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For a 3-axle single unit vehicle hauling special commodities other than forest products with a tandem weight for which a Violation Summons and Complaint may be issued, but which is less than 49,300 pounds, the fine is $315. For a 5-axle or 6-axle tractor-semitrailer vehicle registered for less than 100,000 pounds gross weight hauling special commodities with a tandem axle weight of at least 47,000 pounds but not more than 48,260 pounds for which a Violations Summons and Complaint may be issued, the fine is $731 plus $136 for every 315 pounds over 47,000 pounds. The paragraphs ‘Schedule of fines’ and ‘Minor axle weight violations’ apply to tandem axle weights of less than 47,000 pounds or exceeding 48,260 pounds.

Exception to fine schedule for forest products tri-axle. Notwithstanding paragraphs ’Schedule of fines’ and ’Minor axle weight violation’, for a 4-axle single unit vehicle hauling forest products with a tri-axle weight for which a Violation Summons and Complaint may be issued, but which is less than 66,500 pounds, the fine is $220. If the tri-axle weight is at least 66,500 pounds, but is less than 70,560 pounds, the fine is $634 plus $414 for every 580 pounds over 66,500 pounds. The above ‘Schedule of fines’ table applies to triaxle weights of 70,560 pounds or more.

Exception to fine schedule for vehicle auxiliary power units. For a heavy duty vehicle equipped with an auxiliary power unit, the gross vehicle weight or axle weight used to determine the fine for a violation under this section is the actual gross vehicle weight of axle weight reduced by 400 pounds.

Aggravated gross weight violations (29-A M.S.R.A. §2361-A). The operation of a vehicle exceeding the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight by 20% or more is an aggravated gross weight violation. The penalty for an aggravated gross weight violation is the fine established in the ‘schedule of fines’ above.


For information regarding travel on the Maine Turnpike contact the Maine Turnpike Authority at (207) 871or (800) 698-7747. Vehicles are limited to a total of 14'6” in width and 13'6" in height. Travel on the turnpike requires a $10 trip permit fee and appropriate fare, and is restricted to daylight hours only.

Travel is restricted in Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, and Portland between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. and between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Contact Augusta (207/626-2370) for specific information on movement of overlimit loads.

Moving heavy equipment at railroad crossings. If a permitted vehicle is to cross a railroad at-grade crossing, the permittee may be required to contact the appropriate railroad(s) in order to coordinate the move. The permittee must contact the affected railroad(s) if the vehicle or load’s under clearance is ten (10) inches or less; or a police escort is required; or the permitted vehicle is unable to maintain a steady speed of at least ten (10) miles per hour through any crossing.


Maine has several Ports Of Entry as follows (information can be obtained at CBP.gov:


- Bar Harbor

- Bath

- Belfast

- Bridgewater

- Calais

- Eastport

- Fort Fairfield

- Fort Kent

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- Jackman

- Jonesport (Calais)

- Limestone

- Madawaska

- Portland-(Service Port)

- Rockland (Belfast)

- Van Buren

- Vanceboro Canadian Weight Limit Permits The purpose of this program is to authorize the operation of two vehicle configurations at certain Canadian weight limits between the Canadian border at Calais to the Domtar Mill in Baileyville; from the Canadian border at Madawaska to the Fraser Paper facility; and from the Canadian border at Van Buren to the rail yard in Van Buren. For definitions and the entire rule, please refer to Chapter 170.

To contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles regarding Canadian Weight Limit Permits, please call Motor Carrier Services' Overlimit Permit Unit at (207) 624-9000 ext. 52134. Questions or comments can be sent to: Overpermits@maine.gov


Any vehicle transporting non-divisible loads in excess of legal dimension and weight limits must obtain an overlimit permit. After initial contact with the Motor Carrier Services, Overlimit Permit Unit these permits may be obtainedonline, by faxing an application form, by phone using instant permits, or by going to the nearest Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch office. Permits are valid for a stated route and for a limited period of time.

Maine’s online application allows you to electronically submit a permit application to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to move a non-divisible, over dimension/overweight load over highways in Maine, or in Maine and other states belonging to the New England Transportation Consortium.

Applications are subject to review by the Overlimit Permit Unit. Permits that may be obtained through this

application are as follows:

 Single trips within the State of Maine or participating New England States (NH, MA, RI, VT).

 Return trips within the state of Maine.

