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2022 Georgia DOT Shipping Laws, Regulations, Rules, Limitations, for Oversize and Heavy-haul Trucking Permits

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Georgia state oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Do I Need a Trucking Permit? Legal Load Limits in Georgia

Maximum load limits in Georgia until a trucking permit are required.
  • Length:  75 feet maximum overall combined including the overhang. However, 60 feet maximum length on some routes.
  • Width: 8 feet maximum on some roads but on main highways and Interstates 8 feet and 6 inches is the maximum width.
  • Height: 13 feet and 6 inches.
  • Weight:  GVW 80,000 pounds overall combined. The single axle is 20,340 pounds, tandem axles are 34,000 pounds and tridem axles depend on the spacing but are 20,340 pounds maximum on each axle in the configuration.
  • Overhang: Overhang is not detailed much by the Georgia state DOT so if you are in excess of 60 feet in length overall combined we strongly suggest you contact the oversize permitting office by telephone below.

Routine Oversize and Heavy-haul Trucking Permits in Georgia

These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in Georgia:
  • Length: Under 120 feet long was the old rule but as of 02/28/19 it seems there’s no limit on length if that is the only dimension over routine. Also a legal
  • Weight: Any single axle routine permit is 23,000 pounds, tandem axles are 46,000 pounds, tridem axles are 60,000 pounds, and quadem axles are 92,000 pounds. Gross maximum routine permit weight limitations are: 5 axles 100,000 pounds, 6 axles 125,000 pounds, 7 axles 148,000 pounds, 8 axles 150,000 pounds. If over 150,000 pounds it’s a superload.
  • Width: 15 feet and 6 inches. However, on some routes, 16 feet is permitted with 1 front pilot car and 1 rear escort. Mobiles and pre-fab homes are limited to 95 feet in length overall.
  • Height: Under 14 feet tall.
  • Overhang: This is a very odd state as far as the overhang is concerned. Look below under superloads and try the actual state documentation or simply give them a call at the number listed below.

NOTES: Georgia mentions a legal 53 trailer with no overall length restrictions on federal interstates and “STAA” designated routes. This isn’t really clear to our staff as no overhang limits would then be governed by maximum lengths. But with no maximum length if that is the only dimension that is over routine limits then we assume any length can be permitted. BE CERTAIN TO ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR ACTUAL OVERSIZE TRUCKING PERMIT FOR ANY DISCREPANCIES.

Georgia Superload Trucking

Georgia superload information:

Ultimately Georgia superloads are classified on a case-by-case basis if they exceed the maximum weights or dimensions mentioned above in “routine permits”. However, there are exceptions to the rules. We suggest for in-depth research you refer to The Georgia state DOT laws for oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Legal Travel Times for Oversize and Heavy Haul Loads in Georgia

Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads in Georgia

Georgia travel times, unless otherwise stated on your permit, Georgia travel times are as follows; Monday through Saturday from one-half hour after sunrise until one-half hour before sunset Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight time, depending on spring or fall. No travel is permitted on Sundays unless stated on your permit. Additionally, no movement is permitted on the following holidays: 

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

I-285 is the boundary for Atlanta, and travel within it is restricted and not permitted unless you are picking up or delivering within – if so, travel times are not permitted from 6 AM until 9 AM and from 4 PM until 6 PM on weekdays M-F. Shipments over 10 feet in width may not travel more than 55 miles per hour. Any permitted shipment that is more than 16 feet in width may only travel between 10 AM and 3 PM in and around major cities. Any permitted shipment over 12 feet in width may not travel under any circumstances if visibility is restricted to less than 600 feet or wind speed over 25 miles per hour.

Lights, Safety Flags, and Warning Signs for Heavy Haul and Oversize Loads in Georgia

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

Any oversize or heavy load must be identified by the appropriate signs such as “OVERSIZE LOAD” OR “HEAVY-HAUL LOAD” or other specific variations. Signs must be mounted on the front of the truck and the rear of the item being transported. Sign dimensions must be no less than 6 feet wide and 12 inches high. The sign must have a yellow background with black letters not less than 8 inches tall. Front and rear of oversize combination must be flagged with red or orange fluorescent flags 18 inches square. The power unit must be equipped with an amber light – note you must purchase an amber light permit to operate one in Georgia.

