Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ALDOT updates oversize and overweight regulations for carriers

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) recently updated its promulgated rules and regulations regarding oversize and overweight laws. Alabama Trucking Association officials say the changes could positively impact trucking operations because some of the changes relieve several requirements for escort vehicles.

The following are the most important changes for carriers:

  • Previously, widths exceeding 12 ft. required front and rear escorts. The new regulation states that widths from 12 ft. up to 14 ft. now require only one escort. The escort will be in front on two lane roads and in the rear on multi lane highways. Loads exceeding 14 ft. still require two escorts.
  • Previous vehicles/loads exceeding 75 ft. in length required a rear escort. The new regulation states vehicles/loads exceeding 90 ft. require rear escorts.
  • Loads exceeding 15 ft. 6 in. now require a front escort with height measuring device.

To read ALDOT’s full report on the changes, click here.