Michigan Temporary Layoff Plan Will Include PermDepartment Employees

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Department of Transportation adopted a temporary layoff plan, which includes permit department employees.

Michigan Temporary Layoff Plan Will Include PermDepartment Employees

According to MDOT, over 2,000 permanent employees will be participating in a temporary layoff plan, most of whom will be required to serve one day of temporary layoff per week over ten weeks. While there will be a few people on a variety of staggered schedules to ensure continuity of key business operations (transport permits, bid lettings, ProjectWise support, etc.), the vast majority of MDOT employees will serve these temporary layoff days according to the following schedule:

              Friday, May 22nd

              Tuesday, May 26th

(observance of Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th)

              Friday, June 5th

              Monday, June 8th

              Friday, June 19th

              Monday, June 22nd

              Thursday, July 2nd

(observance of Independence Day is Friday, July 3rd)

              Monday, July 6th

              Friday, July 17th

              Monday, July 20th

Employees will be directed to not work on their temporary layoff days, which includes not answering emails or phone calls, so as to not jeopardize their benefits under the CARES Act workshare program. Consequently, if you or your members have business to conduct with MDOT on those days that does not involve our construction oversight or transportation first responder staff, please plan to address it before or after the dates noted above.

WCS Permits Can Help

Like with MDOT, WCS Permits is working closely with all states to stay up-to-date on permit issuance changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue these and all oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

WCS Permits Adds Another Transportation Consultant to the Team

Ada Kelley is the newest Transportation Consultant at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars.

WCS Permits Adds Another Transportation Consultant to the Team

The company welcomed Kelley to the team in May after she transitioned from a management position with a nationwide open deck carrier.

Kelley will use her industry knowledge and over 20 years of experience in oversize transport and permitting to assist WCS customers with routing and obtaining oversize/overweight load permits.

We sat down with Kelley to learn more about her and her industry experience.

Tell us about your career journey, and what led you to WCS Permits?

I started in the trucking industry with my father-in law’s logging trucking business. I was only doing the bookkeeping at the time. In 1998, my family and I moved to Montana and I started working for a local open deck and van freight company. After 5 years, I transferred to another open deck carrier and was there for 15 years. I started writing permits, and over time I was promoted to Manager of Regulatory Compliance and ran the permit department. During those years, I built some great relationships with state officials, permit agencies like WCS, and got involved with the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA). In 2018, I was even featured by the International Cranes and Specialized Transport Magazine as a prominent woman in the industry. After leaving the last company I was with, I contacted Wes and came on board. The timing was right and WCS was very busy, so I started almost immediately.

What do you love about the oversize transport industry?

It’s contained chaos. That’s what our jobs are working in this field, but I really enjoy it. We work with loads of all different sizes that need to travel to different places and it can be hectic. I always say, I love anything big and ugly. I enjoy a challenge and love to plan, map and route.

Fill in the blank. To be successful in the oversize load permit industry, one should be________________.

Patient! You have to be patient and want to interact with a lot of different people and situations. You also have to be very organized, or you might not have all good days.

What is your favorite aspect of work life at WCS Permits?

All of it! I really love it here at WCS Permits. Everyone has been so welcoming, and people are very helpful when there’s a problem or question. It’s definitely a solid team here. I really like the WCS Online Permit Portal, too. It’s a great system and I look forward to learning more as I help customers with loads and permits.

What is the most challenging aspect about the industry?

Non-uniformity or harmonization among states. I have been to every single Transportation Symposium and appreciate what the SC&RA does to try and achieve this. Some great progress has been made, but there’s more to accomplish.

How do you spend your free time away from work?

I have been happily married for almost 24 years. I have one son, he’s a welder who lives in Colorado, and enjoy spending time with him when I can. My husband and I also love to get outside; camp, ride our side-by-sides and enjoy the outdoors.

WCS Welcomes New Hire, Jeanette Duncan

Jeanette Duncan is a newly hired transportation consultant at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars. She will work closely with WCS customers to write and obtain permits while meeting each load’s unique challenges. Learn more about Jeanette in the Q&A below!

WCS Welcomes New Hire, Jeanette Duncan

What is your background & experience in the oversize load industry?   

I worked for the State of Virginia for six years. At the time, the state had an open position and it took off from there. Initially I was a contractor and that transitioned into a full-time position issuing permits. After a year as a full-time employee, I started training other employees on permits. After two years, I was mostly doing superloads. As I became more experienced, I also became the overall go-to person for everyone at VDOT, including management, for superloads and permits.  

What led you into this field of work?

I was at a time where I was looking for a new position and entering the oversize transport industry allowed me to learn more about geography here in the U.S. I loved learning about all the new places based on where someone was delivering a load.

What do you do for WCS Permits & Pilot Cars?

As a Permit Writer (Transportation Consultant) I will be working with customers and state agencies to help route and obtain permits for oversize loads and down the road, superloads.  

What are you most looking forward to in your career with WCS?

I love a challenge and while some routes can be repetitive, there will always be those loads where there is an issue in a route which you have to work through. I also love all the detail that goes into coordinating and moving large loads. So, I’m excited to work through these challenges and unique projects with new people and I hope to take on more challenges like working with the superload department.

How do you spend your time when you are not writing permits?

I am a big family person. Together, my husband and I have 4 kids and we are going on 10 grandkids. We love going to our grandkids’ baseball games, the beach and amusement parks. Sometimes on my lunch break, I go outside and throw the ball around with the grandkids.

Michigan Updated Spring Weight Restrictions

Effective 6:00 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2020, weight restrictions will be lifted on all state trunkline highways within the entire state of Michigan. 

This spring weight restriction update does not alter or affect the direction given in Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-44 (COVID-19).

Michigan Updated Spring Weight Restrictions

Weight Restrictions are implemented during the spring frost thaw period and are now completed for the 2020 season. The anticipated timeframe for Spring Weight Restrictions is February through May. Specific dates will be determined by weather and road conditions and posted again when the 2021 season begins. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits works closely with all states to stay up-to-date on industry-related changes and news, including permit issuance changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

California Allows 88,000 pounds for Reducible COVID-19 Loads

The state of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will now issue temporary special permits for overweight trucks weighing up to 88,000 pounds and are transporting emergency supplies for COVID-19 relief.

California Allows 88,000 pounds for Reducible COVID-19 Loads

Caltrans increased the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight from 80,000 to 88,000 pounds to allow any load transporting essential goods to reach its destination quicker. The state will temporarily issue special permits for these overweight trucks on the State Highway System.

These special permits will be good for one trip and valid for seven days, and will be issued until further notice.

“Essential Goods” are defined as the following:

· Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19

· Supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectant

· Food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores

· Immediate precursor raw materials such as paper, plastic or alcohol that are required and to be used for the manufacture of items above

· Fuel

· Equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to COVID-19

In working with the California Trucking Association, WCS Permits assisted in preparing to push this increase through. WCS has also worked closely with Caltrans to work through any bugs.

WCS Permits Can Help

Like with Caltrans, WCS Permits is working closely with all states to stay up-to-date on permit issuance changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue these and all oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

AB 5 Injunction Upheld by CA Federal Appeals Court

An Injunction was recently upheld by a federal appeals court regarding California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) independent contractor law.

AB 5 Injunction Upheld by CA Federal Appeals Court

The court denied an effort to temporarily lift a preliminary injunction issued in January against the trucking component of a California law that would restrict how independent workers can be classified by companies.

The law could potentially remove opportunities for drivers to own their own businesses and work as independent owner-operators in the state, as it would reclassify independent contractors as employees.

The order, filed on March 30 in the U.S. Court of Appeals, denied a motion filed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters that sought a stay of the lower court’s injunction, and also said it will fast-track oral arguments on a request for review of that decision filed by the Teamsters and California Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

The ruling ties back to a lawsuit filed by the California Trucking Association (CTA) that challenges AB 5, and now opens the doors for the appeals court to hear oral arguments as soon as early July, according to lawyers representing the CTA.

