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Montana frost law restrictions.

2019 Montana frost laws, seasonal load weight and speed restrictions.

Load and speed restrictions updated April 26th, 2019.

Further detailed information regarding these restrictions, including specific highways, may be obtained from the Helena Maintenance Office of The Montana Department of Transportation by phoning (406)444-6372.

Montana Travel Conditions – Load and Speed Restrictions:

http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/restrictions.shtml

Minnesota frost law restrictions.

2019 Minnesota frost laws, seasonal load weight and speed restrictions.

As of April 26th, 2019 the last update was on March 14th 2019 for Winter Load Increase end date set for the NORTH-CENTRAL and NORTH FROST ZONES.

Spring Load Restrictions start date set for the CENTRAL, NORTH-CENTRAL and NORTH FROST ZONES
www.dot.state.mn.us/materials/pvmtdesign/sll/doc/seasonalupdates03142019.pdfSEASONAL WEIGHT INCREASE: Minnesota highways are at their strongest during the winter months. During the dates set by the Commissioner of Transportation each winter, the weight limitations are increased by 10 percent in designated frost zones

WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS: Paved routes remain at 10-ton limits, unless signs are posted restricting the axle weights to a lower limit. The starting and ending dates for these restrictions are determined by the Commissioner of Transportation for each of the frost zones depicted in the online map. Any road may be restricted at any time by the appropriate jurisdiction when conditions threaten damage or deterioration.

The Minnesota weight limits pamphlet and map can be found at:
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/materials/pvmtdesign/sll/doc/weight-limits-pamphlet-2014.pdf

For Seasonal Load Limits see: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/materials/pvmtdesign/sll/updates.html

This is a tabbed table showing dates and routes subject to seasonal restrictions, maps, weight information, seasonal load limits, etc.

Michigan frost law restrictions.

2019 Michigan frost laws, seasonal load weight and speed restrictions.

The last update was released by Michigan on April 26th, 2019.

For the latest Spring Weight Restrictions updates, check 2019 Spring Weight Restriction Bulletins

Spring Weight Rules:

Michigan does not allow more than 11 axle trucks to enter or exit during Spring weight restrictions.

Michigan does not allow movements that exceed 14′ in width during Spring weight restrictions.

Michigan may subtract 25-35% of the normal legal weight an axle group can haul on non interstate roads during Spring weight restrictions.

Michigan does not allow movements that are over legal weight on any group of axles during Spring weight restrictions.

Latest Update

Title: Spring Weight Restriction Bulletin #9 #9

Date: 04/29/2019

Effective Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6 a.m., weight restrictions will be lifted on all state trunkline highways from the southern Michigan border north to and including US-2 from Iron Mountain to St. Ignace. Frost restrictions are still in effect for the remainder of the state and will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways north of US-2 and M-185 on Mackinac Island.

State trunk line highways typically carry M, I, or US designations. Weight restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960. For companies located in Canada or New Jersey, information may be obtained by calling 517-335-0023.

– On routes designated as “All Season Routes” (green or gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be no reduction in legal axle weight.

– On routes designated as “Seasonal” (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be a weight reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements.

Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area.

Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area.

Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers.

Please refer to the MDOT Truck Operator’s Map for route designations.

State trunkline highways typically carry M, I, or US designations.

Updates

Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers

Weight restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960. For companies located in Canada or New Jersey, information may be obtained by calling 517-373-6256.

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Maine frost law restrictions.

2019 Maine Frost Laws, Seasonal Load Weight and Speed Restrictions.

Each spring, Maine DOT evaluates potential damage to state highways and determines whether weight restrictions should be imposed to prevent damage due to freeze/thaw action. Many municipalities undertake similar evaluations and restrictions on local road systems.

This means that a road that can carry a 15-ton load in the summer or winter may only be able to carry a 5-ton load as it thaws. A posted state road’s maximum weight limit is 23,000 pounds. The posting is temporary and is designed to protect a road while it is vulnerable.

