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When Do You Need a Red Flag When Hauling Cargo

April 29, 2020

When hauling cargo, a transport company is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the goods arrive at the destination safely and intact. There are times when customers will want to move abnormal loads and oversize cargo. Goods that protrude from vehicles or are transported on the roof of vehicles can pose a significant risk to both the driver and other road users. As such, drivers are required to take the necessary precautions when transporting goods and materials that are too lengthy or wide to fit in a vehicle. In addition to ensuring proper planning and determining which permits are... View Article

Overdrive’s Examination of the ‘Harmonization’ of Oversize Permitting

April 8, 2020

There has been a movement underway for decades now to get all states on board with an agreement which would allow for uniform permitting of large and heavy loads to be transported between states. In the past, this was always a very tedious process, because it was necessary to secure permits from every state that a load had to travel through, and each state handled permits in a different way. Now, that is changing due to the efforts of a few dedicated individuals who are making the pitch to every state to harmonize the permit process, and make it easier... View Article

What are the DOT’s Regulations for Hauling Heavy Equipment?

April 1, 2020

In working environments safety is the responsibility of every person that works for a company. Good safety practices enable an organization to avoid injuries, damage to equipment and inventories, lost downtime and potential legal consequences. As one anonymous author stated, “Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.” Safety Is In the Details For those in the transportation industry, safety is a high priority. Indeed, safety is the highest priority of the Department of Transportation, or DOT, and its related departments. As in other aspects of life, transportation safety is anchored in the details. Moving equipment... View Article

Trailer Dimensions: How Wide Can a Tractor Trailer Be?

March 20, 2020

Without tractor trailers, America would grind to a halt. From raw materials like steel to the vegetables that end up on your dinner table, the US economy is powered by trucks. However, trailer size is one of the single most important factors in the quest to haul more with each load. The length of a trailer can vary significantly, but the standard trailer width, which has a dramatic impact on what can be hauled safely, can only vary slightly. What Is the Standard Width for a Tractor Trailer? Currently, the US federal government sets regulations that dictate the minimums that... View Article

List of Commercial Truck Axle Weight Limits by State

March 17, 2020

The reason that axle legal weights are significant for commercial trucks is that both state and federal authorities are concerned about the safety of truckers, other motorists, and the roads they drive on as well. If a truck is carrying too much weight, it could well pose problems for roads which are not designed to support that much weight, and damage could occur. In addition, some bridges and overpasses might not be able to support heavier weights, so there is a genuine safety issue associated with carrying too much weight. For this reason, each state has established standards for the... View Article

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