WCS Permits & Pilot Cars to Exhibit at Breakbulk 2021

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will be exhibiting at the 2021 project cargo and breakbulk industry trade show, Breakbulk Americas in Houston, Texas.WCS Permits & Pilot Cars to Exhibit at Breakbulk 2021

The in-person trade show takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center September 28 – 30, which brings together providers of breakbulk and project cargo services.

WCS Permits looks forward to visiting with customers in-person while showcasing its services, including oversize load permits, logistics consulting, trip & fuel permits, pilot cars and truck safety equipment. 

This year, the team will be at booth M42 located in Hall D & E, and will also be showing off their technology. 

WCS developed and maintains, the Permit Portal on Google Play at the App Store. This app allows for drivers and dispatchers to receive instant automated text message notifications when oversize permits are approved and ready for download, print or email. With each permit, the app allows for viewing of any required state attachments, which will also be available for download. 

For years, WCS’ online permit system has allowed customers to place orders, and view and download permits, which has proven to be a valuable tool for drivers and dispatchers. Now the Permit Portal app brings even more convenience and ease, eliminating the exchange of numerous emails and phone calls.

WCS also owns and maintains The Oversize Load Assistant; an online permit manual with the ability to search by regulations, US state, Canadian Provence or a combination. In early 2018, WCS added a new feature of the Oversize Load Assistant, the Permit Calculator. The calculator allows users to estimate permit fees based on their upcoming travel. By entering a few variables such as dimensions and estimated miles being traveled, the program calculates a permit total for the user per state. This feature is part of the premium membership option available. The basic plan allows users to search regulations such as pilot car regulations, oversize load dimensions, oversize night and weekend travel, holiday travel and more. The premium plan includes the calculator, plus all of what is included in the basic plan. 

For over 20 years, WCS Permits has been offering its services to transportation companies in the United States and Canada. In more recent years, WCS has also expanded its truck safety product offering to include in-house manufactured oversize load signs, FoxFire lights, safety flags, measuring poles and other truck safety products. WCS will show off some of the product line at the show. The company also sells all products online via their web store at store.wcspermits.com

The George R. Brown Convention Center is located at 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010. 

For more information on this year’s show, visit the 2021 Breakbulk America’s website

 

 

Team WCS to Participate in SCRA Webinar

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will have an active role in the upcoming Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association’s webinar on pre-trip planning for oversize loads.

WCS Vice President of Operations, Becky Woods and National Pilot Car Manager, Valerie Daniel will both be panelists during the webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Woods and Daniel will talk about various topics relating to pre-planning in both oversize load permitting and pilot car dispatching. 

Woods will specifically cover preparing for travel, permit accuracy and more relating to OS/OW permits and Daniel will cover route planning and points relating to the difference in piloting standard oversize loads vs. superloads. 

Registration for the webinar is free and can be accessed here. 

WCS Permits has been an active member of SC&RA for over 15 years, including participating as an exhibitor and sponsor of the annual Transportation Symposium. In the past, Woods has been a panelist at live meetings during the event and both Woods and Daniel have been contributors to various American Cranes & Transit Magazine articles relating to topics and practices in the oversize load and pilot car industries. 

Who Needs an Oversize Load Permit?

Trucking and logistic industry professionals often are unsure if a specific load requires a permit. There are some important factors that determine that, and some important information to know if/when applying for an oversize load permit. Who Needs an Oversize Load Permit?

If a vehicle is oversize or overweight, a temporary permit, commonly referred to as an oversize load permit, is needed. That oversize load permit allows the vehicle to continue to move from its origin to its destination. An oversize load permit is needed if the overall heigh exceeds 13’6”, the overall width exceeds 8’6”, the trailer length exceeds 53’ or the overall weight exceeds 80,000 pounds.

Note that over length laws vary from state to state, but requirements can be determined at the time you apply for a permit.

What information is needed to apply for an oversize load permit?