For up-to-date road conditions and restrictions, go to: http://newengland511.org/ and select “trucking” at the top of the page and “Maine” at the top of the map.

For information about local road postings, please see the “Locally Posted Roads” Section or contact the appropriate municipal office:

http://maine.gov/mdot/postedroads/#undefined3

Iowa frost law restrictions.

2019 Iowa Frost Laws, Seasonal Load Weight and Speed Restrictions.

The Iowa frost laws and spring thaw laws went into effect on March 15, 2019.

Iowa publishes a road restrictions map which you can view by clicking here: https://iowadot.gov/mvd/motorcarriers/restrictionmap.pdf

You can also find other road restrictions maps here: https://iowadot.gov/mvd/motorcarriers/maps (scroll down to “annual pavement restrictions”).

At the discretion of the Motor Carrier Services Division. Seasonal weight embargoes and temporary or permanent bridge weight limits must be signed and posted by the governing agency/jurisdiction.

Notes: It would be wise to communicate directly with the IowaDot if you intend on changing routes often. Also, In addition to traffic penalties for violating roadway or bridge weight limits,  operators and the owner of the vehicle causing damage may be held liable for the cost to repair or replace the structure or pavement.

For information on spring pavement restrictions (frost laws), call the IowaDOT, Motor Carrier Services: 515-237-3268 Feb 1 – May 30 or you can try 3264 .

The IowaDOT trucking information guide is a decent place to start as it covers seasonal weight and many other valuable topics on oversize and heavy haul loads and restrictions starting on page 24: https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/motorcarriers/truckguide.pdf

This publication address’ and clarifies many of the rules and regulations concerning the operation of commercial vehicles invthe State of Iowa. However, it is not possible to include every rule and regulation that may apply. If any questions exist, the reader is encouraged to contact other sources, including the agencies listed on pages 4 and 5

Iowa frost laws.

Idaho frost law restrictions.

2019 Idaho frost law restrictions. Seasonal truckload weight and speed restrictions.

Types of load restrictions: This rule states the size, weight or speed limit restrictions the Department may place on the state highway system if the operation of vehicles could cause damage to the road due to climatic or other conditions. Due to conditions, loads will be restricted to one of the following categories in the interests of public safety: (1) Maximum of: legal allowable weight, (2) 16,000 pounds on any axle, (3) 14,000 pounds on any axle, or (4) 12,000 pounds on any axle.

Weight limits: Normal overweight special permit limits will be suspended on all highways in the area when seasonal load and speed restrictions are imposed.

Weight limits based on tire sizes: In administering load limits based on tire sizes or width of tires, credit for tubed tires will be based on the manufacturer’s width marked on the tire. Tubeless tires will be given credit for the width of the conventional tubed tires which they replace.

Width limitation on two lane road: A spring breakup weight restriction to less than legal weight automatically also places a restriction on width allowed by special permit to 12 feet 6 inches during the period of the weight restriction.

Speed restrictions: Sections of highways that are posted for a maximum loads, trucks and buses with a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or more will be restricted to a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour. Restricted speed zones will be marked by a red marker that limits speeds to 30 miles per hour and a yellow marker that indicates that the legal speed may be resumed.

Weight Restrictions: Spring breakup weight restrictions limit the weight imposed on the highway by individual axles rather than the total gross weight of vehicles. Therefore, overweight permits may be issued that exceed legal allowable total gross load for a vehicle combination subject to these conditions:

a. Minimum tire width is 10 inches or larger.

b. Maximum axle weight on single axle having 2 single wheels shall not exceed 10,000 pounds.

c. Maximum axle weight on single axle having 4 or more tires shall not exceed 14,000 pounds.

d. Permits for non-reducible loads only.

Rules Governing Policy During Spring Breakup Season (39.03.14):

https://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/2008/39/0314.pdf

2020 Frost laws introduction and overview.

2020 Frost laws introduction and overview.

Frost/thaw damages to surface.

