2021 Mississippi State Shipping Regulations


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2021 Mississippi state DOT shipping laws, rules, regulations and limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits. Pilot car requirements.

Mississippi

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Please share your knowledge with other visitors below.

Pilot car, oversize and heavy-haul trucking permit quick links.

Locate oversize, heavy-haul trucking companies, pilot cars and permit providers:

Mississippi oversize, heavy-haul and pilot car companies for hire.
Mississippi pilot cars and truck escorts for hire.
Mississippi oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Mississippi maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required:

Length: The maximum length permitted by the Mississippi DOT is 53 feet for trailers and 99 feet overall including the power unit.
Width: The maximum allowed width is 8 feet 6 inch wide.
Height: The maximum height permitted to travel on Mississippi roads and highways is 13 feet 6 inches.
Weight: 80,000 pounds overall (GVW) and nor more than 12,000 pounds on your steer. Single axle limit is 20,000 pounds, tandem axle limit is 34,000 pounds, tridem axle limit is 42,000 pounds.
Overhang: You are permitted to have a maximum front overhang of 3 feet and a rear maximum overhang of 14 feet and 11 inches legally.
Notes:

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

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

Length:  Overall trucking permit limits for length are up to 120 feet.
Width: You can now get routinely approved for up to 20 feet wide for some routes.
Height: 17 feet is the maximum routine limit for permits.
Weight: Steer: 12,000 pounds, single axle: 20,000 pounds, tandem axles: 48,000 pounds, tridum axle: 57,000 pounds, and up to 63,000 pounds if interstate only. Quadem axles: 64,000 or up to 72,000 pounds if on interstates only. Maximum gross weights on 5 axles: 113,000 pounds, 6 axles: 123,000 pounds, 7 axles: 128,000 pounds, 8 axles: 141,000 pounds. Over-weight dozers in most cases are allowed to be permitted with blade detached and included on trailer. IN many cases you for over-weight shipment a comprehensive, detailed review including drawings of the product, trailer and axle spacings as well as the route you prefer to travel will be required when filing for Mississippi heavy-haul trucking permits.

Overhang: Mississippi DOT has no set limitation for overhang for routine permits should not be a problem unless you intend on exceeding the law of 1/3 (no more than 1/3 of item being shipped overhangs).
Notes: If you are not sure about any routes in Mississippi you can use their route checker here to look up your limits. For more documentation see; Mississippi oversize and heavy-haul permit regulations.

Mississippi superloads.

Mississippi superload information: 

Length: When over 120 feet in length overall combined a superload permit will need to be filled.
Width: If the shipment is in excess of 20 feet in width a superload permit will be required.
Height: When in excess of 15 feet and 7 inches in height if you have a second dimension that is over the legal limit or depending on your desired route you may be required to file as a superload. 15 feet and 7 inches in height will require a route survey. Over 16 feet in height will reguire a route survey, letters from all pertinent utility companies and special approval from the MS DOT permitting department which may result in superload permit applications.
Weight: Whenever a shipment is in excess of 141,000 pounds it will qualify as a superload and must be permitted as a superload in order to ship.
Overhang: Overhang alone will more than likely not be a determining factor if superload permits are required.
Notes: Always work with Mississippi state DOT proactively. They’ll do their best to get the shipment in the proper category and correct permit issued. Excessive weights must meet bridge analysis specifications in order to be safely transported.

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:

All shipments that are oversize (and over 12 feet wide) being transported within the state of Mississippi are required to have signs. Sign dimensions will need to be at least 84 inches wide and 18 inches in height. All signs should have the words “OVERSIZE LOAD” on them and black letters that are at least 10 inches in height and 1 and 5/8 inches thick. All signs should have a yellow background with black letters. Red or orange fluorescent safety flags are required as well as and should be used on all four of the outer most extremities of the combination (front to rear) and mounted a minimum of 6 feet above pavement level. All safety flags should be minimum of 18 inches square in shape. If the shipment is in excess of 12 feet wide it is required to have flashing amber lights mounted on both sides of the rear extremities in all cases.

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:

QUICK REFERENCE

Length:

  • If in excess of 95 feet overall; 1 pilot car/escort vehicle will be required. Some routes will require 2.
  • If in excess of 105 feet overall: 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle will be required..

