2019 Florida state shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations, for oversize and heavy-haul trucking. Pilot car requirements.
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Florida oversize permits, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars.
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Florida oversize and heavyhaul trucking companies.
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Florida heavy-haul and oversize trucking permits.
Legal load limits. Do I need a trucking permit?
Florida DOT legal load sizes and weight limitations:
Length: 75 feet overall. 48 feet semi-trailer. A 53 feet semi-trailer must have kingpin set 41 feet from the kingpin to the center of rear axle.
Width: 8 feet 6 inches (only 8 feet on some un-designated highways).
Height: 13 feet 6 inches (only 13 feet on some un-designated highways).
Weight: 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW). 22,000 pounds on a single axle, 44,000 pounds on tandem axles and 66,000 pounds on tridem axles.
Overhang: 3 feet from the front or 3 feet from the rear of trailer maximum.
Routine oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.
Oversize and heavy haul trucking permits routinely issued Florida DOT:
Length: 150 feet overall maximum.
Width: 16 feet maximum.
Height: Up to 16 feet maximum.
Weight: Tandem 44,000 pounds, Tridem 69,000 pounds, quadem axles must have a minimum of 10 feet between groupings. 5 axles 112,000 pounds, 6 axles 122,000 pounds, 7 axles 142,000 pounds, 8 axles 160,000 pounds, 9 axles 195,000 pounds, 10 axles 197,000 pounds, 11 axles 199,000 pounds. You may be able to add an additional 1,000 pounds (up to 5,000) to each additional foot of outer bridge but this does not apply to all configurations. Heavy haul loads that are over a GVW of 160,000 (overall) or less must have a minimum of 10 feet between groupings as mentioned above.
Overehang: No set limitation on overhang. All shipments with overhang are looked at individually.
Travel times and restrictions.
Permitted travel times withing the state of Florida:
Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 after sunset. Travel permitted on Saturday (possibly on Sunday) is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise only until 12 noon if under 14 feet wide and under 14 feet 6 inches tall but you must request “weekend travel” when applying for your permit. Weekend travel is not permitted on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Days before and after these holiday days may be restricted as well especially when 4 or 3 day weekends are observed. Heavy haul shipments that do not require escorts or pilot cars may travel continuously. Military shipments (MOBCON)will fall under different guidelines as noted on the permit. Be sure to clarify any discrepancies with the permit office before moving. Always follow the instructions on your permit.
Do I need a pilot car or escort vehicle with my shipment?
Am I required to have a escort vehicle or pilot car?
Length: If shipment is over 95 feet long 1 rear pilot car is required. If you have in excess of 20 feet of overhang see below.
Width: If over 12 feet wide you will be required to have 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Some routes may require 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles. If shipment is in excess of 14 feet wide 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles will be required. If shipment is in excess of 15 feet you may be required to have a police escort in addition to a minimum of 2 pilot cars of escort vehicles.
Height: If shipment is in excess of 14 feet and 6 inches you will be required to have one escort vehicle. Over 16 feet in height needs two pilot cars or escort vehicles. Any shipment in excess of 15 feet in height will be required to have a written route survey.
Overhang: Rear overhang up to 20 feet past the center of the rear axle (or dolly) may require 1 pilot car or escort vehicle.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements.
Pilot car certification programs that are accepted within the state of Florida are the following: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. A “escort vehicle” or “pilot car” must be a vehicle weighing more than 2,000 pounds with a gross vehicle rating of less than 26,000 pounds. The operator of the vehicle must be certified by the state of Florida or one of the above mentioned states.
How to apply for oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.
Florida Department of Transportation
605 Swannee St., MS-62
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Hours: 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM Eastern Time
You can visit the Florida DOT website for more information on oversize and over weight transport restrictions.
You can print up a single trip permit from the Florida DOT site and learn more about filing your own permits in this state by using our DIY trucking permits guide.
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Heavy haul trucking and oversize load permit limitations.
<p style=”text-align:justify”>Shipments with four tile axles that have a minimum of 10 foot between each axle grouping the maximum gross weight on seven axles is 142,000 pounds, eight axles 160,000 pounds nine axles 195,000 pounds 10 axles 197,000 pounds and 11 axles 199,000 pounds. 1000 pounds may be added to each additional foot of out Bridge up to 5000 pounds but does not apply to all axle configurations. A minimum of 13 feet and 1 inch between axle groupings only applies to loaded configurations that are exceeding a gross vehicle weight of 160,000 pounds. Load configurations with a gross vehicle weight of over 160,000 pounds or less must have a minimum of 10 feet between axle groupings. Maximum width is 16 feet. Maximum height is 16 feet maximum length is 150 feet with no set maximum amount of overhang.
All super load applications must be submitted in writing with information that includes but not limited to axle spacing’s, weight and proposed a routes.
Required truck signs, flags and lights.