Here is a list of what you will need to apply for an oversize load permit:

  • A US DOT number/Federal ID Number
  • Unit number
  • Vehicle info – year, make model, serial, and license number
  • Type of trailer – flatbed, lowboy, drop deck, etc.
  • The number of axles
  • Trailer length
  • Load description – be as descriptive as possible, as much detail as possible about the load being moved will make for a more fluid permitting process with better turnaround times
  • Total number of pieces and how each is being loaded
  • Overall travel dimensions – height (from ground to the top of the load), width (trailer or load, whichever is wider), length (truck & Trailer and/or load, whichever is longer), weight (truck, trailer and load), overhang and individual axle spacings (truck & trailer)

NOTE: DIMENSIONS MUST BE FOR THE ACTUAL SIZE OF THE LOAD

  • Origin and destination –the exact destination of the oversize load is required, ending physical address or junction
  • Complete routes – permit agents can assist in determining the best route for the load

If you apply for an oversize/overweight load permit with WCS Permits, all your important information, including unit numbers and vehicle information will be stored in the system for faster permit turnaround times going forward.

WI: Oversize Permit Travel Restrictions

Wisconsin is hosting an international golf event in Kohler that will increase traffic and limit some oversize permit travel in the area from Friday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.WI: Oversize Permit Travel Restrictions

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will limit permitting for oversize traffic on certain roadways during the 2021 Ryder Cup. The event restrictions will affect both single trip and annual/multi trip permits.

These restrictions will provide curfew periods. OSOW drivers are required to check the state 511 system (at 511wi.gov) prior to departure for the latest traffic/route updates. Look for the “Trucker Information” tab, where you can add various map layers regarding parking, restrictions, and special events.

OSOW Movement Plan during 2021 Ryder Cup Golf Event Friday, September 17 – Sunday, September 26 Ryder Cup restricted highways for all over dimensional loads – Loads that are legal dimension but require an overweight permit are not included in these curfews or restrictions, however drivers must check the state 511 system for latest traffic and restriction updates.

  • Manitowoc County: I-43 and STH 42 south of Manitowoc County XX/North Avenue
  • Sheboygan County: I-43, STH 23, STH 32, STH 42 and STH 57
  • Ozaukee County: I-43, STH 57
  • Milwaukee County: I-43

Ryder Cup Restricted hours of operation for all over dimensional loads – Loads that are legal dimension but require an overweight permit are not included in these curfews or restrictions however drivers must check the state 511 system for latest traffic and restriction updates. We ask that all drivers plan for delays and consider alternative routes as spectators make their way to and from the course.

  • 4:00 am to 8:00 am daily for the entire event
  • 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the entire event
  • 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the entire event

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on interstate closures, oversize travel restrictions and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.
 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.

 

I-16 Closed in Both Directions from Exit 71 to Exit 78

Interstate 16 in Treulten County in Soperton, Georgia is shut down in both directions from Exit 71 to Exit 78 due to a large dump trailer hitting the SR 86 bridge and shifting it nearly six feet. Georgia DOT engineers and contractors are on-site evaluating the situation. There is currently no timeframe for when the closure will be removed and travel lanes will reopen, although some GA DOT officials say it may be as soon as Monday. I-16 Closed in Both Directions from Exit 71 to Exit 78 Oversize load traffic is encouraged to take one of the following detours. 

Westbound Detour

Take Exit 78 – Turn right onto Highway 221 North, left on US 80 West, go through town of Adrian, left onto State Route 15, re-enter I-16 at Exit 71.

Eastbound Detour

Take Exit 71 – Turn right onto Highway 15 through Soperton, left onto State Route 46, left onto State Route 56, re-enter I-16 at Exit 78.  WCS Permits is staying in touch with GA DOT to stay up-to-date on updates and will be re-routing customers obtaining oversize load permits to travel through the area. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on interstate closures, oversize travel restrictions and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.
 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.

 

I-80 Construction to Begin in Omaha

As of Friday, July 9, Interstate 80 traffic headed through central and southwest Omaha will be cut to three lanes both ways affecting oversize load transport.

