About the Permits and Requirements of Overweight Loads

Posted on: 24 February 2020

If you are going to be hauling an oversized and/or overweight load, then you will need to obtain a permit that is a document you will get from the jurisdiction that you will be traveling through. This permit will normally have information about your load and the vehicle, including things like the load description, the dimensions, and the route that you have planned to travel on. You must obtain this permit in time to make sure you will have it before you take off with the load. You can learn more about oversized/overweight load permits by reviewing the rest of the information that is provided to you below:

There are different types of permits that you can choose from in order to cover your needs

You can obtain a permit for one load, and you are going to want to get this type of permit if you are only going to be hauling that load one time. The permit is only going to cover you for a one-way trip.

You can also obtain an annual permit that will be good for one year from the date you first got it. This type of permit is going to cover certain loads that fall into the same categories and/or cover you for certain vehicles while you are traveling specific routes. If you are going to be taking the same type of loads from one point to another that will be the same each time, then this is a permit that you want to be sure you consider.

There are also permits that are called repetitive permits. These are ones that are good for a three-month time frame. They will cover a specific load on the same roadways for that three-month time frame. After the three months is up, you will need to obtain another permit if you plan on continuing with those loads.

There are other requirements to think of

You may need a pilot car, and if so, the pilot car will need to meet certain requirements. It is going to have to have amber-colored flashing lights and be clearly marked as a pilot car. It will need to stay with you for the duration of the trip.

Depending on your load, the hauling vehicle will also need to have the required lights to ensure the entire load is clearly visible. For example, if the load is going to hang into the left lane, then there will need to be a light that lets cars coming on the left know where the load ends so they can proceed around the vehicle safely.

Oversized and overweight vehicles are also going to have to have the appropriate warning signs. These signs may need to be placed on the front and rear of the vehicle or on the back of the back trailer when the trip includes multiple vehicles.

To learn more about oversize and overweight permits, consult a resource in your area.