Single Trip Permits Now Valid 5 Days in Arkansas

Effective January 8, 2020 single trip permits will be valid for the duration of 5 days instead of 3 days in the state of Arkansas.

The news was first announced in early January on the Arkansas’ automated online permit system home page.

Single Trip Permits Now Valid 5 Days in Arkansas

This is something many in the oversize load and specialized transportation transportation industry see as a positive, and will eliminate the hassle of having to order another trip permit after only 3 days.

In the oversize sector, loads face delays due to breakdowns, weather and travel restrictions so the added two days will help with having to reorder oversize permits.

Exceptions to this rule are the following: hay movement will remain for 3 days, sealed container will remain for 6 days and house movements will remain for 2 days.

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.

PA Turnpike to Implement New Special Hauling Permit System

The Pennsylvania special permit hauling department released details about the PA Turnpike Commission’s new special hauling permit system for overweight/over-dimensional vehicles at cashless tolling locations.

The special hauling permit office sent out the following details.

PA Turnpike to Implement New Special Hauling Permit System

On Dec. 18, 2019, the PA Turnpike Commission approved a new permit fee structure at cashless tolling points only across our system for overweight/over-dimensional vehicles.  Beginning Jan. 5, these vehicles must apply for a Special Hauling Permit and pay a $37 flat fee along with an additional 24 cent-per-ton-mile fee on all weight in excess of 80,000 pounds. Those cashless tolling locations are:

  • Gateway Toll Plaza Milepost 2, I-76 (near Ohio line);
  • Beaver Valley Express­way (PA Turnpike 376);
  • Findlay Connector (PA Turnpike 576);
  • Greensburg Bypass/AKH (PA Turnpike 66); and
  • Delaware River Bridge Toll Plaza, Milepost 42.6, I-95 (near NJ line);
  • Keyser Avenue and Clarks Summit Toll Plazas, Mileposts 122 and 131, (I-476 near Scranton).

Changes for Overweight/Over-dimensional customers at cashless tolling locations only include:

  • All customers applying for a Special Hauling Permit for Overweight/Over-dimensional vehicles must pay a new permit fee online using a credit card or ACH when the application is submitted.  There will be no print function for approved permits until payment is made.
  • All customers must print and carry a hard copy of the approved permit. 
  • Tolls will be assessed electronically as customers travel the cashless tolling system. There is no need to stop to process permits or pay tolls at cashless tolling locations.
  • 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.

While the permit fees for overweight and over-dimensional haulers at cashless tolling locations are new, the toll rates have been adjusted so that the overall trip costs are comparable to those of existing Class-9 toll rates. 

The PA Turnpike’s standard permit requirements — weight, width, length, height, etc. — remain in effect for these new Special Hauling Permit procedures at cashless tolling locations.  Visit https://www.paturnpike.com/commercial/permit_info.aspx to learn more. Or call 1-800-331-3414 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday).

Kansas Permit Prices to Increase in 2020

Increases to oversize/overweight and superload permit fees will take effect on January 1, 2020 in Kansas.

Kansas Permit Prices to Increase in 2020

The Kansas Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced updates in permit fees on the Kansas Truck Routing and Intelligent Permitting System (K-TRIPS). Fee increases vary by permit type.

Permit fees will increase for the following permit types on January 1.

  • Standard annuals will increase to $200
  • Overdimension oversize and/or overweight will increase to $40
  • Overdimension large structure will increase to $200
  • Overdimension superload will increase to $200

The last price increase was in July 2019.

Click here for a full 2020 Kansas DOT permit price list.

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.

The Different Types of Transportation Permits

What are the different types of transportation permits? Here they are broken down with requirements and guidelines that apply to each.

The Different Types of Transportation Permits

Single Trip Oversize/Overweight Permits

Single Trip permits are required when the overall dimensions of a load exceed the state guidelines.

You may need a Single Trip permit if:

  • Overall weight exceeds 80,000 lbs.
  • Overall height exceeds 13’6” **14’0” in some states
  • Overall length exceeds 65’
  • Overall width exceeds 8’6”
  • Overall length and overhang varies per state. Please check with one of our specialists for details.

Single Trip Oversize/Overweight City and County Permits

City and County permits are often required if you are starting or ending in a local jurisdiction and traveling on local roads such as city streets or county routes. Overall, more local jurisdictions are requiring permits as they become more versed in the oversize transport industry and understand the legalities and liabilities that came along with specialized transport. WCS has an extensive library of resources to obtain local permits in many cities and counties in the United States and Canada.

Superload Permits

An oversized load is considered a superload when the dimensions and weights exceed the standard issued permit limitations. Dimensions and weights vary per state.