Construction crews will shut down I-80 westbound lanes around 84th Street and switch westbound traffic to the eastbound side, where lanes will be cut to three each way and run head to head. 

The work is expected to last 50 days, into late August, and all work through the area could last through the end of November.

Traffic is expected to back up, and truck drivers, including those hauling oversize loads, could detour by using Interstates 680, 880 in Iowa and 29 in Council Bluffs.

The construction involves repairing two bridges where the pavement, as it meets the bridge structure, has been breaking down: the 84th Street bridge and the bridge just east over the Big Papio Creek.

The repair work will also close numerous Interstate entrances: the 84th Street westbound on-loop and 72nd Street westbound on-ramp (both through August) and the 84th Street eastbound on-loop and on-ramp (through November).

I-80 Construction to Begin in OmahaAfter repairs on the westbound bridges, westbound I-80 and the two westbound entrances will reopen.

Repairs on the eastbound bridges won’t require traffic to fully switch over, although some lanes will be shifted in two more stages to give crews clearance to do the repairs.

PA Restriction: I-79 North & South
 
There’s an 11-0 wide restriction on I-79 North and South from July 6, 2021 through October 29, 2021. PA Restriction: I-79 North & South
 
The restriction is at state route 79 in Washington County from Exit 23 SR 2020 Mariana Rd to Exit 33 SR 40 National Pk. 
 
WCS Permit agents are re-routing its oversize/overweight load customers that need to travel in the area and are keeping on top of any updates to PA’s system. 
 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on interstate closures, oversize travel restrictions, oversize load permit regulations and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.

 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.
Indiana Rolling Out New Oversize/Overweight Regulations July 1

Starting July 1, motor carriers can begin hauling heavier loads of certain goods, but they must first apply for permits and adhere to restrictions designed to minimize the damage to Indiana’s highways and interstates. Indiana Rolling Out New Oversize/Overweight Regulations July 1

Indiana HEA 1190, which takes effect July 1, contained several changes to Indiana’s oversize/overweight (OSW) motor carrier laws, including expanding Indiana’s Overweight Commodity Permit to include materials other than metal and agricultural products.

Under the new law, carriers can apply for a single-trip Overweight Commodity permits for divisible loads exceeding 2.4 ESALs and weighing 80,000-120,000 lbs. Although the law allows only 8500 of these permits annually, there are no limits on the number of annual permits issued for divisible loads less than 2.4 ESALs.

An ESAL, or equivalent single axle load, is a unit designed by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO) to measure the damage done to roadways. 

Previously, motor carriers not hauling metal or agricultural products were ineligible for an Overweight Commodity Permit and would need to make multiple trips or use multiple vehicles to meet the lower weight threshold.

Carriers who obtained an OSW Commodity Permit prior to Jan. 1, 2021 are grandfathered into the new law in certain circumstances.  Their single-trip permits will not count towards the annual limit if they haul only the commodity requested on the prior permit and do not exceed the previous weight thresholds of:

  • Up to 120,000 lbs. for metal and
  • Up to 97,000 lbs. for agricultural carriers and those who haul logs, wood chips, tree bark or sawdust under an OSW Agricultural Commodity permit.

Under HEA 1190 and HEA 1150, what constitutes a civil penalty and how much carriers will pay for violating OSW rules will change. Deviating from the approved route or substituting a different vehicle other than what is listed on the permit will be a violation subject to civil penalties. Carriers could pay up to the following amounts for OSW violations:

  • Up to $1,000 (formerly $500) for the first permit violation;
  • Up to $1,500 (formerly $1,000) for each subsequent permit violation;
  • Up to $5,000 (no change) for hauling an OSW load without the proper permit; and
  • Up to $10,000 per violation for transporting loads too large or heavy to qualify for an OSW permit.

