Are you wondering if you need to use heavy haul services? Oversized and overweight items can present a challenge when it comes time to transport. From military equipment to large industrial machinery to large-scale construction materials, regular forms of transportation won’t suffice. These types of shipments require special attention in the form of handling, permits, and routing. Before you attempt to transport large items, use this guide to understand heavy hauling and what you need to know before proceeding.
Heavy haul services are necessary to transport oversized loads on public roads. Heavy haul refers to oversized or overweight trucking shipments that exceed standard legal limits for transporting freight. Each state is required by the federal government to set their own regulations for heavy haul shipments. However, there are general guidelines that are widely accepted to classify oversized or overweight shipments.
A shipment requires heavy haul services if it exceeds a:
Be sure to check out your state’s requirements for heavy haul transport to ensure you follow their specific guidelines.
Heavy haul load weight limits are set on a per-axel basis. To understand why, you have to go back around the 1950’s and 60’s when transportation vehicles were getting heavier and carrying larger loads. The roads themselves were actually fine, but regulations had to be set to protect bridges, as they were (and still are) designed to support certain weights. The solution was to limit the weight-to-length ratio of a vehicle crossing a bridge. In 1975 Congress enacted the Bridge Formula to do just that.
The result was setting weight limitations on a per-axel basis:
When cargo exceeds these weight limitations, special heavy haul equipment with additional axels is necessary.
Heavy haul freight requires permits and documentation in order to fulfill transport. Permits are issued for each shipment and most heavy haul orders require location-specific permits, like from the city, county, or municipality through which you will travel. Other restrictions may apply as well, including:
Talk to your heavy haul service provider to learn the state guidelines in which you will travel and to acquire all necessary permits.
Heavy haul services include more than just large trailers and trucks. There are also several other requirements for transporting oversized loads. Most notably, for travel the transportation vehicle is required by federal law to be marked with special signage when traveling. Depending on the state and the size of the load, some travel requirements include:
Check with your heavy haul services provider to learn about all the necessary requirements for your specific shipment.
Moffitt Services is a trusted name in heavy haul. If you need to transport oversized or overweight shipments, contact us today. We’ll handle everything so your shipment arrives safely, on time, and most of all, legally. Get started with Moffitt Services today