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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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Early in 2006, Trucking Online introduced the first over-dimension permit-related feature that lets companies look up a list of permits issued in the past two years. They can call up a list of single trip permits, continuous operation permits, or both kinds and the list can be accessed by permit number or date range.

This helps companies check what permits they currently have and when a specific permit expires. They can determine if a truck has the right permit for a specific load and look up permit details that may help them reapply for another like it.

Pending Changes – Trucking Online: More do-it-yourself features in development include the ability to submit permit applications directly to the mainframe permits system for processing by a permit analyst. This eliminates the need for carriers to speak person-to-person with staff. Trucking Online will also soon streamline the Self-Issue Permit Program so qualified carriers can submit permits and have them automatically entered into the permits system. These online features promise speedy, error-free permitting service.

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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 consecutive days. Holidays and holiday weekends do not count in validity days.

The driver shall carry the permit and a copy of Form M-938 in the permitted vehicle

This change to Title 75 Section 4962(f.3) is effective January 24, 2014 and is summarized as follows:

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Dozers with attached blades in excess of 12' but not wider than 15' may be hauled if a blade protector is securely fastened to the blade. Pennsylvania will ask for the serial number of the blade protector. Note: Rule is based on blade width, not total width.

Before permits can be ordered on-line, a registration agreement (Form M-936RA), a supplemental registration agreement (Form M-936RAS) and a surety bond (Form M-936B) in the amount of at least $5,000 or in excess thereof as required by the central permit office must be filed. These forms can be downloaded from the Website address noted above. This requirement does not apply if the operator is using a permit service.

The last prior trip's vehicle inspection report shall be carried with the permit for trucks and truck tractors.

For other vehicles, an inspection certificate is required to be carried with the permit, and must state that the lighting, brakes, tires, steering mechanism, and coupling device have been checked within the last seven days prior to the move.

PA-3 02/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual Insurance — The amount of insurance shall be at least $250,000 per person and at least $1 million per occurrence, or other statutory limitations on damages as the General Assembly may establish. A policy shall guarantee coverage for damage and injury which occurs during the time the permit is in effect and which is the result of the granting of the permit to the permittee.

Weekend/Night Travel – Beginning January 24, 2014 permitted loads can now travel from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week.

Holiday Memorial Day: No movement from 12 noon on May 23rd to sunrise on May 27, 2014.

Independence Day: No movement from 12 noon on July 3 to sunrise on July 7, 2014 Labor Day: No movement permitted from 12 noon on August 29 to sunrise on September 2, 2014.

Thanksgiving Day: No movement from 12 noon on November 26 to sunrise on December 1, 2014.

Christmas: No movement permitted from 12 noon on December 24 to sunrise on December 26, 2014.

New Year’s Day: No movement from 12 noon on December 31, 2014 to sunrise on January 2, 2015.

Inclement Weather Movement is never allowed during inclement weather.

Unfavorable weather or road conditions shall include:

(i) Snow covered highways until pavement has been plowed full width, icy pavements until highway has been cindered or salted;

(ii) Driving rain, fog, snow storm or other atmospheric conditions which restrict visibility to less than 1,000 feet.

(iii) Winds sufficient to cause the wheels of the (semi) trailer to deflect more than 6 inches from the path of the wheels of the drawing vehicle.

Permit Information Required — (must use Form M-936A, Form M-936AS or Form M-936AM if not applying online) — carrier information, SSN/FEIN or account number, type of load including serial number or if not available shipper’s bill of lading, and equipment; number of axles; origin and destination; effective dates;

routes to be traveled; number of miles to be traveled; total fees; overall dimensions; gross weight;

registered weight; axle breakdown; license number and state; tractor and trailer information; serial number of load; where and how to transmit permit.

Movement under a permit is authorized for travel seven days a week in urbanized areas only during the

following time periods:

a) 3:00 am – 7:30 am; b) 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; c) 7:00 pm to sunset; or d) 9:00 am – 4:00 pm only, through the Fort Pitt, Squirrel Hill, or Liberty Tunnels in Allegheny County.

Urbanized areas in Pennsylvania include: 1) Altoona; 2) Allentown/Bethlehem; 3) Erie; 4) Harrisburg; 5) Hazelton; 6) Johnstown; 7) Lancaster; 8) Philadelphia; 9) Pittsburgh; 10) Pottsville; 11) Reading; 12) Scranton-Wilkes-Barre; 13) Stroudsburg; 14) Sunbury; 15) Williamsport; and 16) York.


Single Trip — Nondivisible Oversize and/or Overweight Vehicle and/or Load Seasonal — Applicants must apply directly to the state and not thru a Permit Service. Commodity Specific (cranes, building structural components, implements of husbandry, military convoy) Annual — Applicants must apply directly to the state and not thru a Permit Service. Commodity Specific (glass, coal, ash, oil, fiberboard, wooden structures, live domestic animals, animal feed, waste tires, SME (Special Mobile Equipment) on freeways, articles in course of manufacture, crossings, containerized cargo)

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Labeling — All vehicles and loads of excessive size must be marked with red or fluorescent orange flags not less than 18" square. Signs with the words “OVERSIZE LOAD” must be placed on the front and rear of the vehicle, and on both the front and rear of pilot cars when escorts are required. The sign attached to a permitted vehicle or load must have dimensions of at least 7' x 18", with 10" black letter with a 2 inch letter stroke on a yellow background.

Escort Vehicles and Personnel — Pilot cars must have revolving or flashing amber lights on top of the car. One rear escort is required for vehicles over 90' in length. Vehicles over 13' in width must have one rear escort on roads with two or more lanes which carry traffic in the same direction. The escort vehicle must lead the overwidth vehicle on highways having only one lane which carries traffic in the same direction. Vehicles with loads over 14'6" in height must have a pilot car preceding the vehicle by 1,000– 3,000' and equipped with a height pole.

