2022 Mississippi State DOT Shipping Laws, Rules, Regulations, and Limitations for Oversize and Heavy-haul Trucking | Permits Pilot Car Requirements
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Do I Need a Trucking Permit? Legal Load Limits in Mississippi
Mississippi maximum load limits until a trucking permit are required:
- Length: The maximum length permitted by the Mississippi DOT is 53 feet for trailers and 99 feet overall including the power unit.
- Width: The maximum allowed width is 8 feet 6 inches wide.
- Height: The maximum height permitted to travel on Mississippi roads and highways is 13 feet 6 inches.
- Weight: 80,000 pounds overall (GVW) and not more than 12,000 pounds on your steer. The single axle limit is 20,000 pounds, the tandem axle limit is 34,000 pounds, tridem axle limit is 42,000 pounds.
- Overhang: You are permitted to have a maximum front overhang of 3 feet and a rear maximum overhang of 14 feet and 11 inches legally.
Routine Oversize and Heavy-haul Trucking Permits in Mississippi
These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in Mississippi:
- Length: Overall trucking permit limits for length are up to 120 feet.
- Width: You can now get routinely approved for up to 20 feet wide for some routes.
- Height: 17 feet is the maximum routine limit for permits.
- Weight: Steer: 12,000 pounds, single axle: 20,000 pounds, tandem axles: 48,000 pounds, tridem axle: 57,000 pounds, and up to 63,000 pounds if interstate only. Quadem axles: 64,000 or up to 72,000 pounds if on interstates only. Maximum gross weights on 5 axles: 113,000 pounds, 6 axles: 123,000 pounds, 7 axles: 128,000 pounds, 8 axles: 141,000 pounds. Over-weight dozers in most cases are allowed to be permitted with blades detached and included on the trailer. In many cases for over-weight shipment, a comprehensive, detailed review including drawings of the product, trailer, and axle spacings as well as the route you prefer to travel will be required when filing for Mississippi heavy-haul trucking permits.
- Overhang: Mississippi DOT has no set limitation for overhang for routine permits should not be a problem unless you intend on exceeding the law of 1/3 (no more than 1/3 of items being shipped overhangs).
NOTE: If you are not sure about any routes in Mississippi you can use their route checker here to look up your limits. For more documentation see; Mississippi oversize and heavy-haul permit regulations.
Mississippi Superloads Information
Mississippi superload information:
- Length: When over 120 feet in length overall combined a superload permit will need to be filled.
- Width: If the shipment is in excess of 20 feet in width a superload permit will be required.
- Height: When in excess of 15 feet and 7 inches in height if you have a second dimension that is over the legal limit or depending on your desired route you may be required to file as a superload. 15 feet and 7 inches in height will require a route survey. Over 16 feet in height will require a route survey, letters from all pertinent utility companies, and special approval from the MS DOT permitting department which may result in superload permit applications.
- Weight: Whenever a shipment is in excess of 141,000 pounds it will qualify as a superload and must be permitted as a superload in order to ship.
- Overhang: Overhang alone will more than likely not be a determining factor if superload permits are required.
NOTES: Always work with Mississippi state DOT proactively. They’ll do their best to get the shipment in the proper category and the correct permit issued. Excessive weights must meet bridge analysis specifications in order to be safely transported.
Lights, Safety Flags, and Warning Signs for Heavy Haul and Oversize Loads in Mississippi
Required safety markings, safety flags, and warning lights for heavy haul and oversize loads in Mississippi:
All oversize shipments (and over 12 feet wide) being transported within Mississippi are required to have signs. Sign dimensions will need to be at least 84 inches wide and 18 inches in height. All signs should have the words “OVERSIZE LOAD” and black letters that are at least 10 inches in height and 1 and 5/8 inches thick. All signs should have a yellow background with black letters. Red or orange fluorescent safety flags are required. They should be used on all four of the outermost extremities of the combination (front to rear) and mounted a minimum of 6 feet above pavement level. All safety flags should be minimum of 18 inches square in shape. If the shipment is over 12 feet wide, it’s required to have flashing amber lights mounted on both sides of the rear extremities in all cases.
