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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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Holiday – Travel is prohibited on the following holidays, from 2 p.m. Thursday to daylight Monday when the holiday is observed on a Friday, or from 2 p.m. Friday to daylight Tuesday when the holiday is observed on a Monday, or from 2 p.m. on the day before a holiday to daylight of the day after a holiday when the

holiday is other than a “long holiday”:

New Year’s Day Memorial Day Independence Day Pioneer Day (July 24) Labor Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Day Inclement Weather - Permittees must exercise extreme caution when operating a vehicle in hazardous weather conditions, and may have to discontinue the move if conditions become dangerous.

Extreme caution in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle shall be exercised when hazardous conditions are present, such as those caused by snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust, or smoke, adversely affect visibility or traction. Speed shall be reduced when such conditions exist. If conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the operation of the commercial motor vehicle shall be discontinued and shall not be resumed until the commercial motor vehicle can be safely operated. Whenever compliance with the foregoing provisions of this rule increases hazard to passengers, the commercial motor vehicle may be operated to the nearest point at which the safety of passengers is assured.

No carrier shall operate an LCV combination, with a combined trailer length in excess of 81 feet, when

the following conditions exist:

Wind in excess of 45 mph Snow and ice on the roadway Visibility less than 1,000 feet When any of the above conditions exist the carrier may choose one of the following options: Cease operations until weather conditions improve Driver may drop a trailer at a safe location Note: Leaving a trailer on the roadway including exit or entrance ramps is not permitted.


Divisible Loads — Utah recognizes two classes of loads — divisible and non–divisible — for which it issues three types of oversize/overweight permits: single trip, semi–annual, and annual. For oversize/overweight loads in the divisible load class, the state issues a Special Transportation Permit (STP), again for single trip, semi–annual, or annual durations.

All vehicles must comply with Bridge Table B–Extended. Virtually every overweight load must therefore conform to the axle limits and spacing requirements of Bridge Table B — Extended.

Tire loading on vehicles requiring an oversize or overweight permit shall not exceed 500 pounds per inch of tire width for tires 11 inches wide and greater, and 450 pounds per inch of tire width for tires less than 11 inches wide. Single axle weight limit is 20,000 pounds, tandem axle weight limit is 34,000 pounds.

The use of single tires on any combination vehicle requiring an overweight or oversize permit shall not be allowed on single axles. No wheel on steering axles and castering axles shall exceed 600 pounds per inch of tire width.

All axles must have dual tires or super wide (14 inches or less) single tires to qualify for the maximum allowable weight. All others will be allowed 10,000 pounds per axle.

Non–Divisible Loads — The Department of Transportation may issue an overweight permit for moving a vehicle or combination of vehicles and load exceeding legal oversize/overweight limits under the

following conditions:

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Obtaining Permits — The procedure for obtaining a permit online or walk–in service is as follows:

1. Obtain the appropriate permit application form — Utah Overweight Permit for overweight vehicles or Utah Special Transportation Permit for oversize vehicles — and provide the information requested.

2 Overweight vehicle or combination of vehicles.

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Non–divisible loads may be exempt from these restrictions upon written approval of the Department of Transportation.

Utah will also issue single trip permits through third-party (Permit) vendors.


Oversize Permits:

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This section will provide necessary information for obtaining certification as a Utah Pilot/Escort with all vehicle requirements to meet the regulations for Pilot/Escort Vehicles.


One pilot vehicle is required for vehicles/loads, which exceed the following dimensional


12 feet in width on secondary highways (non-interstate) and 14 feet in width on divided highways (interstates).

105 feet in length on secondary highways and 120 feet in length on divided highways.

Overhangs in excess of 20 feet shall have pilot/escort vehicle positioned to the front for front overhangs and to the rear for rear overhangs.

Two pilot/escort vehicles are required for vehicles/loads which exceed the following

dimensional conditions:

14 feet in width on secondary highways and 16 feet in width on divided highways, except for Mobile and manufactured homes with eaves 12 inches or less on either roadside or curbside shall be measured for box width only and assigned escort vehicles as specified above in R912-9Mobile and manufactured homes with eaves greater than 12 inches shall be measured for overall width including eaves and pilot/escort vehicles assigned as specified above R912-9-2; or 120 feet in length on secondary highways.