Note: In order to retrieve an Overlimit Permit, you must be able to print an Adobe PDF document.

Download the Adobe Reader.

What you will need:

 Carrier Information  Vehicle and Load Information  Route to be traveled  Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard) or Subscription with InforME The Maine Turnpike has its own specified size and weight limitations. For more information, contact (800) 698-7747. Turnpike oversize and overweight permits may be obtained at any Maine Turnpike toll plaza for a fee of $10 (not including the applicable toll). Vehicle must also have a separate overlimit permit from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for travel on all non-Turnpike highways.

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The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association is pleased to publish this Oversize/ Overweight Permit Manual.

Each state analysis includes information in a standardized format: contact, legal limits, special permit limits, general restrictions, types of permits available, fees, escort needs, fines, and restricted travel areas. Telephone numbers, locations, and hours of operation are listed for ports of entry and permit branches. However, readers are always advised to check with the state offices on current laws and procedures. This project could not have been completed without the advice and consultation of many state officials. We thank all of those who provided permit manuals, maps, laws, regulations, and various other forms of documentation.

Legal Notice This SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual is intended only to provide concise, easily read information, useful in planning movements of overdimensional and overweight loads. This Permit Manual is not intended to be an accurate summary of all the applicable laws and regulations. Users of the Permit Manual should confirm the information contained herein before dispatching vehicles and loads. The SC&RA cautions Permit Manual users that state laws and regulations are subject to change without notice, and that some time elapses between the effective date of such changes and the amendment of the Permit Manual to reflect those changes. The SC&RA assumes no responsibility for accident, injury, loss or claim, penalties or any other damage resulting from reliance on the contents of this Permit Manual.

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General - Permits are valid for five days, daylight hours. Travel allowed one-half hour after sunrise and one-half hour before sunset. No travel is permitted on Sunday, or after noon on Saturday. See “Types of Permits” for valid length of permits.

This permit or approved substitute shall be carried in the vehicle moving under its authority and shall be open for inspection by any City, State, county municipal, or other public official, or to any person involved in an accident in which the vehicle played a part.

As a general rule, operators may not obtain permits for divisible loads.

All permit applications that involve an over height dimension of 14” 6” (fourteen feet - six inches) or higher will require a height clearance route survey certification as part of the permit application. Please include the application number when you fax (800-945-3416) the survey to our office.

Insurance - Insurance credit bond required to be on file, with amount depending on amount of business (but not less than $3,000); required to have performance bond liability insurance of at least $10,000.

Weekend/Night Travel - One-half hour after sunrise and one-half hour before sunset. No movement of permit loads is allowed on Saturdays after 12:00 noon. No moves are allowed on Sunday. No movement of permit loads is allowed after 12:00 noon on Friday until 9:00 am on Monday morning on any facility owned and operated by the Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) including the portion of I-95 north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel to the Delaware State Line. CURFEW: The Permittee or user may move any vehicle and load that together exceeds 45 tons gross weight or is 100’ or more in length or 12’ or more in width over I-495 and I-95 (Capital Beltway) or I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If 14’ wide or more, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on any highway. Maryland has many toll, bridge, and tunnel restrictions make sure you contact the toll facility before you make your move. For further information call Permit Office 1-800Curfew restrictions will be noted on your permit.

Holiday – 2014 Holiday Hauling Restrictions & Service Reduction Day (S.R.D.)

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Inclement Weather - During 6+ inch snow storms, tractor trailer drivers may use several commuter park and ride lots for safe haven to ride out the storm instead of parking on ramps and roadsides.

Note the permit is subject to favorable road and weather conditions. The permit is not valid when snow emergency plan is in effect for specified area.

Permit Information Required — Tractor and trailer information; insurance company; load description;

overall dimensions; gross weight; registered weight; origin and destination; routes to be traveled; effective dates; weight distribution (when GVW exceeds 90,000 lbs.) All vehicles under own power must supply an axle weight breakdown.


Blanket — cannot be used for a divisible load. Can be used for oversize vehicle with overall dimensions not exceeding 75' in length, 12' in width, 14' in height, and 90,000 lbs in weight. May be used for out of state special mobile equipment.

Permittee must obtain up to date route restriction information from the SHA/MCD or CHART websites prior to any move.

To apply — submit completed and send application to Hauling Permit Section. Permit will be issued for 30 days or one year. Vehicle must carry original permit, not a copy.

