Pennsylvania State Shipping Regulations

These are the Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

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Pennsylvania DOT regulations for oversize trucking and shipping.

PA DOT regulations for oversize trucking.

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Legal load limits.
Pennsylvania DOT legal load size & weight limitations and restrictions:

Length: The maximum typical length overall is 70′ long in divided roads and 60′ on undivided roads and highways.
Width: You can figure up to 8′ 6″ on the major routes however some routes are restricted to only 8′. Be sure to check with the PA DOT is you aren’t going to always be on a major route.
Height: 13′ 6″ is the maximum legal allowed height of any shipment.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW.
Overhang: 4′ in the front and 6′ off of the rear of the trailer.

Routine trucking permits.
Oversize and overweight trucking permits that are routinely issued by the PA DOT:

Length: 120′ is about it unless you are only traveling on a 4 lane highway which is about 160′ in length depending on the route you wish to take. Anything over 160′ in length is considered a superload.
Width: You can figure on about 15′ wide for a routine permit. If traveling on only the major routes you can get 16′ in width routinely. Anything over 16′ wide however is considered a superload.
Height: 14′ 6″ is about the maximum for height. Anything that is over 16′ in height is considered a superload.
Weight: Single axle: 27,000 lbs., tandem axles: 52,000 lbs., tridum exles: 72,000 lbs. Gross weights are: 5 axles 116,000 to 120,000 lbs., 6 axles: 127,000 to 147,000 lbs., 7 axles: 136,000 to 174,000 lbs., 8 axles: 136,000 to 201,000 lbs. Once you get over 201,000 lbs in weight you are considered a superload.
Overhang: Case by case depending on routing and how much you are overall with/without overhang.

Superload information.
Pennsylvania superload information:

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Length: Anything over 160′ in length is considered a superload by the PA DOT.
Width: Any shipment in excess of 16′ in width is considered a superload by the PA DOT.
Height: The height in PA is pretty open as they know their clearance capabilities. So, depending on your route will determine your status.
Weight: As stated previously any shipment that is in excess of 201,000 lbs is considered a superload by the PA DOT.

Permitted travel times & restrictions.
Pennsylvania DOT permitted travel times and restrictions:

You are allowed to travel from sunrise to sunset in most areas in PA as long as it’s not within larger city limits. Ultimately you will need to refer to your permit as with most states for exact times of travel. There is no travel allowed on Sundays but you are permitted to travel until Noon on Saturdays. If you are overweight only your permit will allow you 24 hour travel 7 days a week up to 107,000 lbs. For mobile home shipments that are 16′ in width or more you are not allowed to travel of Friday or Saturday. The following holidays are no travel days as well: New Years day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. You may only travel up until noon on the day before the holiday if it is on a weekday.

When pilot cars are required.
If you max out over any of the below you will be required to have at least one pilot car or escort vehicle:

Length: On all roads if your shipment is over 90′ in length you will require at least one rear (chase) pilot car.
Width: 2 lanes over 13′ wide requires one front and one rear pilot car/escort. 3 lanes up to 13′ only requires one chase.
Height:  If your shipment is over 14′ 6″ in height you will be required to have a high pole escort vehicle with your load.
Weight: Not required as long as truck can maintain minimum posted traffic sppeds.
Overhang: This is decided on a case by case basis.

PA pilot car certifications.
Pennsylvania pilot car (escort vehicle) certifications and requirements for operating within the state:


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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 Pennsylvania State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.