November Holidays: Oversize Travel Restrictions

Oversize load travel restrictions and department of transportation (DOT) oversize/overweight permit office closures are available for truck drivers and dispatchers to plan ahead for some upcoming holidays in late 2019. Upcoming Holiday Oversize Travel Restrictions

Thanksgiving Day is observed on Thursday, November 28. All state permit offices are closed with a majority also closed on Friday, November 29 as well. Most states have travel restrictions in place for the holiday, with some starting as early as Tuesday, November 26. 

Some states also note a specific height, width and length restriction for Thanksgiving Day. 

WCS contacts each state to obtain the most accurate holiday closure information, although some states post updates while other states don’t publish or give out oversize travel restrictions until closer to the holiday. Updates will be posted as each state makes them available so it’s important to check back in for updates. 

Christmas and New Year’s Day oversize travel restrictions will be available soon. 

WCS Permits puts together a list of oversize load travel restrictions and oversize permit office closures by state for every major holiday. 

WCS Permits Can Help

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

 

Electronic Permit Allowances

A majority of states are now allowing drivers to carry and display oversize load permits electronically, instead of having to carry paper copies.

Carrying and displaying oversize/overweight load permits electronically will provide convenience for those drivers who use a smart phone, tablet or laptop to conduct business. 

Drivers are taking caution as those who rely on smart phones only to show electronic permits in states allowed must be within their data carriers service area. If out of the coverage area, the driver will be considered as having no permit. 

New states are being added all the time, please check this list frequently for updates. 

Below is the breakdown of where each state sits on electronic versus paper permits:

AL — Must have a paper permit

AK — Must be able to show permit regardless of service area, otherwise will be considered to have no permit

AZ — Signed paper copy only, no plans to change

AR — Electronic permits allowed on seven-inch screen or larger

CA — Electronic transportation permits (RCATZ/STARS2 only) and any required accompaniments are allowed on any electronic device, no minimum screen size

CO — Electronic permit allowed, no minimum screen size

CT — Electronic verification of permit is acceptable, no minimum screen size.  The driver must be able to produce the permit on an electronic devise to show enforcement if pulled over. 

DE — Must have paper permit, state does not allow electronic hand held devices at all per state law

FL — Electronic permits are allowed with no minimum screen size, although blanket permits must be a paper copy

GA — Allow for electronic display of single trip permits

HI – Must have paper permit

ID – Oversize & overweight permits can be displayed electronically. No minimum screen size. Temporary registrations/fuel permits must be hard copy. 

IL — Paper required if Police escort is required. No certain screen size or device required

IN — Paper required if Police escort is required. No certain screen size or device required

IA — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

KS — State law says paper permits only, however some highway patrol will accept electronic permits with permit number

KY — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

LA — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size, permits must be legible 

ME — Must have paper permit

MD — Electronic permits acceptable on smart phone or tablet. No minimum screen size

DC — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

MA — Must have paper permit

MI — Power Unit Construction Equipment Extender permit ONLY, all other permits must be hard copy 

MN – Electronic permits are acceptable on laptops, tablets or smartphone device, no minimum screen size, must provide complete and legible copies of the permit and general provisions

MS — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

MO — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size 

MT —  Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NE —  Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NV — Must have paper permit

NH — Electronic permits are acceptable if permit can be signed electronically 

NJ — Must have paper permit

NM — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NY — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NY THRU — Must have paper permit

NC — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

ND — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

OH — Must have paper permit

OK — Must have paper permit

OR — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size 

PA — Must have paper permit

RI — Must have paper permit

SC — Must have paper permit

SD — Must have paper permit

TN — Electronic permits are acceptable

TX — Up to law enforcement’s discretion, paper copy is still recommended

UT – Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

VT — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

VA — Electronic permits are acceptable

WA — Must have paper permit

WV — Electronic permits acceptable on smart phone or tablet, no minimum screen size

WI — Must have paper permit, farmers can show their no cost permits electronically

WY — Must have paper permit

Canadian Provinces

AB — Electronic OS/OW permits only are acceptable, no minimum screen size

BC — Must have paper permit

MB— Must have paper permit

NF — Must have paper permit

NB — Electronic OS/OW permits only are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NWT — Must have paper permit

NS — Must have paper permit

ON — Must have paper permit

PE — Must have paper permit

QB — Must have paper permit

SK — Must have paper permit

YK — Must have paper permit

NU — Must have paper permit

Permit Portal App Update Links Permit Attachments

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars has announced an exciting new feature available in the Permit Portal App.

