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.

 

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.
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. 

WCS to Showcase Technology, Services at Breakbulk Americas

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars, North America’s oversize load authority, is excited to again be exhibiting at the 2019 project cargo and breakbulk industry trade show, Breakbulk Americas in Houston, Texas the first week of October. WCS to Showcase Technology, Services at Breakbulk Americas

Breakbulk takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center Oct. 8 – 10, and is the largest exhibition of its kind in America, which brings together providers of breakbulk and project cargo services.

WCS Permits looks forward to showcasing its services, including oversize load permits, logistics consulting, trip & fuel permits, pilot cars and truck safety equipment. 

Exhibiting also allows team WCS to show off their technology.

In early 2019, WCS added a second permit to both the App Store and Google Play, the Permit Portal. The 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.

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. 

Booth visitors can also learn about the Permit Accompaniment app, also published by WCS. The app has permit provisions listed for all 50 US states, as well as the 13 Canadian Provinces, and is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.

WCS will provide demonstrations of both mobile apps during the 2019 show. 

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

This year, WCS Permits is at booth no. I44 in Halls D&E during Breakbulk Americas. 

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 2019 Breakbulk America’s website

 

 

WCS Permits Contest Winner Announced

The winner of the WCS Permits & Pilot Cars “Who’s in the Spotlight” contest has been chosen. 

WCS Permits Contest Winner Announced The winning load was a 90-foot long NASA exploration flight test capsule that was safely transported to the White House in 2018. WCS Permits provided the oversize/overweight permits and pilot cars for the load. 

The spacecraft, The Orion, was on display as part of President Trump’s “Made in America Product Showcase.” 

At 82,000 pounds, 15′-1″ high and 17′ wide, the load traveled from the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, FL to the White House in Washington, D.C., safely making its was through the Sunshine state and across several others before finally unloading on the South Lawn of the White House.

Several days later, the load made its return trip to Florida. 

WCS’ Pilot Car department conducted the route surveys prior to the oversize load permit submission and approval phase before the load hit the road. 

According to an article published by The New York Post, The Orion, which is being developed by Lockheed Martin, was first tested in 2014.

It also said, Orion project manager Michael Haws and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine were on hand for the event. 

WCS Permits worked with the carrier to route and obtain all necessary state, city and county oversize load permits to allow for its transport. 

Our internal WCS transportation agent and WCS customer both won a cool $100 gift card for the load submission, details and pictures. 

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.

WCS Permits' Announces "Who's in the Spotlight" Contest

WCS Permits & Pilot cars is launching a week-long contest, “Who’s in the Spotlight” with the goal of highlighting one special, winning oversize load project the company has either piloted or permitted in the last year. 

WCS Permits' Announces "Who's in the Spotlight" Contest

The contest was initiated to help bring forth load details, and put some of the coolest projects the company has permitted or piloted in the last year in the spotlight.

The contest will run from Tuesday, June 18th at 8 a.m. EST through Tuesday, June 25th at 8 p.m. EST and a $100 prize is at stake.

WCS Transportation Agents, WCS Managers and WCS customers all have a chance to win the $100 prize. The winning load means the prize will be awarded to the agent who worked on that project/permits, that agent’s manager and the customer who hauled the load.

How to Enter

Submit the “Who’s in the Spotlight Entry Form” to WCS’ marketing department via email at cyndi@wcspermits.com. Each entrant must fulfill all requirements as outlined in the official rules below. At least three (3) images of the load must be attached in the same email. 

Official Contest Rules

  1. Eligibility: The contest is open to WCS transportation agents and their managers, and customers who have detailed information and 3 or more digital pictures of an oversize/overweight load permitted and/or piloted by WCS Permits.
    1. Project scope and info on uniqueness of load are required. 
    2. WCS transportation agents and WCS customers are welcome to enter multiple loads. 
  2. Campaign Period: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 8 a.m. EST through Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST. 
  3. How to Enter: Submit the “Who’s in the Spotlight Entry Form” to WCS’ marketing department via email at cyndi@wcspermits.com. Each entrant must fulfill all requirements as outlined in the Who’s in the Spotlight contest overview. At least three (3) images of the load must be attached in the same email. 
  4. Prizes: One load will be chosen as the winner, although each involved party will be rewarded, including:
    1. A $100 gift card to the lead WCS transportation agent.
    2. A $100 gift card to lead WCS transportation agent’s manager.
    3. $100 gift card or invoice credit to the WCS customer the oversize load was hauled by.
  5. Each winner will be given the chance to pick from several gift cards, with the WCS customer having the option to choose from a $100 gift card or $100 invoice credit. Each prize will be shipped directly to the winner. No substitutions.
  6. Winner Notification: the winner will be notified via email on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The winning load will be posted to the following WCS Permits social media accounts: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter also on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. 
  7. Note: By entering the WCS Permits contest, you give WCS Permits the rights to use photos in print or digital, or in any media.

