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Weekend/Night Travel – Moves are not routinely permitted 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise, legal holidays and weekends in July and August. Night travel may be authorized by any Maine State Police Troop Commander for travel at such times and places where public safety will not be adversely affected. One or more Maine State Police officers must be present to escort overdimensional vehicles moving at night. Flashing amber beacons must be displayed in place of or in addition to flags. Timber harvesting equipment may be transported between sunset and sunrise during the month of March and April if certain conditions are met and such movement would not create an unacceptable risk to public safety (call the Overlimit Permit Unit for details). Vehicles permitted for overweight-only that are capable of moving with the flow of traffic may move at any time of day.
ME-3 01/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Whenever possible, vehicles exceeding legal limits should be moved during periods when traffic is lightest.
Mobile and Modular Homes exceeding 11’6” in width are not allowed to travel on any weekend, or any legal holiday (see the Mobile & Modular Homes section below for more information). Overdimensional permits requested for travel on weekends during July and August, and on holidays throughout the year require preclearance by the Maine Department of Transportation’s Traffic Engineering Division.1 Travel in areas when fairs and festivals are occurring may preclude the issuance of overdimensional permits. An applicant requesting such permits must allow at least two working days notice to obtain necessary clearances.
Maine Turnpike - Oversize loads may travel on the Maine Turnpike from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset (daylight hours), except for Friday afternoons, Saturdays, Sundays, all Legal Holidays, and certain extended Holidays. The total height is limited to 13’6” and total width is limited to 14’6”. For additional information, contact the Maine Turnpike Authority at (207) 871-7771 or (800) 698Inclement Weather - Before making move, carrier shall check road and weather conditions at www.511maine.gov or call 511. If conditions on permitted route are considered ‘difficult’, the overlimit movement must wait until conditions improve to travel.
Permit Information Required — Carrier’s legal name, contact information, tractor and trailer registration information; gross weight; number of axles, overall dimensions; origin and destination; routes to be traveled; effective dates.
PERMIT TYPESSingle Trip — One move allowed Return Trip — One round trip move allowed Long-Term — Issued on a monthly basis for a period not to exceed twelve months. Towing vehicle must be registered, apportioned, or prorated for the State of Maine. Height must remain within legal limits. Width must not exceed 11’6”. Length must not exceed 45’ for a single unit vehicle, or 75’ for a combination of vehicles, with the exception of a vehicle combination hauling tree length logs which have a maximum length limit of 80’ under the following conditions: the logs are transported by a truck tractor/semitrailer combination, the rear overhang may not exceed 40% of the length of the logs, and the width, height, and weight of the vehicle combination and load must be legal. All long-term permits are subject to 600 lbs. per inch of tire width. Class A Special Mobile Equipment exceeding the applicable road limit by not more than 15 percent is eligible for long-term permits. Special long term weight permits are available with restrictions.
ME-4 01/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Instant Permit — Prerequisites to an instant permit request include the applicant having an established Overlimit permit credit account with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, purchasing a $75 instant permit book consisting of 25 overlimit instant permit forms. Applicants able to utilize instant permit forms must use ink to enter the permit information on the form then call the Overlimit Permit Unit to request the permit to be processed. Instant permits may be used for all moves except when the Overlimit Permit Unit determines that special routing or special conditions are required, or any portion of the requested move is outside the State of Maine, or the move is considered extreme due to size and/or weight and requires a Maine Department of Transportation engineering review. Instant Permits are valid for a single trip, unless authorized for a return trip.
Multi-State - Maine, along with the state of New Hampshire is a member of the New England Transportation Consortium. Under this agreement, one state may issue an overlimit permit for an interstate move in two or more Consortium states. To qualify, the vehicle and load may not exceed 90 feet in length;
13 feet 6 inches in height; 14 feet in width (with an additional 6 inch overhang allowed for modular or mobile homes); 108,000 pounds for 5-axle and 120,000 pounds for 6-or-more axle tractor-semitrailer combination vehicles. Vehicles exceeding these limits must obtain separate permits in each applicable state.
FEES Escort Fees - Overdimensional loads requiring State Police Escort(s) will be assessed at the actual cost of services including an hourly vehicle cost.