In January, a San Diego judge issued a preliminary injunction against the trucking component in California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5). The legislation would have reclassified tens of thousands of independent contractors as employees. The same judge had previously issued a temporary restraining order against the law, which was challenged by the CTA last year.

For more information about the appeals court denial, please click here.

Ohio Special ​Blanket Permit for Haulers

In an effort to assist in the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio Department of Transportation has approved a special blanket permit for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods. 

Ohio Special ​Blanket Permit for Haulers

The blanket permit applies to travel on roads and bridges maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation (Interstate, U.S. and State Routes. Hauler loads may not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and must comply with all posted bridge weight and height restrictions. Loads exceeding 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight MUST contact the ODOT Special Hauling Permits main office line at 614-351-2300 during normal business hours (7:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday).

Haulers can download and print the special permit here. They must travel with a copy of it and a copy of Form OS-1A.

The hauler is also required, within 24 hours after the trip is completed, to report back to the department where they travel and how much weight they carried using the Emergency Moves Report Form.

The Department will use this information to monitor road and bridge conditions along the routes traveled by the heavyweight vehicles.

This process is in place as long as the COVID-19 emergency response are ongoing.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures, inclement weather, restrictions and latest news. 

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

Truckers Can Bypass Florida's COVID-19 Checkpoint

Florida has implemented an additional checkpoint for motorists entering Florida from Georgia on I-95, although the checkpoint will not affect commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) who can bypass the checkpoint.

Truckers Can Bypass Florida's COVID-19 Checkpoint

With the primary goal of keeping Floridians safe and to further the implementation of Executive Order 20-86 issued on March 27, 2020, by Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in coordination with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), implemented the additional checkpoint for motorists.

No checkpoints within the state impede commerce or the timely delivery of products across Florida. Commercial motor vehicles should proceed in the left lane and may bypass the checkpoint to ensure timely delivery of products across the state, that includes CMVs hauling oversize/overweight loads.

Effective immediately, motorists who are traveling from areas with substantial community spread including Louisiana, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, will be required to isolate for a period of 14 days upon entry to Florida or for the duration of their visit, whichever is shorter, and should be prepared for additional monitoring by DOH to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Executive Order 20-86 does not apply to persons performing military, emergency, health or infrastructure response, or persons involved in any commercial activity, including individuals that live in Georgia and commute to work in Florida. 

Upon entry in Florida, each arriving traveler or responsible family member (if traveling as a family) will be required to complete a traveler form. The form requires key information, including each traveler’s contact information and trip details. Failure to complete the form and failure to follow any isolation or quarantine order from DOH are a violation of Florida law.

Additionally, travelers will be provided with a traveler card, which has contact information and guidance in the event the traveler exhibits symptoms while in isolation that are attributed to COVID-19, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
To assist with the implementation and enforcement of the Executive Order, FHP will staff the checkpoint at I-95 at the Georgia/Florida line 24 hours a day with more than a dozen troopers in 12-hour shifts. 

FDOT’s top priority is safety; therefore, motorists who are approaching a checkpoint should be prepared to reduce their speed. Motorists should expect to be directed by law enforcement to enter the weigh station. Depending upon the motorist’s origin, they will be directed to either proceed back to the Interstate or to pull aside for further screening. 

As part of the implementation, the I-95 southbound ramp to U.S. 17 will be closed. Motorists seeking to access U.S. 17 will be detoured to S.R. 200 in Yulee, Florida. For additional real-time traffic information, please refer to https://fl511.com/.

Emergency OS/OW Permit Issuance Plans

Updated at 2:00 pm PST on 6/30/20

The Northern and Southern borders, Canada and Mexico, have been closed for non-essential travel.  

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is working closely with government agencies and the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SCRA) to stay up-to-date on state oversize/overweight permit issuance plans.

As soon as we receive confirmation from any government agency or SCRA, we will update the below to keep our customers and our oversize/trucking community as informed as possible on day-to-day operations and permit issuance specifics.

Emergency OS/OW Permit Issuance Plans

Alabama

At this time there is no change to ordinary operating procedures. If the Director decides tomorrow to let people work from home we should see no changes in the day to day operations as we can forward all calls and since our system is web-based we can continue to issue permits in a timely manner. 

If at any time this changes I will let you know as soon as possible.

Alaska

Alaska is preparing the permits office for limited telecommuting. The permits office will operate as normal and through telecommuting for phone, email, and fax requests.

Arizona

Business as usual in Arizona. If anything changes we’re ready to go remote and permits will still be available.

1. If ADOT employees are required to telecommute; remote access has already been set up for employees to access their email and computer drives. ADOT EPRO is web based, our employees can issue permits from anywhere, and will continue to do so during normal business hours. 

2. There will be no change to how permits are issued online. If offices are required to be closed, they will only be closed on command of the Director/Governor. At that time, walk up permits would not be available; online services would still be available for auto issued and permits that require ADOT review prior to issuing.

3. No news at this time to share and no change in operations or communication at this time. If we close Ports or walk up offices, the information would be available at www.azdot.gov and by clicking the Commercial Permits button on the same page, which brings you to EPRO; where information would also be posted. 

Arkansas

Business is as usual but they have sent home 3 agents to test working remotely. There should be no changes in the services provided by the permit office.

California

Effective 3/19/20 CA remains open for all oversized permits. Staff is practicing social distancing and has move a portion of the staff home where they will continue assisting office staff in Permit issuance. 

Colorado

3/19/2020: IMPORTANT CHANGE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: Due to the recent Presidential Declaration of Emergency, Colorado may now issue Emergency Response Overweight Divisible Single Trip permits for vehicles hauling divisible loads providing relief supplies to affected areas. This permit allows up to 97,000 pounds GVW hauling essential emergency goods (i.e. groceries, medical supplies, etc.) and will be valid through 3/31/2020 subject to change upon notification. Travel will be allowed on both secondary highways and the interstate but will be routed according to bridge weight limits and construction restrictions. Loads must meet all legal size dimensions as well. For information regarding legal dimensions in Colorado please visit the following link: https://www.codot.gov/business/permits/truckpermits/documents/lcvfyis.pdf/view

Connecticut

There have been no disruptions to OS/OW permitting in CT.  We are discussing plans to allow staff to telework and continue to issue permits.  If all staff end up teleworking, we may not be able to answer calls, so inbound communication to the office will be via email to our office inbox.  Any updates or changes will be posted on our CT-Connect bulletin. 

Delaware

A waiver has been issued for the movement of divisible relief supplies up to 100K pounds. Overweight deliveries within Delaware must be providing direct emergency relief as part of the COVID-19 efforts. This waiver will not authorize movement on Federal highways. Please see Load Code 22 to obtain the State of Delaware, Relief Supplies Emergency Permit, for operation on federally maintained highways.
Delaware-emergency-Permit-Guide.pdf

Florida

Florida’s operations are business as usual at this time however, we have issued an Emergency Road Use Permit Letter to relax the size and weight requirements for vehicles transporting emergency response equipment and supplies (all of the information is posted on our website at https://www.fdot.gov/maintenance/owodpermits.shtm). The Office of Maintenance and the Permit Office are currently in the process of developing a plan in the event that there are office closures. If there are office closures, we anticipate that we would temporarily suspend our walk-in customer services, staff would have the resources needed to work remotely and self-permit issuance/auto-issuance would not be affected.

Georgia

Beginning Monday, March 23 GAPROS Office will be closed until further notice We will be working from home and have limited phone access, if you need to order a permit please e-mail (gapermits@promiles.com) do not send with CC information, or FAX (575-353-7732)

Available by Live Chat to answer any questions you may have. As always you can self-issue your permits.  There is no one to post escrow payments from this week until April 3, 2020. The state has been shut down since Monday, March 16, 2020.