Width:

  • If permitted to travel during night hours 1 escort vehicle will be required when 10 feet or more wide.
  • If in excess of 12 feet and 11 inches 1 pilot car or escort vehicle is required.
  • If in excess of 16 feet wide 1 pilot car and 1 escort vehicle will be required.

Height: Mississippi state DOT may require 1 pilot car vehicle equipped with a height pole on some routes if over 14 feet in height. A route survey may be mandatory for shipments in excess of 15 feet and 7 inches in height depending on desired route..
Overhang: If in excess of 15 feet in the front will require 1 front lead pilot car is required.  chase escort vehicle is required. Some routes require 1 lead pilot car rather than chase.

 DETAILED REFERENCE

Length:

Pilot cars or escort vehicles (front of rear depends on route and lanes) will be required whenever the overall combined length of the shipment exceeds 95 feet. If the shipment is in excess of 105 feet overall you may be required to have 1 front lead pilot car and 1 rear chase escort vehicle depending on route.
Width: Over 10 feet wide anytime night travel is permitted requires 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Over 12 feet and 11 inches requires 1 pilot car/escort vehicle. Over 13 feet wide requires 1 front lead pilot car on 2-lane roads or 1 rear chase escort vehicle on 4-lane roads.
Height:  15 feet and 6 inches (over 15 feet and 7 inches requires a route survey) may require 1 lead pilot car depending on desired route. A lead pilot car equipped with a height pole will be required for shipments in excess of 16 feet in height.
Notes: In some cases a rear escort can be eliminated by attaching 2 (5 inch) amber lights mounted on the rear of the shipment. If you plan to implement this option note that you are also required to have a monitoring device in the truck cab that confirms both amber light bulbs are in operation.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

Mississippi law for pilot cars is very basic. We suggest you follow the federal pilot car and escort vehicle requirement guidelines but as of 2018 the requirements are as follows: A single motor vehicle equipped with a amber rotating or strobing light mounted at the top of the vehicle. Two red or range fluorescent safety flags mounted on the vehicle. A “OVERSIZE LOAD” mounted at either the top of the vehicle that does not obstruct view of the strobe/rotating amber light of a “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign mounted to the front when leading or rear when chasing (following) a oversized load. Signs must be covered when not in operation.

 

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:

Daylight hours are define as 1/2 hour after sunrise and 1/2 hour before sunset. Travel is permitted on Saturdays with no travel at all permitted on Sunday. If your shipment is in excess of 12′ wide you may not travel on Saturday. You may not travel on the following holidays: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. You may not move any later than 12 noon on any day that comes before one of these holidays. For shipments that are in excess of 12′ in width you are strongly encouraged to route your shipment around high traffic density areas and may not travel in areas of high traffic from 7 AM – 8:30 AM and again from 4:30 – 5: 30 PM with the exception of I-10 ( travel during these hours is permitted).

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DOT contact information and notes.

Mississippi state DOT office permit contact information:

Mississippi Department of Transportation Permit Division
Post office box: 1850
Jackson, MS 39215
Telephone: 601-359-1717 or Permits: 888-737-0061
Office hours: 7:30 AM until 4:30 PM
Website: https://www.expresspass.ms.gov/trucking/
E-mail: msdotpermits@mdot.ms.gov
Central Daylight Time
Notes:
To file for oversize or heavy-haul trucking permits online you must have a account already set up with MS state DOT. MS is a member of SASHTO.




Mississippi cities serviced.

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Mississippi DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
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Mississippi state regulations for oversize and overweight shipping.

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North Dakota frost law restrictions

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

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

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

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

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

North Dakota spring thaw laws.

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

So North Dakota implements travel restrictions to prevent this.

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

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

 

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

North Dakota frost law Notification system and travel map.

 

See also:

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

 

Michigan State Shipping Regulations


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2020 Michigan state DOT shipping laws, rules, regulations and limitations for oversize and heavy-haul trucking.

Michigan

The great state of Michigan official seal.

Help others by sharing your knowledge of Michigan state regulations below.

Michigan oversize permits, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars.