The minimum charge will be for 4 hours which will be billed by the Department of Public Safety. To procure State Police Escorts, the permittee must make arrangements directly with the Maine State Police at least three working days prior to the date the move is to be made. Permits requiring State Police Escorts generally will not be issued for Saturdays.
Permittees may make arrangements with local police or county sheriffs for police escorts.
Permit Fees – Except for long-term permits, the fee charged when more than one limit is exceeded is based on the limit requiring the highest fee.
When a permit covers two or more loaded moves, a fee is changed for each loaded move.
Payments and Remittances - Overlimit permits are issued either on a cash or credit basis. When issued on a cash basis, payments for all permits are to accompany the application, and when applying by fax, the payment must be made by credit card. When issued on a credit basis, all charges made during the month will be invoiced on the first day of the following month. Payment of any invoiced amount is due in full on or before the last day of the month in which the charges were billed. All checks and money orders are to be made payable to the Maine Secretary of State, and sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Accounting Section. If payment for an invoiced amount is not received in full by the payment due date, the Overlimit Permit Unit will not process any additional permit applications for the account holder until the account balance is paid in full. The Office of Motor Carrier Services will not issue any credentials to an account holder
whose account is delinquent. Credit may be applied for by contacting:
Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles Motor Carrier Services, Overlimit Permit Unit 29 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0029
FEES FOR LONG TERM PERMITSLong term permits can be issued for a miminum period of one month up to a maximum period of twelve months. Standards for long term overweight permits can be found in Rule Chapter 157.
OVERSIZE(vehicle and load) $25.00 (per month)
OVERWEIGHT PERMITS(vehicle and load) 6 axle minimum combination
If load is also over dimension and within the long term over dimensional envelope the standard $25.00 monthly fee would apply in addition to the above fee.
ME-6 01/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Signage for load vehicle shall read ‘OVERSIZE LOAD’ or ‘OVERWIDTH LOAD’. The sign shall not be less than 7 feet wide by 18 inches high. Lettering shall not be less than 10 inches high with a 1.4 inch brush stroke.
The color shall be black lettering on a yellow background. Sign location shall be on the front bumper, at rear (unless tree length logs).
Flags for load vehicle shall be red or fluorescent orange. Size shall be 18 inches by 18 inches. Location shall be on the extreme ends of the front bumper and on the extreme ends of the load.
Headlights shall be on low beam at all times unless weight is the only Overlimit condition of the permit.
Amber lighting on the load vehicle shall include a single 6 inch in diameter intermittent flashing; or a single 4 inch diameter amber rotary type light; or a light bar with 4 amber flashing or strobe lights or combination thereof. Lighting shall be centered on top of the cab unless the load protrudes out over the cab. If the load protrudes out over the cab then the amber lighting shall be placed at the highest forward point of the load.
Two way mobile communication with a minimum transmission radius of ½ mile is required if a pilot or police escort is required. Communication must be maintained between the load vehicle and the pilot and/or police escort at all times during the move.
ESCORTS AND SIGNSTABLE 1 details the pilot vehicle and police escort requirements for a single vehicle and load or a vehicle
combination and load where the object moved is not a mobile or modular home:
Operation —Driver of escort vehicle must be at least 18 years old, have held a motor vehicle driver’s license for 2 consecutive years, and be familiar with the rules regarding the outfitting and use of pilot vehicles. Escorts precede load on roads having no median strip. Escorts follow on divided roads. Movement must be made in such a way that other vehicles will not come between the pilot vehicle and the overdimensional vehicle. The pilot vehicle must direct, by a predetermined signal, the overdimensional vehicle off the highway at the first suitable opportunity, when a properly signaling emergency vehicle is approaching from the rear or seven or more vehicles are following as the result of slow movement.
The pilot vehicle must be an automobile or light truck equipped with a conventional interior mirror; right and left exterior side view mirrors; and amber lighting to include two intermittent flashing amber lights at least 6 inches in diameter; or two rotary type amber lights at least 4 inches in diameter; or a light bar of sufficient length and width to accommodate a minimum of four amber flashing or strobe lights or combination thereof.
The lights under the first two options must be attached to the roof of the pilot vehicle, one on the extreme left and the other on the extreme right, or the light bar under the third option must be located horizontally on the roof perpendicular to the length of the pilot vehicle.