All permit requests and payments should be made as usual through the GAPROS system (https://gapros.dot.ga.gov/) on-line or by phone (844-837-5500). All processing of permits will be completed, remembering over 80% are auto issued. The remaining will be processed by the permit staff as usual who are working remotely. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hawaii

No information available at this time.

Idaho

Due to the current health situation, the permit unit will have a limited number of staff answering the phones as of Monday 23, 2020. Please use the permit website to order and pay for your permits. You can also communicate with the permit staff by using the Chat or callback functions on the website. Another means of contacting the permit unit is emailing all questions or requests topermits@itd.idaho.gov . 

Illinois

Please be advised. The Illinois State Police will be available to escort permit loads beginning Tuesday 4/7/2020. If your permit requires ISP, the contact information will be on the issued permit. As a reminder, ISP requires 24 hour advance notice to schedule the escorts. Thank you for your patience and understanding, The Illinois Permit Office.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has informed the Illinois Trucking Association that they are extending their Emergency Authorization for 90,000-lbs/12% extra weight for trucks involved in the relief/resupply efforts for COVID-19.  The declaration had previously expired last Friday.

Click here to download the waiver.

Drivers must carry a copy of the authorization along with the latest FMCSA Emergency Declaration and a current bill of lading.  The new IDOT authorization expires on June 28.  

If you have additional questions, please contact ITA Safety Director, Linda Blisset, at linda@iltrucking.org

Please be advised. The Illinois State Police will be available to escort permit loads beginning Tuesday 4/7/2020. If your permit requires ISP, the contact information will be on the issued permit. As a reminder, ISP requires 24 hour advance notice to schedule the escorts. Thank you for your patience and understanding, The Illinois Permit Office.

Upon request and availability by district, IDOT replacing Illinois State Police escort with 2 additional private escorts (5 max) and or local law enforcement.

Due to emergency response needs, ISP will not be available for ISP escorts.  Emergency supply needs will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  

The Illinois Department of Transportation Permit staff will be responding to all functions remotely.  If you have questions please e-mail dot.permitoffice@illinois.gov or call 217-785-1477 extension 1 for information regarding OSOW permits or ITAP logons or extension 2 for information regarding financial accounts or payments.

You can also contact the permit office at dot.permitoffice@Illinois.gov .See attachments below:
Order-for-IDOT-Permits-March-2020.pdf
Waiver-COVID19-March162020.pdf

 2020 OS/OW Permit AlertsYou can also contact the permit office at dot.permitoffice@Illinois.gov .See attachments below:
Order-for-IDOT-Permits-March-2020.pdf
Waiver-COVID19-March162020.pdf

Indiana

In support of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-31, DOR extended expiration dates for certain Motor Carrier Services registrations.

Indiana DOR-issued IRP and BPR annual registrations due on or after March 31, 2020, are extended until June 30, 2020, (or a later date should the governor specifically declare that the COVID-19 public health disaster requires a further extension). Any delayed registrations and/or payments must have an effective renewed registration submitted by June 30, 2020.

At this time, we ask that all IRP jurisdictions waive and delay enforcement action on these vehicles operating in your jurisdiction, and we will provide notice when this situation changes.

Although DOR in-person customer service is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 health emergency, our MCS customer service team continues to provide support by phone and email, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST.

To find contact information for specific MCS sections, refer to the contact information listed online

Iowa

Relevant portions from Gov. Reynolds’ proclamation of a state of public health disaster emergency:

CRITICAL TRUCKING OPERATIONS

SECTION FOURTEEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code 29C.6 (6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 321.463 (6) (a) and (b) and 321E.29 and Iowa Admin. Code chapter 761-511, to the extent that those provisions restrict the movement of oversize and overweight loads of vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, other necessary medical assets food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies), or any other goods and supplies necessary to respond to this public health disaster and its economic effects and require a permit to transport such loads.

  • A. Suspension of these provisions applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system, and those which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code 321.463 (6) (b), by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%), do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.
  • B. This action is intended to allow vehicles transporting food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods to be oversize and overweight, not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight, without a permit, but only for the duration of this proclamation.

SECTION FIFTEEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code 29C.6(6) and 49 CFR 390.23, I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 321.449 pertaining to hours of service of motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles, while transporting vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, other necessary medical assets food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies) any other goods and supplies necessary to respond to this public health disaster and its economic effects subject to the following condition:

  • A. Nothing contained in this Proclamation shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 382, the commercial drivers’ license requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 383, the financial responsibility requirements set out in 49 CFR Part 387, or any other portion of the Code of Federal Regulations not specifically identified in this Proclamation.
  • B. No motor carrier operating under the terms of this agreement shall require or allow a fatigued or ill driver to operate a motor vehicle. A driver who informs a carrier that he or she needs immediate rest shall be given at least ten consecutive hours off duty before the driver is required to return to service.
  • C. Upon the request of a driver, a commercial motor carrier operating under this proclamation must give the driver at least thirty-four (34) consecutive hours off when the driver has been on duty for more than seventy (70) hours during any eight (8) consecutive days.
  • D. Motor carriers that have an out-of-service order in effect may not take advantage of the relief from regulations that this proclamation provides under title 49 CFR 390.23.
  • E. Upon the expiration of this Proclamation, or when a driver has been relieved of all duty and responsibility to transport necessary medical assets under the conditions of this Proclamation, a driver who has had at least thirty-four (34) consecutive hours off duty shall be permitted to start the driver’s on-duty status hours with the 60/70 hour clock at zero.
  • F. This portion of this Proclamation of Disaster Emergency applies only to hours of service of motor carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles while actively transporting the items identified in this section for the duration of this proclamation related to the COVID-19 event.

SECTION SIXTEEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code 29C.6(6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 321.463(3), 321E.2, 321E.8, and 321E.9 that limit issuance of permits for oversize or overweight loads to loads which are indivisible, to allow annual permits issued under Iowa Code 321E.8 and single-trip permits issued under 321E.9 to be issued for loads which are divisible and related to responding to and recovering from this disaster. I further waive for vehicle and loads, whether divisible or indivisible, the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 321E.12 that require the vehicle traveling under a permit to be registered for the gross weight of the vehicle and load and the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 321E.14 that require the payment of a fee for a permit issued for a vehicle and load related to responding to and recovering from this disaster. The provisions of this paragraph apply only when the movement of the vehicle and load is related to responding to and recovering from this disaster. The movement of any vehicle or load under this paragraph must comply with all other requirements of Chapter 321E of the Iowa Code and of the permit issued, other than as suspended in this proclamation. The provisions of this paragraph relating to the permitting and movement of divisible loads authorize the movement of such loads on all highways of this state, excluding the interstate system.

SECTION SEVENTEEN. The Iowa Department of Transportation is hereby directed to monitor the operation of this proclamation to assure the public’s safety and facilitate the movement of trucks involved in transporting vaccines, antivirals, prescription drugs, protective equipment, other necessary medical assets food, medical supplies, cleaning products, other household goods, agricultural supplies and commodities (including, but not limited to, livestock, raw milk, and crop supplies).
STATE AGENCY OPERATIONS

SECTION EIGHTEEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code 29C.6(6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 8A.413(12) and Iowa Admin. Code rules 11-57.4 and 11-57.7 that limit the number of hours per fiscal year for temporary employees in state agencies, and the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code 20.4(5) to the extent it limits the period of time a temporary employee may work in state agencies as an excluded public employee.

