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These permits are for vehicles that transport sealed containerized cargo for export only and for one-way hauls from Pineville, Louisiana and New Orleans, Louisiana. This special annual permit shall be limited to sealed containerized cargo which contains containerboard, kraft liner, or roll pulp. This permit authorizes the operation of a vehicle or combination of vehicles with not more than five axles at a total gross weight not to exceed 90,000 pounds with a tandem axle weight not to exceed 40,000 pounds.
COTTON MODULE PERMITS: ($50.00 per year) These permits are for three (3) axle vehicles that haul cotton modules and exceed the legal limitations on axle, axle group or gross vehicle weights. They are valid for one (1) year and may travel on any state maintained highway, except the Interstate system.
ESCORT VEHICLE PERMIT: (out of state $10.00, in state no fee, per calendar year) These permits are for vehicles being operated as an escort in this state. Each company which operates an escort service in this state, including those domiciled in another state shall register annually with the Secretary in accordance with the rules and regulations adopted by the Secretary. These permits are valid for one (1) year, expiring each year on December 31st. Closed vans, busses, campers, motor homes and motor driven cycles are not acceptable. These permits are computer generated forms from the Truck Permit Office.
FOREST MANAGEMENT EQUIPMENT: ($10.00 per year)
These permits are for forest management equipment which exceeds the legal limitations on width. It will allow a maximum width of 10 feet. General construction equipment (bulldozers, draglines, graders, etc.) are excluded from this permit; included are rubber-tired and track-type skidders, tree shears, feller bunchers, tree planting equipment, log loaders, shredders, yarders, tractors, chippers, portable chippers, drum choppers, prehaulers and fire plows. These permits are valid for one (1) year, but only for non-Interstate highway movement. Oversize Permits must be obtained for travel in Interstate highways.
FOREST PRODUCT PERMITS: ($10.00 per year)
These permits are for vehicles transporting plywood bolts or pulpwood which exceeds the legal limitations on width. They are allowed a maximum width of nine (9) feet when the pulpwood or plywood bolts are transported across the vehicle, rather than lengthwise.
They are valid for one (1) year and may be used only on non-Interstate highways. On Interstate highways, Oversize Permits must be obtained on a daily, monthly or yearly basis.
HARVEST SEASON OR NATURAL FOREST PRODUCTS: ($10.00 per year)
These permits are for vehicles which haul farm or forest products in their natural state, grass sod, seed cotton modules or cotton from the field to the gin or from the gin to the mill, and exceed the legal limitations on weight. Limitations on size shall not apply to trucks which transport cotton modules or cotton from the field to the gin, or cotton seed from the gin to the mill and possess this permit.
HOUSE MOVERS EQUIPMENT PERMITS: ($15.00 monthly per company)
These permits are for equipment used in an unloaded condition by companies engaged in the business of moving buildings. The permits allow the empty tractor/trailer combination the necessary dimensions for movement on all state highways. However, equipment that exceeds 8 feet 6 inches in width may not move on Interstate highways without a separate oversize trip permit. All equipment exceeding 10 feet in width are to be restricted to daylight hours only. For loads that exceed 12 feet in width or 90 feet in length, a certified escort will be required for each move.
LA-5 02/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual LIQUID BULK CONTAINER PERMITS: ($200.00 per year) These permits are for vehicles transporting a Liquid Bulk Container within a fifty (50) mile radius of a statutorily defined port or harbor district. This permit will allow these vehicles a gross vehicle weight not to exceed ninety-five thousand (95,000) pounds and an axle weight not to exceed twenty thousand (20,000) pounds per axle provided the rear axle set is a tridum. Each vehicle shall be equipped with a standard intermodal drop-frame chassis with twist locks to secure the container to the chassis.
MONTHLY OVERSIZE PERMITS: ($10.00 for each day the permit is valid) These permits are for vehicles and loads which exceed the legal limitations on length, width, height, or projecting loads, but do not exceed the legal weight limitations.
These vehicles and loads may not be more than 90 feet in length, 12 feet in width, 30 feet front or rear overhang or 14 feet 4 inches in height. These permits are valid for those days specified on the permit and may exclude weekends, holiday or certain other days.
MULTI-STATE PERMIT AGREEMENT – SASHTO STATES:The purpose of this agreement is to provide a routine uniform mechanism for processing multi-state permits for certain oversize and/or overweight vehicle combinations traveling between member states. SASHTO member states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
This process will apply only to what is to be called the envelope vehicle which is transporting non-divisible loads. The end result is to ease the administrative burdens of member states and the trucking industry that move oversize/overweight vehicles and loads across state borders. Each state will continue to issue its own permits and to receive full payment for each permit issued under this Agreement, supported by a permit agent.
