhang which indicates they don’t like it. If you’re considering it call them and be sure to let our visitors know below.

    Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

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

    Length: No set maximums.
    Width: Up to 18 feet on the interstate and up to 20 feet on others.
    Height: 17 feet maximum. If over 16 feet tall (no interstate travel) approval will be required depending on the desired route.
    Weight: Maximum gross weight is 180,000 pounds. Typically steer axle is 12,000 pounds (unless manufacture specs allow for more – contingent upon spacings). Single axle limit is 20,000 pounds, tandem axles are 46,000 pounds, tridum axles is 60,000 pounds and 68,000 pounds on quadem axles. Routine permits cap out at 180,000 pounds gross.
    Overhang: Depending on what you are hauling: poles, manufactured homes it’s all over the board. For more info see Arkansas permit laws.

    Super load information for Arkansas.

    Arkansas state DOT will classify any shipment in excess of the following as a super load:

    Length: Depends on your route needs.
    Width: Anything in excess of 20 feet will be classified as a superload.   
    Height:
    Over 17 feet in height will require bucket trucks and route survey – count it as a superload.
    Weight: If over 180,000 pounds.
    Overhang: Share with us your experience (below) as Arkansas is all over the board on the overhang regulations.

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

    Required safety markings, safety flags, warning lights for heavy haul and oversize loads:

    Any combination or shipment in excess of the legal dimensions must be properly marked. Signs stating “OVERSIZE LOAD” are required to be displayed on the front of the combination as well as the rear of the load. In addition, red or orange-colored safety flags that are 18 inches square must be placed on the front of the power unit and rear corners of the load. Typically night movement is not permitted however, always refer to your permit for any special lighting requirements. Heavy haul shipments may not be required to display signs but again refer to your permit.

    When pilot cars or escort vehicles are required.

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

    For a vehicle to qualify; all pilot car/escort vehicles must have a gross weight of over 2,000 pounds but also have a manufacturer’s gross weight rating of fewer than 26,000 pounds.
    Length: If the load is 75′ to 95′ on a 2 load road you will need one rear pilot car (escort).
    Width: 10′ 6″ to 12′ wide on a 2 lane road requires 1 front pilot car. On a 4 lane road up to 12′ wide requires no escorts. When a load is 12′ 1″ to 14′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required on all 2 lane roads and 1 rear on all 4 lane roads. For loads 14′ 1″ – 15′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required. 15′ 1″ to 16′ wide on 2 lane requires 2 front pilot cars (escorts) and 1 rear pilot car (escort). On 4 all lane roads 1 front and 2 rear pilot cars (escorts) are required. If you do have a permit for weekend travel you will be required to have a police escort. Districts and Parkways may require additional escorts as well. Vehicles traveling with a width of over 14′ wide will not be allowed to travel on Fridays except on Parkway. The maximum width allowed on the Parkway is 16′ and must be accompanied by a police escort if over 15′.
    Height: If the height of the load exceeds 15′ a front high pole car is required.
    Weight: Check with the State to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
    Overhang: If the front overhang is over 10′ on 2 or 4 lane roads 1 front pilot car (escort) is required. If rear overhang exceeds 10′ on a 2 or 4 lane road one rear escort is required.

    Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

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

    All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a bumper or roof-mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle. The sign must be at least 5′ long and 12″ in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 10″ tall and 1 1/2″ in width. Vehicle must have 2 safety flags red or orange in color, and be a minimum of 18″ of length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70-degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle. Company identification signs must be placed on both sides of the pilot car (escort vehicle) displaying the name of the company, phone number and be placed on both the left and right-hand sides of the vehicle. These signs must be no less than 8″ tall x 12″ wide and identity writing must be plainly legible. The vehicle must be equipped with a horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber-colored flashing light which must be visible from a 360-degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet. Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication device, 2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a sign with the word “STOP” on one side and “SLOW” on the other with dimensions of no less than 18″ in diameter with a minimum of 6″ letters. A red safety colored flag with a handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering), and a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).

    Legal travel times for oversize and heavy haul loads.

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

    Most travel is restricted to daylight hours only in Arkansas. Continuous travel may be permitted for heavy haul loads that are not oversize. It is possible under some circumstances to obtain weekend travel permission for some routes/smaller dimensions upon request (when filing). No travel is permitted when visibility is obstructed or inclement weather exists which can include but not limited to: snow, hail, rain, wind, etc. Always follow instructions on your permit as well as travel advisories for more information. CURFEWS: Little Rock area from 7 AM until 9 AM and 4 PM until 6 PM and also including I-30, mile marker 137 to 143, I-40 from mile marker 151 to 155, and all of Interstate 630. Holiday travel is restricted when the holiday is on a Monday or Friday (no weekend travel permitted) on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. However, you may travel on Martin Luther King Day, Robert E. Lee’s Birthday, George Washington’s Birthday, and Veterans Day.

    Arkansas DOT contact information and notes.

    Arkansas DOT office and permit contact information:

    Physical address:
    Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
    10324 Interstate 30
    Little Rock, AR 72203
    Telephone: 501-569-2381 order permits by phone from 6 am to 4:30 pm M-F.
    Hours: 6 AM until 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday.
    Central Time Zone
    Arkansas is a member of the SASHTO.
    Arkansas state DOT oversize/weight permits. for additional info.

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    Arkansas official state live travel alerts.

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