SECTION NINETEEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code 29C.6(6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code chapters 8A and 8B, Iowa Code 313.10, Iowa Admin. Code Chapters 11-117, 11-118, 129-10, 641-176, requiring the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and other state agencies involved in the response to this disaster emergency to procure goods and services through a competitive selection process or to otherwise follow, adhere to, or obtain other procurement-related processes, procedures, approvals, or limitations. Suspension of these provisions is limited to the duration of this proclamation and is further limited to procurements which are necessary to prevent, contain, or mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 virus, facilitate telework by state employees, and mitigate and respond to increased cyber-attacks and threats.
IMPLEMENTATION AND INTERPRETATION

SECTION TWENTY. The Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Iowa Department of Transportation and other participating state agencies are hereby directed to monitor the operation and implementation of this proclamation to assure the public’s health and safety.

SECTION TWENTY-ONE. Nothing contained in this declaration shall be construed as an exemption from any other portion of the Iowa Code or Iowa Administrative Code not specifically identified in this proclamation.
This state of disaster emergency shall be effective immediately on March 19, 2020, and shall expire on April 16, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me.

End proclamation message text.

During the State of Public Health Disaster Emergency for COVID-19, the Iowa DOT continues to offer services at the in-person counter in Ankeny. However, we are asking customers to schedule appointments so that we can minimize interaction among waiting customers and between customers and staff. Additionally, Iowa DOT staff will be asking some health screening questions at the entrance to the building before you are allowed to enter.

Please visit https://smsqmatic.iowadot.gov/naoa/ to make appointments for the following Motor Carrier Service items:

  • IRP
  • IFTA
  • Intrastate Travel Authority
  • Prorate Titles
  • OS/OW Permits

We will also have a secure drop box to receive the above-mentioned items and the following applications that do not require immediate attention. Items will be date stamped on the day they are dropped off and credit will be given with respect to due dates for the day items are dropped off.
Iowa DOT staff continue to answer questions and process applications received online, through US Mail, email, and fax:

https://iowadot.gov/mvd/motorcarriers

Iowa Department of Transportation
Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services Bureau
PO Box 10382
Des Moines, IA 50306-10382
515-237-3268 

omcs@iowadot.us

Our permit system is web-based and accessible remotely. 100% of OS/OW permit transactions can be completed electronically at https://iowa.gotpermits.com

Kansas

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, The permitting office will be completing all work remotely for at least two weeks.  www-k-trips.com will still be available 24/7 to apply for all permits.  Because staff will be working from home, call-ins will not be available, however, live chat with the Central Permitting Office and notes within the permit applications are options for assistance.

If state offices are closed, K-TRIPS will have a note placed on the dashboard stating such, but that we will also be reviewing permits while closed. There is a chat option available through K-TRIPS for assistance if no one is working from the office. 

Currently, we do not see a change needed from industry other than patience as our staff will be reduced significantly if we are required to stay home from work. However, the essential staff will work diligently to complete permit requests. 

Kentucky

Effective at 5pm (EST) Tuesday, March 17, the Kentucky Governor has mandated all state offices closed to walk-in customers until further notice.

Kentucky Emergency Declaration 90 Day Extension of Operator’s Licenses Expiration Dates and Registration Deadlines

The Cabinet Secretary (as well as the Feds) have issued emergency declarations which are posted to our website (drive.ky.gov).  There are exemptions for OW/OD loads only if they are hauling for relief efforts and if doing so, they are required to have a copy of the declaration in the vehicle with them.  Kentucky’s permits (trip and annual) are all available on line, as are the bulk of our services. We are recommending that individuals utilize our on-line services and reframe from coming into our One Stop  Shop.

You’ll always find any executive orders regarding our customer base, posted to our website (drive.ky.gov).  The permit exemption only applies to those providing relief efforts.  We don’t foresee this applying to any OW/OD carriers.  Basically, supplies are not something that would ever require an OW/OD permit anyway.  If they are participating in the relief efforts, they are required to carry a copy of the executive order in the vehicle with them.  It doesn’t exempt them from axle restrictions on divisible loads.  Basically it’s for hours of service, IRP registration and having to stop in a weigh station for anyone involved in the movement of relief efforts.

Louisiana

Effective immediately due to COVID-19 the office hours have been changed to 7:00 am – 3:30 pm M-F until further notice. Non-state employees will not be allowed to enter the Truck Permit Office. Permits must be obtained on-line via the website or by phone. We appreciate your understanding.

Maine

The Permit Office is currently closed effective 3/17/2020 until further notice to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Most permit requests and payments can be made as usual online through MoveME (https://www.movememaine.com/).  About 80% of our permits are self-issue permits that do not need any staff intervention.  Online requests that need staff intervention will be fielded by a couple of us that are trying to work from home.

Maryland

POLICE ESCORTS-Per authority granted by the COVID-19 Executive Order on motor carrier transportation:

Effective immediately the weight requirement for a law enforcement escort will be for loads exceeding 200K pounds.  Width at 16 feet and height at 16 feet will remain in place for now.

BALTIMORE CITY – also exceeding 200k pounds, HEIGHT-leaving the PORT of Baltimore will remain at => 15’H and coming into the PORT with 14’-6” in height will remain in effect for Police escorts required from Baltimore City .

This is to compensate for an anticipated reduced availability of personnel to accompany these loads.  Private escort requirements will remain the same and be reevaluated as necessary.  Loads requiring special maneuvering or otherwise determined by the hauling permit unit that law enforcement is necessary for safety will likewise remain in effect.

Executive Order – COVID-19RELIEF- Vehicle Weight Limit Tolerance – Maryland is providing an across the board 15% tolerance to any statutory weight limit for non-divisible loads of relief supplies and equipment.  Divisible load haulers who anticipate exceeding the 15% tolerance must obtain an Emergency Permit through our Maryland One hauling permit system for safety and route analysis.  These measures are applicable statewide on all roadways.   Contact with local authorities regarding restricted roadways under their jurisdiction is likewise required.  Haulers of non-divisible loads shall continue to obtain standard hauling permits as normally required. Any questions or if assistance is needed please email us at  haulingpermits@mdot.maryland.gov

                BALTIMORE CITY – They can call 443-984-2150 and our clerk will take a message. We encourage email.

Check our website and Announcements for any updates.

Due to Presidential/Emergency Declarations for div loads we are drafting language to allow 15%   

Massachusetts

EFFECTIVE MARCH 16, 2020, MASSDOT PERMIT OFFICE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING WALK-IN CUSTOMERS.
Due to precautionary measures related to the COVID-19, the MassDOT Permit Office will not be accepting walk-in customers. For the safety of the public and MassDOT employees, all transactions will be conducted online or by USPS sent to 668 South Avenue, Weston, MA 02493. If more information is required, please call the MassDOT Permit Office at 781-431-5148. Thank you for your understanding and patience going forward in the foreseeable future.

Michigan

Effective March 18, MDOT will not accept cash transactions for eastbound Blue Water Bridge customers

(March 17, 2020)  In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will not be accepting cash payment for private passenger vehicles using the eastbound Blue Water Bridge (BWB) to Canada. All commercial traffic is being asked to pay by prepaid commuter account cards or debit/credit forms of payment. We encourage any commercial travelers who wish to apply for the prepaid commercial account to visit www.federalbridge.ca and complete the application.

The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) announced as of 12 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, cash transactions will be suspended at their westbound BWB crossing until further notice for all privately owned vehicles. In accordance with their decision, MDOT’s BWB is also encouraging the use of only credit/debit card transactions. Reducing person-to-person contact by moving to cashless transactions will help to reduce the amount of exposure to contagion, as well as reduce contact back to customers if change is being provided.

The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the coronavirus risk.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus, visit http://www.Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or http://www.CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

BWB COVID-19 Safety Measures FAQ.docx

  • The majority of our permit staff already telecommute and all of them are equipped to at a moment’s notice. There will be no changes in policy or procedures for industry.
  • Will advise of any additional changes.

