North Dakota frost law restrictions

2019-2020 North Dakota winter frost/spring thaw laws and seasonal weight restrictions.

The North Dakota winter frost and spring thaw laws – seasonal weight restrictions. Seasonal weight restrictions are needed to protect the roads and highways during the winter months (usually between November 1 and April 1 each year but can extend towards the end of May) from being damaged by transporting heavy weights over them. While some of them are closed others remain open with weight limits significantly reduced in order to prevent damages. North Dakota implements protective measures.

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Example of North Dakota frost and thaw law notification map for active months. Click to view their live version.

Make sure you’re educated on why the restrictions exist.

In most of North Dakota the colder winter temperatures cause the ground to freeze and become brittle. However, the earth underneath it is warmer and typically does not freeze so water exists in the roads aggregate when temperatures are frozen but not in the minus for long periods of time. What this does when large weights are transported over it is causes stress cracks and even buckling. These cracks lead to the deterioration of the road and eventually cause pot-holes as the ambient temperatures rise below thus expanding and pushing upward. The asphalt is then completely separated and a pot hole is created.

North dakota spring thaw laws.

This is where any damages from driving over the roads during the winter frost months becomes evident. As the outside ambient temperature begins to rise so does the earths core. Since the asphalt is dense it takes it longer to thaw out. This is where buckling starts to take place as the warm earth expands and puts pressure on the asphalt to move upwards. This upward force causes the road to either buckle or pot holes start to develop from the millions of cracks that were created ultimately causing the public property to require maintenance which is a huge burden to the state and tax payers.

So North Dakota implements travel restrictions to prevent this.

With changing temperatures and built-up moisture in the pavement, roads are weakened as spring begins. Putting extra weight on the roads during this critical time can lead to even more issues. To prevent excessive damage to roads and highways, many states have enacted frost laws that go into effect during the early months of spring. These laws are designed to help protect the roads in areas with frigid winters.

Frost laws require that large vehicles carry a reduced load while driving on any posted or restricted roads. Also, heavy vehicles must lower their speed as the change in seasons takes place. This helps to cut down on the road damage that occurs as spring arrives each year

 

LoadPassPermits.com is the notification system for North Dakota road closures.

North Dakota frost law Notification system and travel map.

 

See also:

Tire chain laws.
Tire chain laws by location.
Trucking regulations.
Federal bridge formula.
Exemptions from seasonal restrictions.

 

Ontario Frost Laws

2020 Ontario winter frost/spring thaw laws and seasonal weight restrictions.

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Restrictions during winter frost and spring thaw law months.

All annual and project heavy haul trucking permits are not valid on any highways unless otherwise specified on the permit during frost or thaw months:

  • March and April in Southern Ontario
  • March, April and May in Northern Ontario

For the purposes of this restriction the Province of Ontario is divided, west to east, by:

  • A line formed by the Severn River to Regional Rd. 169
  • Regional Rd. 169 from Washago to Hwy. 12
  • Hwy. 12, from Regional Rd. 169 to Hwy. 7, north of Sunderland
  • Hwy. 7, from Hwy. 12 to Regional Rd. 7B at Carleton Place
  • Regional Rd. 7B to Hwy. 15
  • Regional Rd. 29 to Arnprior

Single trip permits for transporting heavy haul shipments on highways not designated in Schedules 1, 2 and 3, may be issued but are subject to axle weight controls established by the Ministry of Transportation.

Pursuant to The Highway Traffic Act, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation will impose reduced load weight limits for designated parts of the provincial highways between March 1 and April 30, for Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 roadways, and from March 1 to June 30 for Schedule 3 roadways.

Spring frost/thaw law weight maximums (restrictions) for Ontario:

Reduced loads.

Schedule 1.

Pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, the ministry will impose reduced load limits for those designated parts of the King’s Highways listed in Schedule 1, when appropriate, between March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020: Verification.

