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«Legal Notice This SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual is intended only to provide concise, easily read information, useful in planning movements of ...»

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If permit requires any 5 MPH speed restrictions on Interstate Highways or other controlled access highways with speed limits over 55 MPH. Permits with 5 MPH speed restrictions on these highways will not be approved unless there are no suitable alternative routes.

Labeling — Flags must be red or fluorescent orange and at least 18" square on staffs; placed on all loads over 8'6" in width on the front and rear of the load and the vehicle on the widest protrusions.

Oversize load signs 7 foot long must be displayed on the front and rear of all vehicles over legal length and 8'6" in width, and must have 10" black letters on a yellow background.

Certification - Escorts must be New York State certified and have card in their possession for any moves within New York State.

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Greater than 10’0” Certified Escort Vehicle to follow when rear overhang is greater than 10’ Rear overhang may not exceed 1/3 of the length of the load, 2/3 of which must rest upon truck or trailer bed.

Certified Escort Vehicle to precede when front overhang is greater than 10 feet.

Greater than 15’0” Self-propelled cranes require an escort vehicle to follow.

Front overhang may not exceed 15 feet.

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Escort Services will be $150 per crossing during regular business hours. Holidays and week-ends the fee is $350 (May depend on bridge, advise checking w/ NYCDOT) Police Escort Requirements A. Whenever a vehicle/load must cross the centerline of a bridge or highway B. Whenever a vehicle/load must travel the wrong way on a one-way street or ramp.

C. Width of vehicle/load is greater than 16 feet on all highways D. Vehicle/load length is greater than 160 feet on all highways E. Vehicle/load height is 16 feet or greater F. Vehicle/load at or exceeds 200,000 pounds


Lighting on the towing vehicle must be in conformance with the New York Code of Rules and Regulations, Title 17, Part 154-1.14 Warning Lamp Requirements.

• Towing vehicle must have the minimum of one amber revolving light located on top of the vehicle visible in a 360 degree radius.

The requirements shown in this section are only guidelines. Actual special requirements will depend on the highway geometry, size and weight of load and location of movement.

Escort vehicle drivers must be New York certified and the vehicle and equipment must be as stated in the Certified Escort Manual. For copies, call 1-888-783-1685 Route Surveys: Effective January 1, 2009, only New York State Certified Escorts can perform route surveys. Reasons for this requirement include: 1) Certified Escorts will have a better understanding of the Department’s requirements for oversize moves. 2) Certified Escorts will have the necessary equipment to perform these surveys properly. One example of this is having a height pole, which is needed to perform an over-height route survey. 3) Requiring a Certified Escort to perform route surveys will allow the Department to track the number of inaccurate route surveys done by a particular individual, and if necessary, take action against a poor performer. These actions can range from fines to the loss of escort and route survey privileges. The route survey form has been modified to include the route surveyor’s NYS Certified Escort number and their driver’s license number. If there are any questions on this policy please contact the NYSDOT Central Permit Office via email, permits@dot.state.ny.us or call 888-783FINES Overdimension Only: $200 minimum per New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law. Violations of the regulations will cost between $500 and $5,000 (depending upon severity and other factors) and this is in addition to whatever the tickets may cost.


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There is an additional $30 surcharge per ticket. Operators may be fined for either over-gross or over-axle, whichever is greater. Fines may not be reduced, and are calculated from legal weight. Drivers may not shift load to avoid an over-axle citation. Fines may vary from the above in New York City. The Department may issue civil penalties up to $5,000 in addition to the above fines.

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NEW YORK CITY has the following restrictions on permit travel: (NYCDOT)

1. Operators must maintain $2,000,000 in insurance, on file (contact: 212-839-6341);

2. Must obtain $25 permit for any oversize or overweight vehicle;

3. Vehicles over 10' in width or 100' in length must travel during the hours of 10:00 pm - 5:30 am;

4. Vehicles exceeding 11' in width or 65' in length must have a rear escort;

5. Vehicles over 14' in width must have two escorts, and may have route and bridge stipulations;

6. 20,000 lbs. per axle on highways, with a maximum of 140,000 lbs. GVW generally issued; and

7. Flags on front and rear, 24" square, red in color.

Permit applications that have routes under both New York State DOT jurisdiction and New York City DOT jurisdiction should be applied for using the NYSDOT online permit application system that is available via the New York State's One Stop Credentialing and Registration (OSCAR) website.