Minnesota

Emergency Executive Order provides relief to motor carriers and drivers responding to COVID-19 emergency relief efforts

Governor Walz signed Emergency Executive Order 20-06, providing exemptions from certain weight limits (including spring load restrictions) and the hours of service requirements for vehicles and drivers that are transporting essential supplies in response to the COVID-19 emergency relief efforts.

A permit is not needed for vehicles operating under this emergency order, but there are specific weight limitations that still apply. Please see the order for full details.

Office Operations during COVD-19 

The MnDOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations (OFCVO) plans to continue providing front counter service to our customers at this time.

The health and safety of our customers, the public and our employees is our top priority. We are asking that visitors who may be ill not enter our building.

For now, we encourage you to consider conducting your business with us in a manner that does not require a physical visit to our office by mail, fax or online as much as possible. 

The following transactions can be done either online, by email or fax:

•    Operating authority application for Property Carriers – Since no fee is involved, the applications can be submitted via fax to 651-366-3718 or emailed to CredentialsUnit.DOT@state.mn.us.
•    STS initial and renewal applications where no vehicle registration is being done – applications can be submitted via fax to 651-366-3718 or emailed to CredentialsUnit.DOT@state.mn.us.
•    Insurance filing – required insurance filings can be submitted via fax to 651-366-3718 or emailed to CredentialsUnit.DOT@state.mn.us. Your insurance company can also make an electronic filing via MCInfo (the NOR system – National Online Registry).
•    Oversize/Overweight Permits – permits can be obtained through our online app at https://osowpermits.dot.state.mn.us/rbnet/

During this fast-changing situation we encourage you to visit our website for updated information.

OFCVO is working hard to ensure uninterrupted operations during this challenging time. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

For general questions, email motorcarrier.dot@state.mn.us or call 651-215-6330.

For questions regarding oversize/overweight permits, email ofcvopermits.dot@state.mn.us or call 651-296-6000.

Currently business as usual.  If permit techs begin working remotely the following conditions are in place:

  • All permit techs have laptops and can process applications remotely.
  • Online system is available 24-7. https://www.dot.state.mn.us/cvo/oversize/index.html .  Now more than ever, we encourage customers to apply online.
  • Techs can grab the applications from the website queue; and can contact the customer if/when additional info is needed.
  • Techs will no longer have access to any incoming faxes. Any documents currently being faxed, we ask that customers scan the documents and email them to ofcvopermits.dot@state.mn.us
  • If customers have difficulty with the online system (getting in or navigating the system) customers can call 651-296-6000 (if there are issues calling in, customers can email ofcvopermits.dot@state.mn.us)
  • Minnesota will provide updates on the OSOW website as we work through this crisis.  
  • Minnesota will send blast emails. Customers can sign up for email updates at: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNDOT/subscriber/new
  • Minnesota will post messages on its Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/mndotoversize)

With guidance from state health officials about protecting the health and well-being of Minnesotans and preventing further spread of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will indefinitely postpone all meetings, training and events, effective immediately. This includes all oversize/overweight training classes originally scheduled for March and April.

Mississippi

We will be doing business as usual for now, but may switch to working with a short staff. Approximately 82% of permits are self-issued, so we encourage the industry to continue using the Expresspass on line permitting system as much as possible. We will have some staff working from home, but we would ask that the industry have patience with the State permit offices as I’m sure we will all do our best to serve the industry as quickly as we can.

Missouri

To continue to ensure the critical flow of goods to aid the state’s COVID-19 emergency response, the Missouri Department of Transportation today extended the timeframe for trucks to be able to carry heavier loads on the state’s interstates and highways.

The special overweight permit, which allows haulers to transport up to 100,000 pounds on any state-owned highways including interstates, will be available until June 15, 2020.

The following criteria must be met:

  • A copy of the special permit and a bill of lading must be in the possession of the operator of the overweight vehicle during its operation and shall be produced for inspection upon request to any Missouri law enforcement official and/or any MoDOT employee. Motor carriers can find this document at here.
  • The load must carry supplies and/or equipment in the direct effort to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat the effects of the COVID-19 virus. This includes shipments of livestock, poultry, feed, fertilizer and fuels. Any fuels being transported can be hauled at 100,000 lbs. or up to the manufacturer’s specifications of the tank type being operated, whichever results in the lower weight.
  • Undertaking movement is evidence that both the owner and operator of the equipment agree to abide by the conditions of the special permit and all other non-exempted requirements for overweight loads.
  • Carriers may haul up to 100,000 lbs. gross weight on semi-trailer configurations with five or more axles. The axles must meet the minimum distance requirement stated in the special permit. Carriers using trucks or semi-trailers with fewer axles are allowed to haul up to an additional 10% heavier than licensed weight.
  • Carriers and vehicle operators must obey all structure postings and size and weight restrictions.
  • Violation of any of the conditions of the special permit will void the permit and subject the owner and operator to penalty.

PREVIOUS INFO

MoDOT issues permit to allow trucks to haul up to 100,000 pounds on interstates, other Missouri highways
Move will aid state’s COVID-19 emergency response

To help ensure the critical flow of goods to aid the state’s COVID-19 emergency response, the Missouri Department of Transportation today announced a free, temporary overweight permit that allows haulers to transport up to 100,000 pounds on any Missouri highway, including interstates, as long as certain criteria are met:

  • A copy of the special permit and a bill of lading must be in the possession of the operator of the overweight vehicle during its operation and shall be produced for inspection upon request to any Missouri law enforcement official and/or any MoDOT employee. Motor carriers can find this document at www.modot.org/mcs.
  • he load must carry supplies and/or equipment in the direct effort to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat the effects of the COVID-19 virus. This includes shipments of livestock, poultry, feed and fuels. Any fuels being transported can be hauled at 100,000 lbs. or up to the manufacturer’s specifications of the tank type being operated, whichever results in the lower weight.  
  • Undertaking movement is evidence that both the owner and operator of the equipment agree to abide by the conditions of the special permit and all other non-exempted requirements for overweight loads.
  • Carriers may haul up to 100,000 lbs. gross weight on semi-trailer configurations with 5 or more axles. The axles must meet the minimum distance requirement stated in the special permit. Carriers using trucks or semi-trailers with fewer axles are allowed to haul up to an additional 10% heavier than licensed weight. 
  • Carriers and vehicle operators must obey all structure postings and size and weight restrictions.
  • Violation of any of the conditions of the special permit will void the permit and subject the owner and operator to penalty.

Movement under this special permit is authorized 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The permit is effective March 25, 2020 through April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., Central Daylight Savings Time.

“We are trying to help make movement of needed goods more efficient,” said MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna. “This action is taken in light of the current needs for food and emergency supplies across Missouri and the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic consistent with the national and state emergency declarations.”

Q&A

What do I need to do to take advantage of this special permit?
Download and print copies of the special permit document. Links are available at www.modot.org/mcs. Carry these documents and a complete bill of lading for each load, during operation on Missouri highways. 

What does the special permit cost?
Nothing. The special permit is free of charge. 

How do I find information about weight restricted bridges in Missouri?
First, know this: Bridge weight limits are subject to change and additional bridges may be posted with weight limits at any time. 
When on the road, look for a white sign with black lettering on the right side of the road near each bridge. It is the final word and must be followed, even if other sources (website, vehicle route map) do not match the information on the sign.
Prior to any trip, please visit the MoDOT Traveler Information Map’s special OSOW layer athttp://traveler.modot.org/mcm/MotorCarriersMap.html and zoom in on the route you plan to take. If a blue or red box appears in your route, click it to learn whether the highway is width- or weight-restricted at that location.   
The special OSOW layer is not available through the MoDOT Traveler Information Map app. You must use an internet browser to access it.

My truck has three axles. Can I use the special permit?
You can use the permit, however, the gross weight of your vehicle is limited to 10% heavier than the licensed weight of your vehicle. You will be allowed to use interstate highways if you follow all the conditions outlined in the special permit. 

