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Ohio State Shipping Regulations

2018 Ohio DOT state shipping laws, regulations, ules, limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

Ohio DOT rules and regulations for oversize and overweight shipping.

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Do I need a trucking permits? Legal load limits.

Ohio maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required:

Length: The Ohio DOT has no maximum length set that we know of. Trailer length is set at a maximum length of 53 feet. If the shipment is over 90′ in length (combined) 1 pilot car (escort vehicle) is required.
Height: 13 feet 6 inches is the maximum allowed shipping height as per Ohio DOT without a permit.
Width: 8 feet 6 inches is the maximum width allowed to travel on Ohio roads.
Weight: 80,000 pounds maximum weight (GVW) 20,000 pounds on any single axle, 34,000 pounds on dual axles, 48,000 pounds on tridum axles.
Overhang: 53 feet is the maximum length. Front overhang is an issue that has not been clearly addressed by O
Notes: Definitions of weights: Overall Spacing: Distance center to center, to the nearest foot between extreme front and rear-most axles of vehicle or combination of vehicles, or any internal axle grouping. Spacing: Distance center to center, to the nearest foot, to an adjacent axle.

 

Some divisible loads may be permitted to travel is less than 150 miles. Transporting metal coils such as aluminum, copper, steel have different laws, basic info is 3 (or fewer) coils are deemed “nondivisible loads” (as per OH NonDivisible and per Ohio 5501:2-1-01 (Q).

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

These maximum dimensions/weights are routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in OH:

Length: Anything over 90′ will require a pilot car/escort vehicle.
Width: 14′ is the maximum width considered on routine issued permits. Routing of course is the restricting factor so if you may qualify for up to (our approximation) 16′ routinely depending on your desired route.
Height: 14′ 6″ in the maximum for routinely issued permits. Of course routing is the qualifier. If your shipment is 14′ 6″ or over you will be required to have a high pole escort.
Weight: Single axle: 29,000 lbs. Tandem axles: 36,000 lbs if axle spacing is a minimum of 4′ 1″ and up to a whopping 50,000 lbs if  your axle spacings are more than the 4′ 1″ but not more than 16′. Tridem axles: 60,000 lbs maximum if your axle spacing is less than 4′ and 53,000 lbs if your axle spacing is more than 4′ but less than 16′. Quadem: 60,000 (as long as GVW is not over 120,000 lbs). 5 axles (single-tandem-tridem): 29,000 lbs – 46,000 lbs – 46,000 lbs = 121,000 lbs maximum total per group of axles. However; in order to do this you have to have a minimum of a 51′ outer bridge and a 36′ inner bridge in order to heavy haul on a 5 axle setup. 6 axles: (single-tandem-tridum); 29,000 lbs, 46,000 lbs, 53,000 lbs = 128,000 lbs total maximum per group of axles. 7 axles: (single-tridum-tridum); 29,000 lbs – 53,000 lbs – 53,000 lbs = 135,000 lbs total maximum weight allowed. 8 axles: (single-tandem-tandem-tridum); 29,000 lbs – 46,000 lbs -46,000 lbs – 53,000 = 174,000 lbs maximum for this kind of group setup.
Overhang: We have not located any information on routinely permitted overhang. So, we have to assume that as long as you do not want to overhang more than 1/3 of the overall length of the item being shipped you can probably get a routine permit. When you wish to exceed this basic rule (more than 1/3 overhang) you create a potentially dangerous situation. If you have any knowledge on routine overhang in Ohio please share it with others below.

80,000 pounds maximum weight (GVW) 29,000 pounds on any single axle, 36,000 pounds on dual axles, 60,000 pounds on quad axles.

Notes: As long as the GVW is not over 120,000 lbs you can use a tridem or quadem setup but you are required to have the minimum of 4′ 1″ spacing in your axles. You can go up to 132,000 lbs on a 7, 8 or 9 axle setup for your steering configuration plus 2 tridem or quadem axle groups. Please see more in superloads section below.

Notes: Definitions of weights: Overall Spacing: Distance center to center, to the nearest foot between extreme front and rear-most axles of vehicle or combination of vehicles, or any internal axle grouping. Spacing: Distance center to center, to the nearest foot, to an adjacent axle.



Ohio superloads.

Requirements for extra-heavy or over-dimensional (superloads) in OH:

Length: Depending on your route you probably will not have any problems with length in Ohio unless you are over 160′ overall. Ohio DOT has no set limitations on length so you may not even qualify as a supleroad.
Width: Again depending on the route you intend on taking unless you are over 18′ in width you may not qualify as a superload by the Ohio DOT. While they are not too keen on wideload shipments they tend to look at these on a case by case basis which is all dependent on your routing. In some areas you 16′ may qualify you as routine. If your shipment is over 18′ in width you will be classified as a superload. We welcome your comments below.
Height:
If you are over 14′ 6″ in the state of Ohio you will be required to have a high pole escort (pilot car) in front of you the entire route. Ohio DOT may require that you notify any/all utility companies that manage obstructions on your route before you are permitted to move. It’s all about your routing in Ohio as we are sure you are learning however, Ohio DOT is very knowledgeable and you have to give them credit for that. We feel they should be a little more lenient on height issues or have published routes for routine permits  but maybe they have future plans.
Weight: For superload configurations that are in excess of 120,000 lbs gross you will most likely be required to reduce your configuration by using a jeep. Your overall minimum axle spacings will need to be no less than 65′ with the inner bridge no less than 51′. See “routine trucking permits” above for more information about required axle group spacings as your groups need a distance of no less than 4′ 1″ between each.
Overhang: Use the rule of 1/3. Read more above in “routine trucking permits”

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy-haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions:

Basic travel times:
The basic rule of one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset applies (example; travel start time is at 1/2 hour before sunset on approved days). Ohio DOT regulations travel times are complicated due to population/traffic density consideration. ALWAYS REFER TO YOUR PHYSICAL PERMIT BEFORE COMMENCING MOVEMENT. If your shipment is over 12′ in width you are NOT allowed to travel in the list of counties and within a 25 mile radius of the cities listed below between the hours of 6:30 AM until 9 AM and from 4:30 AM until 6 PM Monday thru Friday and on Fridays,  Saturdays and Sundays you may not travel after 3 PM during the days between April 1st until November the 30th.

Holiday movement:
You are permitted to travel on the following holidays with the above rules in mind; Columbus day, George Washington’s birthday, Martin Luther King day and Veterans day. You are prohibited from traveling on the following holidays; New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. The Ohio DOT permit offices are closed on all of these days.

When pilot cars of escort vehicles are required.

Heavy haul or oversize loads may be required to be accompanied by a escort vehicle or pilot car if:

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Length:

Width:
2 lane roads:

  • 13 feet requires 1 pilot car.
  • 14 feet and 6 inches requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle.
  • 16 feet requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle and 1 police escort.

4 lane roads:

  • 13 feet requires 1 pilot car.
  • 14 feet and 6 inches requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort.
  • 16 feet and 6 inches requires 1 pilot car and 1 escort and on some routes 1 police escort.

