1. The maxiaum overall width of a vehicle
authorized to be moved upon highways by permit shall be twenty feet (20') or
leas based on the condition of the highway, distance traveled, and the volume
or type of traffic- Under emergency conditions, the maximum overall width may
be exceeded to twenty-four feet (24') by permit only for short moves based on
the nature of such emergency, and the adequacy of traffic control.
2. The maximum overall width of a vehicle
authorized to be moved upon Interstate Highways by permit shall be sixteen feet
3. Ho overwidth vehicle
shall follow another overwidth vehicle closer than one thousand feet
4. The Permit Section
shall specify the route, time of travel, type of "Oversize Load" sign,
placement of escort vehicles and number of escort vehicles upon the issuance of
each permit for the movement of the overdimensional load. (Refer to Section VI
which discusses escort requirements).
5. Vehicles exceeding the legal allowable
width, height or length shall have a plainly legible sign reading "OVERSIZE
LOAD" displayed across the front and rear of the loaded vehicle and eighteen
inch (18") red flags on the rear corners of the load. The signs required by
these regulations shall be constructed of a durable material with a yellow
background and blade letters of sufficient size to be legible to all traffic
within a safe distance. (NO OVERSIZE LOAD SIGHS ARE REQUIRED ON VEHICLES
TRAVELING UNDER AH OVERWEIGHT PERMIT IF ITS DIMENSIONS ARE OTHERWISE
6. On any controlled
access, divided highway with four (4) or more lanes, any vehicle in excess of
fourteen feet (14') in width, inclusive of overhangs, and/or clearance lights,
and/or eaves, and/or any other appurtenance, shall be accompanied by one (1)
escort vehicle. The escort vehicle shall travel behind the vehicle, (See
Section VI, D, (10) for the distance.)
7. On all other highways, the movement of
vehicles in excess of twelve feet (12') in width through fourteen feet (14') in
width, inclusive of overhangs, and/or clearance lights, and/or eaves, and/or
any other appurtenance, shall be accompanied by one (i) escort vehicle. The
escort vehicle shall travel in front of the vehicle. The movement of any
vehicle which exceeds fourteen feet (14') in width shall be accompanied by two
escort vehicles. One escort vehicle shall precede the permitted load, and one
escort shall follow it. (See section VI, D (10) for the distance.) An
enforcement officer of the Arkansas Highway Police Division may authorize
escorts as deemed necessary for the safety of the traveling public. Permittee
must obtain or furnish the escort vehicle as prescribed herein.
8. All permitted vehicles shall be equipped
with tail lamps and signal lamps which conform to applicable state and federal
9. Cutter blades and
other equipment of a hasardous nature in excess of fourteen feet (14') will be
cradled to such an angle as Is necessary to reduce the maximum overall width to
fourteen feet (14').
nay be Issued for movement of overdlmensional loads on Arkansas Highways on
Saturday and Sunday unless they fall on a holiday restricted under section II,
Item E, 6. These overdlmensional permits must be obtained in advance of any
11. Hovers of
overdimensional loads are required to take down and replace, as necessary, all
signs, mailbox(s) and posts. notification, and the consent of owners, shall be
obtained In advance of any move.
12. AB application shall he submitted to the
Permit section at least three (3) working days prior to the requested movement
en an overdimensional load greater than sixteen feet (16M in width.
13. overdimenaional loads greater than
sixteen feet (16') in width may only be transported between the hours of 9:00
a.m. and 3.00 p.m.
1. If a semitrailer or
trailer, laden or unladen, does not exceed 53 feet and six inches (53'6"),
there is no overall length restriction, and the vehicle is considered to be in
compliance with the length law.
If a semitrailer or trailer, laden or unladen, exceeds S3 feet and six inches
(53'6''), but the overall length does not exceed sixty feet (60'), the vehicle
is considered to be in compliance with the length law.
If a semitrailer or trailer, laden or
unladen, exceeds 53 feet and six inches (5 3' 6") and the overall length
exceeds 60 feet, and the trailer length can not be reduced, the following
a. A permit is necessary
before the vehicle can make a movement.
b. If the overall length does not exceed
ninety feet (90') the vehicle may run at any time on a twenty-four hour; seven
day a week basis by obtaining a permit.
c. If the overall length exceeds ninety feet
(90'), the vehicle may run only during the hours of daylight. No nighttime or
holiday movement will be allowed.
4. Trailer measurement will include any
projecting load from the rear. Loads projecting from the front of the trailer
between the tractor cab and trailer will not be included in the measurement of
the trailer length.
5. The load
upon any vehicle operated alone, or the load upon the front vehicle of a
combination of vehicles, shall not extend more than three feet (3') beyond the
front wheels of such vehicle or the front bumper of such vehicle if it is
equipped with such a bumper, except by permit. Ho permit will be issued for any
vehicle with a front overhang in excess of twenty feet (20').
6. Those vehicle combinations in which the
length of the trailer (s) /sem.itrailer(s) are in compliance with the length
law, and no other permit is required, are not required to have an
The maximum legal length for a semitrailer or trailer, used in this
combination, manufactured prior to December 2, 1982, is twenty-eight and
one-half feet (28 1/2').
maximum legal length for a semitrailer or trailer, used In this combination,
manufactured after December 1, 1982, is twenty-eight feet (28').
c. If either trailer or semitrailer, used in
this combination, exceeds the applicable maximum legal length, and if the
overall length does not exceed sixty-five feet (65') there is no
TRIPLE SADDLEMOUNT VEHICLES
1. A triple saddlemount vehicle combination
is defined as a combination of four (4) truck -tractors where the front axle of
second trucks-tractor is securely mounted on the rear of the lead truck -
tractor, the front axle of the third truck-tractor is securely mounted on the
rear of the second truck-tractor, and the fourth truck-tractor is securely
mounted on the rear of the third truck-tractor; and with the rear wheels of the
second, third, and fourth truck-tractors trailing on the ground behind the
operating motor unit.
overall length of this combination shall not exceed ninety feet (90') and can
operate twenty-four hours a day; seven days a week.
3. NO permit will be issued for any
combination that exceeds ninety feet (90') in length and it will not be allowed
The combination must
conform to the applicable safety regulations in
and existing state laws and