The Permit Portal app has been live on both the App Store and Google Play for almost a year and has stellar reviews for its simplicity. Drivers and dispatchers across North America have opted in to receive instant automated text message notifications when oversize permits are approved.

This latest version of the app, took it a step further and links all required attachments with state and local permits.

Permit Portal App Update Links Permit Attachments

For years, WCS’ online system, The WCS Permit Portal, has allowed customers to place orders, and view and download permits. The addition of this app allows for drivers and dispatches to check the status of a permit, fast.

This update brings even more convenience and ease, not only eliminating the exchange of numerous emails and phone calls but automatically linking required state and local attachments with each available permit.

A majority of states are now allowing drivers to carry and display oversize load permits electronically, instead of having to carry paper copies. View each state’s policy here.

The free app allows WCS customers to receive an instant text message notification or email as soon as an oversize load permit is available. It is unlike any other tool or app available to drivers or dispatchers in the industry.

Download Now

Download the free Permit Portal on the App Store now or on Google Play or contact your WCS permit agent to get set up to receive instant text message notifications when your oversize permits are available.

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 new technology and industry news.

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

WCS Social Media Contest: Win FREE Equipment, T-Shirts & More

WCS Permits & Pilot cars is looking for awesome photos of oversize/overweight loads, and will reward the overall best pic with Fox Fire lights and an oversize load sign, while several more entries will receive a WCS T-shirt and other giveaways.

WCS Social Media Contest: Win FREE Equipment, T-Shirts & More

The month long photo contest is open to all truck drivers, dispatchers, owner-operators, etc. who have an awesome pic of an oversize load. Everything from wide loads to tall loads to long loads, as well as superloads, are welcome. 

Entries must follow WCS on both social platforms (Instagram and Facebook), must tag WCS in the caption and use a specific hashtag to be considered. One weekly winner will be chosen leading up to the grand prize monthly winner announced on November 1, 2019.

WCS will reward each weekly winner with a WCS T-shirt and a small assortment of giveaways, and the monthly grand prize winner with a set of Fox Fire lights and an oversize load sign, as well as a WCS T-shirt and the smaller giveaways. Winners will be notified via direct message on the platform they entered, and will be shipped their items within one week of verifying their mailing address.

How to Enter

Enter by posting a photo of an oversize load with a brief caption and tagging WCS Permits on Facebook or Instagram along with the hashtag, #WCSPermitsContest. All entries must be an active follower of WCS on the platform of entry. Contest period ends October 31, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST. The monthly grand prize winner will be announced November 1, 2019 at 12 p.m. EST and each weekly winner will be announced throughout the month long contest period. Weekly winners will still be eligible for the grand prize.

Official Rules

  1. Eligibility: The contest is open to those who have and appropriately share a digital picture of an oversize/overweight load.
  2. Contest Period: October 1st at 12 pm EST – October 31st at 8 pm EST
  3. How to Enter: Submit a photo to WCS Permits via Facebook or Instagram with a brief caption, mention of the contest and hashtag #WCSPermitsContest. All entries must follow WCS on the platform and must fulfill all contest requirements.
  4. Prizes: Four weekly winners selected by WCS Permits’ management will receive a WCS T-shirt and a small assortment of company giveaways. One grand prize winner will receive Fox Fire lights, an oversize load banner, a WCS T-shirt and a small assortment of company giveaways. All prizes will be shipped directly to the winner. No substitutions.
  5. Winner Notification: the winner will be notified via the platform they entered the contest by. Weekly winners will be announced during the contest period and the grand prize winner will be announced November 1, 2019.
  6. Note: By entering the WCS Permits contest, you give WCS Permits the rights to use photos in print or digital, or in any media.
Bay Bridge Construction Starting Sept. 30, 2019

The Maryland Department of Transportation (DOT) is warning all about a closure on the Westbound Bay Bridge that will affect oversize load travel through the Spring of 2020.

