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WCS to Attend & Exhibit at SC&RA Transportation Symposium

WCS to Attend & Exhibit at SC&RA Transportation Symposium

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will be attending the 2018 SC&RA (Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association) Transportation Symposium at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis Feb. 27 – Mar. 2. WCS to Attend & Exhibit at SC&RA Transportation Symposium

Once again, WCS will be participating both as an exhibitor and as an SC&RA Transportation Symposium sponsor. And this year, WCS Permits’ Vice President of Operations, Becky Woods, will be a speaker during a breakout session, “Effective Permitting Techniques from a Permit Services Perspective” on Thursday, Mar. 1 from 4 – 5 p.m.. Becky, along with other industry professionals, will have the opportunity to speak about the challenges in oversize/overweight permitting. 

During exhibiting day on Thursday, Mar. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., WCS will showcase its services and line-up of technology, including the Oversize Load Assistant, an online permit manual for quick access to regulations, including an exciting update to the program; the Permit Attachment App available on the App Store and Google Play; and their online permit portal where clients can easily access permits and permit history.

WCS will be at booth no. 40 showcasing its services, technology and some of the equipment sold online via the company web store, including oversize load signs, safety apparel, pilot car equipment and more. 

ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION SYMPOSIUM

The transportation symposium attracts industry leaders and transportation officials to discuss many topics, including oversize load permits, permit policies, pilot cars, how technology is changing the oversize transport industry and more. The four-day symposium includes speakers in various roles in the industry from state officials to company CEOs. 

Click here to view the complete show schedule and more details.

ABOUT WCS PERMITS & PILOT CARS

In business since 1998, WCS has grown to be North America’s oversize load authority with five offices nationwide, including Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, plus two Ohio locations, New York and Tennessee. With over 60 permit agents (including Spanish speaking permit agents), WCS is the national leader when it comes to super load permitspilot car dispatching, trip & fuel permits, route surveys and equipment sales, in addition to the everyday workload of oversize load permitsContact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to see how WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you!

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Michigan: Spring Weight Restrictions

Michigan: Spring Weight Restrictions

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) released weight restrictions effective February 19, 2018. Michigan: Spring Weight Restrictions

As of 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19, weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunk line highways from the Michigan/Indiana and Ohio line, North to and including, M-46 in in Muskegon County at the US-31BR intersection in the City of Muskegon Easterly to US-131 North to M-46 then continuing East on M-46 to Port Sanilac County ending at the M-25 intersection, according to the MDOT Spring weight restrictions’ bulletin. 

IMPORTANT RESTRICTIONS TO NOTE

  • On routes designated as “All Season Routes” (green or gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be no reduction in legal axle weight.
  • On routes designated as “Seasonal” (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be a weight reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements.
  • Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area.
  • Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For additional weight restriction information and updates, call 800.787.8960. For anyone in Canada or New Jersey, call 517.373.6256. 

More weight restriction information may be obtained at www.michigan.gov/truckers, refer to the MDOT Truck Operator’s Map for route designations.

WCS IS HERE TO HELP

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help you! If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced specialists can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.
 

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WCS Pilot Car Manager Featured in AC&T Magazine

WCS Pilot Car Manager Featured in AC&T Magazine Article

WCS Permits’ Pilot Car Manager, Valerie Daniel, was WCS Pilot Car Manager Featured in AC&T Magazine Articlefeatured in the February 2018 issue of American Cranes & Transport (AC&T) Magazine. 

Daniel was one of several pilot car industry professionals featured in the round table style article, “Road Ready” in which she discussed market trends, challenges and certifications. 

Daniel talked about the current state of the pilot car market as well as its challenges. Daniel and WCS Permit colleagues believe route surveying and high pole piloting are some of the biggest, current industry challenges. 

The article summed up the pilot car market future, and Daniel added that she believes pilot car certification and mandatory equipment inspections will keep the industry going strong. 

ABOUT DANIEL & WCS’ PILOT CAR DIVISION

Daniel is WCS’ Pilot Car Division Manager and oversees the company’s East Coast pilot car dispatch operation as well as other aspects of the business, including pilot certification and equipment checking for all pilots in the company’s network.