Flags will need to be a minimum of 18″ x 18″ and a square shape and either red or orange in color. They need to be displayed on all four corners of the extreme ends of any protrusions or per ejections or overhangs. For loads that are up to 10 feet wide or 14 feet and 6 inches tall or in excess of 80 feet long. For shipments over 10 feet and up to 12 feet wide. Warning lights are to be mounted at the top of the power unit as well as the top of the load so they are visible and all directions from a minimum of 500 feet. Each warning sign will need to be yellow in color with black letters a minimum of 12 inches and height with a minimum of 1 1/2 inches of thickness. The sign will need to state the words oversize load. Each warning sign will be no less than 7 inches long and 18 inches in height. The semi-tractor will need to have one mounted in the front and another mounted at the very rear of the load.
Special permit requirements.
If there are are any special requirements required of your shipment they will be listed on your Florida trip permit. If you are traveling south of Florida city and are between 10 feet and six teen feet wide you will be permitted to travel during nighttime hours from 9 PM until 5 AM and will not be allowed to travel on the weekends. If you’re width is in excess of 10 feet and up to 14 feet you will be required to have a minimum of one escort or pilot car vehicle. If your shipment is greater than 14 feet up to 16 feet wide you will be required to have a minimum of one police escort. If you are traveling north of Florida city then you may travel during all days and daylight hours only with the exclusion of weekends and holidays. No movement is permitted on any state mentioned roadway including interstates that are over 12 feet in width or in excess of 85 feet long from 7 AM until 9 AM and 4 PM until 6 PM during weekdays in the following counties: Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, orange, do Voll, Hillsboro and Pinellas counties. Additionally there is no movement allowed on state maintain cities which include Daytona Beach, Janesville, Lakeland, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Pensacola, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota and Tallahassee. To warning lights and one escort with high visibility flags a minimum of 18″ x 18″ that are square in shape are required and one escort or pilot car vehicle with a height pole indicator is required to proceed the shipment. Warning lights with 12 inch high black letters on a yellow background are required on the front and rear of the escort or pilot car vehicle.</p>
Trucking weight limitations.
Single axle: 31,000 lbs. per axle.
Tandem axles: 31,000 lbs. per axle.
Triple axles: 31,000 lbs. per axle.
Quad axles: 313,000 lbs. per axle.
Maximum weights are considered on a case by case basis. They will determine if you are eligible (considering proposed routing) at the time you apply for your permit. No single axle will be permitted to exceed 31,000 lbs.
Truck length limitations:
If you propose to move any shipment with a length that is in excess of 56 feet, you may be required to travel during night time hours only. Again, this is considered on a case by case basis. Any load that exceeds 80′ (feet) will be required to have a front (lead) pilot car (escort vehicle).
Truck width limitations:
Maximum width for legal travel is 8′ 6″. Anything in excess of 8’6″ (inches) in width will be decided on a case by case basis (considering proposed routing). Shipments that are in excess of 12′ (feet) in width will be required to have a lead pilot car vehicle.
Truck height limitations:
Truck height limitations are determined by the overhead clearance of any obstructions that may exists (or are proposed; temp, construction, etc) in the routing proposition you propose. Planning a route that gives you a minimum of a 6″ (inch) clearance is suggested. Any shipment that is in excess of 13′ 6″ (feet/inches) will be required to have a pilot car (escort vehicle) equipped with a height pole
Truck overhang limitations:
If overhang is in excess of 10′ (feet) from the rear of the trailer you will be required to have a lead vehicle as well as a chase.
Truck signs and flag requirements:
Shipments that are in excess of 8′ 6″ (feet/inches) are required to have “wideload” signs affixed to the front and rear of the truck and trailer. No flags are “required”. There are no sign size/letter specifications in the Washington D.C. laws but note they should be professionally printed signs.
If you are in a situation where you have excess (extreme) widths and/or heights you will more than likely be required to travel during night time hours.
Pilot car (escort) vehicle requirements (PiloTrac):
No particular type of vehicle is specified in Washington D.C. laws. However, we do suggest a minimum wheel base of 72 inches. Pilot cars (escort vehicles) will be required to have a amber flashing (rotating) light mounted on the very top of the vehicle. We would suggest pilot cars have the minimum requirements by other states such as: slow/stop paddle, professional wide, oversize, long load signs, company name, address and phone on the side of vehicle, flares, safety vest, CB radio and a height pole if the shipment you intend on escorting is in excess of 13′ 11″.
Travel times and restrictions:
Travel is permitted 24 hours a day unless you are in the extreme excess as noted above in height, width and length. Shipments that are wideloads or overheight or over length may be restricted to travel between 10 pm and 5 am. If so you will not be permitted to travel from 7am til 9:30 am and 4 pm til 6:30 pm. During extreme weather conditions travel may be restricted. Weekend travel is allowed as well as weekends. The Washington D.C. permitting office will be closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Goof Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
Washington District of Columbia Department of Traffic
2nd floor, Potomac Bldg.
614 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Office hours: 9 am to 3 pm EDT