Frost/thaw damages to surface.

2020 frost laws, seasonal load weight and speed restrictions by State/Province (USA and Canada).

Section 1. The United States: Restrictions and guidance on seasonal weight restriction laws.

Many states incorporate temporary special weight limits and restrictions (frost laws) during the spring months of the year. These temporary restrictions are usually referred to as “frost laws” and implemented typically during the month or March and April. In some Northern States and Provinces frost laws can still be in effect in July as it’s much colder in the North. Since these restrictions are implemented on a “as needed” basis it is possible many of the official government websites may not have published this temporary restriction in a convenient place as frost laws are also subject to change at any moment based on the temperature of the roads core. You want to be certain to check with the appropriate department officials to verify the latest changes in the laws.

It is very typical for States and Provinces to not be clear about their exact weight requirements during frost law season. This gives them the opportunity to examine each proposal individually on a case-by-case basis to determine if any damages may occur at the time should the shipment be approved. Information may only be available by contacting the SPECIFIC DEPARTMENT. The axle weight limits and spacings are determined by many factors including road conditions, temperature, moisture content in the soil, etc. Note multiple weight limits can be in effect at the exact same time in different parts of the region due to temperature as well as the actual construction of the road.

Visit any of the links below to view state frost laws:

Idaho Iowa Maine Michigan Minnesota  Montana Nevada  New Hampshire  New York North Dakota   Pennsylvania  South Dakota  Vermont Washington  Wisconsin  Wyoming

Section 2. Canada: Restrictions and guidance on seasonal weight restriction laws.

Many Canadian provinces issue spring frost law weight restrictions in the month of March and current Province websites may not be all inclusive of temporary changes in their laws. It is wise to check with the province’s DOT office (or appropriate department) for the most current and latest frost law information.

Visit any of the links below to view province frost laws:

Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Nova Scotia  Ontario  Prince Edward Island Quebec  Saskatchewan

Protection of our roads and highways.

There’s a delicate balance between protecting roadways during the spring thaw. In order to keep the trucking industry operating the Northern US states and Canadian provinces rely on engineers and scientific data to determine which dates frost laws will be in effect. With fairly recent advances in science and technology, data is much more reliable. This helps with the implementation of “Frost Laws” or “Seasonal Weight Restrictions” ensuring they are not implemented to early or late. While no State or Province desires to delay the transportation of goods through their territory it is imperative public assets are protected.

In areas that constantly get negative temperatures the amount of damages has forced Northern US States as well as Canadian Provinces to create and enact laws that restrict vehicle weights during spring months (specifically trucking companies), when the roads and bridges are thawing. There are all kinds of things that can go wrong with different types of roads and pavements. For example the State of Michigan has implemented permanent frost laws that go into effect during the months of March through May (and in some cases even June). Some routes require the legal axle weight limits be decreased by as much as 35%. Some States and local governments may also limit heavy-haul vehicle speeds to a maximum of 35 miles per hour during the frost law months regardless of posted limits.

Most major highways are constructed in 3 layers. The top layer you see or the pavement usually averages about 4″ to 6″ in thickness depending on it’s age. This layer of pavement is supported by 2 more layers. One is called the base layer and the other a sub-base layer. Together these three layers are typically at least 36″ in depth with most much more thicker. For instance in Southern Oregon on old US Highway 1 which follows the coast line from Mexico to Canada the road is a much as 16 feet thick as years of pavement has been laid. It should be noted that today’s technology is able to provide us with roads that are flexible due to the engineering of the construction process and the materials used. Excessive weight exerted by overloaded axles (or a weakened supporting base) can cause the pavement to bend or deform. The strength of the road combined with its resistance to bending determines the amount of weight the roadway can handle.

