Overlength Permits

Overlength Permit

An overlength load is one that exceeds the length allowed for standard vehicles. Overlength loads or vehicles can only operate if the trucker purchases an overlength permit. If possible, any load should be loaded in a way that complies with standard length limits. If not, they are irreducible and will require overlength permits.

Overlength permits require a review of the movement, demonstrating that it can happen safely. In these situations, drivers must take precautions to safeguard the traveling public.

Generally, there are four categories of load sizes: 1, 2, 3, and 4. Each of them is larger than the previous one. So, a load that has a size 4 classification is larger than one with a size 3.

Requirements for Overlength Vehicles

A vehicle requires an overlength permit if it meets certain conditions. However, these conditions may vary by state. Make sure to check with your state or an agency like ours before purchasing these permits.

The driver of a vehicle that is longer than 25 meters has to get an overlength permit from the rail service operator if the vehicle is going to travel over a level crossing. If the overlength vehicle is shipping a load of more than 30 meters in length, it should have a rear steering facility.

In addition, if an overlength vehicle has an operated steering jinker or a pole trailer, the rear overhang is measured between the rearmost part of the load and the center of the rear turntable load support.

Also, if the forward distance is 3.5 meters or less and the vehicle combination includes a load-sharing trailer, the load-sharing trailer does not factor into the forwarding distance calculations. If the forward distance exceeds 3.5 meters, this distance must be added to the forward distance of the main trailer, less 3.5 meters.

Finally, the forward distance used for knowing the overlength operating requirements is half the distance between the two turntables supporting the load if the vehicle combination includes an operated steering jinker. 

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