Escorts may be required in some urbanized areas.

Law Enforcement Escort Requirements - Pennsylvania state escorts will be necessary for hauling super loads. State escort fees are assessed by PA State Police.

An escort by uniformed State Police or local police shall be required in the following instances:

(A) Buildings in excess of 16 feet in width.

(B) Super loads.

(C) The period while a provision of the act is being contravened.

(ii) An escort by Department personnel may also be required if conditions warrant.

(iii) If an escort by the State Police is necessary, the application shall be submitted to the Department to allow for the State Police to be notified by the Central Permit Office at least 24 hours prior to initial movement under the permit.

Certification – Pilot Car Escort Certification is not currently required.

FINES Overdimension Only — $500–$1,000 plus court costs per violation.

Overweight Fines:

For concurrent weight violations (axle, wheel and gross weight), an operator will be cited only for the one weight violation that produces the greatest fine.

• Exceeding maximum legal wheel weights — $100, plus $100 for each 200 lbs. or part thereof in excess of 200 lbs over the maximum wheel weight.

• Exceeding maximum legal axle weights — $100, plus $100 for each 500 lbs. or part thereof in excess of 2,000 lbs. over the maximum axle weight.

• Exceeding maximum registered or classification of vehicle by number of axles - $75, plus $75 for each 500 lbs. or part thereof 3,000 lbs over the maximum gross weight or the registered gross weight.

If gross weight of any vehicle or combination exceeds 80,000 lbs., or the applicable weight gross weight allowed, the fine is doubled.

• Exceeding gross weight limitation of a posted road or bridge — $150, plus $150 for each 500 lbs, or part thereof, in excess of 3,000 pounds over the maximum allowable weight.

Operators may be allowed up to four hours to shift load to avoid an overweight axle citation, provided the total vehicle weight is less than 3% over legal limit. However, if operator is traveling under permit, no shifting is permitted and operator will be cited.

The fine for operating or moving with an altered, forged or counterfeit permit is $5000 for each violation, in addition to other fines that may be imposed, plus court costs per violation.

The fine for operating or moving with an expired, void or invalidated permit is $1,000, in addition to other fines that may be imposed, plus court costs per violation.

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Moving Heavy Equipment at Railroad Grade Crossing.

(a) General Rule — No person shall operate or move any crawler-type tractor, power shovel, derrick, roller, or 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 one-half 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, upon or across any tracks at a railroad crossing without first complying with this section.

(b) Notice of intended crossing — Notice of any intended crossing shall be given to an authorized representative of the railroad and a reasonable time be given to the railroad to provide proper protection at the crossing.

(c) Stopping at crossing — Before making any crossing, the person operating or moving vehicle or equipment shall first stop the vehicle or equipment not less than 15' nor more than 50' from the nearest rail of the railroad and while so stopped shall listen and look in both directions along the track for any approaching train and for signals indicating the approach of a train, and shall not proceed until the crossing can be made safely.

(d) Movement over crossing — No crossing shall be made when warning is given by automatic signal or crossing gates or a flagman or otherwise of the immediate approach of a railroad train or car. Movement over a crossing shall be under the direction of any flagman provided by the railroad.



To obtain a Special Hauling Permit, first complete an application (Form M-936A) giving particulars on the vehicle, load, and proposed routing. Then submit your completed application to the Transportation Department District Office nearest the point of origin.

Applicants who have an active account number in good standing may also independently submit permit applications via the internet. Most web-submitted applications are processed in under a minute using the Department's state-of-the-art APRAS program (APRAS is the acronym for Automated Permit Routing/Analysis System).

Web-submitted applications may request Permits to be sent e-mail or fax.

Persons not having an account number need to submit a current Insurance Certificate evidencing coverage of at least $1,000,000 combined single limits and naming the Commonwealth of PA as an "additional Insured". Permits may also be obtained through any registered permit service.

The District permit staff will review each application in its entirety, giving particular attention to completeness, accuracy, nondivisibility, and the proposed route of travel.

Your proposed routing may be changed for one or more of the following reasons:

1. overlength and overwidth vehicles are routed around highway and bridge construction projects which cannot accommodate the permitted vehicle, due to lane changes or reduced lane widths;

2. overheight vehicles are routed around overhead structures that do not provide adequate vertical clearance for the permitted vehicle;

3. overweight vehicles are routed around bridges which would be loaded beyond their Operating Rating by the permitted vehicle; AND,

4. permitted vehicles are routed around highways or bridges that are posted with a weight restriction less than the permitted vehicle's gross weight.

PA-8 02/15 SC&RA Oversize/Overweight Permit Manual If your vehicle's gross weight exceeds 136,000 pounds, generally, or axle weights are in excess of those in the chart shown below,it will also be necessary to complete and submit a supplemental application (Form M-936AS) giving particulars on removable parts and each axle. The District Bridge Engineer(s) will evaluate what effect your overweight vehicle will have on bridge spans on your proposed route of travel. The Bridge Engineer(s) may specify permit operating conditions that the driver must follow precisely to avoid overloading any bridge span.

Be sure to submit your supplemental application at least one workday in advance.

In some instances (e.g., return trip requests, bona fide emergency requests) it will also be necessary to complete and submit a miscellaneous application (Form M-936 AM) giving particular information as requested on the form.


Threshold Axle Weight Vehicle type (Pounds) Special Mobile Equipment

Tractor Semi-trailer Combination steering axle

single axle

two tandem axles

three tandem axles

four or more tandem axles

For additional information, see 67 PA Code, Chapter 179, paragraph 179.8, which is available from any District Permit Office (see page 39).

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