Bay Bridge Construction Starting Sept. 30, 2019

Weather permitting, the rightmost lane (Lane 1) on Westbound Bay Bridge (US 50/301) will be closed starting Monday, September 30, 2019 as part of the deck rehabilitation project. Lane 1 will remain closed 24/7 until Spring of 2020.  During this time, nightly full Westbound Bay Bridge closure with two-way traffic on Eastbound Bay Bridge is in effect (weather permitting).

It is recommended that commercial vehicles should avoid crossing the Bay Bridge and stay on I-95. When traveling to the Bay Bridge, drivers should expect major delays and plan accordingly.  For up-to-date construction and closure information on the Bay Bridge, please call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726). FOR full announcement and info BAY BRIDGE DECK REHABILITATION PROJECT

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, restrictions and latest news. 

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

Prepare for Michigan Shut Down, Order Permits in Advance

The state of Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is warning all about a potential interruption in the issuance of permits due to a potential government shut down.

Prepare for Michigan Shut Down, Order Permits in Advance

The Michigan state partial government shut down is likely to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

The following is published on the home page of the Michigan DOT website:

If state government is shut down due to lack of budget authority, MDOT will cease issuance of all types of permits beginning on Oct. 1, 2019. We apologize in advance for any difficulties that you may experience should a government shutdown become a reality.

Oversize load permits issued before the potential shut down would still be valid. Individuals or companies needing to move a load for emergency response purposes that requires a permit to be legal, are urged to contact the appropriate law enforcement agency for guidance.

WCS Permits’ over 65 nationwide agents can help, but also urge all to get permit requests in early so WCS can apply for permits before the shut down.

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, restrictions and latest news. 

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

WCS Adds Improved Dynamic Search Feature to Online Permit Portal

In order to make the online ordering and management of oversize load permits easier, WCS Permits has added some new search features to its online order system – the WCS Permit Portal. 

WCS Adds Improved Dynamic Search Feature to Online Permit Portal

The program search function is now more dynamic than ever, allowing customers and WCS agents to find what they need, and search by different criteria or a string of criteria such as origin, destination, height, width, object and more.

This gives WCS’ over 65 transportation consultants and WCS customers the ability to quickly search for and duplicate a past order or submit a new order for an oversize/overweight permit, annual permit or trip & fuel permit.

Furthermore, the improved search function allows results to be narrowed by additional parameters if an initial search does not return the desired results. For example, a first search made might request orders originating in Houston. That request is broad and the search returns 50 orders. So to better locate the subject order, more specific options can be checked such as a height of greater than or equal to 16’0”. Then the results are reduced to a few loads that match all criteria selected – orders originating in Houston and height greater than or equal to 16’0”. 

One of the biggest benefits to doing research on the WCS Permit Portal is that all search results include both the original order along with all applicable permits, notes and documents associated with the order.  This allows for easy review of previous routing and any complications that may have been encountered.

“The goal is to continue to improve our online permit system so users can quickly access the information they need when they need it,” said WCS lead in-house programming engineer, Randy Waite. “These system improvements will help speed up the process and turnaround times for all.”

For years, the program has allowed WCS permit agents and customers to access securely stored customer info such as license, VIN, vehicle spacing, configurations, and previous orders for fast and simple reordering.

While the program is a convenient tool that many customers take advantage of, permit agents are still available by phone or email for customers to place orders across the company’s five nationwide offices.

According to Waite, WCS is committed to continually improving the WCS Permit Portal, and simplifying the oversize load permitting process.

Use of the WCS Permit Portal is free to all WCS customers. 