Height:

  • 14 feet and 6 inches requires 1 pilot car equipped with a high pole.
  • 14 feet and 10 inches and over requires 1 pilot car equipped with a height pole and 1 rear chase.
  • Some routes may be required to be accompanied by 1 police escort.

Length: 1 pilot car/escort vehicle is required in the overall length of your shipment is in excess of 90 feet in length.
Width: 1 pilot car/ escort vehicle is required for shipments in excess of 13′ wide. If on a 2 lane road the pilot car needs to be in the lead position and on 4 lane roads the rear chase position is required. If the width is greater than 14′ 6″ wide then you are required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle.
Height: If the height of you shipment is in excess of 14′ 6″ in height you are required to have 1 front/lead pilot car/escort vehicle with a height pole. If the shipment is in excess of 14′ 10″ in height you are required to have 1 front pilot car/escort vehicle equipped with a high pole and 1 rear chase pilot car/escort vehicle displaying a “OVERSIZE LOAD” banner. See banner/sign specifications and requirements below in “pilot car certifications & requirements” section.
Weight: There are no immediate pilot car or escort vehicle requirements for shipments that are overweight. As long as the shipment is able to maintain the minimum speed limit requirements escort is necessary. This may not be applicable towards superloads which is on  case by case basis.
Overhang: Overhang, if excessive is reviewed on a case by case basis. If your shipment is overhanging by less than 1/3 of it’s length (1/3 meaning the overall measurement of only the item being shipped) you may be required to use a flag or amber light on the rear as long as the overall length of your shipment is not excessive and overhang is not either, ie; no more than 10′ (this is only a assumption and you must clarify your requirements with the Ohio DOT).
Note: If you are required to have only 1 pilot car/escort because your shipment is only 13′ wide but your shipment requires you to have 1 pilot car/escort because you are over 90′ in length you are considered a “combination” shipment and will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle.

 

Pilot car certifications & requirements.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements of the Ohio DOT:

Pilot car and escort vehicles operating in the state of Ohio are mandated by the Ohio DOT to have an amber light mounted on the roof of the vehicle. The amber light must strobe or flash and be clearly visible from a 360 degree angle from a distance of no less than 500′. The vehicle is required to have a single roof mounted sign or a front/rear sign (depending on if operating as a lead or chase vehicle) that is no less than 5′ in length and 12′ in height with letters no less than 8″ in height that are a minimum 1″ in thickness. The sign must be yellow in color with black lettering and state the nature of the load being shipping, either “OVERSIZE LOAD” OR “WIDELOAD”. All pilot car or escort vehicles are required to be equipped with a CB radio or powerful 2-way communication device that enables them to be in constant communication with all parties working in the movement. Pilot car vehicles are required to have a hand held paddle sign that states the words “STOP on one side and “SLOW” on the other is case traffic needs to be controlled.

Note: It is only our professional opinion that pilot cars also have a minimum of the additional items but not required:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C. A red safety colored flag with a handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 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).

Shipment, truck and trailer markings.

Truck, trailer and shipment required markings with banners, signs and flags by Ohio DOT:

A strobing or flashing amber light that is visible from 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500 feet is required to placed on the highest point of the cab of the tractor trailer. Signs/banners that indicate the nature of the shipment, “OVERSIZE LOAD” OR “WIDELOAD” are required to be placed at the overall front and rear of the shipment. These banners must be yellow in color with black lettering and not less than 7′ in width and 18″ in height. Letters must be a minimum of 10″ in height with a 1 1/2″ line thickness. Safety flags must be mounted at the 4 outer most corners of the overall shipment and be no less than 18″ in length in either direction and be safety red or orange in color. If the shipment protrudes in any direction like overhang additional flags are required. You may be required to place flashing or strobing amber lights on any protrusions as well.

Ohio DOT & other important information.

Ohio DOT contact and other useful information:

Address:
Ohio Department of Transportation Special Hauling Officer – ODOT
Permit Section
1980 West Broad Street, Mail stop 5140
Columbus, OH  43223
Telephone help line: 614-351-2300
Permit office hours are from 7:30 AM until 4:30 – PM EASTERN TIME ZONE.
Ohio DOT special hauling permits section website.
Ohio special hauling operations manual and guide.
Ohio DOT insurance applications and permit forms.
Ohio road conditions, construction zones and alerts.

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 Ohio State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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California State Shipping Regulations

California 2018 state shipping laws, regulations , rules and limitations for heavy haul trucking and oversize loads. CA DOT – CALTRANS.

California state shipping regulations.

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Legal load limits.

California DOT legal load size & weight limitations for 18 wheeler semi-trucks:

Length: Many measurements for semitrailers by California DOT seem very short because they’re referring to the distance from the king-pin to the rear axle.  Also certain routes have restrictions on trailer sizes so if you are at any point confused please call the DOT and check California state shipping regulations before traveling. First of all for passenger related vehicles the maximum is 45′ in length overall on approved routes. Semi-trailers: for a single axle semitrailer the maximum length of the trailer allowed is 53′ overall as long as it has two axles. If it has only one axle the maximum trailer length is 38′ overall. The maximum overall legal combination length is 65′ for the heavy haul and oversize sector of the trucking industry however there are additional laws for trucks pulling doubles or triples (dry box) that allows them to max out at 75 feet overall. California also has classifications such as a “STAA” vehicle. You can have a look at green truck dimensions at: Truck Map (.pdf)  for further clarification.
Width: 8′ 6″ is the maximum with allowed to travel on any road in the state of California.
Height: 14′ in the maximum legal height allowed to travel in the state of California.
Weight: 80,000 lbs GVW with no more than 12,500 on a steer axle, 20,000 pounds maximum weight on any single axle, 34,000 pounds maximum on tandem axles and on tridem axle configurations depending on axle spread such as from 10 feet to 10 feet 2 inches (10’2″) tridum is legal at 40,000 pounds. If you feel you are getting close to the legal limits see the section below on “routine trucking permits”.
Overhang: You are allowed 3 feet of front overhang (4 feet for fixed trailers ie; car haulers). Rear overhang is 6′ in most areas but can for sure be no more than 1/3 of the total item being shipped. Be sure to clarify the amount with the California DOT office you are traveling in to make sure. Note: The comment below on vehicle shipping overhang. We welcome your comments below to help others in clarification of rear overhang.