Locate oversize, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars:

Michigan oversize, heavy-haul and pilot car companies for hire.
Michigan oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies for hire.
Michigan oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Michigan maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required:

Length: Overall no longer than 75 feet on designated highways.  Trailer length maximum is 50 feet on non-designated and 53 feet on designated.
Width:  96 inches on non designated highways and 102 inches (8 feet 6 inches.) on designated.
Height: 13 feet 6 inches tall.
Weight: 80,000 pounds GVW, 20,000 pounds on single axles (not steer), 34,000 pounds on tandem axles.
Overhang: 3 feet in the front and anything over 4 feet in the rear must be red flagged in the day and have a red light at night.
Notes:  There’s no restriction on maximum length of combination of truck-tractor and semitrailer with or without load

Routine oversize and heavy-haul trucking permits.

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

Length: Under 150 feet in length.  Anything over 150 feet is classified as a superload (105 feet maximum for mobile homes).
Width: Figure up to 16 feet as a routine permit.  Anything over is going to looked at seriously and they may even classify you as superload.
Height: Up to 15 feet is routine.  If you are over 15 feet high count on needing a route survey.
Weight:  All weights in excess of 80,000 pounds over all are decided on a case by case basis. Anything over 150,000 lbs is subject to a bridge weight study.
Overhang: Any shipment in excess of 4 feet of overhang is permitted on a case by case basis only.
Notes: Maximum speed for any permitted shipment is 45 MPH. Permits for heavy shipments may take more than 10 days to process.

Michigan superloads.

Information about shipping superloads in the state of Michigan.

If your shipment is in excess of any of the following weights or dimensions it may be classified as a superload.

Length: Anything over 150 feet.
Width: 16 feet or over.
Height: 15 feet and over is classified as a superload. Some limited routes may vary.
Notes: We have no weight maximums to report. Height may be on a case by case basis.

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:

All oversize load shipments will be required to display 2 “Oversize Load” signs. On must be mounted to the bumper of the truck and the other to the rear of the trailer. Signs must be a minimum of 7 feet in width and 18 inches in height with 10 inch black letters on a yellow background. Flags are required on all 4 corners of the combination and be safety red or orange in color and be 18 inches square. If the item being shipped has dimensions extending beyond the trailer then the extremities must be flagged as well. Headlights must be on at all times. A minimum of 2 flashing of strobing lights must be mounted to the rear portion of the load.

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: 90 feet to 100 feet one on the rear. Over 100 feet requires a rear pilot car or “chase” escort vehicle.
Width: Loads over 12 wide on 4 lane is required one rear escort/pilot car. A lead or front pilot car is required for loads on 2 lane highway over 12 feet wide.  Front and rear pilot cars/escorts are required for loads over 14 feet wide.
Height: Over 14 feet and 5 inches is required to have a pilot car equipped with a height pole. Over 15 feet in height will require a rear chase escort vehicle in addition to 1 lead pilot car equipped with a height pole.
Overhang: If over 15 feet 1 rear escort is required.
Weight: If truck can maintain minimum speeds no pilot cars are required unless excessive or superload.
Note: Allow 1 to 10 days for permits to be approved. Distance for pilot car to lead/chase load 500′ unless otherwise stated on permit. This is the distance between lead/chase and the truck/trailer. Maximum speeds of 45 MPH if 4 or more lanes, 35 MPH is under 4 lanes. Also read travel restrictions below.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

In order to qualify as a pilot car vehicle in the state of Michigan you must either have a pickup truck or a passenger car with at least one rotating or flashing amber light mounted on the top of the vehicle. Pilot cars and escort vehicles must also display one oversize load sign that is 5′ x 1′ tall and have black letters no less than 8 inches tall on a yellow background. All flashing, stroking or rotating amber lights must be visible from a distance of no less than 500 feet. In addition to this we strongly suggest pilot cars and escort vehicles have the minimum of federally suggested equipment.

See: Pilot_Car_Escort_Best_Practices_Guidelines_508CLN

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy haul loads.

Travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:

Travel time is sunrise to sunset daylight only with the half hour before sunrise and a half hour after sunset leniency rule.  No weekend travel.  No holiday travel or the day after Christmas or Thanksgiving. They have rush hours rules from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM in a whole list of counties (look on permit). Wind restrictions if over 24 MPH you can’t run. Frost and thaw laws in effect from Feb. until April on weight. You can view holiday restrictions.Lindemeyer, Transport, LLC.

Michigan DOT contact information, notes and resources.