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MoDOT Increases Weight Allowance and Provides IRP/IFTA Emergency Waiver  for Trucks to Support COVID-19 Response

In response to Gov. Mike Parson’s Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in Missouri, the Missouri Department of Transportation is allowing for heavier-than-normal truckloads of supplies and equipment to travel on Missouri highways in the direct effort to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat the effects of the COVID-19 virus. This includes shipments of livestock and poultry.
MoDOT is also temporarily suspending all Missouri International Registration Plan and International Fuel Tax Agreement trip and fuel permit requirements, including fees, for vehicles not currently registered for interstate travel in Missouri during the declared COVID-19 emergency. A copy of the Trip and Fuel waiver document, available at www.modot.org/mcs must be retained in each vehicle operating under this waiver and retained with the records kept by the driver for audit purposes. An electronic copy will suffice for road purposes while in Missouri. 

Weight Allowance 

Under the weight allowance, private and for-hire motor carriers are allowed to haul up to 100,000 pounds as long as their trailers are at least 53-feet long. The allowance remains in effect through April 30.
Here are other provisions of the allowance:

  • Motor carriers are limited to transporting supplies and equipment, including livestock and poultry, only within the state of Missouri;
  • Drivers must obey posted bridge weight limits;
  • When crossing a bridge, drivers must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than 30 mph;
  • Travel under this allowance is only allowed on non-interstate highways. Those taking advantage of the weight allowance cannot operate on any portion of the interstate highway system.

Emergency Waiver for IRP and IFTA

The IRP and IFTA waiver shall not be construed to allow any vehicle to operate in Missouri without valid registration and insurance from its base state. Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to a state or federal out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this notice.

This waiver does not imply or grant an exception to any federal laws administered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation or other state laws regarding the reporting, registration or operation of commercial motor vehicles.

This waiver shall remain in effect for the duration of the declared emergency under Missouri Executive Order 20-02.

In addition to the above notices, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an emergency declaration that grants an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for drivers and carriers operating in response to the national emergency. It can be found at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/emergency-declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002. Find links to this and other important emergency transport documents at www.modot.org/mcs

Montana

Montana is business as usual. I will provide updates if changes occur.

Nebraska

Moving all except 1 employee to working remotely.  The employee in the office will be there to take calls, walk in’s, Credit Card info over the phone and amendment that can’t be requested online.

In the event NE completely closes the office they will have no ability to answer calls, take CC over the phone (online still available) or do amendments that can’t be done line.

They will still be able to issue any newly requested permits as usual though.

Getting route approvals (loads over 16’ wide), bridge approvals (dual lane loads) or arranging State Patrol escort will be more time consuming than normal.  

Nevada

Starting March 20 we will be working remotely from home. We just ask for patience as it does take a little longer to process permits when using a laptop. We are having our phones forwarded to cell phones and people can also email us with questions. All permits need to be submitted using our online system.

New Hampshire

The OS/OW Permit Office staff will be working remotely effective Friday, March 20, 2020 until further notice due to COVID-19. Permit applications and payments can be submitted at  NHDOT PERMITS at https://www.nhdotpermits.org. Some permits will continue to be issued automatically by the permitting system depending on dimensions, weight, routes, and current restrictions. Permits that cannot be auto-issued will be processed in the order they are received by date and time requested during Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The Permit Office phones will not be answered as of close of business on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Customers should contact the permit office by email @ nhdotpermits@dot.nh.gov. Information updates will be provided on the NHDOT Permits login page.

New Jersey

NJ DOT’s Superload unit will be working from home as a result of the coronavirus crisis.  Please leave a voicemail message for us at 609-963-2085.  We will be checking messages hourly.  Your call will be returned.  If your application status is showing “Sent to Bridge Office”, please contact the Bridge unit at 609-963-1334. 

New Mexico

The NM permit office and call center will be closed starting 3/19/2020. All agents will be issuing permits from home. The call center will have an emergency number listed however for communication efforts pertaining to any general permit questions or password resets please maintain utilizing chat. Ports of entry are not issuing trip & fuel permits at this time. Please obtain all permits using NMOPS. The work flow is distributed via alphabet system.

New York

Based on Governor Cuomo’s Emergency Declaration the order temporarily waives the need for Special Hauling & Divisible Load Permits for transport of COVID-19 relief supplies for moves up to 13’-6” high, 13’ wide, 100’ long, and up to 125% of the vehicle’s legal weight.

Governor Cuomo has directed that all non-essential State employees not report to work for the next two weeks.  The Department has been preparing for this, and permit office staff are able to work from home.  There is limited staffing in the Central Permit Office.  As a result there may be delays in returning phone calls.  We encourage customers to email the permit office at permits@dot.ny.gov or use the Callback feature in the HOOCS system.  We suspect there will be some permit delays as we transition to this new environment. 

If you have a Covid-19 related emergency move, we will allow application submissions outside of the normal submission schedule. Applications will be processed as they are received and will still require engineering review from multiple agencies. The permits will be route specific and allow travel for a period of 23:59 hrs any 1 day of the week (7 days Monday- Sunday). For example, we will allow you to travel 6am Monday-5:59am Tuesday. 

  • Please submit the application with the load description/make and model and COVID-19 response in the load description box.
  • Load must be over-dimensional and non-divisible / route surveys will still be required.
  • You must also send an email to all of our staff with “App #_Response for COVID -19 Emergency” in the subject area and attach any supporting documents if possible.

Pay extra attention to what you submit and that the application matches the route survey. We need correct start and end points within NYC borders, load description (make and model #) street names, and correct date and times of travel. We will not be as lenient as we are in the office. 2 rejections and that is it. NO EXCEPTIONS!! Please be as responsive as you can to our emails, as this will be the primary means of communication.

North Carolina

Due to some North Carolina counties issuing non-travel restrictions within their jurisdiction, it may be necessary for Oversize/Overweight permittees to obtain approval from the county before entry.  The permittee is responsible for checking the local county or municipality website for any restrictions prior to traveling through their limits.

When asked for clarification, NC DOT officials reported, “Our state law gives the locals a lot of authority when it comes to emergencies.  None of these (local actions) have much impact on commerce as of yet.  It is our intent to inform the permit holder to double check their route and destination.  The NCDOT is recommending that these communities do not close their roads.  In fact some roads we believe their authority is superseded by other state and federal laws.  So far the only key routes that potentially could affect some on is US 64 going to the outer banks.  They are allowing commercial traffic that has a purpose, and I expect that a permitted load going there would have a purpose.  The other communities have been small road that your members would not want to drive a truck on.”

Also see related articles – https://www.darenc.com/departments/emergency-management/entry
news article

Currently there are only a few counties and municipalities that have restricted travel to non-residents and this has not had any impact on commercial trucks.  Interstate routes and US Highways are not affected.   The message was placed on the website and on permits for the carriers to do their due diligence on travel in the early stages of the county restrictions.  NCDOT’s Traffic Information site can help with determining locations where there may be restricted travel.  https://www.drivenc.gov/

North Dakota

North Dakota Governor Issues Executive Order on Coronavirus (03/25/2020)

The permit office will be closed to walk in customers until further notice.  All permits are available on line.  You can contact the permit office via phone @ 701-328-2621 from 7:10 am – 4:50 pm CST, M-F.  The permit office email is ndhppermits@nd.gov

Ohio

In an effort to assist in the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio Department of Transportation has approved a special blanket permit for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods. 

The blanket permit applies to travel on roads and bridges maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation (Interstate, U.S. and State Routes. Hauler loads may not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and must comply with all posted bridge weight and height restrictions. Loads exceeding 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight MUST contact the ODOT Special Hauling Permits main office line at 614-351-2300 during normal business hours (7:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday).

Ohio has sent multiple agents home to work remotely while the rest remain in the office. Permits are being processed as usual and all phone lines are still being answered accordingly.