Schedule 2.

Pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, the ministry will impose reduced load limits for those designated parts of the King’s Highways listed in Schedule 2, when appropriate, between March 1, 2020 to May 31, 2020.

When signs are posted, the following Highways will have a Reduced Load Limit for their ENTIRE length: Verification.

Schedule 3.

Pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, the ministry will impose reduced load limits for those designated parts of the King’s Highways/Roads listed in Schedule 3, when appropriate, between March 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019.

When signs are posted, the Highway/Roads within the following Territories will have a Reduced Load Limit: Verification.

Source: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/load-restrictions.shtml

It is important for truck drivers and trucking company dispatchers to make certain they are operating in accordance with the Ontario posted frost/thaw laws and seasonal weight restrictions. Changes to these restrictions is subject to change hourly during the winter and spring months. You are expected to be aware of these changes and operate accordingly. It is possible that heavy fines may be levied as well as your truck being ordered out of service and not permitted to travel. We suggest you bookmark this page for future reference.

Seasonal weight restrictions limit the maximum weight of vehicles allowed to travel on certain roads as a way to help prevent damages to public assets and protect public investment in the roadways.

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New Brunswick frost laws

2020 New Brunswick winter frost/spring thaw laws and seasonal weight restrictions.

It should be noted New Brunswick has not updated their official spring weight restrictions page governing the winter frost and spring thaw laws since the winter of 2017. What this tells us is the information they last published seems to be working for them now so there’s no need to update it. If you wish to verify this by speaking with them personally you can call Shawn Berry the communications official for the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure 506-453-5634.

 

 

See also:

Tire chain laws.
Tire chain laws by location.
Trucking regulations.
Federal bridge formula.

Manitoba Frost Laws

2020 Manitoba winter frost/spring thaw laws and seasonal weight restrictions.

Manitoba Spring Road Restrictions (SRR) program.

The Manitoba Ministry of Infrastructure divides its province into three sections, with each section having a unique thaw restriction start and end date. In 2020, it will begin its spring road restrictions for Region A and Region B of the province at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 10. Weight restrictions are scheduled to end at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31.

The allowable axle weights on weight restricted roads during the spring season are based on the percentages of the legal axle weights, with some exceptions for the single steer axles and in situations where essential commodities are being shipped. There are two levels of spring weight restrictions in Manitoba depending on the strength and surface conditions of the pavement structures. The Level 1 weight restriction applies to weak pavements while the Level 2 weight restriction applies to very weak pavements. The allowable axle weights on different axle configurations are calculated as follows:

Level 1 Spring Weight Restrictions:

  1. On a single steering axle of a single or tandem drive truck tractor:
    • 10 kg per millimeter width of tire up to a maximum of 5,500 kg on all highways.
  2. On a single steering axle of a straight truck or a tridem drive truck tractor:
    • Tire size 305 mm or less: 10 kg per millimeter width of tire up to a maximum of 5,500 kg on all highways.
    • Tire size greater than 305 mm: 9 kg per millimeter width of tire up to a maximum of 6,570 kg on all highways.
  3. On a tandem steering axle group of a straight truck:
    • 9 kg per mm width of tire multiplied by 0.90 (download factor) up to a maximum of 12,240 kg on RTAC Routes or Class A1 highways and up to a maximum of 9,900 kg on Class B1 highways.
  4. On all other axle groups:
    • 9 kg per millimetre width of tire up to a maximum of 90% of the legal axle group weights on all highways.

Level 2 Spring Weight Restrictions:

  1. On all single steering axles of all vehicle configurations:
    • 6.5 kg per millimeter width of tire up to a maximum of 65% of the legal axle weights on Class A1 and Class B1 highways.
  2. On a tandem steering axle of a straight truck:
    • 6.5 kg per millimeter width of tire multiplied by 0.90 (download factor) up to a maximum of 8,840 kg on Class A1 highways and up to a maximum of 7,150 kg on Class B1 highways.
  3. On all other axle groups:
    • 6.5 kg per millimeter width of tire up to a maximum of 65% of the legal axle weights on Class A1 and Class B1 highways.

