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CA Pilot Car Maps

Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
All loads over 12’ wide-1 or 2 (depending on route)
Length over 85’ to 135’ (over 100’ in LA county & LA city)-1 front/1 rear
Height polesare not a Caltrans requirement. If requested by a permittee, a pilot car will be permitted and identified as a permittee request.
Overhang (front or rear) 25’ or more-1 pilot or more

BOX 942874, ROOM 4105

NORTH REIGON PHONE: 916-322-1297
SOUTH REIGON PHONE: 909-383-4637
HOURS: MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M

Steering Axle 12,500 12,500
Single 20,000 20,000
Tandem 34,000 34,000
  Two consecutive sets of tandem axles cannot exceed 68,000 lbs and must have 36' between first and last axle of two consecutive axles.
Tridum Depends on Axle Spread  
Gross Weight 80,000
Federal Bridge Formula Applies
Width 8'6" 8'6"
  Any city or county may, by ordinance prohibit a combination of vehicles of a total width in excess of 8' upon highways under its jurisdiction
Height 14' 14
  Any vehicle that exceeds 13'6" shall only be operated on those highways where deemed to be safe by the owner of the vehicle
Single unit, buses 40' 40'
Semi-trailers 53* 65 overall length
  *On the national network if the semi-trailer is less than 48' there are no kingpin requirements. On the national network semi-trailers up to 53' must follow the following requirements: kingpin to centerline of rearmost axle of tandems is limited to 40', single rear axle is limited to 38'

On all other roads the overall length is 65' and kingpin to centerline of 40' for 2 or more axles and 38' for a single axle. If kingpin of stinger steered semi-trailer is a least 3' behind the rear drive axle of motor truck.
  75' 75'
  If the distance between the steering axle and the kingpin is at least 5' behind the rear drive axle of the motor truck and the distance from kingpin and rear axle of the semi-trailer does not exceed 34' and the distance from the steering axle to the rear drive axle of the motor truck does not exceed 24'.

OVERHANG 3’ front overhang, 4’ front overhang when the load is composed solely of vehicles and the load shall not extend to the rear beyond the last point of support for a greater distance than that equal to two-thirds of the length of the wheelbase of the vehicle carrying such load. For the wheelbase measurement it is the distance from the last axle of the power unit to the last axle of the semi-trailer.



Steering axle
Single axle 20,000
Tandem 70,000
Tridum 60,000 Depends on the axle spacings
Quad N/A
Trunnion 60,000 lbs 10' wide axle
Gross Weight:
5 Axles
6 Axles 117,450
7 Axles 158,000
8 Axles 181,300
No weight allowed on tandems with more than 8' spread. Tridum exceeding 10' spread
Length: Generally up to 135', the state will permit higher than this maximum if the road can handle the excess length and there is a good reason for the move. A steering axle may be required on longer roads.
Width: Generally up to 15', the state will permit higher than this maximum is the road can handle the excess width and the applicant can give a good reason on why this load should be moved.
Height: The maximum height is dependent on the clearance. The state will issue a permit if the vehicle will have adequate clearance on the routes to be traveled. 3" clearance required. All over height loads must be on a low boy trailer unless load requires full deck support. Written route surveys will be required from the carrier over 17'0" high.

Single trip permits are valid for five (5) travel days. Extensions and revisions may be granted,
the fee is $16.

Travel is allowed 24hours a day, 7 days a week (but must be requested at time of order) unless an
escort is required or load exceeds a 2 vehicle configuration; or exceeds green loading weight or
a detour is required, width does exceed lane width. In this case it is restricted to one-half hour
before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Weekend travel is allowed when no escort is required as long as vehicle combination does not
exceed 2 vehicles and loading does not exceed “green” weight. No travel if load requires detours
off state routes, otherwise no travel on weekends.

Must be reduced to its lowest possible form

Blades, buckets, counterweights, etc. do not need to be removed. Booms, mast, machinery or other equipment which is not attendant to the efficient operation of the body of the vehicle but which may be attached to the body or chassis or connected with the driving mechanism, shall be regarded as part of the load.

Name and address of the applicant, load description, load dimensions unless hauling earth moving equipment, make, model, serial number, vehicle description, serial number on additional equipment and additional axles, trailer length, empty length, overall dimensions and weights, total number of axles, number of axles on the tractor, number of axles on the trailer, kingpin setting, type of suspension, axle width if overweight on both the truck and trailer, trailer type, overhang, origin,
destination and routes.


When Escorts are Needed: #Escorts
Width over 12' 1 Front
Lenght 120' to 135' 1 or more (depends on location)
Lenght over 100' in LA city 2 (Front & Rear)
Width over 14'

Minimum 3
(2 Front & 1 Rear)
2+ 100' in LA county

Overhang over 30' 1
Height 18' or more requires utility clearance, route survey, etc.

1 w/High Pole

For height under 18': if not required by permit but is desired by trucking company, due to load, be sure to state "a high pole esc to be used" on permit application else subject to possible fine
Fixed load-front overhang exceeds 25' from bumper or if no bumper from front tires 1 or more
Crane's boom or mast, drill rig or well service equipment extends over 25' from front tires 1 or more
Rear projection over 25' beyond trailer 1 or more
Not required for max permitable rear boom overhang of 30'' measured from rear tire's center. Insurance company's "exemption" letter is no longer valid 1 or more
Truck crane rear boom overhang over 30' beyond last point of support of vehicle bed 1 or more
Load width exceeds lane width and if length and/or load and/or vehicle encroaches into adjacent lane. 1 or more
(Normally escorts are not required on urban freeway where right lane Has been reduced to less than 12' and load width is 11' or 12')

Escorts for route "E" classification determined by district permit engineer
Rear overhang of any fixed driven or towed vehicle exceeds 30' when measured from the centerline of the last axle 1 or more

Restricted Travel

Operators of vehicles over 10’ in width may not travel Monday through Friday through the following areas at the times noted:

Los Angeles and vicinity 6:00-9:00 a.m. 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Sacramento and vicinity 7:00-9:00 a.m. 4:00-6:00 p.m.
San Diego and vicinity 7:00-9:00 a.m. 4:00-6:00 p.m.
*San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge 6:30-9:00 a.m. 3:30-6:30 p.m.
San Francisco and vicinity 7:00-9:00 a.m. 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Most County and city governments in California have enacted ordinances which establish requirements for permits or authorizations for oversize/overweight vehicles operating on county roads or city streets. 

Highway patrol escorts required on all over height loads using the Bay Bridge. Call 707-648-5550.

*Loads over 11' wide and all over height loads require highway patrol escort. Over 12' wide the travel Is restricted to 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Call 707-648-4180.


Summer weight restrictions: when on San Bernardino County desert roads, permit travel for an overweight load is allowed only until 10:00 a.m. from June 1st until October 15th.

Overweight, Oversized & Wideload SuperLoads

Loads exceeding 15' wide or 135' long or 17' high are considered super loads. Engineer drawings and justification is required on all applications; special variance must be approved and may require a thirty-day notice.
Southern 909-383-7979

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