Oklahoma

Due to the current situation, until further notice, all offices of Size & Weight Permits will be unable to take walk-in customers.  Please call 405-425-7012 or use OKIEpros for all your permit needs.
Faxed documentation will be checked once daily.  Please consider using swpermits@dps.ok.gov as your place to send documentation so that your permit paperwork will not be delayed.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Oregon

At this time, it is business as usual in Oregon.  The Oregon Health Authority is posting regular updates on their website, which is linked from our site:

https://www.oregon.gov/odot/MCT/Pages/Index.aspx

Pennsylvania

Click here to find the attached weight limit exemption signed by Acting PA Secretary of Transportation Yassmin Gramian, P.E. on April 17th.  This amendment extends the weight exemption to cover liquefied gases to be used in refrigeration or cooling system in accordance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s March 24, 2020, Expanded Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23, No. 2020-002. The previous amendment allowed motor carriers utilizing combination vehicles that are providing direct assistance in transporting selected goods and materials necessary to respond to the COVID-19 virus disaster emergency to haul divisible load limits equal to or less than 90,000 pounds.  This applies to both state and local roadways in Pennsylvania.

APRAS is working and permits are auto issuing as usual. CPO is short staffed, however, we will be Teleworking from home and will be processing permit applications.

Super Load haulers should be aware that they could experience some delay in the processing of applications, and haulers requiring an Annual Permit starting in a District that has been closed could also experience delays at this time.

We will update as other processes are worked out.

PA Turnpike: Overweight, Overdimensional Special Hauling Permit Applicants – Policy Changes Based on COVID-19 Travel Guidance

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PA Turnpike is taking all possible precautions to protect the health of our customers and our employees.

Please be advised that cash and credit cards will not be accepted anywhere on the PA Turnpike’s ticket system. All tolls will be assessed electronically via E-ZPass or the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE program as vehicles travel at posted speed limits through tolling points.

The PA Turnpike advises that all those with special hauling permits for overweight/overdimensional vehicles (Class 9) will still be able to travel the PA Turnpike. However, they must follow modified procedures during the temporary all-electronic tolling period.

Temporary Procedures:

  • All customers in this category must print and carry a hard copy of the approved permit.
  • Tolling personnel at designated interchanges will still be available to assist with the appropriate lane assignments.
  • Tolls will be assessed electronically as customers travel during this time.
  • Tolls will be charged to your E-ZPass account; if you do not have E-ZPass, an invoice will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle through the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE system.
  • All customers must apply for a permit within two weeks of the anticipated travel day.

Read the full press release here.

Truck parking clarification

Every decision made has been in the interest of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and we are constantly reevaluating our response. That said, we also recognize that drivers need and deserve access to rest areas. In order to address safety concerns raised, PennDOT has identified 13 of its 30 rest areas that are most utilized by truckers that will be available again by tomorrow. At these locations, PennDOT will be taking down the barricades on some facilities in critical locations and making them available for truck parking. Portable restroom facilities will be available at these locations; each location will have five portable toilets (one of which is ADA-accessible) that will be cleaned once a day. Electronic message signs will be used near the applicable centers to notify drivers near the opened areas. In order to prevent further spread of COVID-19, we will not be opening any of the indoor facilities because there is no staff to keep them clean and properly sanitized. We will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional rest areas can be reopened.

These are the locations:

  • I-81: Luzerne NB/SB, Cumberland NB/SB;
  • I-80, Venango EB/WB, Centre EB/WB, Montour EB/WB
  • I-79: Crawford NB/SB, Allegheny NB only

We will update as other processes are worked out.

Rhode Island

RIDOT has officially taken over all OSOW permitting responsibilities from RIDMV. 

Rhode Island OSOW office employees are optionally teleworking from home. We have full access to all our office resources so permitting will not be affected. We are working on lifting travel time restrictions for specific commodities related directly to the current emergency relief.

South Carolina

South Carolina is operating as normal at this time.  We are prepared to have staff telecommute if needed. 

South Dakota

At this point permit services are functioning at 100% and we plan to keep it that way. New number, 605-224-7364.

Tennessee

Gov. Lee has today issued Executive Order No. 50, the general purpose of which is to extend the provisions of EO #36 and EO #38 to August 29, 2020.  Among other things, this means that the laws and rules governing overweight/over-dimensional loads will continue to be suspended for vehicles carrying emergency relief supplies, as set forth in Paragraph 14 of EO #36, through August 29, 2020.   The Governor’s EO serves as the special permit for such transporters and no additional special permit from TDOT will be required so long as the vehicle operates within the restrictions, and for the emergency relief purposes, set forth in the Executive Order.

As always and even more now than ever we ask that customers utilize our Permit email box, tdot.permitoffice@tn.gov , so that staff can quickly and efficiently work to resolve issues. 

Texas

  • The majority of our staff are already working offsite and we are working to get the rest offsite in the upcoming days. 
  • The only noticeable difference would be we will not accept fax or mail applications or documents, they will need to be transmitted electronically (most companies already do this and upload documents directly into our permitting system).
  • The details of how we will deal with fax and mail documents is still in flux.
  • With the exceptions regarding fax or mail documents there should be no noticeable change in service.

Governor Abbott, DPS Waive Expiration Dates for Driver Licenses
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott announced today that he has directed the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to temporarily waive expiration dates for Driver Licenses, Commercial Driver Licenses, and other identification forms. This action falls within the Governor’s State of Disaster Declaration and is part of the ongoing effort to reduce to spread of COVID-19.
 
“Our top priority remains public health and safety, and we will continue to take action to ensure that Texans can avoid large public gatherings,” said Governor Abbott. “Texas is at a pivotal moment in the response to COVID-19, and by temporarily delaying Driver License renewals we will help limit non-essential trips into public settings and slow the spread of this virus.”
 
This suspension will be in effect until 60 days after the DPS provides further public notice that normal Driver License operations have resumed.

Utah

As part of UDOT’s response to COVID-19, only electronic payments will be accepted at Utah’s Ports of Entry until further notice. UDOT Motor Carrier’s permitting system will be going down on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6 PM while updates are installed. This process is expected to last 1 hour, but may be longer. Thank You.

Vermont

Due to the pandemic they are now only open Tuesday through Thursday to process permits. All departments in the Vermont Permit offices are now closed on Mondays and Fridays until further notice. Any permits that require additional axle weight review can take 24-48 hours to process.

Virginia

 2020 OS/OW Permit AlertsOur work center is operating with full staff. However, like many other places, we are teleworking as much as possible. Our plan is to have at least 3 people in the office at all times answering phones and everyone else will be teleworking, issuing permits as usual from home. This being said, we do ask the industry to exercise patience as we transition. We also encourage everyone to submit their applications online, as “in-house” staff is limited and answering phones and processing faxed requests may take a bit longer. In lieu of faxing we suggest that documentation be emailed to our mailbox at haulingpermit@dmv.virginia.gov. This mailbox will be monitored constantly. This practice is expected to be in place until at least April 3rd. 

Washington

Business as usual in Washington.   Our permit staff is working remotely and we have the ability to provide the same level of service.  We will let you know if anything changes. Carriers that are responding from out of state for the relief effort will not be required to have IRP/IFTA or temporary TRIP and/or FUEL permits.

West Virginia

The state of West Virginia has directed most non-essential staff to telework in all instances possible, therefore all oversize/overweight permits will be issued remotely. This should not cause any delays in the usual processing times, however there will be delays for calls. Customers are asked to contact the permit technician via email at the following addresses.

Lee      Lee.d.jarrett@wv.gov
Brett   brett.h.foster@wv.gov
Jack     jack.w.garrison@wv.gov

Any calls should be directed to (304) 767-5526.

Wisconsin

The state has issued an emergency permit specific to grocery commodities that allows a 10% gross/axle weight increase over legal weight within WI. This is a no fee permit. This will expire 3/28 unless extended by the Governor. This is also a fleet issued permit and not VIN specific.