Michigan DOT contact information:

Physical address:
Michigan Department of Transportation – DOT, Permits Unit
425 West Ottowa Street
Lansing, MI  48909
Email: click here for e-mail contact form on state website.
Telephone: 517-241-8999
Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM (closed from 12 until 1:00 PM)
Eastern Standard Time
Michigan is a member of MVCSHTO.

Very helpful documents:
Michigan Farmer’s Transportation Guide
Shipping mobile homes in Michigan
Michigan superloads – route surveys
Oversize-weight-permits-maximums
Michigan maximum dimensions

Michigan full breakdown of laws:

Michigan cities we service:

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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 Michigan State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.
Michigan state DOT regulations for heavy haul and oversize loads.

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Quebec Frost Laws

2020 Quebec frost – thaw laws, seasonal load weight and speed restrictions.

Frost and thaw laws.

 

 

According to the Ministry of Transportation, spring thaw restrictions are:

Official and target dates for 2020

As of April 26th the last updates were:

Zone 1 (official dates)

  • From Monday, March 25 (00:01) to Friday, May 24 (23:59)

Zone 2 (official dates)

  • From Monday, April 1 (00:01) to Friday, May 31 (23:59)

Zone 3

  • From Monday, April 15 (00: 01) to Friday, June 14 (23:59)

Please note that the target dates represent the most likely start and end dates of the thaw period for each of the three zones. Depending on the changes in weather conditions, these dates may be moved ahead or postponed.

For most recent info check https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/en/camionnage/degel-periode-restrictions-charges/Pages/periode-degel.aspx

For restrictions refer to “Québec Vehicle Load and Size Limits Regulation – Highway Safety Code”

E.g. The load limit of an axle or combination of axles, in a normal period or in a period of thaw or rain, belonging to a class in Schedule B is as follows: http://legisquebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/ShowDoc/cr/C-24.2%2c%20r.%2031?langCont=en#se:14

 

See also:

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

2021 Vermont State Shipping Regulations

2021 Vermont state shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations for oversize and overweight trucking on state highways and roads.

Vermont State seal.

The Great state of Vermont official seal.

Please share your expertise of Vermont state DOT trucking regulations with other visitors below.

Vermont oversize permits, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars.

Locate Vermont oversize, heavy-haul trucking companies and pilot cars:

Vermont pilot car drivers and truck escorts for hire.
Vermont oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies for hire.
Vermont oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Do I need a trucking permit? Legal load limits.

Vermont maximum load limits until a trucking permit is required:

Length: Trailer length maximum is 53 feet.
Width: 8 feet and 6 inches wide.
Height: 13 feet and 6 inches tall.
Weight: 80,000 pounds gross (GVW), 20,000 single axles or 34,000 pounds on tandem axles.
Overhang: Overhang in the rear may not exceed 1/3 of the item being shipped length.

Routine heavy haul and oversize trucking permits in Vermont.

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

Length: 100 feet in overall length.
Width: 15 feet wide.
Height: 15 feet is about the most you can get away with on routine permits and main roads.  14 feet on many local roads.
Weight:  Under 150,000 pounds over all in weight.  Anything over 150,000 pounds in weight will require an individual study.  They will need all steer tandem, tridem, quadem axle length spacing and weights data with routing ideas submitted.  Here is a road weight limit search tool.  Also crane routes.
Overhang: If you are over the 1/3 mark on your over all length you are going to have trouble.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements in Vermont (more).

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements (more):

One half hour before sunset and one half hour after sunset rule applies.  You may travel on the weekend and holidays however some restrictions do apply.  If over 100′ in length, 10′ 6″ in width or 108,000 lbs in weight,  you may NOT travel on Saturday or Sunday or on holidays if between July 1 and Labor day on state roads.   If a holiday is on a weekend day then you many NOT travel on Friday of Monday as well.  The state of Vermont observes the following holidays:  New Years day, Memorial day, Columbus day, Martin Luther King day, Independence day, Veterans day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day, Christmas day and Presidents day.  The state permit office is closed on these days as well.  If a shipment is over length, over width or over height it may only travel during day light hours.  Over weight shipments may travel 24 hours a day.  There are travel restriction times during peak hours in high traffic areas being closed from the approximate hours between 7-9 am and 2-5 pm as well.  Please refer to your permit for exact travel restrictions and times.

