These are the Rhode Island state shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations for shipping of oversize and heavy haul loads.


Rhode Island State Seal.


Physical address:
Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles State Office Bldg., Room 106
Providence, RI 02903

Rhode Island Turn Pike and Bridge Authority: 401-423-0800.

Note: Rhode Island oversize and heavy haul trucking permits are valid for 5 days unless otherwise specified on permit.

Help: telephone line: 401-462-4368 order permits by phone from 6 am to 4:30 pm M-F.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Eastern Time Zone

Click here for the Rhode Island State DOT website for oversize and heavy haul trucking permit registration or you can study the user guide.

Legal Loads:
Length: Interstate and designated highways; 53 feet maximum semitrailer (kingpin to center line of rear axle group must not exceed 41 feet) and on all other routes the maximum trailer length is 48 feet.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, 22,400 single, 36,000 tandem, tridem; 42,000 with axles spacings less than 4’6″ or 42,750 pounds with 4’6″ spacings.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 6′ from the rear of trailer.

Routine heavy haul, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:
Length: Rhode Island makes a determination on each individual shipment depending on proposed route and dimensions.
Width: Rhode Island makes a determination on each individual shipment depending on proposed route and dimensions.
Height: Rhode Island makes a determination on each individual shipment depending on proposed route and dimensions.
Weight: Rhode Island makes a determination on each individual shipment depending on proposed route and total weight which is usually determined by axle spacings. Typically 22,500 pounds per axle is permitted on 5 axles, 6 axles or 7 axles but this is all contingent upon actual spacings, weight and routing However if your heavy haul shipment is over 200,000 pounds you will be required to retain a outside engineering firm to survey your proposed routes.
Overhang: If in excess of 3 feet in the front or 6 feet from the rear of trailer Rhode Island will make a determination on each individual shipment depending on proposed route and dimensions.

Travel times and restrictions:
Travel permitted one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. No weekend travel is permitted. No travel on major holidays and on Victory over Japan Day (2nd Monday in August). Movement may be restricted after 12:00 noon the day before any holiday. Rhode Island Turn Pike middle lane maximum width allowed is: 15’10”. The maximum width in the outside lane is: 14’10”. If you need more information please call the Turn Pike: 401-423-0800.

Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:
Length: If 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 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. Maximum width allowed on the Parkway is 16′ and must be accompanied by police escort if over 15′.
Height: If height of load exceeds 15′ a front high pole card is required.
Weight: Check with the State of to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: If front over hang 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 car and escort 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. 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 that 8″ tall x 12″ wide and identity writing must be plainly legible. 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 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).

Additional info.

Rhode Island cities: Ashaway, Barrington, Bradford, Bristol, Central Falls, Cranston, Cumberland Hill, East Providence, Greenville, Harrisville, Hope Valley, Kingston, Melville, Narragansett Pier, Newport, Newport East, North Providence, Pascoag, Pawtucket, Providence, Tiverton, Valley Falls, Wakefield-Peacedale, Warwick, Westerly, West Warwick, Woonsocket.

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 Rhode Island State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.






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