Routine oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Oversize and heavy haul trucking permits that are routinely issued by California DOT:

Length: 135 feet in overall length is the maximum length on a routine oversize trucking permit that is issued. All others see “superload” info below or learn more about the California length limitations.
Width: 15′ wide is the maximum width issued by a routine oversize trucking permit in California. All others see “superload” info below or learn more about the California width restrictions.
Height: Under 17′ as anything over that height is required to have a route survey. If your route happened to be a well documented  route you might be able to get away without having to do the route survey but its not likely. Some shipments may be forced to use a lowboy, double drop or otherwise trailer that is purposely lower to the pavement.
Weight: 250,000 pounds maximum (Class C if over or see super loads). Steer axles 12,500 pounds. Single axle; 20,000 pounds, 46,000 pounds on tandem axles, 60,000 pounds on tridum axles. Quadem axles are not recognized  for over weight shipments. Depends upon the axle spacings and tire size. Trunnion: 60,000 pounds. Gross Weights: 5 axles is 112,000 pounds; 6 axles – 117,450; 7 axles 158,000 pounds, 8 axles 181,300 pounds (subject to inspection). The weights depend upon the number of tires combined with the overall distance between each of the axles. Spacings on axles are tricky in this state. The California  DOT permits office will consider a number or factors but primarily bridges. If weights are excessive and trailer capabilities are even close to short of maxing out forget it. Pavement structural and stress testing and results will govern your overall capabilities. Learn more details on California heavy haul weight restrictions.
Overhang: Overhang in the state of California is very detailed depending on amount of front or rear overhang and the route (color; see maps link above). Some shipments may be forced to be loaded onto stretch trailers. See the above folder on left titled “California overhang in depth” for more information.
Notes: The distance between axles is measured to the nearest whole foot. When a portion is six inches you round up to to the nearest foot ie: 8 feet and 6 inches is documented as 9 feet.

California overhang in depth:

California superload information.

Length: If you are over 135′ in length overall you are more than likely going to be classified as a superload in California.
Width: Depending out routing and the number of lanes available on the route but 15′ in some areas would qualify you. Over 17′ in width and you will more than likely be categorized as a superload.
Height: Anything over 18 feet tall will require a route survey. If 18′ feet or over in height you more than likely will be classified as a superload. For detailed information on California maximum height limitations check out the state height limitations and routes.
Weight: Of course heavy haul weights are a huge issue. Anytime your overall GVW is over 80,000 pounds or you exceed any of the above (see routine permits) limitations on length, width or height depending on the route you desire you are subject to be classified as a superload.
Overhang: California is NOT going to let you break the rule of 1/3 (no more than 1/3 of overall length can overhang) and they shouldn’t in our opinion from a general view point. Get your proposed routing together and talk to them and see what you come up with would be our suggestion. 15′ possibly routine. 20′ and you are superload for sure we’d guess.
Notes: Here are some maps for superloads (California calls them “Extralegal” – maybe Arnie came up with that?)that can save you some serious money when you need the information. If you need to hire an expert to take care of your California shipping needs or even consult you we are happy to assist you. Most of the time we can handle your problem over the phone for a reasonable fee but when you need someone in the field we are qualified to assist you. See consultation.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.

California permitted travel times and restrictions for heavy haul and oversize loads:

Let’s start by clarification of daylight hours; the basic rule is 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset. If you do not require a pilot car/escort vehicle and are not overweight (green chart – over 52,000 lbs. on tandem axles or higher see charts in “superloads” section above) or don’t have anything out of the ordinary going on your travel times are 7 days a week 24 hours a day if you request to do so when you order your permits. The travel times restrictions are loaded so figure this as a rule of thumb (your permit will state your allowed travel times when issued) since this is just for you to get an estimate:

  • No travel from 6 AM until 9 AM in/around Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento & San Francisco.
  • No travel from 3 PM until 6 PM in the same areas with a 1 hour variance.

Your physical permit will state your exact allowed travel times when you get it issued and they will be real close to the above examples. There are simply too many variable to list.
Holiday travel:  There is no holiday travel time permitted in California unless you have a special arrangement with Caltrans. The following holidays are observed as no travel days by California state shipping regulations: New Years day, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, George Washington’s birthday, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. If the holiday is in a Friday or a Monday there is no travel permitted during Saturday or Sunday. Never travel without first verifying approval first which will be documented clearly on your permit.

When pilot cars or escorts are required.

Shipments requiring escort vehicles or pilot cars:

Length: If over 100′ in length in the city of Los Angles or Los Angeles county you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort. This may be required in other areas as well. If over 120 feet and no longer than 135 feet in length on some routes you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle. If over 135′ in length you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear escort on any road in the state.
Width: If your shipment is over 12′ wide the “general rule” is you will be required to have 1 front pilot car on 2 lane roads or 1 rear escort on 4 lane roads however note 2 pilot cars are required on some routes. Any shipment in excess of 12 feet should figure on a minimum of 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles.
Height: Once you hit the 18 feet mark in height everything changes. You’ll be required to have a height pole pilot car/escort vehicle and before you even apply for your permit you have to conduct a route survey with the pole set at a minimum of 18 feet and 3 inches (18’3″) as well as a utility company clearance letter. Anything over this height will be required to notify all utility companies in advance of transport.
Weight: There is little mention of weight restrictions and pilot cars. As with many states if the shipment is able to maintain the minimum required speed limits then a pilot car or escort vehicle may not be required. If your shipment is not able to meet the minimum speed requirements then you will more than likely be required to have at minimum 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle and in some cases may even be required to have a police escort. This is based entirely on your proposed route, the weight of the heavy haul shipment and ultimately the California heavy haul permit department.
Overhang: It all depends on the route. Just as a basic rule to calculate off of (not legally binding) if you have less than 15′ of rear overhang you are probably not going to be required to have a pilot car. If you are dealing with a shipment that has 20′ – 25′ of overhang then yes you are going to be required to have at least 1 pilot car/escort vehicle – if overhang is in the front then lead and if off of rear chase. If you have both front and rear overhang that is in excess (30′ front and 25′ rear) count on being required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car/escort vehicle.
Notes: Keep in mind these are basic rules for oversize and heavy haul trucking in California. California state shipping regulations continuously change due to construction, project completions and policy modifications. Always refer to your oversize trucking permit before traveling.

Pilot car and escort vehicle certifications.

Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements for operating in California state:

Pilot car (escort vehicles) are required to have a minimum of one flashing or strobing amber light mounted at the highest point if the vehicle. Light must be visible from 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′ and be completely covered when not tending a shipment. Pilot car vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or a 2 way communication device with a range of no less than 15 miles and be in constant communication with all parties related to the shipment at all times while in transit. Vehicle is required to have identification signs on each side of the vehicle stating the company name, address and contact telephone number. Vehicle must be equipped with the appropriate banner/sign stating ‘OVERSIZE”, with “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDELOAD” and “LONG LOAD” being used when appropriate that is a minimum of 5’ in width and 10″ in height with black lettering no less than 1 5/8″ letter thickness and a yellow background mounted no less than 48″ from the pavement surface. If not tending a shipment this sign must be fully covered or removed. Vehicle must have one safety colored red flag mounted on each side of the vehicle with a minimum distance of 16″ in either direction. Vehicles must also be equipped with a hand held sign with the words “stop” on one side and “slow on the other, a emergency colored vest/shirt/jacket with reflective stripe and a red emergency flag of no less than 24” in either direction.
Note: Inour professional opinion all pilot cars and escort vehicle operators have items in addition to the above:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 2 OVERSIZE LOAD banners (yellow with black lettering) and a hard hat. Also when working in California you want to make sure you have the pilot car maps.