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars has a large network of over 5,000 pilot car companies and drivers, and dedicated East Coast and West Coast pilot car divisions to keep loads moving across the U.S. and Canada. Daniel also works to ensure the pilot car division is up-to-date with requirements in all 50 U.S. states and Canada, including transportation time restrictions, national holiday closures, road closures, and areas where weekend travel is prohibited.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Visit the American Cranes & Transport website and download the latest digital issue to read the full article. 

 

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Louisiana: Mardi Gras Travel Restrictions

Louisiana: Mardi Gras Travel Restrictions

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s Secretary, Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D., announced Louisiana: Mardi Gras Travel Restrictionsoversize load travel restrictions for Mardi Gras 2018, which will affect travel and the issuing of oversize load permits from Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 through Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Specifically, the announcement said oversize and overweight vehicle movement, with the exception of permit loads that qualify for 24 hour movement, will be prohibited on all state highways in selected areas (i.e., New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma, Lake Charles and New Roads) on Saturday, February 10, 2018 through Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in observance of the Mardi Gras season.

  1. Parishes of Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard (including the interstates)
  2. Within the city limits of Lafayette, with the exception of 1-10
  3. Within the city limits and surrounding area of New Roads
  4. Within the city limits and surrounding area of Houma
  5. Within the city limits and surrounding area of Lake Charles, with the exception of 1-10 and 1-210

Wilson said the decision was made in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety, Office of State Police, to provide maximum safety for motorists traveling on State highways during this season.

The Louisiana Truck Permit Office will remain open Monday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 13, 2018 for the issuance of oversize load permits outside of the designated areas.

If You Have Any Questions

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help you! If you have any questions regarding Mardi Gras road closures or about the LA DOT permit office, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced specialists can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

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WCS VP of Ops to Speak at Transportation Symposium

WCS VP Featured in AC&T Magazine

Hear WCS Permit & Pilot Cars’ Vice President of Operations, Becky Woods, speak about the challenges in oversize/overweight permitting at the 2018 Transportation Symposium in March. WCS VP of Ops to Participate as Speaker at Transportation Symposium

Becky will be among several industry professionals speaking about new industry developments, permitting pitfalls and other issues related to oversize load permitting. 

Attendees at this breakout session held on Thursday, March 1 from 4 – 5 p.m. will also be given the chance to ask more questions about similar topics, including industry challenges and what can be expected in the near future for oversize transport and oversize load permits.  

MORE ABOUT BECKY WOODS

Becky has been the VP of Operations for WCS Permits for several years. In her role, she leads over 60 WCS permitting, pilot car and superload team members. She oversees these departments in each of the company’s five offices, as well as all satellite agents. Becky is still active in both standard and superload consulting and has an overall responsibility for other areas including financial operations, Human Resources and staffing. 

Becky has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years and joined WCS as a Transportation Consultant in 2004 and quickly climbed the ladder. She promoted to assistant manager shortly after joining the company, and a few years later she was promoted to Eastern Regional Manager where she oversaw the company’s East Coast offices. In 2014, she was promoted to VP of Permit Operations and shortly after transitioned into her current role as VP of Operations. 

2018 SC&RA TRANSPORTATION SYMPOSIUM

 The Specialized Transportation Symposium is set for Feb. 27 – March 2 at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis, MO. WCS will again be participating as an exhibitor during the show. Stop by booth no. 40 during this time to learn more about the company. 

ABOUT WCS PERMITS

In business since 1998, WCS has grown to be North America’s oversize load authority with five offices nationwide, including our Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, plus two Ohio locations, New York and Tennessee. With over 60 permit agents (including Spanish speaking permit agents), WCS is the national leader when it comes to super load permitspilot car dispatching, trip & fuel permits, route surveys and equipment sales, in addition to the everyday workload of oversize load permitsContact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to see how WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you!

 

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Winter Storm Inga Permit Delays, Travel Restrictions

Winter Storm Inga Permit Delays, Travel Restrictions

Winter Storm Inga has hit the Eastern U.S. and some states have oversize permit delays and oversize travel restrictions as icy roads make it hard for commercial vehicles to safely travel. Winter Storm Inga Permit Delays, Travel Restrictions

The state of Virginia issued a severe weather warning for today, through 6 p.m. EST. The state’s notice also warned of slippery and icy roads with some areas of the state surpassing 3 inches of snow. 

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency and an executive order and urged state residents to stay indoors. The executive order waived truck weight, size and hours of serve for the movement of supplies and equipment during the emergency. 

