Overweight and Over Dimension Vehicle Permit Changes for Vermont

Capt Kevin Andrews from the Vermont Commercial Vehicle Enforcement unit recently reviewed the changes to Overweight and Over Dimension Vehicle Permits with the members of Vermont Truck and Bus Association.  Effective September 21, 2018, motor carriers are now able to obtain a permit for a maximum width of 10’6” when the overall length of the unit exceeds 75’0” long and a maximum width of 12’6” when the length does not exceed 75’0”. This replaces the old standard of 68”.

Single Trip Permits are valid for 7 business days to match the current statute.  It allows any legal trailer as long as it meets the requirements in 23 VSA §1392(4) to operate under the permit.  This will allow motor carriers greater flexibility with regard to trailer use.

Reasonable Access Permits now contains a list of roadways which will easily identify legal reasonable access exits.  Review these exits at https://dmv.vermont.gov/tag/oversize-overweight .

Single Trip Permit – 90,000 Divisible Loads.  This permit has been removed in its entirety; Excess Weight Permits are allowed on Interstate Highways, this permit is not needed due to statutory changes.

Weekend/Holiday Restrictions – no movement of loads in excess of 12’ wide, 100 feet long, or 108,000 lbs allowed on Saturday or Sunday.  Holidays have been redefined as only New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  This allows movement of loads on Friday afternoon before holidays and eliminates other holidays and lessons restrictions to accommodate industry workloads.

Inclement weather – previous definition of inclement weather was interpreted by various enforcement officials in a variety of ways.  The definition that is now in use states no travel is allowed during an ice condition, sleet, freezing rain, slush or combination thereof or any snow accumulation to the extent it is heavy enough to stick to the highway surface; and no travel is allowed when visibility is reduced by rain, fog, or any other weather condition to the extent that the load is not readily identifiable by users of the highway at a distance of a ¼ mile.  At all times roads must be safe and clear enough to allow traffic to pass.  When such conditions exist during a trip, permitted vehicles must exit the road at the first available safe location where vehicle and load can park without impeding traffic until weather conditions improve.  A vehicle is not permitted to travel during inclement weather if it is subject to, or was required to have, an engineering review.  This only applies to loads 12’0” wide or greater and/or 80’0” long or greater (and by default loads over 150,000 lbs).

These changes were made in response to many comments from industry to enforcement.  Thank you to Colonel Elovirta, Capt Andrews, Roland Bellavance – President of Vermont Truck and Bus, Joe Barrett, Barrett’s Construction, Bill Smith, VTBA Lobbyist, Ken Ferno, Dailey PreCast along with others that spend countless hours  gathering information and data to afford the motor carriers in Vermont a safe and reasonable solution to moving large pieces of equipment and infrastructure components on Vermont highways.