Shipment, truck and trailer flags, lights and markings.

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

All trucking companies that are hauling oversize and overweight shipments must have a amber colored strobing or flashing light affixed to the top of the tractor trailer cab that is visible 360 degrees from a minimum distance of 500′. Signs that state the exact nature of the shipment; “WIDELOAD”, “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “LONG LOAD”, “EXCESSIVE FRONT OVERHANG”, “EXCESSIVE REAR OVERHANG”. If the shipment is over 100′ overall then the “LONG LOAD” sigh shall be displayed and the “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign is to be displayed for lesser lengths and other oversize configurations. The other signs will need to be used when appropriate. When shipping ANYTHING in excess of 80′ in length, 102″ in width or more than 10′ of overhang you MUST have the appropriate sign on the front of the tractor trailer and on the rear of the trailer and/or rear of overall shipment. The signs must have lettering that is a minimum of 10″ in height with a minimum of 1 5/8″ letter thickness with lettering being black in color on a yellow background. All shipments that are in excess of the 102″ must also have safety colored red flags placed on all for corners of the shipment that are no less than 16″ in either direction. Overhang must be flagged as well.  California law defines daylight time as 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset which leaves you open for trouble on lighting which states that during the hours of darkness (we’ve got a 1/2 hour of lee-way time here) you must have 2 red lights on the side and rear (visible from a minimum of 500′) attached to the load or extremities. So, as soon as you pull out in the AM or if it gets close to dusk pull over and put on the red lights so you don’t find yourself in court trying to argue their error in defining “daylight hours” as it is a contradiction that our legal beagles caught while perusing their endless piles of regulations.

California DOT and other information.

California DOT (Caltrans) contact information and other helpful links:

Contact information:
Northern region:
California Department of Transportation – Caltrans
PO Box 942874, room 4105
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
Telephone help line:
916-322-1297
Fax line:
916-322-4966
Permit office hours:
8 AM until 5 PM – PACIFIC TIME ZONE

Southern region:
California Department of Transportation – Caltrans
464 West 4th Street, MS #618
San Bernadino, CA  92401
Telephone help line:
909-383-4637
Fax line: 909-388-7001
Permit office hours: 8 AM until 5 PM – PACIFIC TIME ZONE

Caltrans pilot car maps – PILOT CARS LOOK!
Caltrans oversize, overweight and single trip permits here.
Caltrans oversize and overweight shipping manuals.
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Additional info.

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 California DOT (Caltrans) Permits office before commencing movement.

Yukon Territory shipping regulations

These are the Yukon Territory DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in Yukon Territory.

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Yukon Territory trucking regulations for oversize and overweight shipping.

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There are a few exceptions to this overdimensional vehicle permit, as listed below:

  • Fire-fighting equipment or other equipment driven by or for government, in response to an emergency, or;
  • Vehicles registered as farm vehicles under the Motor Vehicles Act, or are towed farm implements exempt from registration under the Motor Vehicles Act, and are being driven between one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset.

***Important — Carriers must call ahead with all information concerning weights and dimensions and ask for a travel number. Depending on load weight and dimensions, analysis might be required that will take at least 3 business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays) to prepare.

NOTE: Both sets of contact info are different but both for Yukon Territory.

Permits may be issued at: Weigh Stations, at roadside inspection sites,

Phone: (867) 667-5729 or 1-800-661-0408 local 5729 (toll free within Yukon) or
Fax: (867) 393-6408 or
Email:  weighstation.whitehorse@gov.yk.ca

Carriers wanting to move several over-dimensional loads may choose to purchase a Multiple Trip Permit. The application for these permits may be approved only if driving the vehicle on the highway will be safe, and will not cause excessive damage to the highway.

Physical address:

Government of Yukon
Department of Highways and Public Works
Box 2703 (W-17)
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6

Email: road.safety@gov.yk.ca
Telephone line: (867) 667-5832
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, (local 5832)
Fax: (867) 667-5799
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Pacific Time Zone

Click here for the Yukon Territories website for oversize and over-weight hauling permits.

Legal Loads:
Length: Trailer length maximum is 53’.  Overall length can be up to 75′ 4″ long.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 7” tall.
Weight: 13,000 steer axle, 20,000 single axle, 36,300 tandem axle, 52,800 tridem axle.
Overhang: no limits, is only restricted by the overall length of load; 75′ 4″

Routine over-weight, oversize, shipping, trucking and transport permits:
Length: Since Yukon Territory has no said length restrictions you overall length approval will depend on your proposed route.
Width: 16′ on four lanes roads and highways and 15′ on two lane roads and highways.
Height: 15′ is about the most you can get away with on routine permits and main routes. Anything taller than that off of the main roads should prepare to have a route survey performed.
Weight: Yukon Territory allows for 29,700 lbs on a single axle, 50, 600 lbs on a tandem axle and 63,800 lbs on a tridem axle.
Overhang:  Route specific as determined in overall length above.

Notes:  Anything over the above is more than likely is a superload.  Here is the latest superload information.  Lights, flags and signs: Lights are required in positions of flags at night.  Flags are to be positioned on all 4 corners of outer most extreme corners.  Signs should read “WIDELOAD” for wide loads and “LONG LOAD” for long loads.  Loads that are both wide and long you should have OVERSIZE LOAD” banners but a “WIDELOAD” banner may be used.

FROST & THAW LAW RESTRICTIONS: Yukon Territory does have spring weight restrictions and the roads and highways are dependent on conditions.  Overall weight reductions may be imposed up to 50% reductions have been noted.  Check with Yukon Territory permit office for clarification.

Travel times and restrictions:
Travel is permitted 24/7 with the following imposed maximums in Yukon Territory;  10′ 6″ in width, 14′ 6″ in height, 82′ in length.  If load exceeds these dimension daylight only travel is permitted.  No travel on Sunday is permitted, and no travel during the summer months (last Friday in June until the second Monday and September) after 2 pm.  On Fridays and Saturdays you may resume travel at 4 am the following morning.  Holiday restrictions vary so refer you your permit or or contact the Yukon Territory permit office for clarification.

Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:
Length: If load is over 85′ 5″ long you need one rear pilot car (escort), over 101′ 9″ long requires 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Width: If over 10′ 5″ wide 1 rear pilot car (escort) vehicle is required (beacon light may be substituted if not on highway 97). Over 11′ 5″ requires one rear pilot car (escort), over 12′ 6” requires 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Height: If t all depends on your route.  Height in case by case basis for pilot cars (escort).
Weight: Check with Yukon Territory DOT to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: If over 21′  4″ past the last axle in overhang you are required to have one rear pilot car (escort vehicle).

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).

 

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 Yukon Territory DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

 

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West Virginia State Shipping Regulations

These are the West Virginia State DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways in the state of West Virginia.

West Virginia state shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking as per the DOT permits department.

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Virginia State Shipping Regulations

Virginia state shipping regulations. DOT permit limitations, rules and laws for trucking. Oversize and over weight (heavy haul) loads on the roads and highways.

Oversize and overweight trucking permit limitations as well as legal load information.