South Carolina also has a winter weather advisory in effect, but no specific order was issued.

PERMIT OFFICE CLOSURES & DELAYS

Some state permit offices are also closed or running a skeleton crew. Louisiana – although significantly West to the storm – is still experiencing freezing roads due to the subfreezing temperatures and the state permit office is not issuing permits on Wednesday, Jan, 17. 

Virginia is running a skeleton crew so delays in oversize load permit issuing is expected. 

Both Arkansas and Texas are not issuing oversize load permits until the storm passes as there are quite a few routes commercial vehicles and motorists are unable to travel on. Arkansas is continuing to update weather conditions and routes here. 

STAY UP-TO-DATE

Although the storm is expected to lighten by evening (on Wednesday, Jan. 17), there may be some refreezing roads Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Many states may continue to have delays in oversize load permit issuing as travel is still not safe on certain roads and highways.

For updates on Winter Storm Inga from the Carolinas to Maine as icy roads linger, you can visit Weather.com.  

WCS will continue to update this article with delays in the issuing of oversize load permits or any state permit office closures as a result of the storm. 

If You Have Any Questions

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help you! If you have any questions regarding the Winter Storm Inga and DOT permit office closures, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced specialists can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

In business since 1998, WCS has grown to be North America’s oversize load authority with five offices nationwide, including our Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, plus two Ohio locations, New York and Tennessee. With over 60 permit agents (including Spanish speaking permit agents), WCS is the national leader when it comes to super load permitspilot car dispatching, trip & fuel permits, route surveys and equipment sales, in addition to the everyday workload of oversize load permitsContact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to see how WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you!

 

 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closures & Travel Restrictions

Martin Luther King Jr. Oversize Travel Restrictions

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) offices have released their Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 15, 2018) holiday oversize load travel restrictions and permit office closures. While most states’ information is out, some states will release new info, make changes and/or updates between now and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

WCS is committed to continually updating this closure list to keep all up-to-date on changes and updates, but each changes may be made by states without notice to WCS and it is urged that all state blanket holiday restrictions are checked, as well as annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Oversize Travel Restrictionspermits. 

Key Closures & Restrictions

While most state permit offices are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, Jan. 15 – there are some states with closures the Friday before, Jan. 12. 

Some states, such as Alabama and Arkansas, have no restrictions with a valid permit, although most states just list no restrictions. 

There are only a few states, including New York (specifically New York City) and Vermont with specific travel restrictions. 

Visit WCS Permits’ holiday closures page to view the full Martin Luther King Jr. Day permit office closure and oversize travel restriction list. 

Stay Up-to-Date

Those wishing to be notified when a new closure list updated is released can do so by subscribing to the WCS Permits & Pilot Cars e-club. The subscribe area is located in the footer of the WCS Permits’ website homepage. Subscribers will be sent important industry information including state oversize permit regulations, holiday closure lists, WCS company news and sales on truck safety products, including over-dimensional signage. 

If You Have Any Questions

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help you! If you have any questions regarding the Martin Luther King Jr. Day travel restrictions and DOT permit office closures, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced specialists can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

In business since 1998, WCS has grown to be North America’s oversize load authority with five offices nationwide, including our Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, plus two Ohio locations, New York and Tennessee. With over 60 permit agents (including Spanish speaking permit agents), WCS is the national leader when it comes to super load permitspilot car dispatching, trip & fuel permits, route surveys and equipment sales, in addition to the everyday workload of oversize load permitsContact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to see how WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you!

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Bomb Cyclone Results in State Permit Closures & Travel Restrictions

Bomb Cyclone Results in State Office Closures

As the ‘Bomb Cyclone’ hits the East Coast, state permit offices are closing and restrictions are in place for oversize load travel.

The storm has brought strong winds, snow and subzero temperatures to most of the Atlantic seaboard, and blizzard warnings have been issued for states including; Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, coastal New Jersey, Long Island, N.Y. and coastal New England. This could be the strongest storm the states have ever experienced. Bomb Cyclone Results in State Office Closures

STATES AFFECTED BY THE CYCLONE

The following states have closures and/or restrictions in place:

Connecticut – State permit office is closed

Delaware – Governor Carney has ordered state offices closed today, Thursday, Jan. 4. 

Georgia – A state of emergency has been issued for 28 counties through Friday, Jan. 5 as the storm hits southeast Georgia. Call 877.694.2511 for weather updates. 