Legal travel times for oversize and heavy haul loads in Vermont.

Vermont travel times and restrictions for heavy-haul and oversize loads:

Length: 80′ in length.
Width: 12′ wide requires at least 1 rear pilot car on 4 lane or front on 2 lane roads (escort) and possibly 2 depending on routing.
Height: If height of load exceeds 14′ a front high pole card is required.
Weight: No pilot cars of escort vehicles are mentioned in re; to overweight or heavy haul shipments.
Overhang: If front over hang is over 15′.

Pilot cars/escort vehicle certifications and requirements.

Pilot car or escort vehicle mandatory operator certifications and vehicle requirements:

For a vehicle to qualify; all pilot car/escort vehicles must have a manufacturers gross weight rating not to exceed over over 20,000 pounds. 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 6 feet long and 12 inches in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 5 inches tall and 1 inch in width. Vehicle must have 4 safety flags displayed in red or orange in color and be a minimum of 12 inches in length quare and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on all 4 corners of the vehicle.   Vehicle must be equipped with a  CB radio or 2-way communication device, 8 ignitable road flares and have a first-aid kit. All pilot cars/escort vehicles must be at least of a “reasonable” size.  All pilot cars (escort vehicles) must have  a CB radio or 2-way communication device and be in contact with their shipment at ALL times.  Pilot cars vehicles that are leading must have an appropriate sign visible from the front and when chasing must have an appropriate sign visible from the rear.   All signs must be a minimum of 5′ in length and 12″ in height and have a yellow background with black letting of no less than 1″ 5/8″ in width.  Headlights must be turned on when in operation on the job.

It is our opinion that pilot cars (escort vehicles) should have the minimum requirements as well which include the following;

  • 1 – 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 handle no less than 18″ square.
  • 3 reflective emergency road triangles or 18″ traffic cones.
  • At least 1 extra OVERSIZE LOAD and  WIDELOAD banners (yellow with black lettering).
  • A safety colored (red, orange, yellow or lime green) vest, jacket or shirt (used while directing traffic).

Vermont DOT office and permit contact information.

Vermont DOT contact information and notes:
Vermont Agency of Transportation Commercial Vehicle Operation.
120 State Street
Montplier, VT  05603
Help telephone line: 802-828-2064
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Eastern Time Zone
Vermont is a member of NASHTO

Vermont State DOT Website for oversize and over-weight hauling permit rules.  Permit application.

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 Vermont State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

Vermont and other cool stuff.

grants and gi bill

Grants and GI Bill opportunities.

First of all if you have any information you think may help others please use the form below to share or simply get involved.

Grants.

As of December 20, 2019 we do not have any grants that students can apply for (that we know of) to help pay your tuition fee. We are working on getting what is called a “retraining grant” through the Department of Labor (DOL). However this is a process that is clearly lengthy and if we’re able to get it all set up in all probability will not be able to be applied for until the fiscal year of 2021.

If you are aware of any private funding sources please let us know.

GI Bill applicants.

For anyone who has or does serve our country first of all thank you very much for your dedication, service and time. While we have never had a student use the GI Bill to pay for any or all of their tuition why not be the first and try. Simply contact us and we’ll be happy to work with you in any capacity that we can.

What is a height pole?


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WHAT IS A HEIGHT POLE OR HI-POLE?

A height pole or high pole or hi-pole is a measuring device that is precisely attached to the front of a pilot car vehicle that is used to measure the height of overhead obstructions during the transport of over-dimensional (tall) shipments by oversize trucking companies. North American states and provinces have laws that regulate and mandate when a height pole is required in order to transport over height shipments within their jurisdiction. To be in compliance with these pre-determined requirements trucking companies must determine if the shipment they wish to transport will require a height pole pilot car or a lead escort vehicle with a height pole installed before applying for a oversize trucking permit.

pilot car truck equipped with a height pole.

Pilot car with height pole attached.