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State trucking regulations for the heavy haul trucking industry. Virginia state shipping regulations for oversize shipping and  trucking – DOT transport permits.

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Legal load limits.
Legal loads that require no trucking permits:

Length: Trailer length maximum is 48’.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. gross maximum.
Overhang: 4′ in the rear and 3′ in the front.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: Up to 150′ in length.
Width: 15′ 11″ wide.
Height: 15′ is pretty much it on routine.
Weight: Depends on routing.  Contact them at the number above.
Overhang: Depends on your overall length.  Contact them at the number above with route ideas included.

Legal travel times.
Travel times and restrictions:

One half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset rule applies for Virginia state shipping regulations. Overall shipments that are under 12′ wide 14′ in height and under 115,000 pounds gross weight may travel on Saturday but only until 12 noon.  No travel is permitted on Sundays as per Virginia state shipping regulations.  If shipment is overweight only then you may travel 24/7.  The cities that are largely populated do not allow oversize travel during the peak hours of 7 am – 9 am and 4 pm – 6 pm except for  shipments that are over weight or over height.  Travel is not permitted on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.  The permit office is closed on these holidays as well.

When pilot cars are required.
Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:

Length: If a shipment is over 105′ in length combined on a 2 load road you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car (escort).  If the overall combination is over 125′ long on multiple lane roads you will be required to have 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Width: On 2 lane highways for shipments over 11′ wide 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort) is required.  On multiple lane highways if over 14′ wide you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Height: Any shipment that exceeds 14′ 6″ in height will require 1 front pilot car (escort) equipped with a height pole.  Manufactured homes are required to have 1 front pilot car with a height pole if the height exceeds 15′ tall.  Virginia state shipping regulations department does NOT guarantee height clearances and suggests you choose by your own volition to use a pilot car with a height pole where height may be in question.
Weight: If routinely permitted you will more than likely NOT be required to have an escort.
Overhang: If the rear overhang exceeds 1/3 of the trailer length 1 escort is required on 2 lane highways.  If rear overhang exceeds 20′ of a single unit vehicle it requires 1 rear escort on 2 lane highways as per Virginia state shipping regulations.

Required shipment markings.
Tractor/trailer signs flags and lighting:

Virginia state shipping regulations states that head lights must remain on at all times when in transit.  All shipments that exceed 60′ in length, 10′ in width and/or with over 10′ of overhang must display warning signs/banners in the front and rear of overall shipment and be marked “OVERSIZE LOAD”, WIDELOAD OR LONG LOAD – whichever is the most appropriate as per Virginia state shipping regulations.  The sign must be no less than 7′ in length and 18″ in height with 1 1/2″ thick black lines with a yellow background and a 1″ black border all around the outsize edge of the sign/banner placed no less than 18″ above the pavement.  Whenever a load is a WIDELOAD and a LONG LOAD the WIDELOAD sign/banner should be displayed.  1 strobe/flashing amber light will be required to display on top of the tractor cab.  This amber light must be visible from a minimum of 500 feet from 360 degrees.  A flashing/strobe amber light must also be placed on the rear of the shipment placed in the upper most top, rear position.  Emergency colored red, yellow or orange flags of no less than 18″ in either direction must be placed at all 4 corners of the overall shipment.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirement:

PILOT CAR DRIVERS IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA MUST BE CERTIFIED BY VIRGINIA. Virginia state shipping regulations states pilot car drivers must take a test at a DMV office in order to work in this state if escorting a load over 12′ in width.  You can view the manual, application and handbook here.  The Virginia state shipping regulations certification is valid for 5 years.  Testing locations and information can be obtained by calling 804-828-2023 or the DMV 866-368-5463.  One flashing or strobe amber light must be horizontally mounted above the top (roof) of pilot cars (escort vehicles) and must be visible from a 360 degree angle from a minimum of 500 feet.  The minimum strobe or flash height from the top of the roof must be 4″.  All pilot car/escort vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or 2-way communication devices.  All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a bumper or roof mounted “OVERSIZE LOAD”, “WIDELOAD” or “LONG 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.  You must have a hand help 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 to be used in controlling traffic. Also, a safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt which is to be worn while directing traffic and is required to be worn anytime the shipment will encroach traffic in ANY manner.

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Physical address: Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles PO Box 27412 Richmond, VA  23269
Email: If you get a good e-mail address please leave it below for others.  Thank you!
Help telephone line: Permits: 804-786-3495 or Requirements: 804-249-5130
Fax: 804-786-5722
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:o0 pm (closed for lunch hour until 1:30 pm)

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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 Virginia State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

Utah State Shipping Regualtions

Utah oversize shipping regulations and permits.

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Utah State shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways with the DOT. These are the Utah state shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking.  If you are shipping over the legal size and weight you will need a Utah DOT permit in able to operate your truck on the roads and highways in this state. Research the information carefully and be sure to verify all of it with the state before you ship anything. The material below is for your research reference but in no way do we certify the information to be correct as ultimately it is up to the state which can change trucking laws at any time.  We thank you for using our service.

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Legal load limits.
Legal Loads:

Length: Trailers 48′ on some routes and 53′ on others.  This is trailer length.  We can’t find overall legal length so if you know please comment below to help others, thanks!
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 14’ tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, 20,000 single, 34,000 tandem.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 6′ in the rear.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: Up to 90′ long on a single unit and 110′ on a combined unit.  If shipment is over 81′ long there must be visibility of over 1,000′, the wind must be under 45 MPH and there must me NO accumulation of ice or snow on the roadway.
Width: Up to 18′ wide depending on routing.
Height: 17′
Weight: Single 25,000 lbs. (reported up to 29,500 lbs), tandem axle 55,000 lbs., tridem axle 65,000 lbs., 74,000 lbs. with a gross weight determined by your axle configurations. For loads exceeding 150,000 pounds expect permit issuance time delays.  UT bridge calculations link.
Overhang: Case by case basis.  Figure less than 1/3 of item being shipped overall length.

Notes: Utah has a lot of rules.  All loads in excess of 175′ in length MUST have 1 police escort.  Loads in excess of 200′ must have 2 police escorts.  Exception: shipment is unladen (decked).

Mobile homes in excess of 16 feet wall-to-wall width will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Department. Contact Headquarters Port of Entry at 801-965-4508 for information.

Legal travel times.
Travel times and restrictions:

One half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset rule applies. If your shipment exceeds in excess of 92′ in length, 10′ in width or 14′ in height you may NOT travel Monday – Friday during the hours of 6-9 am and 3:30 pm until 6 am in any of the following locations;

  • South of Perry, UT exit 360 when in Box Elder County.
  • Davis, Salt lake and Weber Counties.
  • Utah County; Mile post 16, North of the I-15 and SR-75 interchange, exit 265 and SR-68.