OR: I-84 Legal Width Restriction

Beginning Monday, Sept. 30, a section of I-84 eastbound will be restricted to 8-6 wide through Thursday, Oct. 3 between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day for necessary maintenance work, according to memo circulated by the Oregon Department of Transportation (DOT).

OR: I-84 Legal Width Restriction

There are no local details available at this time. OR Dot is asking all carriers and motorists to avoid the area during the maintenance work.

OR DOT is also asking carriers circulate the memo with detailed information to avoid any delays.

Restrictions and dates may change due to weather.

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 and restrictions. 

If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department.

Limited Travel & Waivers Issued for Hurricane Dorian

More states have issued waivers for for carriers transporting essential emergency relief supplies during Hurricane Dorian, while others have oversize travel restrictions or have published an executive order which hours of service are waived.

Limited Travel & Waivers Issued for Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian strengthened back to a category 3 with about 105 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, and was moving north-northwest late Wednesday, several states have issued official waivers and/or executive order, with some states issuing “disaster relief” permits.

Additionally, there are some oversize load travel restrictions in place.

Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis  issued an emergency declaration ahead of Hurricane Dorian, which temporarily suspending hours of service regulations for truck drivers providing direct assistance in the aftermath of the storm.

As long as the declaration is active, truckers engaged in specific aspects of emergency relief, including direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services (electrical, sewer, water and telecommunications) or essential supplies (food, water, medical supplies and fuel), are exempt from hours of service regulations.

The declaration is effective through Oct. 28 unless it is extended or canceled.

Georgia

In Georgia, a “Disaster Relief” permit is available for $38.00, and can be used for divisible loads as well, but must be under the following dimensions; 10’0 wide, 13’6 height, 100’0 long and 95,000 GVW. 

Currently, I-95 NB travel only and I-16 coastal WB travel only.  

North Carolina

Governor Cooper has declared a State of Emergency for NC and issued Executive Order No. 100. The Governor has directed the Department of Public Safety to temporarily suspend weighing those vehicles used to transport livestock, poultry or crops ready to be harvested.  The Governor has also declared that the maximum hours of service for drivers should be waived. 

South Carolina

South Carolina has issued an executive order due to Hurricane Dorian.

Virginia

Virginia released a waiver for carriers transporting essential emergency relief supplies or providing emergency restoration of infrastructure services, during which weight exemptions are not valid on posted structures for restricted weight.

MoDOT to Close I-70 in Both Directions

MoDOT will completely close Interstate 70 in both directions between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 (Mile Markers 7-15) beginning Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

MoDOT to Close I-70 in Both Directions

While the interstate is closed, the ramps from I-435 South to I-70 East and I-435 North to I-70 west will be demolished.

A number of MoDOT crews will also complete other much-needed maintenance work along the several mile stretch, including lighting repairs, median barrier wall repairs, drainage work, and paving operations along I-70. All work is weather permitting.

The road work will have major impacts to traffic including commercial vehicle (and oversize load) traffic.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5

·     Crews willclose the ramps from I-435 North to I-70 West and I-435 South to I-70 East at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. They will be demolished. New ramps will open next spring.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6

·     Crews will begin reducing I-70 to ONE LANE in both directions between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. Motorists can expect various lane closures during this time.

·     Crews will begin closing ALL on and off ramps along I-70 between I-435 and Route 291/I-470 around 8 p.m.

·     I-70 will be closed entirely from I-435 to I-470/Route 291 at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, September 6 until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

·     I-70 East will be reduced to one lane at Manchester Trafficway and traffic that has not already exited I-70 will be detoured off of I-70 at the ramp to I-435 South.

·     I-70 West will be reduced to one lane before the Route 291/I-470 interchange. All traffic that has not already exited I-70 will be routed onto Route 291/I-470 South.

·     Route 291 South just north of I-70 will be reduced to one lane to accommodate merging traffic from I-70 West.

All ramps to and from I-70 between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 will be blocked while I-70 is closed.

This work will have major impacts to traffic. Plan ahead.

Motorists MUST follow the signed detour using I-470 or find an alternate route.