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2023 Louisiana Oversize and Overweight  Trucking Regulations, Permits, Limitations, Rules, and Laws | Pilot Cars

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Oversize Legal Loads Limit in Louisiana

The following are the legal dimensions and weight load limits in Lousiana

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

Routine Oversize and Overweight Shipping, Trucking, and Transport Permits in Louisiana

The following are the legal dimensions and weight load limits for shipping permits in Lousiana

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

How to Apply for Trucking Permits in Lousiana

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

Pilot Car/Escort Car Requirements in Lousiana

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

Oversize Load Travel Restrictions in Louisiana

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

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

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12 Responses

  1. It’s good to know that you need to apply for a permit to haul an oversize load. My sister has been telling me about some large equipment that she wants to get moved in the coming weeks. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for professionals who can help her with this.

    1. Hollie. The laws on this are pretty loose. The rule of thumb for the lower 48 states is that the sign or placard must be a 8 inches in height and 12 inches in width and located on both front driver and passenger doors. It must be a clear font and in contrast colors, contain the name and phone number of the company.

  2. I AM QUOTING A LOAD GOING FROM TX STATE LINE TO VERNICE LOUSIANA, DO I HAVE TO HAVE POLICE ESCORT AND IF I DO CAN I GET STATE POLICE TO RUN WITH ME ALL THE ROUTE RATHER THAN HAVING DIFFERENT POLICE ESCORTS FOR EVERY DIFFERENT PARISH? MY LOAD IS 15’6″ WIDTH 17’10” HEIGHT

  3. Please pardon the late reply John as we just saw your comment. Can you share with others what you were able to find out on this and we will publish it as well. Thank you so very much!!!

  4. Hi, I would like to get an oversize permit for LA, my gross weight is 81420 lbs in a total of 6 axles, should I get any other permit? Since my declared gross weight for my truck is 80,000 lbs

    Please advise.
    Thanks,

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