MULTI-STATE PERMIT AGREEMENT – WASHTO STATES:
The purpose of this agreement is to provide a routine uniform mechanism for processing multi-state permits for certain oversize and/or overweight vehicle combinations traveling between member states. WASHTO member states include: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
OFF-ROAD EQUIPMENT PERMIT – ANNUAL NON-CRITICAL:
This permit is for vehicles that are classified as Non-Critical Off-Road Equipment. In general, included in this category are vehicles that have single-single, single-tandem, or tandem-tandem axle configurations that do not exceed 30,000 pounds on a single axle or 54,000 pounds on a tandem axle. Reasonable oversize dimensions will be covered as well; however, all appropriate escort regulations will apply. The permit allows for travel throughout Louisiana on highways designated on the “LA DOTD APPROVED TRAVEL ROUTES FOR OVERWEIGHT LOADS” map. The cost of the permit is $1,000.00 and it is valid for one calendar year. Non-critical off-road equipment that has been issued a valid annual non-critical off-road equipment permit may be allowed to tow a two-axle motor vehicle as long as the towed vehicle does not exceed ten thousand pounds gross vehicle weight, and the combination of the off-road equipment and the towed vehicle does not exceed an overall length of sixty-five feet. Counterweights are allowed to be carried on the off-road equipment when carried in a functional position. These permits are computer generated forms and are obtained by mail from the Truck Permit Office. The original with embossed seal must be in the unit.
OFF-ROAD EQUIPMENT PERMIT – SEMI-ANNUAL CRITICAL:
This permit is for vehicles that are classified as Critical Off-Road Equipment. There must be an established charge account and an approved letter date. In general, included in this category are vehicles that have more than single-single, single-tandem, or tandem-tandem axle configurations (for example, include more than four total axles or one or more tridum or quadrum axles), exceed 30,000 pounds on a single axle or 54,000 pounds on a tandem axle and/or have a booster axle. Reasonable oversize dimensions will be covered as well;
however, all appropriate escort regulations will apply. The permit allows for travel throughout Louisiana on highways designated on the “LA DOTD APPROVED TRAVEL ROUTES FOR OVERWEIGHT LOADS” map. The permit is valid for six (6) calendar months and the cost is $0.07 per ton-mile, based on the amount the vehicle is overweight and the total miles traveled during the life of the permit. These permits are computer generated forms, and are obtained by mail from the Truck Permit Office. The original with embossed seal must be in the unit.
LA-6 02/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual OILFIELD EQUIPMENT PERMITS: ($15.00 per month) These permits are for empty lowboys which are designed to transport oilfield equipment and which exceed legal length and width limitations, but are legal in height and weight. These permits allow empty lowboy combinations a maximum length of 70 feet and maximum width of 10 feet on non-Interstate highways. On Interstate highways they are allowed 70 feet in length and 8 feet 6 inches in width. Any lowboy combination with dimensions in excess of those referred to here must obtain a standard oversize permit.
OVERSIZE PERMITS: ($10.00 day/trip)
These permits are for vehicles and loads which exceed the legal limitation on length, width, height, or projecting loads.
Exception: Overlength only vehicle combinations, but not mobile homes, which haul loads of the same product all day may make more than one (1) trip per day. However, any change in destination or origin of the vehicle or load would require an additional $10.00 permit. If the vehicle or load is also overwidth or overheight, only one (1) trip per day can be made per permit.
Exception: Mobile Homes which are oversize but not overweight will be issued an Oversize Permit for a consecutive seventy-two (72) hour permit with no extensions.
Note: Oversize equipment which is being used to move an oversize load may use a single Oversize Permit to travel to the point where the commodity is picked up, travel to the load’s destination, and return to the point of origin when empty as long as the entire trip is on the same day and all the highways being used are shown on the permit.
OVERWEIGHT PERMITS: (Fees vary, see fee schedule below)
These permits are for indivisible vehicles and loads which exceed the legal limitations on axle, axle group weight or gross vehicle weight. They are valid for oversize and overweight vehicles and loads if the oversize dimensions are shown on the permit. If the vehicle and/or load are both oversize and overweight, only the overweight fee will be charged. These permits are valid for a single trip. NOTE: Movement of the oversize trailer to the loading site or from the destination will be allowed on the same overweight permit provided that all moves are completed in one day.
