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Virgina  http://www.virginiadot.org/
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/commercial/mcs/programs/escortdrcert/index.asp
http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/pdf/hp405.pdf

Virgina honors all other States Pilot Escort Certifications, but Utah, Colorado and Florida do not accept Virgina's Certification.

VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
MOTOR CARRIER SERVICES
HAULING PERMIT SECTION
P O BOX 23260 SIXTH FLOOR
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23220
2300 WEST BROAD STREET RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

PHONE: 804-786-2787
HOURS: MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M / 1:30 P.M - 4:00 P.M.
EASTERN TIME

LEGAL LIMITS DESIGNATED HIGHWAY ALL OTHER ROADS
Weight:
Single 20,000 20,000
Tandem 34,000 34,000
Tridum 42,500 (9' axle spacing) 34,000
Gross Weight 80,000
Federal Bridge Formula applies
80,000
Width 8'6" 8'6"
Height 13'6" 13'6"
Length:
Semi-trailers 48' 65'
*53' kingpin to center of the rear axle not to exceed 41'; Interstate and Federal Highways

OVERHANG 3' front, 4' rear

PERMIT LIMITS

ROUTINE ISSUE

Weight:
Single 20,000
Tandem 44,000 Depending on axle
Tridum 64,000 Depending on axle spacings
Quad 64,500 Depending on axle spacings
Gross Weight: 5 Axles 110,000 Must have 64' of spacings
6 Axles 135,000 Must have 64' of spacings
7 Axles 150,000 Must have 64' of spacings
8 Axles 150,000 Must have 64' of spacings
Will issue up to 150,000 lbs on the interstate only, with 7 or more axles and at least 64" of spacings; 130,000 lbs off interstate
Length: 150'
Width 15'11"
Height 15'
Overhang:
Front in excess of 3' to be specified by permit; rear not to exceed 1/3 length of load, 2/3 length of which must rest upon truck or trailer bed.
If load exceeds any of these dimensions or weights, refer to the section on Super Loads.

PERMITS VALID FOR:
Single trip permits are valid for thirteen (13) consecutive days.

OPERATING TIME
Overweight only can travel 24 hours, 7 days a week. Over length travel is allowed during hours of darkness when overall length doesn't exceed 85' and width is 14' or less. No overhang is allowed. Over height travel is allowed 7 days during daylight hours only.

Vehicles exceeding a width of 8'6" but not over 10'6", 14' height, 125' length with 115,000 lbs gross weight may travel one-half hour after sunrise to one-half hour before sunset.

A width of 10'6" but not greater than 12' travel is permitted one-half hour after sunrise to one- half hour after sunset Monday through 3:00 P.M Friday. Vehicles exceeding a width of 12' but not exceeding 14', 150' in length - divided highway travel permitted between 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M., Monday through Thursday; travel on Friday is between 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

On secondary and undivided highways travel is allowed between the hours of 9:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. when schools are in session. Travel is permitted on highways between one-half hour after sunrise to one-half hour before sunset when school is in session.

WEEKEND TRAVEL
Travel is permitted one-half hour after sunrise until one-half hour before sunset on Saturday. No Sunday travel.

DIVISIBLE LOADS
The weight and/or size must be reduced to its absolute minimum and loaded in such a manner that will most closely conform to legal limits.

EXCEPTIONS
Coal hauling permits, old equipment permits, concrete mixed-in-transit permits, farm produce hauling permits, containerized cargo permits, solid waste permits and cotton module permits.

Construction equipment will not require dismantling if it can be transported safely.

Blades, buckets or scoop attachments, exceeding 8' in width but not over 12' in width may be moved intact. Attachments shall not overhang the total width of either the transport vehicle or extendable outriggers by more than 6" on each side.

Travel movements in excess of 25 miles with blades, buckets or scoops exceeding 8' must be removed before transporting unless traffic protection guard rail device is used. The combined overall width of both attachments and protective devices shall not exceed 14' wide.