Road restrictions for Region C, the northern most regions, will begin at 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 12, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. Region C is defined as the rest of the province north of the virtual line in Region B.

Spring Weight Restrictions are classified as Level 1 and Level 2 (see table below).

 

Example of Maximum Allowable Axle Weights. Level 1 Spring Weight Restriction, Reduce Axle Weights to 90% Maximum Allowable Weights. Level 2 Spring Weight Restriction, Reduce Axle Weights to 65% Maximum Allowable Weights. A complete list of Charts of Allowable Axle Weights can be found at the following link: http://gov.mb.ca/mit/srr/restrictions.html

Manitoba Spring Road Restrictions Program:

Source: http://www.gov.mb.ca/mit/srr/

Manitoba publishes a list of road bans as conditions change. Go to the above link and look for “Road Bans” in the left column. These bans identify specific roadways and the ban imposed in percent of rated axle capacity.

It is important for truck drivers and trucking company dispatchers to make certain they are operating in accordance with the Manitoba posted frost laws, seasonal load weight and speed restrictions that are posted. Changes to these restrictions is subject to change hourly during the winter and spring months. You are expected to be aware of these changes and operate accordingly. It is possible that heavy fines may be levied as well as your truck being ordered out of service and not permitted to travel. We suggest you bookmark this page for future reference.

Seasonal weight restrictions limit the maximum weight of vehicles allowed to travel on certain roads as a way to help prevent damage and protect public investment in the roadways.

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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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How much does oversize trucking pay?

How much does oversize trucking pay?

One has to ask themselves that doesn’t know, just how much does oversize trucking pay? Is a driver for a oversize trucking company paid more money? How much more?

How much does oversize trucking pay?

Does shipping oversize loads pay more money? If so, how much more do they pay?

There are a few different ways to look at it. From the perspective of a driver of a truck that works for a oversize load trucking company and how much he gets paid or you are the owner of an oversize trucking company. Which one gets paid the most? Well let’s have a look at it.

  • If you are a truck driver and specialize in shipping oversize equipment and machinery then yes you are probably going to get paid more money as this is a specialized field. However, you need to consider a few things.
  • Did you go to oversize trucking school or take any classes?
  • How much experience do you have with cranes, oversize loads and machinery?

Also, there are other things to consider like the seasons of the year and are of the frost laws in effect? Or how is the economy? Just these two questions alone can factor in a huge variable is far as someone’s salary or pay is concerned. If the weather is bad and the frost laws are in effect then you know there’s going to be a shortage of specialized freight. Meaning, you won’t have that much work. So while you may be getting paid more per mile or hourly, you may have more downtime as well. A good example for the economy is this year 2016. Check out some of our predictions. Consumer spending is down. The uneasiness that is being created by the elections that will be held later this year has the average person being tighter with their money. With that said, manufacturing will be down so manufacturers will not be looking to expand and possibly purchase new specialized and oversize equipment. Equipment that will not need to be shipped. Before you think it, of course frost laws involve only heavy haul freight. But if these carriers don’t have work they will look for it in the next place they can – specifically targeting oversize loads which will again create a shortage. This will in turn effect how much you get paid – whether you’re the owner, the operator or both.
Now. Speaking solely for the owner of a oversize trucking company and payments. Yes payment is the key word. Remember that owning a specialized trailer is going to cost you more money meaning your monthly payments are going to be higher and your insurance is going to be higher too. So unless you have a huge customer database getting paid more money might prove to be difficult. While you will get paid more money for the jobs that you do, will you be able to keep that truck loaded with oversize loads?