When Pilot Cars or Escort Vehicles Are Required in Georgia

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

Lenth:

  • 75 feet requires 1 pilot car or an 8-inch amber light at each rear corner.
  • 100 feet requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle.
  • 125 feet and over requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort.

Width:

  • 12 feet to 14 feet and 8 inches requires 1 front and 1 rear escort. However, on some highways and designated routes amber lights may be used instead of a rear escort.
  • 14 feet and 8 inches up to 16 feet will require 1 front lead pilot car and 1 rear chase escort on 2-lane roads. 1 escort/pilot car may be used on interstates.
  • 16 feet in width will be determined on a case-by-case basis – refer to your permit.

Height: When over 15 feet and 6 inches in height you will be required to have a lead pilot car equipped with a height pole.

DETAILED VERSION

  • Length: Over 75 feet but less than 100 feet 1 rear escort of the pilot car is required. Over 100 feet but less than 125 feet long requires 1 rear escort vehicle. Over 125 feet long require 1 front pilot car and  1 rear escort vehicle.
  • Height: Over 15 feet and 6 inches require 1 lead pilot car in front of a truck equipped with a height pole.
  • Width: On 2-lane roads over 12 feet but less than 14 feet and 8 inches require 1 rear escort vehicle behind the shipment.  On 2-lane roads over 14 feet and 8 inches but less than 16 feet wide requires 1 pilot car vehicle in front of the truck and 1 rear chase escort vehicle behind the load.  On 4-lane roads over 12 feet but less than 14 feet and 8 inches require 1 rear escort vehicle.  Interstates over 14 feet and 8 inches wide but less than 16 inches will require 1 chase rear escort vehicle.  Requirements for loads over 16 feet wide will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Pilot Cars/escort Vehicle Certifications and Requirements in Georgia

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

You must be certified (a good read) to operate a pilot car or escort vehicle in Georgia (call: 888-262-8306). You must obtain an amber light permit ($2 fee 2 weeks in advance) to operate in Georgia (call: 404-624-7211 for more information). Amber lights need to strobe and have a minimum base size of 8 inches in diameter, and placed at the vehicle’s top. Of course, newer light bars are being accepted, as pictured below. The minimum candle power rating is 35,000 or must be visible from no less than 1/4 mile away. A front “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign (yellow background with 8-inch black lettering) that is no less than 6 feet wide and 1 foot tall is required to mount on the front of all lead pilot car vehicles and the rear of all chase escort vehicles. Pilot cars and escort vehicles must be equipped with 2-way communications and be in constant contact with all parties related to shipment being transported. Stop/slow paddle a minimum of 18 inches across. A safety helmet and safety vest/jacket must be worn when exiting the vehicle. 9 yes 9 safety road triangles 17 inches tall. 8 road flares, three safety cones 18 inches tall, 5 fire extinguishers, a first-aid kit, a spare tire, traffic wand flash-light with spare batteries. Vehicles used should either be a truck no less than 1/4 ton but 17,000 pounds (GVW) or a passenger vehicle with no more than 2,000 pounds (GVW). Both sides of pilot cars must have a sign detailing the company’s name and contact information visible from no less than 50 feet. Pilot cars must have a minimum of 2 red or orange safety colored flags mounted on the front or rear of the vehicle no less than 18 inches square in shape. Passengers are not allowed, except for certified individuals in training status. No pets. All pilot cars and escorts must have headlights turned on low beams and lights only when in operation (not when preparing to operate or pulled over in a turnout). Signs must be covered when not in operation. Oversize loads must pull over to allow traffic to pass, which is the only time it is appropriate to continue operating lights. Do not operate lights during pre-trip planning or any other time when not leading or chasing the shipment in the entire operation.

Metro pilot car service.

Georgia DOT Contact Information and Notes

Georgia DOT office and permit contact information:

Georgia Office of Permits and Enforcement
State Department of Transportation
935 East Confederate, Building 24, Room 401
Atlanta, GA  30316
Telephone: 800-570-5428
Hours: 7 AM until 4:45 PM
E-mail: ustruckerregulations@dot.ga.gov

Notes: Georgia requires that you sign their permit applications with blue ink only.
Reference: Georgia state DOT laws for oversize and heavy haul 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 Georgia State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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  2. Thank you for the information. Will be traveling through Georgia with a cross-state tow from north to south over the next few days. Towing while out of state always has me worried as different states have different rules and regulations.

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