Blades, buckets or scoop cutting edges shall be loaded to the rear of the vehicle.

INFORMATION NEEDED TO ORDER A WIDE LOAD, OVERSIZE AND HEAVY HAUL PERMITS:
Description of equipment and/or commodity to be moved, overall dimensions, gross weight of load, serial number of vehicle, state in which licensed, origin and destination of movement, routes, name/mailing address of mover and axle spacings.

ESCORTS FOR WIDELOAD AND OVERSIZED SHIPPING

Generally, no escorts are required on divided highways
Escorts must be VA certified with load over 12' wide

When Escorts are Needed: # Escorts
On 2-Lane Highways:  
Width over 10' on all 2 & 3 lane highways *1 Front
Width over 12:
through the Big Walker Mt. Tunnel through East River Mt. Tunnel **1 Rear
**1 Rear
Length over 75' **
Length over 85' on all 2 & 3 lane highways **1 Front **
Height - Permittee is responsible for all horizontal and vertical clearances along each proposed route of travel. Travel shall not commence without proper clearances.
Routes determine if escort 1 (Sometimes) Surveys are needed
Width over 14'7" (on same routes) 2 (Front & Rear)
On 4-Lane/Interstate Highways:
Width over 10' Depends on routes
Length over 75' **
Height under 14'6" Depends on routes
Height over 14'6" Depends on routes
*Rear escort may also be required on permit or if not specified will be responsibility of permittee for adequate vision of motorists approaching from rear.

**Over 12' wide or over 75' long needs amber flashing lights or escorts with amber flashing-see truck signs and lights section.


*CONTACT STATE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RESTRICTED TRAVEL FOR WIDELOADS, OVERSIZED AND OVERWEIGHT PERMITTED CARGO

SPRING WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS
No restrictions.

Overweight, Oversized & Wideload SuperLoads
Anything that exceeds 130,000 lbs off interstate (7 axles) or 110,000 lbs off interstate (5 axles), 150,000 lbs on interstate gross is considered a super load. Self propelled cranes with more than 4 axles regardless of weight.

Requires approximately 10 days to be processed. Need diagram showing axle spacing, axle weights and routes. In addition to normal fees, $4.00 per bridge crossed will be assessed.

NON-ROUTINE SUPER LOAD
Hauling Permit Ordering Guidelines

Non-Routine Super loads - permits that exceed the maximum limitations of standard single-trip and routing super load permits

Non-Routine Super load Parameters: (Must always be faxed in) 804-367-0063
Heights exceeding 15'0" (allow 5 days for processing)

Widths exceeding 14'0" (allow 5 days for processing and submit a letter of variance)
Must have a letter from the shipper
Lengths exceeding 150'0" (allow 5 days for processing); must have a letter from shipper
Lengths of 100'0" or more when traveling in the Tidewater area to a bridge jobsite (allow 3 days for travel coordination)
Weight in excess of 150,000 lbs on interstate routes (allow 10 days for processing submit a Preliminary Review Request Form)
Weight in excess 130,000 lbs on non-interstate routes (allow 10 days for processing submit a Preliminary Review Request Form)

Axle weights in excess of:

  Interstate Routes Non-Interstate Routes
Single 24,000 lbs 34,000 lbs
Tandem 44,000 lbs 44,000 lbs
Tri-axle 54,500 lbs (9'spacing) 54,000 lbs
Quad-axle 64,500 lbs (14' spacing) 64,500 lbs


*They are allowed up to 60,000 lbs on their tri-axle group provided they have 64' or more of overall spacing, 30; or more of inner bridge and 9' of spacing between the axles in the tri-axle group and are traveling interstate routes only.

*Allow 10 days for processing - submit a Preliminary Review Request Form

Letters from the shipper must contain:
Why the load cannot be reduced
Why no other means of shipment are possible
The overall load dimensions
The routes of travel
The specific origin/destination in Virginia

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