At the direction of Gov. Tony Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced new emergency oversize and overweight permits that help truckers to meet the enormous health and economic demands brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agricultural products, medical supplies, warehouse goods and all freight supplying any of the federally-defined 16 critical infrastructure sectors fall under the new permits, which authorize gross vehicle weights up to 90,000 pounds.

In addition to the efficiencies these permits offer, WisDOT is also supporting truckers by keeping all of the state’s 28 rest areas open and regularly sanitized.
About 60 fleets employed the emergency overweight permits announced in March to aid truckers supplying grocery stores affected by COVID-19. Those permits were automatically renewed and will be valid for the new weight limits.

More information is available at: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/osowgeneral.aspx

Permits issued by WisDOT authorize the operation of any vehicle combination at a maximum gross weight up to 88,000 pounds. A permit may only authorize weights not more than 10 percent greater than the gross axle, gross axle combination, or gross vehicle weight limitations under Wis. Stat. §§ 348.15 and 348.16.

Instructions to apply for COVID-19 Relief Effort Supply Permit

COVID-19 Permit Information and Application Instructions

For more information, go to:

https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/mtr-car-trkr/osowgeneral.asp

Email the below information to: oversize-permits.dmv@dot.wi.gov or Fax to (608) 264-7751 Attn: COVID-19

  • WI Oversize permits account #:
  • US DOT #:
  • Company name:
  • Address/City/State/Zip code:
  • Phone number:
  • Email address:
  • Contact person:
  • Number of units:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Bureau of Highway Maintenance

P.O. Box 7980

Madison WI 53707-7980

Wyoming

Currently only accepting fax in applications. Drivers should call 4 hours ahead of time for further direction referencing their permit.

As more counties and states report shortages of COVID-19 supplies, Governor Mark Gordon signed an Executive Order to speed up the delivery of COVID-19-related supplies to communities throughout Wyoming.
Along with waiving size and weight permit fees for commercial vehicles, the Executive Order also extends service hours for commercial drivers delivering essential emergency relief supplies to communities impacted by the virus.

United States Department of Transportation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This declaration is the first time FMCSA has issued nation-wide relief and follows President Trump issuing of a national emergency declaration in response to the virus. 

“Because of the decisive leadership of President Trump and Secretary Chao, this declaration will help America’s commercial drivers get these critical goods to impacted areas faster and more efficiently. FMCSA is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak and stands ready to use its authority to protect the health and safety of the American people,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen.  

FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:

  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
     
  • Supplies and equipment, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, necessary for healthcare worker, patient and community safety, sanitation, and prevention of COVID-19 spread in communities.
     
  • Food for emergency restocking of stores.
     
  • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary for establishment and management of temporary housing and quarantine facilities related to COVID-19.
     
  • Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for transport for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
     
  • Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services. 

To ensure continue safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the drive must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers. 

The Emergency Declaration is attached. Please keep a copy of this Declaration in the cab of your trucks

CANADIAN PROVINCES

ALBERTA

Alberta has declared a state of emergency. Out permit office is still open and staffed but some are working from home. Both engineers who support the permit office are working from home but we don’t anticipate any delay in review and approval times of permit applications. We’re also not waiving the requirement for overweight permits during spring season which is already in effect in the southern region of the province. 

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Enforcement staff are modifying procedures in order to limit direct contact and handling of paperwork, and scales are being limited to staff only. Where possible, our carrier safety and vehicle inspection facility audit staff are re-scheduling appointments.

At the permit centre, options to give each staff member additional space are being worked on and we are exploring technologies that might enable more staff to work from home.

MANITOBA
Manitoba is currently not under a state of emergency and OS/OW permit office hours and staffing levels have not been affected.  They are currently developing contingency plans for operating at reduced services levels and looking at options for waiving the requirement for some types of permits.  At the moment they are not contemplating waiving the requirement for overweight permits due to the onset of spring road restrictions, and the potential long-term damage to our highways during this vulnerable time. Some oversize, temporary registration and fuel tax permits are being considered. 

NEW BRUNSWICK

Government services are transitioning to critical service only tomorrow.  Permit Office  will be closed for March 17 to enable us to reorganize to insure  continued permit service through the covid-19  outbreak

We will reopen on March 18  at 815 AST.

If you require urgent assistance tomorrow please contact Tanya.mitchell@gnb.ca

We are in process of preparing for such an event.  The intended plan, should it be required,  is to work remote. Clients will continue to apply as usual.  The changes would be no live phone services ..Phone lines at DTI office would take all messages and we would return calls.

Emails faxes and SNB online applications would continue.

We will certainly advise permit agencies and other partners of any changes as they may occur. We are still in head office for now.

NOVA SCOTIA
Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services provides the delivery of services on behalf of multiple provincial government departments. Our department has made changes to our operations based on recommendations from the World Health Organization, federal and provincial governments.  These changes support the safety and well-being of our clients and team members and will help ensure services continue to be delivered based on today’s environment.

That said, we are one part of the delivery of service.  To that end, we have reached out to the departments we provide services for to ask what changes will be implemented based on various scenarios that may unfold in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

We ask that clients be patient as we work through next steps.  As we know more, we will share with all clients/public at the same time.

ONTARIO
Please note, as of 3/25, the Ontario MTO permit office has not issued OS/OW single trip permits since last week. We were told that no one is currently in their office due to a possible COVID-19 case in the building. Major delays in the issuance of Ontario permits are to be expected and we will inform you as soon as we know more.   

Although we’ve yet to confirm with Ontario MTO directly, widespread reports indicate their office has not been issuing single trip permits for at least the past few days.  Expect major delays going forward.

The Ministry of Transportation has enacted it’s continuity of operations plan effective today in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. To reduce the impact this disruption has on business and permit requestors, time critical services related to Oversize/Overweight Single-Trip Permits will continue to be delivered in a limited capacity. Annual permit application are not presently being processed. 

The office located at 301 St. Paul St., St. Catharines will be temporarily closed.  Permit requests can continue to be sent by fax.
Please note that as the office is operating on a limited capacity at this time. Please contact oo.permits.review@ontario.ca as staff will be reviewing this email box daily. 

A proposal is being put together for the secretary of cabinet regarding annuals permits are expiring on the road.  The publication has not yet been released.  The Oversize/Overweight department will not be responding to status checks. Once additional information becomes available we can update you.

SASKATCHEWAN
Saskatchewan has declared and emergency but we will continue to provide permits as usual with no reduction in staff or ability. Will keep you all posted if anything changes. Weight restrictions for spring season are expected to be in effect. 


WCS to Exhibit at CONEXPO

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars has another trade show on the list for 2020, CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

The five-day show at the Las Vegas Convention Center will give WCS a chance to introduce its services and technology to more businesses in the trucking and crane and rigging industries.

WCS Permits just wrapped up the SCRA Transportation Symposium in Charlotte last month. At that show, WCS President, Wes Mollno, spoke about the future of permitting including a new system by WCS and its development team, Integrated Permitting.

The system allows for all permits to be stored in one organized and simplified back end for companies who manage and order some of their own oversize permits, as well as order from a permit agency such as WCS. It provides the accountability, compliance and transparency businesses need.

Permits processed by WCS’ permit department are also sent directly to drivers via text message which link to WCS’ free Permit Portal app. Within the app, earache available permit can be viewed, printed or emailed, and is automatically paired with any required permit attachments.

This technology and more, WCS also manages an in-depth online permit manual and oversize fee calculator, will be on display.

WCS also offers truck safety equipment from oversize load signs to lighting to safety apparel, some of which will be available to see at the booth.

Swing by the bronze hall and say hi to team WCS at booth B92224. WCS will be amongst 2,300 other exhibitors.

The show runs March 10 – 14. For more show information, click here.