The photograph illustrated here is a typical example of what a pilot car vehicle might appear like when equipped with a height pole.  You can clearly see the measuring device affixed to the front of the vehicle as it is very tall. A height pole is typically made out of sections of fiberglass that are adjustable to meet the requirements by each state/province the shipment will be transported through. Typically the height pole will be adjusted to a height that is 6 inches (or 15.24 centimeters) taller than the shipment is when loaded onto the shipping trailer. Then once the actual transport of the item takes place the pilot car equipped with the height pole will proceed in front of the over-dimensional (tall) load being transported. If a driver of the pilot car equipped with the height pole (hi-pole or high pole) hears the fiberglass height pole hit any obstructions in the path of the shipment the operator will then immediately notify the driver of the truck transporting the shipment informing of the obstruction in order to prevent any damages to the shipment or the obstruction. When a height pole is properly mounted to the escort vehicle it is connected to the frame. If the height pole does happen to strike any objects the sound heard by the pilot car is very loud and distinct thus alerting the driver of the obstruction. It has been noted as recently as 2015 in excess of 169 million dollars in overhead obstruction damages were caused during that single year in the United States alone. So having these safety measures in place is most definitely in the best interest of everyone from the tax payer, to the safety of the motorists and the owner of the shipment being transported as well as the transportation company.


The importance of installing a height pole correctly.

There’s no such thing as cutting corners when installing a height pole on your pilot car. It’s extremely important it’s directly connected to the frame of your pilot car for two reasons:

  • Ensure it is sturdy, stable and not going to fall off of your vehicle.
  • So you can hear the sound it makes if it hits any obstruction. To do so properly it must be attached to the frame.

In order for the pilot car vehicle operator to properly hear the sound created by the height pole if a obstruction is hit it is imperative the device be properly and securely mounted to the vehicle in such a manner the bracket holding it is connected to the frame of the pilot car vehicle. In order to obtain the absolute highest quality from installing this device you may wish to make certain you are not adding sub-supports for your height pole when designing your attachment method.

Suggested methods of attaching a height pole.

While there are many different way to install a height pole on your pilot car vehicle we strongly suggest you locate a heavy-duty bumper grill made from heavy tubing such as you might see on law enforcement vehicles. If you are able to locate a front bumper/grill protector attachment you then have a few options:

  • The first would be to cut the top portion of the bumper guard off so your height pole can easily slide in/out of the pole. Make certain you devise a method than locks it in no matter how you decide to attach it.
  • The second option would be to locate a small piece of pipe the base of the height pole snugly fits into and weld this onto the bumper grill attachment.

This will require some planning, designing and fabricating on your part in order to weld the pipe in place so it stands perfectly vertical but well worth it if you wish to work with shipments that are over-height.

The bumper grill works so well due to the fact it usually connects with two bolts to your vehicle. The tubing these are constructed out of is not only heavy-duty but very close if not the same as the base of most height poles. So not only do it properly but efficiently as well.

Why is it so important to connect high poles to the frame of pilot car vehicles?

A good quality sound must be made if any obstructions are hit with the pole. You want to consider all of the other noises that occur when you are operating your pilot car vehicle. You’ve got the sound of your engine, the sound of your tires on the road as well as any 2-way radio chatter. Other sounds such as sirens, trains, air-planes etc. are frequent as well. Because the height pole is so important make sure if it does strike something overhead it clearly makes a loud sound. This will  instantly alert the operator by being indistinguishable from any other sounds or background noises.

 

15 years of oversize trucking online.

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

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

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

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

Beluga Airbus Super Transporter.

The Beluga Airbus Super Transporter.

Don’t sell your truck and trailer just quite yet.

While the Beluga Airbus super transporter certainly looks like it could put a lot of folks out of work the of it reality is a little different. The Beluga is currently used primarily for transporting other air-crafts and air-craft parts. If a shipment we’re to fit in this monstrosity it would definitely need to be a time sensitive shipment as the amount of jet fuel consumed just to get off of the ground would probably exceed the cost of transporting the same item over the road. Test flights are being done now with a commercially approved version expected to be released at the end of 2018.

airbus super transporter.

While the Airbus Supertransporter looks like it might put a crunch in trucking industry the reality of it is much different. Price to own one: 183 cool million dollars.

Fact: The Airbus Beluga A300 600 supertransporter is the world’s most volumetrically cavernous aircraft. It certainly looks like a Beluga whale!

  • Dry weight is 86 tons or 172,000 pounds.
  • Max payload of 94,000 pounds or 47 tons.
  • It can ship loads up to 123 feet long, 23 feet wide and 23 feet tall.
  • Load/unload time is 20 minutes.
  • Travels 567 miles per hour (mach .07) at an of altitude of 35,000 feet.
  • It’s fuel capacity is 15,600 gallons.