Road building technology has improved significantly during the last decade. The most obvious winter damage is the occurrence of potholes that are the result of moisture in the pavement freezing and weakening the top layer of the road. However, modern road building materials significantly reduce the amount of moister retained in the top layers, reducing the occurrence of pot holes. The base and sub-base however are still subject varying amounts of moisture that is influenced by rain, run-off and general moisture content during the spring months.

Roadways are built to carry normal maximum axle and gross weights based a certain level of residual moisture in the layers of the road bed. During the normal winters in the northern states and Canadian provinces, water in the soil typically freezes down to depths of a meter or more, preventing excess water from escaping. In fact, some areas in Canada allow up to a 25% increase in axle and gross weights because the solidly frozen base layers strengthen the road structure. During the spring thaw, however, axle and gross weights may be reduced by as much as 35%.

What exactly are frost laws?

Frost laws are seasonal restrictions on traffic weight limits and speeds on roadways subject to thaw weakening.

During the spring thaw, the roadbed is softened by trapped moisture beneath the pavement, reducing the supporting strength of the road to less than the original construction strengths. As the excess moisture evaporates or drains away, the road bed will stabilize and return to normal design strengths.

Because of the variability of temperatures each year States and Provinces must manage maximum weight and speed restrictions on a seasonal basis to both protect and preserve roads and ensure maximum access to trucking interests.

“Seasonal weight restrictions” typically start in early March and continue through mid-June. Since conditions vary from year to year, from below-normal to above-normal temperatures, most states and provinces reserve the authority to adjust spring load restrictions based on observed seasonal rain and temperature conditions, weather forecasts, as well as soil moisture sampling, to determine the dates for setting and removing weight restrictions. Weight restrictions remain in effect until sufficient moisture has escaped and the roadbeds regain stability. The most significant pavement damage occurs during the first four weeks after the onset of spring thaw.

Some states plan seasonal weight restrictions. For example, Pennsylvania schedules restrictions from February 15th to April 15th based on years of weather data. However, they reserve the authority to post additional restrictions due to unforeseen severe weather conditions.

The State of North Dakota has taken a much more different approach. They utilize temperature probes in the base layer sections, long range temperature forecasts, and sensors in the pavement to evaluate the strength of roadway bases to forecast when load restrictions should be imposed or removed.

A review of transportation  departments indicates 16 states have implemented frost laws or seasonal load restrictions. In many states, seasonal weight restrictions are managed by local governments or jurisdictions. Most Canadian provinces also have established spring thaw speed and weight laws.

Note: The strength of a roadway is affected by moisture in the base materials supporting the roadway. The condition of road surface—moisture or frost on the roadway—does not affect roadway strength.

In general, during the spring thaw, maximum axle weights and gross vehicle weights will be reduced as much as 35%. Each state or province has established maximum axle and gross vehicle weights for key national and state trucking routes.

Because these spring load restrictions will vary so widely by state, and even within a state and because seasonal restrictions may be posted on short notice, it is best to check each state’s freeze/thaw laws prior to each trip. Links to seasonal restriction information for each US state or Canadian province are posted above.

Frost laws are created for the States and Providences in the USA and Canada that experience very low temperatures in the winter months frost laws may be enacted.  These frost laws have been created to protect the State of Providences from highway and road damage caused by the surface cracking which is a direct result of too much weight being placed on the pavement which causes stress cracks thus damaging it.  Also, when the freezing temperatures start to thaw out at times the water can not escape quickly which will cause the water to build up which can weaken the base structure of the road or highway which again causes damages the the pavement.  Damages from thawing are just as severe if not even more extreme than frozen damages as they occur to the upper structure of the pavement rather than the base structure.  In some areas during the winter months actual federal weight limits for the trucking industry (80,000 pounds gross) have been reduced with a reduction in driving speeds as well.  This reduction has been observed as high as 35% in weight and even more in maximum speeds.  Some States and Providences close winter and spring travel in certain areas.