Containerized Cargo used in International Trade are eligible for Overweight Permits, however, the maximum gross weight is not to exceed 100,000 pounds. These permits may be issued to a specific container number or a specific vehicle.
STEERING AXLE PERMITS: ($15.00 per year) These permits are for equipment which is primarily used off-road, which only occasionally uses the state maintained highway system, and which exceeds the legal axle weight of the steering axle due to its design.
Rig-up trucks may obtain a Steering Axle Permit if their single steering axle weight does not exceed 24,000 pounds, or tandem steering axle is not over 34,000 pounds, their length does not exceed 45 feet, and their width does not exceed 10 feet. No load may be carried by a Rig-up truck with a Steering Axle Permit and another vehicle may not be towed by the truck. A vehicle with a Steering Axle Permit must be equipped with tires of 10.00 inches in width or larger. These permits are valid for one (1) year and are good for travel on all state highways, including the Interstate system.
WASTE VEHICLE PERMITS: ($10.00 per year)
These permits are for waste disposal trucks which have single axles on the rear and which exceed the legal limitation for axle weight on the rear axle. This permit will allow a maximum of 23,000 pounds on the rear axle. The overweight axle must be equipped with dual-mounted tires and the tires on the overweight axle must have a width of 10.00 or larger. These trucks must have been in actual use in Louisiana by January 1, 1977;
trucks purchased after this date do not qualify and must meet the legal limitation. This permit is valid for one (1) year and must be of legal weight for travel on Interstate highways.
These permits are for vehicles and loads which exceed the legal limitations on length, width, height or projecting loads but do not exceed legal weight limitations.
These vehicles and loads may not exceed 90 feet in length, 12 feet in width, 25 feet rear overhang or 14 feet 4 inches in height. These permits are valid for those days specified on the permit and may exclude holidays or certain other days. If the load being transported does not project beyond the boundaries of the vehicle, and the width and length of the vehicle and load do not exceed legal limitations, then traveling will be allowed during moderate rain, at night and on holidays.
These permits do not allow additional length for specialized hauling equipment (i.e. car haulers, boat haulers, dromedary units). The legal length of these types of equipment is 75 feet non-inclusive of a 3 foot front overhang and a 4 foot rear overhang.
FEES See above permit types for additional fee information Single Trip Oversize Only: $10 per day/$10 per trip.
Annual Oversize: $500 Multi State Permit Fees- $10 for up to 10 days or overweight fees as listed below WASHTO Multi-State Fees- Standard state fees as listed Critical Off-Road Semi-Annual- $.07 per ton mile traveled Monthly Permit Oversize Only: $10 per day.
When the vehicle is both oversize and overweight, fees are assessed for an overweight permit only.
For combinations of vehicles with five or more axles*, including the steering axle, when the gross weight
exceeds 80,000 lbs.:
*Axle here refers to single or individual axles. Tandem axle groups will be counted as two axles and tridem axle groups as three axles.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, any combination vehicle with a gross weight greater than 120,000 pounds, but not in excess of 254,000 pounds shall be authorized a maximum tandem axle weight of 45,000 pounds and a maximum steering axle weight of 13,000 pounds, provided the spread between axle groups is a minimum of 12 feet and the spread between tires in a group is a minimum of 4 feet.
LA-8 02/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Note: Loads exceeding 232,000 pounds, but not greater than 254,000 pounds, shall be allowed statewide movement on the Department of Transportation & Development selected and approved routes, the majority of which are interstate highways only. However, those portions of their route from the load's origin to the National Highway System and that portion from the National Highway System to its destination shall be subject to the structural evaluation provided for in this schedule.
ESCORTS AND SIGNSLabeling — Two signs with the wording “OVERSIZE LOAD” are to be displayed at the front and rear of vehicles over 10' in width or exceed legal length or overhang. The sign must have black lettering (10" high, 1.5" brush stroke) on a yellow background, and must have dimensions of at least 7' x 1.5'.
Red/fluorescent orange flags, 18" square, must be mounted on all four corners and all extremities.
Escort Vehicles and Personnel — Escort vehicles must have the name and address of the escort company on each side of the vehicle, and must be registered annually ($10 fee for certification issuance). Escorts must carry proof of insurance and proof of valid driver’s license. Amber warning lights must be mounted at a minimum of 60" above the roadway. Escort vehicles must carry a 10 lb. BC dry or equivalent chemical type fire extinguisher, four 15-minute burning flares, and two fluorescent orange hand held flags.
Escort vehicles must have two flags placed on each side of the warning light sign.