Weekend travel is permitted is some areas but not many. The Utah DOT has a maze of Yes and No’s as well as sometimes.  No travel on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day – and Pioneer day (July 24th).  If the holiday is on a Friday all travel stops by 2 pm on Thursday and does not resume until Tuesday morning.  Utah DOT will shut down oversize travel ANYTIME there is an abundance of traffic on the roads as noted during the first week of hunting season.  The Saturday closest to October 20th will be shut down and operations will not resume again until Monday morning.  Excessive weather will shut it down as well.

When pilot cars are required.
Pilot Car and Escort vehicle information:

Length: If shipment is over 110′ long you will require 1 front and one rear pilot car (escort).
Width: If shipment is over 14′ in width you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Height: All depends on proposed routing. If height of load exceeds 15′ you will “probably” be required to have a front high pole escort but not positively. If height is 17′ you will more than likely be required to have a high pole escort in the front of the load. Call and speak with them directly for clarification.
Weight: Check with the Utah port of to see if your weight class will require a pilot car/escort.
Overhang: No specified limits. This is something they like to see for themselves at the ports. If your load is secure and safe looking but not too long overall and have flags/amber lights then you will possibly not be required to have a pilot car.

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements:

A pilot car (escort) driver MUST have some sort of certified training to operate in the state of Utah. You can complete their course of IF your states course is approved by Utah you can operate in lieu of that. Approved states at the time of this publishing are CO, FL, OK, NC and WA states.  You also have to have a minimum of $75,000.00 in liability insurance.  For more information on operating in this state contact Utah Motor Carriers Port of Entry and ask about Certification Program Rule 912.

Your appropriate sign must be mounted on the very top of your vehicle. This sign must be no less than 5′ in width and 10″ in height with a yellow background will black letters no less than 8″ in height and 1″ thick.  An extra banner that is no less than 7′ x 18″ in case the load looses the one that marks it and it must state “OVERSIZE LOAD”. You must have 2 – 6″ (minimum) amber warning lights mounted on each side of the sign.  The lights must either rotate or strobe and be rated at 1,000 candle power visible 360 degrees from at minimum distance of 500′. These are required to be mounted on a lightbar.  It should be noted that the amber lights must be AAMVA certified. You must have a CB radio or 2-way communication device (POWERFUL) and be in constant contact with the truck driver of the shipment at ALL times. The pilot car must also carry the following; 24″ minimum size stop/slow hand held paddle sign, 8 igniting and burning road flares, 8 reflective road triangles, hard hat, reflective safety vest or jacket, large flashlight that runs on DC batteries with additional batteries, 3 orange traffic cones with a minimum height of 18″, non-conductive height measuring device (height pole), fire extinguisher with electrical rating and a first aid kit.  Of course your vehicle must have a jack, spare time and a lug wrench.

Pilot car (escort vehicles) must have a maximum weight of 12,000 pounds and the wheelbase of the vehicle must be a minimum of 96″ to qualify.

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Contact information:
Physical address
Utah Department of Transportation
PO Box 148240
4501 South 2700 West
Salt Lake City, UT  84114

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Help telephone line: 801-965-4508
Fax: 801-965-4399
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:o0 pm

Ports of entry:
Echo: 435-289-3122, Daniels: 435-654-1091, Kanab: 435-644-5871, Monticello: 435-587-2662, Peerless: 435-472-3401, Perry: 435-734-9414, Saint George: 435-673-3651 and Wendover: 435-665-2274

Utah Highway Patrol: 801-965-4518

 

NOTE:  Utah is full of regulations. If you have more info please help others and leave it below.  Thank you!

Utah state shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking - DOT permits.

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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 Utah DOT Regulations & Permits Office before commencing movement.

South Dakota State Shipping Regulations

South Dakota state DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

South Dakota oversize and overweight trucking regulations and DOT permits

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Legal load limitations.
Legal Loads:

Length: There is currently “no set maximum” for vehicles. Trailer length maximum is 53’.
Width: 8’ 6” wide.
Height: 13’ 6” tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, 20,000 single, 34,000 tandem.
Overhang: 3′ in the rear and 6′ in the front.

Routine trucking permits.
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits:

Length: Since STATE NAME has no said length restrictions you overall length approval will depend on your proposed route.
Width: 16′ wide on four lanes roads and highways and 15′ on two lane roads and highways.  Up to 20′ wide on Interstate highways has been approved routinely.
Height: 15′ is about the most you can get away with on routine permits and main routes. Anything taller than that off of the main roads should prepare to have a route survey performed.
Weight: STATE NAME is somewhat difficult in weight determination. If you are over 120,000 lbs or have any extremely heavy axle groupings you will be considered a super-load. All applications for permits will a computer analysis done with anything that fails being then evaluated by the district bridge supervisor for further review. If you are under 100,000 pounds and main road routing proposed you will probably get permitted routinely. Remember this however; anything for any amount of time can happen in this state when extreme weights are considered.
Overhang: It doesn’t get much better than this; 30′ rear and 15′ front for overhang.

Travel times and restrictions.
Permitted travel times and restrictions:

Important info:  See the South Dakota DOT current route restriction report.  No weekend travel is permitted in STATE. You can request to travel on the weekend when you are applying for your permit however. They have been known to grant weekend travel to loads that are say 14′ in width or a little on the heavy side but do not count on approval. Travel is not permitted on the following holidays: New Years day, Good Friday, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. The permit office is also closed on these days as well.

When pilot cars are required.
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. For South Dakota vertical clearances they have a list of the bridge heights online here.
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.

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Pilot car requirements and certifications.
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).

For a vehicle to qualify; all pilot car/escort vehicles must have a gross weight over over 2,000 pounds but also have a manufacturer’s gross weight rating of less than 26,000 pounds.

South Dakota DOT
South Dakota DOT information:

Physical address:
South Dakota Division of Highway Patrol
Capitol Building, Pierre, SD  57501-5070
Charleston, WV 25305

Email: wayne.j.kessinger@wv.gov
Help telephone line: 605-773-7144
Fax: 605-773-7144
Hours: Monday – Friday 5:00 am – 5:o0 pm
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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 South Dakota State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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South Carolina State Shipping Regulations

South Carolina DOT shipping regulations for oversize and overweight trucking on state highway and roads.

South Carolina shipping regulations.

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Legal load limits.
Legal load sizes and weights:

Length: 60′ is the overall maximum length allowed without a permit.
Width: 8′ 6″ in the maximum legal width allowed to travel on state roads.
Height: 13′ 6″ is the maximum legal height allowed to travel without a permit.
Weight: 80,000 lbs maximum GVW is the maximum weight permitted to travel without a permit.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 6′ in the rear is the maximum permitted overhang for legal travel.