16 feet in height on all highways. Lead escort will run a height indicator pole.

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As specified for night time travel.

Police escorts are required for vehicles with loads which exceed:

17 feet wide or 17 feet 6 inches high on secondary highways; or 20 feet wide or 17 feet 6 inches high on all highways; or All loads in excess of 175 feet in length MUST have a minimum of one police escort; all loads in excess of 200 feet in length will require a minimum of two police escorts. Exception: Loads that are unladen (decked).

When required by the Department.


The movement of more than one permitted vehicle is allowed provided prior authorization is

obtained from the Motor Carrier Division with the following conditions:

Number of permitted vehicles in the convoy shall not exceed two.

Loads may not exceed 12 feet wide or 150 feet overall length.

Distance between vehicles shall not be less the 500 feet or more than 700 feet.

Distance between convoys shall be a minimum of one mile.

All convoys shall have a certified pilot/escort in the front and rear with proper signs.

Police escorts or UDOT personnel may be required.

Convoys must meet all lighting requirements required in 49 CFR 393.11 and in the lighting section for nighttime travel.

Convoys are restricted to freeway and interstate systems.

Nighttime travel is encouraged with Motor Carrier Division approval.

Insurance - Approval may be obtained by contacting the Motor Carrier Division or any Port of Entry Note: The Motor Carrier Division on a case-by-case basis may grant exceptions to the above. For further information please contact (801) 965-4892 or (866) 215-5399. Driver shall possess a current certificate of insurance or endorsement which indicates that the operator, or the operator's employer, has in full force and effect not less than $750,000 combined single limit coverage for bodily injury and/or property damage as a result of the operation of the escort vehicle, the escort vehicle operator, or both causing the bodily injury and /or property damage arising out of an act or omission by the pilot/escort vehicle operator of the escort duties required by the Rules. Such insurance or endorsement, as applicable, must be maintained at all times during the term of the pilot/escort certification.

Pilot / escort vehicles shall have a minimum amount of $750,000 liability. This is not a cumulative amount.


Individuals who operate a pilot/escort vehicle must meet the following requirements:

Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Possess a valid drivers license for the state jurisdiction in which he/she resides.

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Pilot/escort drivers will be issued a certification card by an authorized Qualified Certification Program as outlined in R912-10, and shall have it in their possession at all times while in pilot/escort operations.

Initial certification will be valid for four years from the date of issue. One additional fouryear certification may be obtained through a mail in or on-line re-certification process provided by a Qualified Pilot/Escort Training Entity/Institution.

Pilot/escort drivers must provide a current (within 30 days) Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) certification to the Qualified Certification Program at the time of the course.

Current certification for pilot/escort operators will be honored through expiration date. Prior to expiration of pilot/escort certification it will be the responsibility of the operator to attend classroom instruction provided by an authorized Pilot/Escort Qualified Certification Program. A list of these providers can be obtained by calling (801) 965-4559.

No passengers under 16 years of age are allowed in pilot/escort vehicles during movement of oversize loads.

A pilot/escort driver may not perform as a tillerman while performing pilot escort operations.

A pilot/escort driver must meet the requirements of 49 CFR 391.11 if using a vehicle for escort operations in excess of 10,000 lbs GVWR.


Drivers domiciled in Utah must complete a pilot/escort certification course authorized by the Department. A list of authorized instructors may be obtained by contacting (801) 965-4892.

Pilot/escort drivers domiciled outside of Utah may operate as a certified pilot/escort driver with another State's certification credential, provided the course meets the minimum requirements outlined in the Pilot/Escort Training Manual - Best Practices Guidelines as endorsed by the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association, Federal Highway Administration, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance; and/or The Department may enter into a reciprocal agreement with other states provided they can demonstrate that course materials are comprehensive and meet minimum requirements outlined by the Department. For a current listing of these states, contact the Motor Carrier Division at (801)-965-4892.

Pilot/escort driver certification expires four years from the date issued. It will be the responsibility of the driver to maintain certification.