Among other OSW-related measures, HEA 1190 also:

  • Instructs INDOT to change permit fees no later than Oct. 1;
  • Allows INDOT to temporarily increase the number of OSW permits for divisible loads issued in response to an emergency or changes in market conditions; and
  • Allows INDOT to suspend overweight divisible load permitting if they observe increases in infrastructure damage on a permitted route or the number of accidents associated with these loads.

Most Indiana OSW permits are issued by the Indiana Department of Revenue’s Motor Carrier Services (MCS) department, under the guidance and rules set by INDOT and in accordance with Indiana law. Also, MCS issues and collects civil penalties for OSW violations issued by Indiana State Police.

WCS EXCITED TO PARTICIPATE IN 2021 INDUSTRY SHOWS

Many shows in 2020 were canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, but most are making its way back in 2021 and 2022, and WCS is excited to be participating in several industry shows. WCS EXCITED TO PARTICIPATE IN 2021 INDUSTRY SHOWS

2021 SC&RA Transportation Symposium

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will join heavy haul professionals, state officials and other specialized transport industry leaders at the Sheraton in Birmingham June 22 – 24 for several days of meetings and networking. 

WCS also participates as an exhibitor and as an event sponsor. 

WCS will showcase its primary services as an exhibitor, including OS/OW permits, pilot car dispatching, logistics consulting and truck safety equipment. As always, WCS will be ready to demonstrate the various permit tools they’ve developed, including The Permit Portal, as well as the online permit manual, The Oversize Load Assistant, and new features to the company’s online permit portal where customers can access permit information and account history 24/7. 

BREAKBULK AMERICAS 2021

WCS will again participate as an exhibitor at the nation’s largest project cargo and breakbulk industry trade show, Breakbulk Americas at the Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas September 28 – September 30, 2021

This is WCS’ sixth year as a show exhibitor. 

MID-AMERICA TRUCK SHOW (MATS)

The show’s 50th anniversary is set for for March 24 – 26, 2022 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. 

With over 650 exhibitors and 70,000 plus anticipated attendees, including owner-operators, truck drivers and ops managers, WCS will maximize the reach of its products and services.

More About WCS Permits & Pilot Cars

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is North America’s oversize load authority. We provide various industries with oversize load permitstrip & fuel permitssuperload permits, route surveying, transportation consultingpilot car dispatching and truck safety equipment throughout the United States and Canada. We also take pride in offering some of the latest tools drivers and dispatchers need for optimal convenience, including our Permit Accompaniments App available on the App Store and Google Play, and our online permit manual, The Oversize Load Assistant. We manufacture all of our over-dimensional signage in our Los Angeles, CA sign-shop.

The company was formed in 1998 as a small Southern California-based pilot car and oversize permit service. After a few short years of providing pilot car dispatch and oversize load permits in California and the Western United States, the company further expanded its reach and grew until it was servicing the entire U.S. and Canada. 

I-40 Bridge at TN/AR Line Closed Due to Crack

The I-40 bridge, also known as the Hernando DeSoto “M” bridge, at the Tennessee/Arkansas border which crosses over the Mississippi River will be closed due to a crack in the structure. I-40 Bridge at TN/AR Line Closed Due to Crack

The crack was discovered on Monday, May 10 after suffering collision damage. 

The Tennessee DOT and Arkansas DOT share responsibility of the bridge and are working with contract crews to mitigate repairs. It is unknown at this time how long repairs will take to complete. 

All traffic is being re-routed to I-55. 

The TN DOT Bridge Inspection and Repair Office released a repair report and statement. The report notes repairs needed to beams and concrete. The bridge will be thoroughly inspected after repairs are completed, before it is reopened to travel. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot cars works directly with all state DOT permit offices to stay up-to-date on interstate closures, oversize travel restrictions and more. We can also help with oversize/overweight load permits, wide load permits, superload permits, trip & fuel permits, UCR fees, DOT numbers and more. Additionally, WCS manufacturers oversize load and truck safety equipment for purchase online or via phone sales.
 
For more information, contact WCS Permits today and one of our over 65 oversize load permit agents nationwide will assist you.