Questions

If you have questions about the Who’s in the Spotlight contest, contact your WCS Permits’ transportation agent directly. 

WCS Permits to Exhibit at Mid-America Truck Show

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars will be attending and exhibiting at the 2019 Mid-America Truck Show (MATS) at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky March 28 – 30.WCS Permits to Exhibit at Mid-America Truck Show

WCS will be at booth number 12232 in the North Wing of the expo center. 

Attendees can stop by to learn more about the products and services offered by North America’s leading oversize load and superload permit agency. 

WCS will also showcase its line-up of technology, including its newest app, The Permit Portal which sends instant text notifications once oversize permits are approved. The team of transportation agents behind the booth will also give live demos of the Oversize Load Assistant, which includes how the Permit Calculator estimates oversize fees and the company’s online permit portal where clients can get permit updates in real time.

Also being showcased, WCS’ Permit Attachment App, a popular tool among drivers and dispatchers which gives quick access to permit attachments for the United States and Canada.

Both of WCS’ apps are available for free on the App Store and Google Play. 

MORE ABOUT MATS

Show location:

Kentucky Expo Center
937 Philips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209

Show hours: 

Thursday, March 28th VIP 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., General 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, March 29th – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 30th – 9 a.m. to 4 p..

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

ABOUT WCS PERMITS & PILOT CARS

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

WCS Permits Announces Facebook Photo Contest

WCS Permits & Pilot cars is looking for the best photos of oversize/overweight loads from all over the road anywhere in the United States and Canada. 

WCS Permits Announces Facebook Photo Contest

Oversize load – military equipment

The Facebook photo contest is open to any load permitted by a WCS Permit agent, from any of the company’s nationwide offices. Everything from wide loads to tall loads to long loads, as well as superloads are welcome. 

WCS will reward two contest winners with a company T-shirt and assortment of company giveaways, along with bragging rights. The goodies will be shipped directly to the winners. 

Enter by posting a photo with a brief caption to WCS Permits Facebook wall, or add the photo and caption to any post within the comments. Mention the photo contest in the caption. Entry period ends Monday, March 11th at 8 p.m. EST. 

Official Rules

  1. Eligibility: The contest is open to those who have a digital picture of an oversize/overweight load permitted by WCS Permits.
  2. Campaign Period: Wednesday, March 6th at 3 pm EST – Monday, March 11th at 8 pm EST
  3. How to Enter: Submit a photo to WCS Permits via Facebook wall or comment to any post at https://facebook.com/wcspermits with a brief caption and mention of the contest. The entry must fulfill campaign requirements.
  4. Prizes: Two winners selected by WCS Permits’ management will receive a WCS T-shirt and a small assortment of company giveaways. The prize will be shipped directly to the winner. No substitutions.
  5. Winner Notification: the winner will be notified via Facebook within five days following the selection of the winner on Tuesday, March 12th.
  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.
WCS Pilot Car Manager Featured in AC&T Magazine Article

WCS Permits’ Pilot Car Manager, Valerie Daniel, was WCS Pilot Car Manager Featured in AC&T Magazine Articlefeatured in the February 2019 issue of American Cranes & Transport (AC&T) Magazine. 

This is the second year WCS and Daniel were asked to give their expertise on pilot car market demands and certification, among other industry leaders. 

The AC&T article, “A crucial transportation tool” included Daniel’s take on market trends and challenges. 

Daniel talked about the current state of the pilot car market as well as its challenges. Daniel and WCS Permit colleagues believe the varying state regulations for pilot cars is a big challenge and the need for national certification is extremely important. 

Daniel also gave advice to anyone planning a cross-country transportation in regards to pilot cars. 

“Unless a company has extensive knowledge of oversize rules and regulations, getting professional assistance is the key,” said Daniel.

She also noted any company wishing to do the research on rules and regulations themselves can refer to the Oversize Load Assistant, which is an interactive database with info detailed info on pilot car requirements per state. 

ABOUT DANIEL & WCS’ PILOT CAR DIVISION

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

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