NY-10 02/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual THOUSAND ISLANDS BRIDGE PERMIT* (required if traveling New York to Ontario on I-81) (Thousand Islands Bridge Authority) Phone: (315) 482-2501 Fax: (315) 482-6314 Hours of Travel: Daylight hours Monday – Friday Noon Escort Fee: $75 base fee and axle fee (4 axles: $7.00; 5 axles: $8.00; 6 axles: $9.00; 7 axles: $10.00, etc.)

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Information Needed to Order:

Basic, Last 5 tractor serial #, Time of proposed crossing Height, Length, Weight, Axle weights, Axle spacings Special Instructions

1. Bridge Authority requires 48 hours advance notice.

2. Escorts are provided by the Bridge Authority ONLY.

3. All permitted loads will be inspected and weighed by the Bridge Authority.

4. Address: P.O. Box 428 Collins Landing Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

5. Enter as a fax advisory (NY00) for billing. To order, complete the application manually and fax to the Bridge Authority. When approved they will fax the permit to our office for us to fax to the customer.

NEW YORK THRUWAY (Thruway Authority) WIDTH: 8'6" P.O. Box 189 HEIGHT: 13'6" Albany, NY 12201 LENGTH: 48' trailer (518) 436-2793 WEIGHT: 80,000 Operators of nondivisible load vehicles over 80,000 lbs. GVW must obtain an “A number” to operate on the thruway. Maximum limits are generally 120,000 lbs. GVW, width depending on number of lanes (4-lane roads, 12'6"; outside New York City to Buffalo, 13'; I-95 into Connecticut, 14'), with height and length limits depending on origin and destination.

Escorted loads under NYC permit must have a back-up vehicle. Police escorts are required across bridges.

Certain vehicles must stop at all railroad grade crossing.

(a)The driver of any bus carrying passengers, of any school bus, of any motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of greater than ten thousand pounds that transports Division 2.3 Chlorine or is a cargo tank, whether loaded or empty, used to transport hazardous materials, as defined in Section 501a of this chapter, of any motor vehicle required to be marked or placarded by either the United States DOT or the New York State DOT regulations or any vehicle carrying explosive substances or flammable liquids as a cargo or part of a cargo, of any crawler-type tractor, steam shovel, derrick, roller, or of any equipment or structure having a normal operating speed of ten or less miles per hour or a vertical body or load clearance of less than onehalf inch per foot of the distance between any two adjacent axles or in any event of less than nine inches, measured above the level surface of a roadway, before crossing at grade any track or tracks of a railroad, shall stop such vehicle within fifty feet but not less than fifteen feet from the nearest rail of such railroad and while so stopped shall listen and look in both directions along such track for any approaching train, and for signals indicating the approach of a train, except as hereinafter provided, and shall not proceed until he can do so safely. After stopping as required herein and upon proceeding when it is safe to do so, driver of any said vehicle shall cross only in such gear of the vehicle that there will be no necessity for changing gears while traversing such crossing and the driver shall not shift gears while crossing the track or

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(b)No stop need be made at any such crossing where a police officer or a traffic-control signal or sign directs traffic to proceed.

(c) Every motor vehicle used in commerce with a gross vehicle weight training of greater than ten thousand pounds not subject to the requirements of subdivision (a) of this section shall upon approaching a railroad grade crossing, be driven at a rate of speed which will permit said motor vehicle to be stopped before reaching the nearest rail of such crossing, and shall not be driven upon or over such crossing until due caution has been taken to ascertain that the course is clear.

(d)In addition to the requirements of subdivisions (a) and (c) of this section, the driver of a commercial vehicle must check street-railway grade crossing within a business or residence district.