Routine trucking permits.
Trucking permits for overweight and oversize loads that are handled on a daily basis:

Length: 125′ in length pretty much is the maximum for routing permits. 100′ in length is the maximum on mobile homes. Overhang see; escort requirements below but the maximum is about 15′ in length.
Width: 16′ in width is the maximum allowed on a routine permit. Over this width depending on routing and you may become a superload.
Height: 16′ in height is about the maximum. Anything over 16′ in height and you start to run into trouble. Any shipment that is over 16′ in height will be required to have a route survey done prior to getting a permit issued. Also your routing requires that the overall height of your shipment is a minimum of 6″ less that any obstructions on the route in order to get that route approved routinely.
Weight: Single axle maximum weight: 20,000 lbs, tandem axle maximum weight is 40,000 lbs, tridum axle maximum weight is 50,000 lbs, quadem axle maximum weight is 70,000 lbs, 5 axle maximum weight is 90,000 lbs, 6 axle maximum weight is 110,000 lbs, 7 axle maximum weight is 130,000 lbs. Anything over 130,000 lbs in weight is a superload and will need to have a bridge analysis done. See superload section below.
Overhang: 3′ in the front and 15′ of rear overhang is about all you are going to get. You can call for more information but expect trouble.
Notes: South Carolina DOT is pretty tough on shipments that exceed any of these weight/dimensions. So if you are a boat shipper you’d better figure out a way to cut that fly-bridge off, sorry and don’t shoot the messenger.

Superload information.
We have the following information available on superloads:

As far as length goes you can get some play as long as your routing keeps you away from historic areas. Width is the same thing with traffic density and population considered. Height is big trouble with the South Carolina DOT. You will be required to have a pilot car with you at all times if you are over 16′ in height for sure. Count on a full route survey for shipments over the 16′ in height and remember that they are NOT going to want to let you travel ANY route where the clearance is less than the required 6″ overage in height. So if you are 18′ in height then the obstruction on the proposed route needs to be a minimum of 18′ 6″ in height or you are going to have delays in getting your permit. Weight is a serious issue if you want to cross over ANY bridges so if your shipment is over 130,000 lbs in overall gross weight get ready for bridge studies and time delays. Our suggestion: examine routing alternatives. Overhang is a rare issue but when it comes up and you are wanting to overhang in excess of 15′ you are going to have trouble. This is the case anytime you want to exceed the basic rule which is more than 1/3 of the overall shipment length; you just don’t do it as it’s too dangerous and the South Carolina DOT knows it.

Permitted travel times and restrictions.
Permitted travel times and restrictions:

The 1 half hour after sunrise and 1 half hour before sunset rule applies. Travel is permitted Monday through Saturday with no travel permitted on Sundays. It is possible to get Sunday travel approved but the basic rule is “no travel on Sundays“. If you are allowed to travel on a Sunday it will be clearly stated on your travel permit.  You may not travel on the following holidays: New Years day, Independence day, Labor day, Memorial day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. You may not travel past 12 noon on the day previous of the holiday day and until after 12 noon on the day after the holiday. In high traffic density areas you are not allowed to travel from 7 AM -9 Am and 3 PM – 6PM if you are in excess of 14′ in width. If you are 16′ in width or over, on Saturdays you are only permitted to travel between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM with no travel before or after permitted in any locations.

When pilot cars are required.
A pilot car (escort vehicle) is required when:

Length: Length is tricky in South Carolina, call the DOT to make sure. Leave your comments below for others please.
Width: From 12′ to 14′ in width will require 1 front pilot car (escort vehicle) on 2 lane roads. 14′ to 16′ in width will require 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort vehicle) on all roads in the state. If your shipment is over 16′ in width you will be required to have 3 pilot cars (escort vehicles) 1 front, 1 rear and 1 police escort in the rear.
Height: It all depends on your routing. You could be required to have a pilot car (escort vehicle) with a height pole the entire trip if you are 13′ 7″  (seriously). Please share your expertise with others below.
Weight: If you are approved for weight and able to maintain the minimum speed requirements the South Carolina DOT permit office will probably not require you to have a pilot car (escort vehicle).
Overhang: If your pulling a 48′ or a 53′ (just to clarify) long trailer and you have less than 15′ of overhang you can probably get away with flagging or amber lighting your shipment instead of a rear pilot car (escort vehicle). Anything over the 15′ mark and forget it you will be required to have a pilot car (escort vehicle).

Pilot car certifications.
Pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications & requirements:

The South Carolina DOT is pretty relaxed on pilot cars. You are required to have the proper banner/sign stating “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDELOAD” displayed either prominently on the top of the vehicle or on the front of lead vehicles or rear of chase vehicles. You must have a flashing or strobing amber light on the top of the vehicle that is visible from 360 degrees from a distance of no less than 500′. You are required to have a CB radio or 2 way communication device and be in communication with all drivers working on your shipment. You are required to have your headlights turned on while working.

Note: It is only our professional opinion that pilot cars also have a minimum of the additional items but not required:  2 – 5 pound fire extinguishers type A, B and C, a paddle 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 a handle no less than 18″ square, 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones, 8 burning road flares, 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).

Shipment, truck & trailer markings.
Truck, trailer and shipment required signs, banners and flags:

Amber lights: you are required to have 1 rotating or strobing rear amber light on any vehicle that is  shipping a load in excess of 12′ in width. Flags in safety colored orange or red with a minimum length in any direction of 12″ must be mounted on the 4 outer most corners of the entire overall shipment. Banner signs stating “OVERSIZE LOAD” OR “WIDELOAD” must be placed on the rear and front of the overall shipment. Banner signs must have a letter height of no less than 12′ and have a letter thickness of no less than 1 1/2″. Banner signs must have a yellow background with black lettering.

South Carolina DOT & information.
South Carolina DOT contact and other useful information:

Address:
South Carolina Department of Transportation – DOT
PO Box 191
Columbia, SC  39202

Telephone help line: 803-737-6769
Fax number: 803-737-2199
Hours of operation: 8 AM until 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday – EASTERN TIME ZONE.
South Carolina DOT oversize/overweight information website.
South Carolina DOT road closures and conditions reports.
South Carolina guidelines for movement of oversize and overweight loads.
South Carolina do it yourself single trip permit application – warning you can loose your money if you are not trained.

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 South Carolina State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
South Carolina DOT regulations.

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Oregon State Shipping Regulations

Oregon state DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

Oregon state trucking regulations for oversize and overweight shipping over the road.

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Oregon can be a tough state to ship OD and OW loads. We know, we’re based out of this state. If you have any knowledge or information that you feel would be helpful to others please share it below. Thank you!

Find Oregon trucking companies and pilot cars:

Oregon pilot car and truck escorts.
Oregon heavy haul and oversize trucking companies.



Oregon oversize and over weight trucking permits.

Legal load limits in Oregon.
Oregon ODOT legal load size & weight limitations:

Length: Maximum length is determined by the trailer: 53′.
Width: 102″ or 8’6″ – if over you will be required to have a permit.
Height: The maximum height allowed in 14′. Anything over is required to have a permit to move.
Weight: Over 80,000 lbs GVW or 20,000 per single axle or 34,000 lbs on tandem axles.
Overhang: 4′ in the front and 5′ off of the rear. Anything in excess is required to be permitted.
Notes: Some roads may require a permit for a 53′ trailer so be sure to check with ODOT first.