So hopefully that answers your question. Yes. A truck driver or owner operator does get paid more money for hauling oversize loads. Oversize loads pay much more per mile. The wider it is the higher the rate is. The key to that question is does the owner of the truck and trailer have the customer database to support it?

Here is a break down of average trailer type driver jobs and what they pay:

Oversize load truck driver pay average: $73,000 – $120,000 (top 10%)
Oversize Loads – Truck drivers pulling oversize loads have quite a bit more to do than just load the product and hit the road. You have to have specialized oversize load permits, routing that determines the exact roads you will drive and in many cases a lead, chase or high pole pilot car or truck escort driver to escort the shipment in order to protect motorists. Plus as mentioned above you have to have quite a few years in the truck before a oversize trucking company will consider hiring you. Also consider there are a huge amount of trailer types ranging from a flatbed, step-deck, rgn to a perimeter frame deck and about 20 other types in between those above. You will be required to know exactly how to operate these trailers in order to get hired on as a oversize truck driver and paid more money.

Flatbed trailer.

How much do different types of truck drivers earn each year?

Flatbed truck driver pay average: $47,890
Flatbed Trailers – Freight can vary greatly from heavy equipment, finished products and even industrial machinery. Flatbed truck drivers must secure their loads using special strapping equipment. Many loads are required to be tarped with huge water proof heavy tarps protect against weather. These tarps are heavy and hard to work with for the average person. Flatbed freight usually pays more money when compared to refrigerated, dry van shipments. Flatbed drivers usually require a little more training on how to properly secure a shipment to the deck of the trailer.

Rear dump, end dump trailer.

Dump truck driver pay average: $24,500 – $52,000
Dump Trucks: Driver pay for dump truck drivers and/or other construction type vehicle drivers can range widely from employer to employer and actual dump truck type. Ranging from end dump, belly dump and even tip trailers these drivers are usually paid an hourly rate depending on exactly what the company does.

Standard refrigerated trailer.

Refrigerated truck driver pay average: $38,996
Refrigerated Trailers – One of the advantages of having a refrigerated (or reefer) trailer is that the driver can ship various commodities ranging from dry goods (as discussed below), refrigerated/frozen freight and even ship all three at the same time if using a bulk head which consists of movable temporary foam walls. However, you have to keep in mind that a refrigerated trailer requires a motor to power the refrigerated unit on the trailer. When you factor into the equation the maintenance and fuel costs of keeping this extra unit going it hurts the bottom line numbers of your profit. Truck drivers who pull refrigerated trailers are paid just a little bit more than dry van operators.

Dry van truck driver pay average: $36,230
Dry van trailers: Loads will vary from toilet paper to diapers or packing materials and even onions if the trailer has vents in it. Watermelon and pumpkins can be shipped in a dry van as well weather permitted. Drivers in this field require little training other than passing the test to have a CDL endorsement on your drivers license.

Food service truck driver pay average: $60,000 +
Food Service industry: Food service industry drivers make deliveries to restaurants and other food related establishments. This can be a lucrative, high profit operation depending on the client that is being delivered too. A good portion of food service drivers are home every night and enjoy good pay. The work can be physically demanding as each driver must unload his trailer by hand.

LTL truck driver pay average: $62,000
LTL (Less than truck load): LTL drivers make many pick-ups and deliveries on a regular assigned route. Some LTL drivers may also have a regular shuttle route to move truckloads but are often home every night. The profit for LTL companies is higher than long haul companies and allows them to pay higher wages to their drivers. These are highly sought after positions within the trucking community.

 

Notes: Geographic locations can play a huge factor in how much a truck driver can ear. Such as a company based out of Kentucky would pay less than a trucking company based out of New York.
Trucking companies that have a smaller corporate structure such as long haul trucking companies tend to have a higher turn over rate than large corporate drivers. Typically this is due to management which is much less likely to violate work law than a smaller company. Laws governing how many hours are worked in a day as well as commission based jobs that pay per mile.

