Divisible VS Non-Divisible LoadsDivisible loads can be broken apart easily, while indivisible loads generally take more than 8 hours of work to disassemble. It is usually possible to obtain a permit for an indivisible load, but divisible loads have to follow weight regulations. Hauling divisible vs. indivisible loads makes a big difference in the type of weight regulations that a trucker has to follow. Let us explore both divisible and non-divisible loads.
Divisible LoadA “divisible load” is any vehicle or combination of vehicles transporting a cargo of legal dimensions that can be divided into units of legal weight without affecting the physical integrity of the load. Some of the divisible loads are topsoil, sand, gravel, scrap metal, stone, fuel, logs, trash/refuse/garbage, etc. The main goal of this type of loads is to minimize one’s ability to overload cargo onto a trailer. If the cargo/components being shipped can be divided into many units of legal dimensions without affecting the physical integrity of the load, then they must be separated if they fall outside of the “legal dimensions” of the state. If it can be divided and it does not exceed 8 – man hours to disassemble it, then it must be separated. Here are the 4 dimensions where Divisible Load Law will apply, listed from top to bottom in the likelihood of enforcement from state to state. Use the category that best describes your load to help determine if it is feasible to transport on one trailer. Please note: It is extremely important to contact the individual states you will be transporting through for verification of state-specific regulations.
|Uncommon – Total length of the load cannot exceed state maximums if the other pieces add to the length. They must be transported distinctly.|
|Very Uncommon – Total height cannot exceed the state maximums (rule of thumb 13’6’’ east of the Mississippi and 14’ west of the Mississippi) this would be a rare case because most items are not loaded if they transported in many pieces rather than side by side.|
|Somewhat Common – Total width of the load cannot exceed 8’6’’. If there are two pieces and one causing the width to exceed 8’6’’ they have to be separated.|
|Very Common – Tractor, Trailer, and Load total weights cannot exceed 80,000 lbs. If there are two pieces that cause the overall weight to exceed 80,000 lbs., then they must be divided.|
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Non-Divisible LoadHauling divisible vs. indivisible loads makes a big difference in the type of weight regulations that a trucker must follow. Usually, non-divisible loads are loads that can’t be divided easily to comply with weight rules. Permits may be issued by the States without regard to the axle, gross, or Federal bridge formula requirements for non-divisible vehicles or loads. A non-divisible load is defined as any load or vehicle that exceeds applicable weight or length limits which, if divided into smaller loads or vehicles, would:
- Compromise the intended use of the vehicle, i.e., make it unable to perform the function for which it was intended;
- Destroy the value of the load or vehicle, i.e., make it unusable for its intended purpose; or
- Requires more than 8 work hours to pull to pieces using appropriate equipment. The applicant for a non-divisible load permit has the burden of proof as to the number of work hours needed to pull the load into pieces the load.