R–Posted Bridges: Effective January 1, 2009, Special Hauling trip permit applications over legal weight will be rejected if the requested route is crossing an “R-Posted bridge”. All annual permits over legal weight will be issued with a restriction that R-Posted bridges cannot be crossed. If there is no reasonable alternative, a thorough structural review will be required to determine if it is possible to cross the bridge in question. If approved, additional conditions such as the presence of a Certified Escort, police escort, or Department personnel may be required. If there are any questions on this policy, please contact the NYSDOT Central Permit Office via email or call 888-783-1685


New York has several ports of entry including, but not limited to the following:

Service Port-Buffalo

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Permits may be obtained at one of the offices listed below. Listed below are the addresses for the Department of Transportation’s Regional Offices. Office hours may vary, please call in advance to confirm hours of operation. Permit Applications may be mailed or hand delivered to New York State Department of Transportation, 50 Wolf Road, Central Permit Office 1st Floor, Albany, New York 12232 or any Regional Office with the exception of the Region 1 and Region 11(New York City) Offices. Permits can also be obtained on-line using New York’s One Stop Credentialing and Registration (OSCAR) system.

Permits will be e-mailed to customers vs. being mailed.

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New York State/New York City Permits Effective January 1, 2010, all Special Hauling Trip permits that originate or are destined into New York City can be ordered via the New York State Department of Transportation’s on-line permit ordering system. This system is accessed via New York’s One Stop Credentialing and Registration (OSCAR) website. This system allows one-stop ordering of a New York State, New York City, and a Triborough Bridge and Tunnel permit.


Recent Changes – Use of Parkways for Routing: New policy effective 1/19/12 Applicants If you propose to route your trip over a Parkway, prior to submission of your Special Hauling Permit application, you will need to contact the appropriate agency (noted below) for approval. Once approval is obtained and a permit or written approval is issued, you can submit the permit/approval with your Special Hauling Permit application. Failure to submit an approved Parkway permit or written approval with your Special Hauling Permit application will result in a disapproval of your application.

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Vehicle requirement changes that will be taking effect as of January 1, 2020.

All of the changes listed below were part of the changes made to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law (NYS VTL) as part of the 2004 Legislation.

1. Infrastructure Friendly Vehicle Requirement (IFV Requirement) NYS VTL 385-15 (f) State of New York Code of Rules and Regulations, (NYCRR - DL Regulations) Section 154-2.4 (k)(2) All permit types, regardless of model year of vehicles (Truck, Tractor and Trailers).

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If you have questions regarding the 2015 statutory changes, please contact William Morris, NYSDOT Divisible Load Permit Unit Supervisor at 518-457-0350.

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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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5 axles 112,000 lbs. (94,500 – wheelbase 51’) 6 axles 120,000 lbs. (108,000 – wheelbase 51’) 7 axles 132,000 lbs. (122,000 – wheelbase 51’) 132,000 lbs. – maximum allowable weight for sealed ship containers.

132,000 lbs. is considered a superload requiring engineering review NC-2 09/13 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual


General - A Single Trip Permit is valid for ten days. Travel is permitted between sunrise and sunset Monday through Saturday. No travel is permitted on Sunday or major holidays. Sunday travel may be authorized from sunrise to sunset after consideration of the overall permitted dimensions and the justification for the move. Permitted vehicle combinations not exceeding 112,000 lbs. gross weight and legal dimensions will be granted continuous travel, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Vehicle operators may haul blades to scrapers, graders, etc. attached provided that the overall width of the vehicle does not exceed 14'. Blades over 14' in width must be removed, but may still be hauled on the same load and not considered a divisible load.

Self-propelled equipment must fax to the state a drawing showing axle weights, spacings, company name, serial number and amount of overhang (front & rear).

Divisible load permits are not available.

Insurance — Required to have minimum coverage consistent with federal requirements ($750,000– $5,000,000, depending upon commodity). ICC-regulated common carriers must file Form BMC-91X with state DOT. ICC-regulated contract and ICC-exempt carriers must file Form E only with state DOT.

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