It is very important that managers of trucking and transportation companies are aware of the open and closed months, days and times these particular laws are in effect as you can’t make an arrangement with a customer to ship their item if the state will not let you ship it due to frost or thaw laws being in effect. We are creating a contact list (EDIT ADD LINK)  of each state that has frost laws enacted for the trucking industry for you to contact for further information.

It is important for you to check with the DOT, DMV, Port of entry or governing office of that particular area for clarification of the specific rules and regulations.

2019 Georgia State Shipping Regulations

2019 Georgia 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.

Georgia maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required.

Length: 75 feet maximum overall combined including 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. Single axle is 20,340 pounds, tandem axles is 34,000 pounds and tridem axles depends on the spacing  but is 20,340 pounds maximum on each axle in the configuration.
Overhang: Overhang in not detailed much by 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.

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 is 46,000 pounds, tridem axles is 60,000 pounds, quadem axles is 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 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 over all length restrictions on federal interstates and “STAA” designated routes. This isn’t real 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 ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN TO ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR ACTUAL OVERSIZE TRUCKING PERMIT FOR ANY DISCREPANCIES.

Georgia superloads.

Georgia superload information:

Ultimately Georgia superloads are classified on a base-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.

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

Georgia travel times unless otherwise stated on your permit are as follows; Monday thru Saturdays 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. No movement is permitted on the following holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. I-285 is the boundary for Atlanta and travel within it is restricted and not permitted at all 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 in excess of 10 feet in width may not travel more than 55 miles per hour. Any permitted shipment that is in excess of 16 feet in width may only travel between 10 AM and and 3 PM in and around major cities. Any permitted shipment that is in excess of 12 feet in width may not travel under any circumstances if visibility is restricted to less than 600 feet or wind speed in in excess of 25 miles per hour.

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

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

Any oversize or heavy-load must be clearly identified by the appropriate signs such as “OVERSIZE LOAD” OR “HEAVY-HAUL LOAD” or other variations that are specific. Signs must be mounted on the front of the truck and rear of item being transported. Sign dimensions must be no less than 6 feet wide and 12 inches in height. 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 florescent flags 18 inches square. The power unit must be equipped with a amber light – note you must purchase a amber light permit to operate one in the state of Georgia.

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:

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Length:

  • 75 feet requires 1 pilot car or a 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 pilot car is required. Over 100 feet but less than 125 feet long requires 1 rear escort vehicle. Over 125 feet long requires 1 front pilot car and  1 rear escort vehicle.
Height: Over 15 feet and 6 inches requires 1 lead pilot car in front of truck equipped with a height pole.
Width: On 2 lane roads over 12 feet but less than 14 feet and 8 inches requires 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 requires 1 rear escort vehicle.  On 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.

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 the state of Georgia (call: 888-262-8306). You must obtain a amber light permit ($2 fee 2 weeks in advance) in order to operate in the state of Georgia (call: 404-624-7211 for more information). Amber lights need to strobe and must have a minimum base size of 8 inches in diameter and be placed at the top of the vehicle. Of course newer light-bars are being accepted as pictured below. The minimum candle power rating is 35,000 or must be clearly 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 that 6 feet wide and 1 foot tall is required to mounted on the front of all lead pilot car vehicles and on the rear of all chase escort vehicles. Pilot cars and escort vehicles are required to 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. Safety helmet and safety vest/jacket that must be worn when exiting the vehicle. 9 yes 9 safety road triangles 17 inches tall. 8 road flares, 3 safety cones 18 inches tall, 5 fire extinguishers, first-aid kit, spare-tire, traffic wand flash-light with spare batteries. Vehicles used should either be a truck no less than 1/4 ton but no more than 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 companies name and contact information visible from no less than 50 feet. Pilot cars are required to have a minimum of 2 red or orange safety colored flags mounted on the front or rear of vehicle no less than 18 inches square in shape. Passengers are not allowed with the exception of certified individuals in training status. No pets. All pilot cars and escorts must have headlights turned on low beam when operating and have lights on only when in operation (not when preparing to operate or pulled over in a turn out). Signs must be covered when not in operation. Oversize loads must pull over to allow for 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 in full operation leading or chasing the shipment.