Routine issued trucking permits.
Trucking permits that ODOT will routinely issue – maximums:

Length: 80’ overall then approval could take longer depending on requested route.
Width: 15′
Height: 17′
Weight: Single 21,500 lbs., 43,000 lbs. on Tandem.  Once you exceed 98,000 lbs. you can expect permit issuance delays – be sure to visit and read state documentation link above.
Overhang: No set limitations. Done on a case by case basis depending on route.

Dozer blades that are over-width must removed and are allowed to be hauled with the dozer on same trailer even if the blade makes the shipment overweight. Make sure that you tell the ODOT permits office that you are shipping a dozer so they document it on your permit. For annual permits that are over-length and over-weight 48′ trailers are permitted to travel on some length restricted highways. Highway 395 from Pendleton, OR to John Day, OR is a good example as well as and highway 25 which spans the entire state will allow some divisible loads that exceed 80,000 pounds. These types of permits can be obtained from the Port of Entry or from the Oregon DMV for $8. Simply contact them at any of the offices listed below. If you are shipping anything overweight or oversize in Oregon you want to refer to the Oregon State informationissued guide for more detailed information. This is pretty much a must read for shipping in this state, especially if you are transporting items through the state off of I-5.

Superload information.
Oregon superload information:

Length: Loads that are over 150 in length are considered superloads.
Width: Loads over 16′ wide in the interstate (I-5) and (I-84) or over 14′ wide on 2 lane highways. If over 16′ wide you must obtain approval from the districts it is travelling through.
Height: Any load in excess of 17′ tall is considered a superload.
Notes: Superloads will take extra time to process permits so plan on it.

When pilot cars are required in Oregon.
You will be required to have pilot cars if you meet any of the following:

On Interstate, many 2 lane highways in districts closer to Portland:
Length: Over 120′ – 1 escort, over 140′ – as required on permit
Width: Over 14′ – 1 escort, over 16′ – as required on permit
Height: Over 14’6” – 1 escort

On GREEN routes:
Length: Over 105′ – 1 pilot car/ truck escort, over 120′ – 2 pilot cars/truck escorts, over 140′ is on a case by case basis.

Width: Over 12′ – 1 escort, over 14′ – 2 escorts, over 16′ – as required on permit
Height: Over 14’6” – 1 pilotcar/truck escot.
Length: Over 105′ – 1 pilot car/ truck escort, over 120′ – 2 pilot cars/truck escorts, over 140′ is on a case by case basis.

Most other 2 lane routes:
Width: Over 9′ – 1 pilot car/truck escort.
Height: Over 14’6” – 1 escort
Length: Over 95′ – 1 escort, over 120′ – 2 escorts, over 140′ is on a case by case basis.
Note: There are other places in Oregon that may require pilotcars/truck escorts so be sure to check with ODOT first before committing to transport anything within this state.

To clarify the information above be sure to refer to the Oregon pilot car attachments and requirements for operating pilot cars and in all districts in Oregon.

Oregon Pilot Car Vehicle Requirements:

Passenger car, pickups or truck tractor of legal size & weight with a 5’x10″  “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign with black letters (8″ high x 1″ minimum thickness) on a yellow background mounted on top of the vehicle. Two amber strobing or flashing lights widely spaced apart with a minimum of a 4″ diameter lens with a minimum of 35 candlepower rating with at least 30 rotations per minute or a revolving light with a minimum of 125 square inches of dome surface with at least 30 rotations per minute. Must be clearly visible from 360 degrees and mounted above vehicle roof. Minimum distance of visibility is 500′. CB or two way radio, two hand held red flags (a minimum of 18″ square) mounted on 3′ minimum staffs, eight safety flares and at least 2 reflective triangles. You can learn more about pilot car and escort requirements on the ODOT website.

Oregon Pilot Car Operator Requirements and certifications:
Oregon does not require a person to be certified to operate a pilot car. If you intend on controlling traffic you must obtain a flaggers license. ODOT has a authorized flagger certification class at: Chemeketa Community College. The class takes about 4 hours. You can find more information here or contact Larry Ralphs at 503-399-5181.

Travel times & restrictions

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour after sunrise and 1/2 hour before sunset Monday thru Friday and until noon on Saturdays. Continuous travel is permitted if your heavy only and should be noted on permit. Travel prohibited on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, from noon on Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day to 1/2 hour before sunrise on the following Monday & from 2 pm on Christmas eve until 1/2 hour before sunrise on the 1st business day following Christmas.

Oregon State DOT (ODOT) Trucking Information website:

How to apply for heavy haul, wideload and oversize trucking permits.

Oregon Motor Carrier Transportation Division – Over-Dimensional Permit Unit.
Dept. of Transportation Permits Office
Motor Carrier Transport OS/OD Permit Unit
550 Capitol Street, NE
Salem, OR   97301
Hours: 8am – 5pm  Monday – Friday

ODOT oversize information website.
Oregon road closures and conditions.

For oversize trucking permits phone: 503-373-0000
The normal hours of operation for the Motor Carrier Transport Division is Monday thru Friday 7 am until 5 pm. Closed every Wednesday from Noon until 1 pm for staff meetings.

Note: When applying in Oregon for over weight permits you should know they have a strict bridge formula which may delay permit issuance depending on route. Also some counties require permits for travel as well so be sure to ask. Permits are valid for 10 days only.

Trip Permits: (503) 378-6699
Fuel Permits: (503) 373-1634

 

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 Oregon State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

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North Carolina State Shipping Regulations

North Carolina state DOT shipping regulations, limitations, rules and laws for the trucking of oversize and over weight loads over the roads and highways.

North Carolina DOT rules and regulations for heavy haul trucking.

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North Carolina State Trucking Information website.

 

Legal Loads

Length: 60’

Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW, Single axle 20,000 lbs., Tandem axle 38,000 lbs.

Width:  102”

Height: 13’ 6”

North Carolina DOT

Routine heavy haul, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits.

Length:  110’ with no max on lengths upon permit approval.

Weight: Over 80,000 lbs. but under 110,000 lbs. 12,000 lbs. max on steer, Single 25,000 lbs., 50,000 lbs. max on Tandem, 60,000 lbs. max on a Tridem axle.

Width: 15’

Height: 14’ however permissible height is determined by route.

How to apply for heavy haul, wideload and oversize trucking permits.

North Carolina Oversize, Overweight Permit Unit DOT
1425 Rock Quarry Rd., Suite 109
Raleigh, NC  27610
NC DOT Permit phone: 919-733-4740 or 888-221-8166
Hours of operation 7:30 am until 4 pm., Monday thru Friday

Pilot Car – Escort vehicle requirements.

Length: Over 110’ on escort vehicle in rear.
Width: 2 lanes over 12’ one escort vehicle in front. 4 lanes one escort in rear.  Over 14’ requires one escort vehile in front and one escort vehile in rear.
Height: Over 14’ 6 requires a high pole escort.

Note: Permits are valid for 10 days.

Travel Restrictions

Travel is permitted sunrise to sunset Monday thru Saturday with no travel allowed on Sunday. Continuous travel is permitted if heavy only and under 112,000 lbs. GVW.

North Carolina DOT rules.

North Carolina DOT regulations.

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 North Carolina State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.