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15 years of oversize trucking online.

After over 15 years of serving the oversize and heavy haul trucking industry online we’ve pretty much seen and heard it all. We’ve grown while we continue to grow with you we’ve seen many companies throw in the towel as well. If you happen to be thinking about it while now might seem like a good time you may want to wait for a few more years. Opportunity is actually abundant in our industry for companies that can manage their profit properly. Here’s why:

During the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and even the turn of the century drivers of specialized loads didn’t share their trade with anyone else. Why would they? During these decades while the economy fluctuated drastically if you had a trade that fed your family well would you be prone to train others to do your job? Replace yourself? Of course not. We’ve got a serious shortage of drivers and this shortage is expected to grow.

Equipment isn’t cheap by any means and this is creating a big problem. A large percentage of oversize loads that are shipped these days are over-weight and this is a big problem. The days of finding a oversize or heavy haul trailer behind an barn that a handy fellow can salvage are pretty much gone. If you’re lucky enough to find one there’s little chance a lender will finance you to buy an item that is 30 years old. Even less of a chance is getting the trailer insured. So for experienced carriers to even try to get into the oversize/heavy haul trucking niche are doomed from the start. This is creating a huge problem and will continue to as the North American infrastructure continues to fail.

The bottom line is we need more oversize and heavy haul carriers on the road. Diversity is the key to success and there’s no doubt our industry needs to be much more diverse as well as resourceful to compensate for the self imposed shortages it has imposed upon itself. We need new aspiring carriers and drivers to continue on into the future.

Alberta DOT Shipping Regulations

Province of Alberta DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in the Province of Alberta.

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Legal load limits.

Alberta DOT legal load limits:

Length: The overall maximum length allowed in Alberta without a permit is 23 meters (75′ 3″).
Width: The maximum width allowed is 2.6 meters (8′ 6″‘).
Height: The maximum height allowed in Alberta is 4.15 meters 13′ 7″.
Weight: 6,000 kg maximum on steer axle. Tandem axles: 17,000 kg. Tridum axels is 17,000 kilograms (37,478.6 lbs) as well. All axle weights are subject to the size of the tire.
Overhang: We have no information on allowable overhang in Alberta. Please share your knowledge with others below.
Notes:

* Super single tires require “New Generation, Wide Base” tires with a minimum tire width of 445 mm. Available by permit only. Super single tires do not apply to the steering axle.
** These weights for tridem axles apply to provincial highways only. The maximum weight for a tridem axle on a municipal road is 17,000 kg. Permits may be available to achieve heavier weights.
*** All axle weights are subject to minimum tire size. The maximum weight per tire shall not exceed the lesser of the tire manufacturer’s weight rating or the width of the tire stamped on the sidewall multiplied by 10 kg/mm.
Source: Alberta Transportation

Routine trucking permits.

Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the Alberta DOT:

Length: 52 meters (170′ 8″) is about the maximum length you can get by with on a routine permit.
Width: 14′ 7″ wide depending on routing  for routine trucking permits.
Height: 5.3 meters (17′ 5″) in height is the cut off point for routine permits of course contingent on routing.
Weight: Weight is where you run into a problem. Alberta wants to know every single detail down to the size of tire you are running. Routing being a huge issue we can’t state a “routine” weight as it all depends on your axle spacings, combinations and tire sizes. Just for a safe number we’re going to say a routine permit caps out at 43,359.2 kilograms (100,000 lbs).
Overhang: 6.09 meters is about the most you can get on routine depending on routing.

Superload information.

Alberta superload information:

The maximum width normally allowed is 7.32 meters (24′) so anything over this width is a superload. We are researching information pertaining to shipping superloads in the province of Alberta Canada. If you happen to have expertise or knowledge of trucking superloads in this province please share your information for our other viewers below. Thank you.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.