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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.

Georgia 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 Georgia State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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What is a height pole?

WHAT IS A HEIGHT POLE OR HI-POLE?

A height pole or high pole or hi-pole is a measuring device that is precisely attached to the front of a pilot car vehicle that is used to measure the height of overhead obstructions during the transport of over-dimensional (tall) shipments by oversize trucking companies. North American states and provinces have laws that regulate and mandate when a height pole is required in order to transport over height shipments within their jurisdiction. To be in compliance with these pre-determined requirements trucking companies must determine if the shipment they wish to transport will require a height pole pilot car or a lead escort vehicle with a height pole installed before applying for a oversize trucking permit.

pilot car truck equipped with a height pole.

Pilot car with height pole attached.

The photograph illustrated here is a typical example of what a pilot car vehicle might appear like when equipped with a height pole.  You can clearly see the measuring device affixed to the front of the vehicle as it is very tall. A height pole is typically made out of sections of fiberglass that are adjustable to meet the requirements by each state/province the shipment will be transported through. Typically the height pole will be adjusted to a height that is 6 inches (or 15.24 centimeters) taller than the shipment is when loaded onto the shipping trailer. Then once the actual transport of the item takes place the pilot car equipped with the height pole will proceed in front of the over-dimensional (tall) load being transported. If a driver of the pilot car equipped with the height pole (hi-pole or high pole) hears the fiberglass height pole hit any obstructions in the path of the shipment the operator will then immediately notify the driver of the truck transporting the shipment informing of the obstruction in order to prevent any damages to the shipment or the obstruction. When a height pole is properly mounted to the escort vehicle it is connected to the frame. If the height pole does happen to strike any objects the sound heard by the pilot car is very loud and distinct thus alerting the driver of the obstruction. It has been noted as recently as 2015 in excess of 169 million dollars in overhead obstruction damages were caused during that single year in the United States alone. So having these safety measures in place is most definitely in the best interest of everyone from the tax payer, to the safety of the motorists and the owner of the shipment being transported as well as the transportation company.


The importance of installing a height pole correctly.

There’s no such thing as cutting corners when installing a height pole on your pilot car. It’s extremely important it’s directly connected to the frame of your pilot car for two reasons:

  • Ensure it is sturdy, stable and not going to fall off of your vehicle.
  • So you can hear the sound it makes if it hits any obstruction. To do so properly it must be attached to the frame.

In order for the pilot car vehicle operator to properly hear the sound created by the height pole if a obstruction is hit it is imperative the device be properly and securely mounted to the vehicle in such a manner the bracket holding it is connected to the frame of the pilot car vehicle. In order to obtain the absolute highest quality from installing this device you may wish to make certain you are not adding sub-supports for your height pole when designing your attachment method.

Suggested methods of attaching a height pole.

While there are many different way to install a height pole on your pilot car vehicle we strongly suggest you locate a heavy-duty bumper grill made from heavy tubing such as you might see on law enforcement vehicles. If you are able to locate a front bumper/grill protector attachment you then have a few options:

  • The first would be to cut the top portion of the bumper guard off so your height pole can easily slide in/out of the pole. Make certain you devise a method than locks it in no matter how you decide to attach it.
  • The second option would be to locate a small piece of pipe the base of the height pole snugly fits into and weld this onto the bumper grill attachment.

This will require some planning, designing and fabricating on your part in order to weld the pipe in place so it stands perfectly vertical but well worth it if you wish to work with shipments that are over-height.

The bumper grill works so well due to the fact it usually connects with two bolts to your vehicle. The tubing these are constructed out of is not only heavy-duty but very close if not the same as the base of most height poles. So not only do it properly but efficiently as well.

