2021 Kansas state DOT shipping laws, rules, regulations and limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits. Pilot car requirements.
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Kansas oversize permits, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars.
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Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.
Kansas maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required.
Length: Trailer may be no longer than 59 feet and 6 inches in length. Overall length may not exceed 59 feet and 6 inches in length.
Width: 8 feet and 6 inches.
Height: 14 feet maximum.
Weight: 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW).
Overhang: Provided the overall combined length does not exceed 59 feet and 6 inches it is legal.
Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.
These maximum dimensions/weights are considered routine oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits in Kansas:
Length: Up to 126 feet overall depending on route. Turnpike restrictions: Any vehicle or combination of vehicles, trailer(s) or load(s) exceeding 125 feet in length requires pre-authorization by KTA. Night operation of these loads will not be authorized except in emergency or disaster situations. Tandem and triple trailers are discouraged – and may be restricted – during inclement weather.
Width: Up to 16 feet and 6 inches is a routine permit. Over this width is a superload. Turnpike restrictions: Any vehicle or load exceeding 12 feet in width requires pre-authorization by KTA. Night operation of these loads will not be authorized except in emergency or disaster situations. Vehicles and/or loads more than 8 feet and 6 inches in width may not travel the Kansas Turnpike during the nighttime hours. Night operation of these loads will not be authorized except in emergency or disaster situations. Vehicles and/or loads exceeding 16 feet wide will rarely be authorized for any operation on the Kansas Turnpike.
Height: Up to 17 feet tall depending on routing (route survey required for some routes). Anything over 17 feet is a superload. Turnpike restrictions: Vehicles and/or loads more than 14 feet in height will be denied entry until a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper can measure the load to authorize or deny travel. Any vehicle or load activating an over height detector when entering the Kansas Turnpike is required to stop and cannot proceed until authorized to do so by a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper.
Weight: Single axle 22,000 pounds, tandem axles 45,000 pounds, tridem axles 60,000 pounds, quadem axles 65,000 pounds. Gross weight on 5 axles is 95,000 pounds, 6 axles 110,000 pounds, 7 axles 150,000 pounds, 8 axles 150,000 pounds. Any shipment over 150,000 pounds gross is a super load.
If you are in excess of any of the weights or dimension listed above in “routine” permit applicants must fill out a superload permit.
Lights, safety flags and warning signs for heavy haul and oversize loads.
Required safety markings, safety flags, warning lights for heavy haul and oversize loads:
The front of the truck and rear of trailer is required to have “Oversize Load” signs anytime a permit is issued. Red or orange safety flags must be attached to each corner of widest part of the shipment. This includes the rear of all over length loads. If overhang exists the item must be flagged as well as marked with warning lights on the rear. The truck must have a rotating or flashing amber light mounted at the very top that is visible from no less than 1,000 feet. Over weight only loads require “Oversize Load” signs. Signs for over-weight online will be covered at during night time travel. Sign dimensions should be a minimum of 7 feet wide and 18 inches in height with black letters no less than 10 inches in height on a yellow background.
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:
Length: If in excess of 90 feet overall you are required to have 1 rear/chase pilot car or escort vehicle.
Width: Loads over 14 feet wide, one front escort and one rear. 4 lanes or less may eliminate rear escort with amber light on the cab and rear or load. Light must be at least 2 feet high from pavement and no more than 8’ from pavement. Does not apply to super or over 4 lanes. Turnpike restrictions: At least one escort vehicle is required to accompany the movement of loads that are more than 14 feet wide.
Height: If over 17 feet tall you need a high pole escort.
Notes: Permits will state on them if they are valid for either 3 or 5 days. All signs, flags and amber lights must be either removed or covered when not in operation.
Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.
Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:
Qualifying vehicles must be either a passenger vehicle or a pick up truck with a minimum width of 60 inches and a maximum weight rating of 1 ton. Maximum loaded weight may not exceed 12,000 pounds. Pilot car and escort vehicle operators must be 18 years of age minimum and have a valid drivers license. All pilot car or escort vehicles must have a “Oversize Load” sign either on top of the pilot car/escort vehicle or facing towards the front or the rear of the vehicle, which ever is applicable. Oversize Load signs must be a minimum of 5 feet in length and no less than 18 inches in height with a minimum of 8 inch letters that are black in color on a yellow background. Amber lights must be attached to the rood of the vehicle and ether rotate or strobe and be visible from no less than 1,000 feet. Any vehicle used for the purpose of escorting or piloting oversize loads must be fully insured in the state it is registered in. Equipment required is 1 standard 18 inch or 24 inch “Stop” and “Slow” paddle sign. 8 reflective triangles, 8 red road safety burning flares, 3 orange color 18 inch tall safety cones, 1 orange hard hat worn when outside of the vehicle, 2 amber flashing lights 6 inches or larger or one rotating or oscillating amber light. a first aid kit, 1 “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign, 1 spare tire, 1 jack and lug wrench, 1 safety colored orange vest or jacket, 2 – 12 inch (minimum) square red or orange hand-held flags and 1- 5 pound B and C fire extinguisher.
Notes: The “superload certification” certificate policy has been discontinued and you no longer need to be “certified” to operate a pilot car or escort vehicle in the state of Kansas. Research this further if you wish. All pilot cars or escort vehicles operating in the state of Kansas are required to have a copy of the Kansas pilot car manual in the vehicle at all times. All signs, flags, amber lights must be covered or removed when not in operation.
Mobile home transport laws.
Be certain you are aware of the KS Mobile home shipping regulations:
All mobile homes must comply with the length, height and width guidelines above. All mobile homes must be towed by a truck-tractor designed and equipped to tow mobile homes. Towing of more than one mobile home at any one time by a single power unit is not permitted. All movement of mobile homes must comply with state rules and regulations regarding flags, lights, signing and insurance requirements.
Legal travel times for oversize and heavy haul loads.
Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:
Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset 7 days a week. No night movements except for overweight only. Turnpike restrictions: Movement of vehicles that are more than 14 feet wide is restricted to Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Kansas DOT contact information and notes.
Kansas DOT (KDOT) office and permit contact information:
Kansas Commercial Motor Vehicle Permit Offices
915 Southwest Harrison Street
Topeka, KS 66612-1588
Hours: 7:30 Am until 4:45 PM
Central Standard Time
Kansas is a member of: MVCSHTO.
Notes: Kansas Turnpike Authorities: 316-682-4537 extension: 2202. Turnpike notes: Special permits from KDOT are not required to move oversize loads on the Kansas Turnpike. Movement of any oversize loads must comply with Kansas laws governing authority, insurance, lights, flags, signs, placards and safety equipment. It is the responsibility of the driver of any oversize vehicle and/or load to determine if the toll plaza has adequate space for the safe entry and exit of the vehicle and/or load. Movement of some or all oversize vehicles and/or loads may be temporarily restricted due to weather, road or construction conditions.
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