Alberta DOT travel times and restrictions for oversize and overweight trucking:

The rule of 1/2 hour before sunrise until one full hour after sunset is observed in Alberta. Travel is allowed on Fridays until 3pm in the afternoon for loads that exceed 3.85 meters in width (12′ 7″) (WE WILL NEED TO DOUBLE CHECK THIS AS IT WAS LEFT AS A CORRECTION COMMENT BELOW). Travel is otherwise allowed and unrestricted on Saturdays unless stated on your permit.  Night travel is permitted for loads that are over length as long as you have 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle and are on multiple lane roads. If your shipment is no longer than of 42 meters (137′ 10″) on a single lane road you will be required to have1 front pilot car/escort vehicle and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle. Weekend travel is permitted for loads that are over length only. If your shipment is in excess of 4.45 meters (14′ 7″) in width you will be permitted to travel only during daylight hours. If over 3.85 meters (12′ 7″) in width you may not travel on Sundays. There is not travel permitted on the following holidays: New Years day, Provincial day, Good Friday, Victoria day, Canada day, Family day, Labour day, Thanksgiving day, Remembrance day, Christmas day and on Boxing day.

Adverse weather conditions: If adverse weather conditions are reported you may not proceed with your shipment and are required to remain where ever you are. If adverse weather conditions interrupt your shipment you are required to pull over at the nearest suitable location even if it is on the side of the road unless you are over width. Over width loads must continue until they are able to completely turn off of the road and remain until adverse weather conditions stop. If your shipment is over 4.45 meters (14′ 7″) in width or 5.32 meters (17′ 5″) in height you are not permitted to travel with snow or fog visibility less than 150 meters (492′), if the road is covered with snow or ice or sleet or any other conditions that may effect the driver from proceeding with the absolute safety in mind first and foremost.

Frost laws: Alberta does have frost laws but when they are in effect changes every year based on testing with a heat flow model that measures to 30 cm below the surface. So, if you are shipping during the spring months you will need to call the number below for the exact frost law restriction dates. There are exemptions which include milk and bread trucks, farm machinery, water, fuel, fertilizer, mail and buses.

When pilot cars are required.

If your shipment is in excess of any of the following you will be required to have a pilot car escort you:

Length: If your shipment is in excess of 34 meters (111′) in overall length you are required to have 1 rear pilot car on single lane roads. For shipments in excess of 38 meters (124′ 8″) you are required to have 1 front pilot car/escort and 1 rear pilot car/escort.
Width: If your shipment is in excess of 3.85 meters (12′ 7″) wide you are required to have 1 front pilot car/escort on a single lane road or one rear pilot car/escort on multiple lane roads. For shipments over 4.45 meters (14′ 7″) wide require 1 front pilot car/escort and 1 rear pilot car/escort on single lane roads. If your shipment is in excess of 5.5 meters (18′) you are required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle on all roads.
Height: Alberta does not normally use pilot cars with high poles as they have designated routes for shipments that are over height. You can view the routes on the Alberta DOT high load corridor page located here.
Weight: As long as your shipment can maintain the minimum required speed limit you will probably not be required to have a pilot car/escort by the Alberta DOT.
Overhang: If you have overhang that is over 6.5 meters (21′ 4″) you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle. If your shipment overhang is in excess of 9 meters (29′ 6″) you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle.

Pilot car requirements.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) requirements for operating in Alberta province are as follows:

Pilot car/escort vehicle operators are NOT required to take any sort of DOT certification course in order to operate in Canada. Your vehicle is required however to have a lighted sign box that is a minimum of 180 cm x 35 cm x 10 cm (72″ x 14″ x 4″), 2 – 175 mm (7″) diameter flashing lights mounted on the top of the sign box on each side with 2 amber strobing or rotating lights a minimum of 203 mm (8″) mounted between the flashing lights on top of the box as well. The sign box must light up and be visible from a minimum distance of 200 meters (656′). The sign box must have either a red and white D sign or a yellow with black lettering stating “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDE LOAD”,  OR “LONG LOAD”. If you have the “D” sign your letter must be no less than 20 cm (8″) in height with a 4 cm (1 5/8″) line thickness. If you have the yellow sign your lettering must be no less than 20 cm (8″) with a 4 cm (1 5/8″) line thickness. The sign box must be mounted on the top of the vehicle and covered when not in operation. You are also expected to have the following items inside of the vehicle: CB radio or high powered 2-way radio, first aid kit, fire extinguisher type A, B & C of at least a 2 liters, 3 reflective road triangles, 3 traffic cones, reflective vest (worn while working), slow/stop sign, 3 red or orange safety colored flags no less than 40 x 40 cm (16″ x 16″), nose cone flashlight and a hard hat.

Shipment, truck & trailer markings.

Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners and flags:

All trucks that are hauling oversize or overweight loads must have a strobing, flashing or rotating amber light mounted to the roof that is visible from 360 degrees at a minimum distance of 200 meters (656′). All 4 outermost corners corners of the overall shipment and any obtrusive points must have flags mounted to them that are safety red or orange in color no less than 40 cm x 40 cm (16″ x 16″) and have the flags exchanged for lighting if moving during the night. A sign stating the nature of the load; “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDE LOAD” or “LONG LOAD” must be mounted to the front and rear of the overall shipment. Signs must be a minimum of 12′ in height and 6′ in width with a yellow background and black letting with lettering thickness no less than 4 cm (1 5/8″) thick.

Alberta DOT and other information.

Alberta DOT contact  and other information:

Alberta DOT & Central Permit Office
Telephone help line: 403-342-7138 toll free (all of North America): 800-662-7138
Fax: 403-340-5278
Road ban information: Current road bans. Toll free (all of North America): 855-762-3226
6 AM until 12 Midnight Monday – Friday
7 Am until 10 PM on weekends and holidays – MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE

Alberta current road restrictions from construction maintenance and spring thaw law. Excellent resource!
Alberta Canada truck driver hours of service.
Alberta Canada road and weather conditions.
Alberta DOT permit office website.

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 Alberta Province DOT Permits office before commencing movement.



 

Heavy haul trucking in the 2019 winter.

Heavy haul trucking in the 2019 winter.

Here we are again. As most of you know the over size and heavy haul trucking industry (as a whole) has enough trouble with weather in the winter months. Freight volumes are lower due to travel restrictions. A government shut-down (20%+ less freight) is newer territory for our industry and with current low winter volumes (less more) we’re all going to feel this for at least the next 90 days. If you have a hard time seeing these numbers consider, NASA, DOD, FEMA, all kinds of goods for other agencies, direct gov’t contracts as well as all of the “sub” contractors. This is a fine mess.

So, hopefully you all stashed 6 months worth of pay away so you can afford to pay your electric bill – forget about truck payments! Sound crazy? Yes it is and we agree. In a section of the transportation industry that already has a shortage all the way around we’ve got to wonder how heavy haul carriers, as well as pilot cars will be available for the 2019 big summer freight push?

It is this authors personal opinion in this day and age a “gov’t shut-down” should not be able to effect the daily operations of our nation as this just doesn’t seem like freedom, justice nor liberty. Perhaps companies in the same shoes we wear should be subsidized so we can do a little sitting on our rears as well while we wait (with 1/4 million+ dollars in equip. in the driveway) for the higher ups to get it right?

Interesting idea. Subsidizing important providers that are essentially on standby by. Of course our country needs our services to grow but without a payday nothings going to be growing anytime soon.

Moving past the political realm. As usual there’s already a shortage of freight. It looks to be a harsh winter and if it continues the way it started frost laws may be in effect well into May in the Northern states. I suppose time will tell.

If you’re operating a heavy haul trucking company and would like to share your thoughts we’d love to hear them. Please feel free to use the comment box below.