Why is it so important to connect high poles to the frame of pilot car vehicles?

A good quality sound must be made if any obstructions are hit with the pole. You want to consider all of the other noises that occur when you are operating your pilot car vehicle. You’ve got the sound of your engine, the sound of your tires on the road as well as any 2-way radio chatter. Other sounds such as sirens, trains, air-planes etc. are frequent as well. Because the height pole is so important make sure if it does strike something overhead it clearly makes a loud sound. This will  instantly alert the operator by being indistinguishable from any other sounds or background noises.

How to start a pilot car company.

If you’d like to succeed at starting and owning your own pilot car company in 2019 we’re here to motivate you and show you how.

Over the last 3 decades we’ve had hundreds of people contact us and inquire about starting a pilot car company of their own. Regretfully, we were focused on other industry related tasks and didn’t realize our industry would have a shortage of pilot car companies in the not so distant future. Various reasons contributed to the shortage we have today ranging from great job security in a niche industry to the fact each state/province has different regulations with no standardized instructions.

Our company perspective changed about a year ago when someone jokingly shared a youtube video link with us that depicted a guy stating he could earn an extra $500 a day using his vehicle as a pilot car. He went on to explain how he preferred to be at home, enjoy an occasional whiskey drink with a cigar and living on steaks. I think you can search for it and purchase their armchair, whiskey steaks recipe for about $350. They were a little vague about things like regulations, insurance, safety equipment, a business license and stuff but I’d like to personally believe there was a silver lining in there somewhere.

Being a “lifer” in logistics it became immediately clear our company would need to get involved with helping others obtain affordable pilot car driver training or the entire industry as a whole was going to be effected by this shortage.  Clearly someone was needed to step up and write a realistic, affordable plan for those interested in starting a profitable and properly functioning pilot car company. Not only teach folks the basic ropes but even offer it for a more than fair price which is difficult as most of the information is considered proprietary in a very niche industry which has provided our families incomes for our entire lifetimes. However, with the huge pilot car driver shortage we currently have in North America someone is going to have to inspire and direct others.

After operating for over 15 years online right here we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do what we do best. Help people. So, we designed a detailed package that we feel is very inclusive hoping it will steer folks in the right direction that are interested in starting their own pilot car business. While we do have to charge for our time we feel the price is very affordable considering what we’re providing you with: inside information on exactly how the industry works and what you will be required to have and expect to get your pilot car company in business and rolling down the road.

How to start a pilot car company.
Our business insider on how to successfully start and maintain your own pilot car company will give you
precisely what you need to

For $149.00 we give you the information you need to get your company up and running successfully. Clearly our industry has a shortage of pilot car company business owners and operators. We need for you to succeed.

Below are just a few highlights of the direction we try to point you in.

Pretty much every state is going to want you to register your business with a minimum of a DBA or “doing business as”. You may decide you would rather start a corporation (Inc.) or a limited liability company (LLC.) once you get going but a DBA may be the right choice for you depending on the laws in your state. We suggest you speak with a licensed attorney about what entity is best for your business as each persons circumstances are different. There are many factors to consider like taxes, marital status, joint incomes, the amount of money you bring into your household and of course liability. With a DBA you can get your pants sued off of you in the unfortunate event you made a decision that resulted in property damages or worse caused bodily injury to someone. Have you ever heard some one say: “you can sue my company but please don’t sue me”? Well, if your corporation or LLC is properly set up and you are working for it then it would more than likely be the corporate body bearing the responsibility resulting from your actions. But again – consult a professional attorney in your state. Once you’ve determined your best option  you can move on to things like considering obtaining your flaggers license and dealing with any state insurance and training qualifications that may be required. What we teach in our “How to start a pilot car company” kit is explain all of the ins and outs that are necessary to get your idea off of the ground and get you into our industry. There is ALWAYS a shortage of good, professional pilot car companies.