FINES - Vehicles operating under an oversize/overweight permit shall not be operated in excess of the posted speed limit or the speed indicated on the permit, whichever is less. In no case shall a permitted movement proceed at a speed which shall endanger the safety of persons or property. Permits shall be subject to confiscation for speed violations.

Violation of the terms or conditions of an oversize/overweight permit, including but not limited to:

speeding, lane travel, weather, load securement, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, and/or Hazardous Material Regulations may result in the revocation, suspension, or confiscation of the permit. Before the vehicle can be moved, it must be made legal, properly permitted, and violations corrected.

Patterns of non-compliance at a company level may constitute action taken against the carrier's overall permit privileges and may result in additional civil penalties and an order to cease operations.

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Special permit vehicles may not travel in a direction opposed to the normal flow of traffic. The traveled route must remain open for traffic at all times. In movements on two–lane pavements, you must allow continuous movement of opposing traffic and for frequent passing by vehicles traveling in the same direction.

Vehicles and/or loads exceeding any of the following dimensions are generally prohibited from operating during the hours of darkness (daylight is one-half hour before sunrise to

one-half hour after sunset):

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The Department of Transportation or the Highway Patrol may prohibit movements during periods of anticipated high traffic volumes.

Convoys — Utah allows moving more than one special permit vehicle in convoy provided the

following requirements are met:

1. Distance between vehicles will not be less than 500 feet and not more than 700 feet.

2. The number of special permit vehicles in convoy must not exceed two. Each convoy must have its own escorts as required.

3. The sign on the follow–up vehicle must indicate the number of vehicles in the convoy.

4. The distance between convoys must be a minimum of one mile.

5. The number of escorts required will be stipulated on the permit.

6. Exceptions to the conditions above may be directed by the UHP or UDOT.

Every oversize vehicle and/or load must maintain a minimum distance of 500 feet from another commercial vehicle traveling in the same direction on the same highway.

To maintain reasonable flow of traffic, the vehicle and load must be moved to the side of the road to allow traffic to pass. Traffic buildup should not exceed five vehicles.

The length of vehicles, with or without loads, allowed on freeways or interstate highways will be governed by the curvature off ramps to be negotiated. All turns on ramps must be negotiated in one attempt. Special attention will be given to extra long overhangs to prevent damage to freeway or interstate signs, light poles, or other property when turns are negotiated.

Speed Limits — Vehicles must conform to legal speed limits on all highways. Permitted vehicles must not be operated in excess of the posted speed limit or the speed indicated on the permit, whichever is less. The minimum operating speed is 20 mph, unless otherwise specified on the permit. In no case must a permitted vehicle be operated at a speed that endangers the public.

On freeways and Interstate Highways:

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The Utah Ports of Entry (POE) are under the direction of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Motor Carrier Division.

We currently have eight permanent Ports of Entry. For more information on Port of Entry locations please select from the list below.

All commercial motor vehicles are required to stop at Ports of Entry. Permits can be purchased at all Ports of Entry. Carriers are required to have insurance on file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Headquarters Salt Lake City (801) 965-4892 St. George I-15, Utah AZ Line, MP 1 (435) 673-9651 Wendover I-80, Utah Nevada line, MP 3 (435) 665-2274 Echo I-80, Utah, MP 181 (435) 336-5286 *Kanab SR US 89, North of town, MP 67 (435) 644-5871 *Monticello SR US 491, East of town, MP 2 (435) 584-2662 *Peerless SR US 6, North of Helper, MP 231 (435) 472-3401 *Daniels SR US 40, South of Heber, MP 20 (435) 654-1091 *Perry I-15 South of Brighan City, MP 358 (435) 734-9414 *Please contact the Port of Entry before entering the state. When transporting a load from within the state a permit is required before movement.

PERMIT ORDERING - To self issue your own permits go to Online Permits. If you have questions call the Customer Service Office (Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at 801-965-4892. Permits may be purchased online at www.udot.utah.gov/public/mcs prior to entry. Permits may be purchased by major credit card and may be issued based on annual permit dimensions and weight, or on a single trip basis.


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