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Trucking permits usually refer to heavy haul trucking and overweight or over dimensional freight.

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Why are permits needed?

Permits are required by law for any freight that exceeds the weight or dimensions specified on the state’s website. Each state that a truck travels through requires a permit. Permits are bought at the appropriate state agency or through a permitting company. The duration of a permit depends on the state and king of permit. Some are temporary and last only a few days, others can be bought that last a year. You can learn more about permits by watching the video below or reading the more detailed discussion below the video.

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What are the rules and exact measurements for trucking permits?

Each state has different rules, regulations, and exact measurements for permits. Weight is usually broken up into gross, steer, single, tandem, and other multiple axle combinations. The exact weights for each state differ. For trips that span many states, this can get quite complicated and overwhelming if you aren’t familiar with permitting. Additionally, if a load needs a permit, there can be restrictions on the times of day the load can drive on their roads. Some states even restrict especially large freight to certain roads at specific times of the year.

What about pilot cars?

Extra-large freight usually requires pilot cars, However, the exact measurements when pilot cars become necessary depends on the state. Some states also require police escort for especially large or dangerous freight.

What if a truck doesn’t have the proper permits?

When a driver doesn’t have the proper permits, the driver is stopped and fined. Usually, the truck can’t move while the driver acquires temporary permits. This can mean long delays, or missed deliveries. To avoid delays, it is important to get all the required permits for each trip before it starts.