In the logistics and transportation industry, the term “permit loads” often comes up, especially when dealing with oversized or overweight cargo. But what exactly does it mean, and what are the regulations surrounding it? In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at permit loads, focusing on the specific rules and limitations set by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV).

What is a Permit Load?

A permit load refers to any cargo that exceeds the standard legal dimensions and weight limits set by the state. In such cases, a special permit is required to transport the cargo legally.

Legal Dimensions in Texas

  • Length: 59′ semi-trailer
  • Overhang: 2′ front, 4′ rear
  • Width: 8’6″
  • Height: 14′
  • Weight: 80,000 Gross

Routine Permit Limits

  • Length: Up to 125′
  • Overhang: Up to 30′
  • Width: Up to 20′ (16′ on Interstate System)
  • Height: Up to 18’11”
  • Weight: Varies based on axle configuration

Escort Requirements

If your cargo exceeds certain dimensions, you’ll need escort vehicles for safe transportation. Here are the guidelines:

  • Over 110′ length or 20′ overhang: 1 escort
  • Over 125′ length or 30′ overhang: 2 escorts
  • Over 14′ width: 1 escort
  • Over 16′ width: 2 escorts
  • Over 17′ height: 1 escort
  • Over 18′ height: 2 escorts

Additional Points to Consider

  • A flatbed load cannot be permitted for both width and height at the same time.
  • Red flags should be placed at all extremities of the cargo.
  • Signs indicating the oversized or overweight nature of the cargo are only required on escort vehicles.

Why Choose Majestic for Your Permit Load Needs?

Navigating the complexities of permit loads can be challenging. At Majestic, we specialize in handling all the intricacies, from securing the necessary permits to coordinating with escort vehicles, ensuring a smooth and compliant transportation process.

For more information on how Majestic can assist you with your permit load needs, contact us today.

For the most up-to-date information on permit loads and regulations in Texas, please refer to the official TxDMV website.

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