When Pilot Cars or Escort Vehicles Are Required in Mississippi
Heavy-haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanied by an escort vehicle or pilot car if
- If in excess of 95 feet overall; 1 pilot car/escort vehicle will be required. Some routes will require 2.
- If in excess of 105 feet overall: 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle will be required.
- If permitted to travel during night hours 1 escort vehicle will be required when 10 feet or more wide.
- If in excess of 12 feet and 11 inches 1 pilot car or escort vehicle is required.
- If in excess of 16 feet wide 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle will be required.
Height: Mississippi state DOT may require 1 pilot car vehicle equipped with a height pole on some routes if over 14 feet in height. A route survey may be mandatory for shipments in excess of 15 feet and 7 inches in height depending on the desired route.
Overhang: If in excess of 15 feet in the front will require 1 front lead pilot car is required. chase escort vehicle is required. Some routes require 1 lead pilot car rather than a chase.
- Length: Pilot cars or escort vehicles (front or rear depending on route and lanes) will be required whenever the overall combined length of the shipment exceeds 95 feet. If the shipment is in excess of 105 feet overall you may be required to have 1 front lead pilot car and 1 rear chase escort vehicle depending on the route.
- Width: Over 10 feet wide anytime night travel is permitted requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 12 feet and 11 inches require 1 pilot car/escort vehicle. Over 13 feet wide requires 1 front lead pilot car on 2-lane roads or 1 rear chase escort vehicle on 4-lane roads.
- Height: 15 feet and 6 inches (over 15 feet and 7 inches require a route survey) may require 1 lead pilot car depending on the desired route. A lead pilot car equipped with a height pole will be required for shipments in excess of 16 feet in height.
NOTE: In some cases, a rear escort can be eliminated by attaching 2 (5 inches) amber lights mounted on the rear of the shipment. If you plan to implement this option note that you are also required to have a monitoring device in the truck cab that confirms both amber light bulbs are in operation.
Pilot Cars/Escort Vehicle Certifications and Requirements in Mississippi
Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:
Mississippi law for pilot cars is very basic. We suggest you follow the federal pilot car and escort vehicle requirement guidelines. Still, as of 2018, the requirements are as follows:
- a single motor vehicle equipped with an amber rotating or strobing light mounted at the vehicle’s top
- two red or orange fluorescent safety flags are mounted on the vehicle
- an “OVERSIZE LOAD” mounted at either the top of the vehicle that does not obstruct the view of the strobe/rotating amber light of an “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign mounted to the front when leading or rear when chasing (following) an oversized load. Signs must be covered when not in operation.
Legal Travel Times for Oversize and Heavy Haul Loads in Mississippi
Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads in Mississippi:
Daylight hours are defined as 1/2 hour after sunrise and 1/2 hour before sunset. Travel is permitted on Saturdays, with no travel permitted on Sundays. If your shipment is over 12′ wide, you may not travel on Saturday. In addition, you may not travel on the following holidays:
- New Years Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
You may not move any later than noon on any day before one of these holidays. For shipments over 12′ in width, you are strongly encouraged to route your shipment around high-traffic density areas. You may not travel in high-traffic areas from 7 AM – 8:30 AM and again from 4:30 – 5: 30 PM except for I-10 ( travel during these hours is permitted).
Mississippi DOT Contact Information and Notes
Mississippi state DOT office permit contact information:
Mississippi Department of Transportation Permit Division
Post office box: 1850
Jackson, MS 39215
Telephone: 601-359-1717 or Permits: 888-737-0061
Office hours: 7:30 AM until 4:30 PM
Central Daylight Time
Notes: To file for oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits online you must have an account already set up with MS state DOT. MS is a member of SASHTO.
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The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers, and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Mississippi DOT Permits office before commencing movement.