WCS Permits is an industry leader for all of your superload needs. Our specialists will assist you with all superload support including route planning, price quoting, Utility Clearance Approvals, Route Surveys, Pilot Car and Pole Car services, Shipper’s Letters, Vehicle Drawings, Construction Notification Approvals, Engineering Survey referrals, and Bucket Truck referrals to obtain state approvals for travel. In many cases, permitting a superload requires state police to accompany the load. Requirements vary per state so please contact a specialist today to start planning your move!

Trip and Fuel Permits

A temporary “trip” permit is also known as an IRP (International Registration Plan) Permit which is issued as a temporary vehicle registration for the out-of-state travel of a commercial vehicle not registered in a specific state or states.  

Temporary fuel permits are required for commercial vehicles that do not have valid IFTA (International Fuel Tax Agreement) credentials for their intended states of travel. The fuel tax agreement covers the US and Canada and requires the commercial vehicle to pay taxes on the distance traveled in each state or province.

Trip and Fuel permits may also be required if your power unit has:

  • 2 axles and a gross weight over 26,000 lbs.
  • 3 or more axles (any weight)

Our specialists can acquire temporary trip and fuel permits throughout the United States and Canada. Call us now to order!

Annual Oversize/Overweight Permits

An annual permit also referred to as a “blanket” permit can be issued to a commercial vehicle for a 12 month/one-year period. Annual permits usually have strict guidelines and size/weight limitations that vary per state. Some states also offer 30, 60, and 90 day permits as well as quarterly permits depending on the commodity you are hauling. WCS offers a service to advise when annuals are coming up for renewal. Please contact our specialists for more information today!

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

There are a lot of regulations for oversize loads, including those for oversize load signs and flags during transport. Not only that, pilot cars escorting oversize loads also must comply by many different requirements. Here, we piece those requirements together.

Oversize Load Sign, Flag & Pilot Car Requirements

When does an oversize load require signs or flags?

Oversize Load or Wide Load banners and warning flags are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for any commercial motor vehicle transporting an oversize and/or overweight load.  Regulations on signage and warning flags vary per state.

Signage

United States

  • Most US states require a banner that is 7’0” wide x 18” high, with 12” lettering
  • All banners require black letters on reflective yellow background
  • Signage placement regulations vary per state

Canada

  • Most provinces require a “D” sign that is 245 cm x 30 cm, with 20 cm series E lettering.
  • All signs require red transparent lettering on reflective white background.
  • Signage placement regulations vary per province.

Warning Flags

United States

  • Required on over-width and/or over-length loads
  • Bright red and/or orange, 18” x 12” square, clean and in good condition
  • Must be secured on the load’s extreme protrusions or on a flag staff
  • Warning flag placement regulations may vary per state

Canada

  • Required on over-width and/or over-length loads
  • Red and/or fluorescent orange, 40 cm x 40 cm square
  • Must be secured on the load’s extreme protrusions or on a flag staff

Requirements for oversize load signage wording can vary state to state. Signage can vary in wording depending on the type of load that is being hauled.

  • Oversize Load (typical signage)
  • Wide Load
  • Long Load
  • “D” (Canada)

Signage Material 

  • Mesh
  • Vinyl
  • Magnetic with vinyl
  • Non-reflective aluminum (single sided, double sided, folding)
  • Reflective metal aluminum (single sided, double sided, folding)

When is a Pilot Car required for oversize or specialized transport?

Regulations vary by state and/or province that pilot car drivers must be aware of to operate.  Even within the same state/provinces there are factors which affect when a pilot car is required such as:

  • The time of day an oversize load is being transported
  • Size of the road an oversize load is being hauled on, and whether the area is urban, rural or mountain
  • The overall dimensions of load commodity

Requirements for Certification

Most states don’t require that pilot car drivers be certified, but those that do have strict requirements in terms of driver training and equipment. Below is a list of states which have pilot car certification or additional training requirements.

United States

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Florida * Additional requirement- National Safety Council 8-hour Defensive driving course certificate
  • Georgia * Additional requirement- GA Amber Light Permit
  • Louisiana * LA Approved Escort Vehicle Permit
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada * Additional requirement- NV Amber Light Permit
  • New Mexico *NM certification inspection required at the Port of Entry
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • TWIC Cards (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) required to enter secure area of maritime ports.

