2022 Utah State Shipping and DOT Regulations, Laws, Limitations, Permits, and Pilot Car Requirements
Utah State shipping regulations, limitations, rules, and laws for the trucking of oversize and overweight 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 is 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.
Legal Load Limits in Utah
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 in Utah
Routine over-weight, oversize shipping, trucking and transport permits in Utah:
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.
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 in Utah
Travel times and restrictions in Utah:
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 in Utah
Pilot car and escort vehicle information:
Length: If a shipment is over 110′ long you will require 1 front and one rear pilot car (escort).
Width: If a shipment is over 14′ in width you will be required to have 1 front and 1 rear pilot car (escort).
Height: It all depends on the proposed routing. If the height of the load exceeds 15′ you will “probably” be required to have a front high pole escort but not positively. If the 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 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 has flags/amber lights then you will possibly not be required to have a pilot car.
Pilot Car and Escort Vehicle Requirements Utah
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.
Utah Department of Transportation information and more:
Utah Department of Transportation
PO Box 148240
4501 South 2700 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Email: Help our other viewers by leaving a helpful state heavy haul email contact below.
Help telephone line: 801-965-4508
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!
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.