Airbus Supertransporter being loaded from the front:

Airbus super transporter.

The nose section lifts up as well as the tail in order to load/unload freight. The lift on the tarmac is rated at a 100 ton lift capacity.

There’s plenty of room for cargo and couch room in here:

Airbus supertransporter inside.

 

The newest version is the larger XL is based on an Airbus A330. The whale-themed livery was chosen a poll of all 20,000 Airbus employees. Of six choices, the smiling whale received 40 per cent of the votes to win. The BelugaXL will now undertake ground tests before first flights planned later in 2018.

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Reference: https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/look-see-inside-airbus-beluga-8496882 and photo courtesy: https://flyawaysimulation.com/downloads/files/3674/fsx-airbus-a300-600st-beluga/

Removable goose neck trailer.

What is a removable goose neck trailer?

A removable goose neck trailer (RGN) detaches from it’s own goose neck which attaches it to the semi-truck. Detaching the equipment allows driveable machinery to be loaded onto the deck. The driver of the truck then backs up to the deck and re-attaches the removable goose neck with a hydraulic lift. Removable goose neck trailers are very popular and versatile as they can move heavy haul loads. Notice in the photograph below the extra axles. These additional axles evenly spread the weight of the heavy haul shipment throughout the road. This ensures the pavement is not damaged. Removable goose neck trailers save money because items requiring transportation don’t need a crane. Additional axles are easily added to this type of configuration. RGN shipments can be moved easily using our loadboard in order to get a freight quote.

removable goose neck trailer


Removable goose neck trailers were invented during the 1950’s and are great for transporting over weight, over height, oversize and over height shipments.

As we discussed above the front portion of this trailer detaches which allows the trailer to be lowered to the ground. This leaves a ramp to drive equipment on to. RGN shipments are typically driven onto the trailer.  RGN trailers can have up to 20+ axles so they can carry freight up to 150,000 pounds.

  • These are the maximums that can be loaded onto a removable goose neck trailer before trucking permits are required:
  • The maximum load weight is around 42,000 pounds.
  • The maximum well space provides about 29 feet of deck space.
  • The maximum width is 8 feet and 6 inches.
  • The maximum height of the load is about 11 feet and 6 inches.
  • The maximum overhang is determined by the laws in each state/province.

Learning removable goose neck basics.

Always be sure you clearly understand all of the state(s) laws, regulations, rules and limitations prior to shipping any type of load on a removable goose neck trailer. Hefty fines can be levied from breaking laws. Regulations in each state differ and you should fully research them prior to moving any load to make sure you are in compliance. Oversize and heavy-haul loads require specialized driver training and trucking permits in order to be transported. Always refer to the actual state issued permit for any discrepancies you may have. Be smart, be safe and know exactly what you are doing before doing it.

Accessories used with removable goose neck trailers.

Quite a few removable goose neck trailer accessories are available. In order to make loading/unloading easier as well as protecting the item that is being transported. In many cases the owner of removable goose neck (RGN) trailers may add ramps to the trailer thus making it easier and quicker to load/unload items. Especially farming equipment or dozers, loaders, back-hoes, trucks, tractors and scrapers or any specialized equipment that has tracks or wheels. One of the most popular accessories is tarps. Tarps provide protection for items that are being shipped and can cut down on the possibility of damages. Keeping insurance claims to a minimum is always a smart idea.

 

Removable goose neck trailers with additional axles.

Heavy equipment shipping is a demand that is increasing. As we grow so do our capabilities which usually means larger equipment. As you can see in our illustration above 5 axle removable goose neck trailers are in demand these days and the owner of one with the right customers can have a 5 axle removable goose neck (RGN) combination running team drivers pretty much year round.

Large equipment hauling on removable goose neck trailers.

​Flatbed oriented trailers are capable of hauling a very diverse range of items. While items like connex trailers, tiny houses and general freight can help keep a trucking company busy generating revenue the real purpose of removable goose neck trailers is hauling big, heavy, tall machinery and equipment. As we mentioned earlier the target market for removable goose neck (RGN) trailers is equipment and machinery that may be heavy but also tall. This is the key element that drives demand for this type of trailer.