Canadian Provinces

  • AB- No certification/training required at this time
  • BC- Pilot car operators are not required to be certified; however, TCP certification is required to perform traffic control in a high-risk situation.
  • NB – No certification/training required at this time
  • NF – No certification/training required at this time
  • NS – No certification/training required at this time
  • NU – No certification/training required at this time
  • NWT – No certification/training required at this time
  • MB – Manitoba (course required) and does recognizes all US jurisdictions that require PEVO (except New York)
  • ON- Two years of driving experience and a valid driver’s license equivalent to an Ontario Class G2 driver’s license.
  • PEI – No certification/training required at this time
  • QB- No certification/training required at this time
  • SK – No certification/training required at this time
  • YK- No certification/training required at this time

Certification typically requires a driver to pass an approved training course, take a test and demonstrate that he carries the proper safety equipment. Some of the states that don’t require certification still require pilot car drivers to obtain permits before working as a pilot in that state.

How long does it take to dispatch a pilot car?

The length of time varies to dispatch a pilot car and depends. It could take minutes, hours or even days.It depends on the region/state requested, type of pilot car(s) needed and demand. WCS Permits offers pilot car services and emergency dispatch 7 days a week. WCS makes the process quick and efficient and relieves you of the headache of locating a local driver and pilot car for your oversize load or superload. Our top priority is always safety. If you’re in need of a pilot car driver or escort, contact our pilot car department.

Purchase equipment now

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars sells truck safety equipment including oversize load signs in various sizes and materials, as well as warning flags. Our online store also includes a full inventory of lighted devices, measuring devices, safety apparel and more. All oversize load banners and signs for sale online at Store.WCSPermits.com meet the U.S. requirements. WCS’ custom sign shop can make any custom sign by request. 

I-40 West to Close at NC/TN Border

Both westbound lanes of Interstate 40 between mile marker 20 and mile marker 15 will close between the Tennessee state line and the U.S. 276 interchange in North Carolina so emergency concrete repairs can be made to the bridge.

I-40 West to Close at NC/TN Border

The closure starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 and is expected to continue for up to five days, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT), and takes place along an area of I-40 with a history of rapid deterioration resulting in potential road hazards.

Repairs to the deteriorating concrete will be made ahead of Winter, which a crew will remove and replace old concrete to the over 50-year-old bridge.

Traffic will detour to I-26 into Tennessee, adding an additional 45 mins to travel time. While state officials and project engineers say the closure can last up to five days, it is said the project is estimated to take 48 hours to five days. The only way to make the repairs are to close the interstate.

Drivers heading West should take I-40 Exit 53B (I-240 West) for five miles to Exit 4A (I-26 West) and follow that for 74 miles, crossing into Tennessee. Then drivers can take Exit 8A for I-81 South and continue 57 miles to re-access I-40 near Dandridge, Tennessee.

Prior to the work starting Monday, crews closed the outside lane of the bridge heading east toward Asheville from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. starting Friday to complete repairs in that lane.

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.

Updated April 22, 2020

AL — Electronic permits allowed on both laptop and phones

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

AZ — Electronic permits are allowed but paper copy is preferred 

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. All others acceptable just have to be downloaded so it is readable such as a PDF. 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 — Electronic permits are acceptable as long as they can be read by the officer, no minimum screen size

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 — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size, they must be signed on the device

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 — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

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 — Beginning Tuesday, April 14, 2020, special hauling permits issued through the OHPASS system may be shown when needed via an electronic device, such as a mobile phone. All other rules and regulations apply.

OK — Must have paper permit

OR — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size 

PA — Must have paper permit

RI — Still requires a paper copy but they are considering allowing electronic copies in the future, 4-5 months out minimum

SC — Must have paper permit

SD — Electronic permits allowed, must be legible, no specific guidelines around screen size

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 — Electronic permits are acceptable, but takes no responsibility for loss or damage to electronic devices. Permits containing routing information require the electronic device to have a screen display of no less than three and a half inches by five inches. Other permit types may have smaller screen displays. Must be legible or have zoom capability. Must allow physical control of the device by law enforcement. The permittee must comply with the requirements for electronic display of a permit or must have a paper copy of the permit carried on the power unit at all times while transporting the permitted load. Trip and Fuel permits are the only permit types that must be printed out and signed in ink and may not be stored electronically.

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 — Electronic Permits are allowed, no minimum screen size

Canadian Provinces

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

BC — Electronic permits acceptable, must be downloaded before they enter in case there is no service, no minimum screen requirement

MB— Electronic permits accepted on single move permits, paper copy is required for Annuals

NF — Paper is preferred but electronic permits are allowed in an emergency, no screen requirement

NB — Paper copy only

NWT — Electronic permits are acceptable, no minimum screen size

NS — Must have paper permit

ON — Must have paper permit

PE — Must have paper permit

QB — Must have paper permit

SK — Electronic permits acceptable, no minimum screen size

YK — Must have paper permit

NU — Must have paper permit

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.