We teach you a few ins/outs with emphasis on owning and operating your own pilot car company.

  • How to figure out what type of business model is best for you to start your pilot car company.
  • Insurance requirements for pilot car companies and issues to consider.
  • Choosing a vehicle that meets the minimum requirements in order to operate legally in the capacity of a pilot car vehicle.
  • States/Provinces that require pilot car vehicle operators to have certifications and where to get them.
  • What NASTO, SASHTO, MAASTO and WASHTO is and what regions they cover.
  • Required equipment (as suggested by the FMCSA) and minimum requirements.
  • How to get set up for the height-pole pilot car industry.
  • How to get customers so your pilot car company can start making money.
  • Tips on how to operate a pilot car in a professional manner to protect motorists.
  • Invoice templates and creating them so your new pilot car company can get paid quickly.
  • What is expected of pilot car vehicle operators from driver and pre-trip safety checks and planning.
  • How to create your own “package” to exchange with trucking companies. What you need and what you need from them.
  • Industry rates and what to charge for your pilot car service.
  • Online strategies on how to get your name out there and develop a serious online presence the right way affordably if not free.
  • The love of a route survey (done correctly).
  • Our contact information for purchasers of our “how to start a pilot car company” and help we can offer you.
  • We show you the real no-joke inside and outs of the industry from well seasoned professionals with well over 100 years of combined experience.

Learn exactly what a pilot car company needs in order to safely operate.

There are laws and legalities that govern exactly what needs to be on board a vehicle that is operating in the capacity of a pilot car company. We bring you completely up to speed on exactly what is required in 2018 from professionals that have over 100 years of experienced combined. Again, it’s pretty easy to get into our industry and make very good money locally and long haul but earning $500 a week easy and starting tomorrow, legally and properly it’s simply not going to happen! However, you can get your foot in the door affordably by following our small course and you can also make a lot more than 500 bucks a week – shoot our top runners make that in a day – seriously! This is NOT AN UP-SALE and we’re not going to spew out a bunch of business names we own. This is real and if you aren’t sure simply type our name (WideloadShipping.com) into the WayBackMachine (internet archive) and see for yourself. This is the end of our 14th year online doing the exact same thing. This site didn’t set for 5 or 10 years until it was developed as we knew what we wanted to do the day we purchased the name. Our point is this: if you want to start a pilot car company and you want to do it right, do it with a company that cares about the industry and has a good, solid, well established name.

To own a successful pilot car company you need to know where to get customers.

In order to properly start any company you need to know where to go in order to get work. In our training kit (How to start a pilot car company) we show you exactly where to go and how to go about getting customers. Not only that but we also show you how to set yourself up where it counts the most so you actually have an online presence and are in the mix with oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies. After all, that’s the business industry we service: oversize, heavy-haul and pilot car companies. Not only that but our industry needs new dependable and reliable pilot car companies so the more we can bring on the better! Think long and hard when considering purchasing our pilot car company business starter kit before trying to just go on your own with web searches and word of mouth. We cut straight to the chase and show you exactly what you will need and where to get it.

Loadboard example.
Our loadboard is full of direct customers looking for quotes from our oversize and heavy haul trucking companies and we know exactly how to put pilot car companies with trucking Co’s.

Order our package “How to start a pilot car company”.

You need to know this. Once you order, we will see your order and email you your Pilot Car Business started with within 24 hours from the time of your purchase. Usually it will only take us a few minutes to fulfill your order but in consideration or holidays, weekends and the fact that we are located in the Pacific time zone it may take a little bit longer. Once your order is received by us we will email it directly to the email address that was used in the order. If for some reason you think your order was not done properly please use this form to contact us (at bottom of page) and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. We deal with literally thousands of companies each and every week and have very few if any dissatisfied customers.

The coolest part is if you order in 2019 it’s only $149.00 which you will learn easily pays for itself.

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