Maryland – State office is open but there are oversize load travel restrictions, road closures, in some counties listed here. 

Massachusetts – State is closed and not issuing permits for today, Thursday, Jan. 4. 

New Hampshire – No oversize load travel. Office is light staffed and will most likely close early

New Jersey – Phones are not being answered in the state permit office, but it has not been confirmed that the office is closed. 

New York – Currently open, but could see possible restrictions

North Carolina – State permit office is open, but there are road closures on the south eastern side of the state

Vermont- While the state office is open and issuing permits, no oversize travel is allowed

Virginia – State permit office is open, but permit issuing is on a two-hour delay

 

WCS IS HERE TO HELP! 

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help with all questions relating to any state permit office closure, delays or oversize travel restrictions. We will do our best to keep you up-to-date on the cyclone’s impact on oversize load travel. WCS can also answer any questions you may have about state closures, or any questions on your everyday oversize load permitstrip & fuel permits and superloads. Contact us now, or give us a call at 888.737.6483. 

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Changes to Annual Permits in Texas

Changes to Annual Permits in Texas

Effective Wednesday, December 20, The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) permit department is moving to a centralized mail process for annual permits issued through the Texas Permitting and Routing Optimization System (TxPROS). 

Any permits that must be mailed will be sent via U.S. Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail, according to the Texas DMV. Changes to Annual Permits in Texas

ADDITIONAL CHANGES

Also effective on Wednesday, December 20 is changes to self-issue dimensions in TxPROS.

TxPROS users can now self-issue permits up to the following dimensions:

  • 20-feet wide
  • 18-feet, 11-inches high
  • 125-feet long
  • 199,999 pounds gross weight

Prior to December 20, permits could only be self-issued with the following dimensions:

  • 16-feet wide
  • 16-feet, 6-inches high
  • 110-feet long
  • 180,000 pounds gross weight

WCS IS HERE TO HELP! 

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help with all questions relating to over-dimensional, heavy haul trucking. We will do our best to keep you up-to-date on Winter load increase dates. WCS can also answer any questions you may have about Winter weight increase permits, or any questions on your everyday oversize load permitstrip & fuel permits and superloads. Contact us now, or give us a call at 888.737.6483. 

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Christmas & New Year’s Oversize Travel Restrictions & Closures

Martin Luther King Jr. Oversize Travel Restrictions

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) offices have released their Christmas (Monday, Dec. 25, 2017) and New Year’s Day (Monday, Jan. 1, 2018) holiday oversize load travel restrictions and permit office closures. While most states’ information is out, some states will release new info, make changes and/or updates between now and Christmas Eve. 

WCS is committed to continually updating this closure list to keep all up-to-date on changes and updates, but each changes may be made by states without notice to WCS and it is urged that all state blanket holiday restrictions are checked, as well as annual Christmas & New Year's Oversize Travel Restrictionspermits. 

Key Closures & Restrictions

While most state permit offices are closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day – Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1 – there are some states with closures the day after Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 26 and the day after New Year’s on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Some states, such as California, only instate oversize travel restrictions when a pilot car is required. 

There are only a few states, including Colorado, Idaho and Kansas which list no travel restrictions. A decent percentage of states only list closures on the actual holiday – both Christmas and New Year’s Day. 

Visit WCS Permits’ holiday closures page to view the full Christmas and New Year’s Day permit office closure and oversize travel restriction list. 

Stay Up-to-Date

Those wishing to be notified when a new closure list updated is released can do so by subscribing to the WCS Permits & Pilot Cars e-club. The subscribe area is located in the footer of the WCS Permits’ website homepage. Subscribers will be sent important industry information including state oversize permit regulations, holiday closure lists, WCS company news and sales on truck safety products, including over-dimensional signage. 

If You Have Any Questions

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is here to help you! If you have any questions regarding the Christmas & New Year’s travel restrictions and DOT permit office closures, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced specialists can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

In business since 1998, WCS has grown to be North America’s oversize load authority with five offices nationwide, including our Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, California, plus two Ohio locations, New York and Tennessee. With over 60 permit agents (including Spanish speaking permit agents), WCS is the national leader when it comes to super load permitspilot car dispatching, trip & fuel permits, route surveys and equipment sales, in addition to the everyday workload of oversize load permitsContact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to see how WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you!