[box type="shadow"]Traveling on interstate highways can be a hassle for a regular car, but for an oversize or over-dimensional load, the trips are twice as slow, twice as dangerous and twice as legally complicated. There are several important regulations to follow when transporting an oversize or over-dimensional load on state and interstate highways, and they are strictly enforced.[/box]
[box type="shadow"]Federal Restrictions
States have individual requirements for oversize loads, but for trucks that will be crossing state lines there are federal restrictions as well. A vehicle with an oversize load cannot be more than 80,000 lbs. Each axles cannot have an excess of more than 34,000 lbs. on it, and a vehicle with one axle is restricted to 20,000 lbs. These restrictions are for the safety of the vehicle and other motorists while on bridges.
Exceptions for size and weight can be made by the state. Exceptions may require a fee being paid. In order to be granted an exception the load must not be able to be divided. If dividing the load without damaging it or affecting it’s ability to be shipped can be accomplished, an exception is typically not granted.
There are sometimes occasions where a load needs a permit. Examples include moving houses or boats. In these cases a permit must be issued. If you are traveling through multiple states permits must be issued in each state.
Costs for carrying oversize loads vary depending on numerous factors. If the load is bigger than the federal regulations permit, costs will be higher. The actual cost will be determined by final weight and height of the load as well as how many state the load has to get through. In some states, the cost can vary depending on how many counties in that state that the truck will travel through. Taxes and administrative fees are typically added on as well.[/box]