Head lights shall be on low beam at all times during the move.
Signage – The sign shall read ‘OVERSIZE LOAD’. The size of the sign shall not be less than 5 feet wide by 12 inches high. Lettering shall not be less than 8 inches high with a 1.4 inch brush stroke and a border width of 1 inch around the letters. The color shall be black lettering on a yellow background. The sign shall be located on the roof perpendicular to the length of the vehicle and legible on both sides, or on the front bumper when the pilot vehicle is required to precede the overdimension load, or on the rear bumper when the pilot vehicle is required to follow the load.
Two way mobile communication with a minimum transmission radius of ½ mile is required. Communication must be maintained with the overlimit vehicle at all times.
If a Maine State Police escort is a requirement for the issuance of a permit, it is the responsibility of the permittee to contact the appropriate Maine State Police Field Troop Office to make the necessary arrangements.
Certification – Pilot Car Escort Certification is not currently required.
ME-8 01/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual FINES Schedule of fines: Except as provided in 29-A M.R.S.A. section 2354, subsection 2, the fine must be based on the amount of gross vehicle weight or axle weight in excess of the limits prescribed in 29-A M.R.S.A.
sections 2352 to 2355, 2357 or 2365, as appropriate.
Minor gross weight violations. The fine is waived and a Violations Summons and Complaint is not issued if the allowable gross vehicle weight is exceeded by less than 500 pounds multiplied by the number of axles less one. If the allowable gross weight is exceeded by more than 500 but less than 1,000 pounds multiplied by the number of axles less one, the fine is reduced by 50%.
Minor axle weight violations. The fine is waived and a Violations Summons and Complaint is not issued if the allowable weight on an axle or group of axles is exceeded by less than 1,000 pounds. If the excess is less than 1,000 pounds plus 500 pounds multiplied by the number of axles in the axle group, the fine is reduced by 66%. If the excess is less than 1,000 pounds plus 1,000 pounds multiplied by the number of axles in the axle group, the fine is reduced by 50%.
Axle overweight not exceeding 5%. The fine is waived and a Violations Summons and Complaint is not issued if, before any redistribution of load (see ‘Redistribution of load’), the gross vehicle weight is not exceeded and the weight of a single-axle unit, tandem-axle unit or tri-axle unit is not more than 105% of the allowable weight for that axle unit.
Redistribution of load. Notwithstanding the previous paragraphs, when an officer determines that a vehicle that is within the gross vehicle weight limit is in violation of an axle weight limit, the officer shall permit the operator to redistribute the load once before proceeding. If redistribution brings the vehicle into
compliance with axle limits, then the fine is reduced as follows:
A. If the violation is less than 2,000 pounds, no penalty; and B. If the violation is less than 3,000 pounds, by 66%.
Multiple Reductions. If multiple waivers or reductions of fines may apply, the subsection that gives the smallest fine applies. Reductions may not be combined.
Minimum Fine. For a vehicle using the Interstate Highway System, the minimum fine for a gross vehicle weight or axle weight violation is $60, which may not be waived, and cost of court. For a vehicle on all other highways, the minimum fine for a gross vehicle weight or axle weight violation is $30.
Application. The paragraphs ’Minor gross weight violations’ to ’Redistribution of load’ do not apply to travel on the Interstate Highway System.
Prima Facie Evidence. Operation of a vehicle is prima facie evidence that the operation was caused by the person acting as a motor carrier as determined by the United State Department of Transportation census number.
Notice of failure to appear or noncompliance with orders. If a person after being ordered to appear to answer a violation fails to appear or after appearing fails to comply with an order issued pursuant to an excess weight violation, the court shall notify the Secretary of State.
Suspension of registrations. After receiving the notice of failure to appear or noncompliance with orders, the Secretary of State shall suspend the person’s commercial registration certificates and plates and the privilege to operate a commercial motor vehicle in the State of Maine. The suspension remains in effect until the person appears in court and complies with a court order.
ME-9 01/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Exception to fine schedule for special commodities tandem axle and tri-axle. For a 4-axle single unit vehicle hauling special commodities other than forest products with a tri-axle weight for which a Violation Summons and Complaint may be issued, but which is less than 58,200 pounds, the fine is $150.