Book — Contains 10 single trip permits. May not be used for loads which exceed 90,000 lbs., 85' in length, 13' in Width, 15' in height, or 27,000 lbs. per axle. Required to be registered in Maryland or have a Maryland MVA special mobile equipment license plate. Hauling Permit Section must receive notice of date used and routes traveled for each permit, and must supply a validation number on each permit. A book of permits is valid for two years.

Permittee must obtain up to date route restriction information from the SHA/MCD or CHART websites prior to any move.

Permittee must provide 1 hour notification to Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) prior to crossing any of their facilities.

Containerized Cargo - Permittee must obtain up to date route restriction information from the SHA/MCD or CHART websites prior to any move.

MD-4 09/14 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Special Hauling — Good for a single move for a non-reducible load. Permit authorizes the return of an empty oversize vehicle to its point of origin. Permits effective for five travel days, with a single 5consecutive day extension possible, not including Saturdays or Sundays or holidays when no move is allowed. Extension requests must be made before the permit expires; the 5-day extension begins immediately upon expiration of the original permit period. For loads with gross vehicle weight exceeding 80,000 pounds or overall dimensions exceeding 85 feet in length, 15 feet 6 inches in height, or 13 feet 11 inches in width.

Exceptional Hauling – Good for up to 88,000 pounds gross weight for forestry products and raw milk transportation. Restricted to state routes – not valid on the interstate system.

Special Vehicle – Good for vehicles not subject to registration (i.e. massive weight transport vehicles.

Excessive Load — Permittee must obtain up to date route restriction information from the SHA/MCD or CHART websites prior to any move.

Each load is considered on a case-by-case basis for combinations exceeding 120,000 lbs. GVW, or equal to or exceeding 16' in height, 16' in width, or 100' in length, or 80,000 lbs in weight. Must have liability or performance bond on file in MD Hauling Permit Office. Permit good for 5 days. Permits can be cancelled due to extraordinary circumstances, including but not limited to adverse weather conditions.

Blanket permits, Book Permits and Special Hauling Permits all must follow the requirements in the CODE OF MARYLAND REGULATIONS (COMAR) for axle weight allowance.

COMAR: A permit issued under these regulations for a vehicle which exceed 27,000 pounds per axle but is less than or equal to 30,000 pounds per axle shall comply with COMAR and (Axle weights over 27,000 but not exceeding 30,000) The permittee shall reduce each vehicle and load which together are overweight of as much excess weight as possible and each vehicle and load which together are oversize as much as possible, unless the vehicle or load is irreducible. (3) Exceptions (a) An overweight combination vehicle using a semitrailer and registered, manufactured, or in inventory of a licensed dealer on or before October 31, 1997, and sold before June 30, 1998 shall comply with the 27,000 pounds per axle maximum load limit after June 30, 2012.

(b) An existing overweight combination vehicle using a semitrailer may continue to be operated with axle loads not exceeding 30,000 pounds until October 31, 2012, if it complies with permit regulations in effect on January 1, 1997 and if the gross weight does exceed 110,000 pounds (55 tons), pays the fees set forth in COMAR 11.04.01 for any required engineering structural review.

FEES Blanket — $50 (30-day permit); $500 (annual).

Book — $300.

Special Hauling — $30 for the first 40 tons or less of gross weight, plus $5 for each additional ton part of a ton in excess of 40 tons; $5 fee for 3-day extension.

Excessive (gross weight exceeding 60 tons) — Composed of engineering fees (number of structures crossed multiplied by $8/structure) and administrative costs; $20 per structure if over 200,000 GVW plus administrative costs. Permit request can take 5-10 business days to process. For multiple moves identical in travel and load, engineering fees will be assessed generally once for a six month period; permit and administrative charges will be assessed each time a permit is activated.

Structural survey done as a part of the engineering fee good for six months. District engineer may decide that Administration personnel must monitor move, at a rate of $200 a day. If required, state police officer to escort at $250 per move. All fees must be prepaid, and engineering fee will be paid regardless of use or nonuse of permit. Posted bonds required to cover administrative costs or insurance liability (additional to regular insurance bond).

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Labeling — any load over 9' in width must have a wide load sign on the front and rear of the vehicle. Wide load or oversize load signs must appear in black letters not less than 10" high and have a brush stroke of not less than 1.625" wide. Background is yellow. Banner dimensions of 1.5' x 7'.

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