RULE 001.01.00-001 - Permit Regulations for the Movement of Oversize and/or Overweight vehicles on the Arkansas State Highway System

RULE 001.01.00-001. Permit Regulations for the Movement of Oversize and/or Overweight vehicles on the Arkansas State Highway System

SECTION I

GENERAL DEFINITIONS

GENERAL DEFINITIONS

DEPARTMENT: Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

DIVISION: Arkansas Highway police Division of Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

PERMIT SECTION: Permit Section of Arkansas Highway Police Division of Arkansas Highway and Transportation

COMMISSION: Arkansas Highway Commission (AHC)

COMMISSIONER: A member of the Arkansas Highway Commission

DIRECTOR: Director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department

CHIEF: Chief of the Arkansas Highway Police Division

POLICY: An established procedure pertaining to a specific activity of the Section, Division, Department or Commission

PERMIT: A document issued by the Permit Section which gives the bearer permission to move an oversize vehicle laden or unladen along specific routes during a specified period of time with certain restrictions; said document having been issued under the authority given to the Arkansas Highway Commission through Legislative Acts. When used in this publication the terms "permit" are synonymous.

FOR PURPOSES OF THIS PUBLICATION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS ARE CONSIDERED SYNONYMOUS:

(1) LOAD;

(2) VEHICLE WITH LOAD;

(3) LADEN

(4) VEHICLE AND/OR CARGO;

(5) VEHICLE AND CARGOES

SECTION II

GENERAL INFORMATION

A. INTRODUCTION

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-210 provides...."The State Highway Commission, with respect to highways under their jurisdiction, and local authorities, with respect to highways under their jurisdiction, may, in their discretion and as provided in this section, upon receipt of application made in person or by telephone, telegraph, or in writing and upon good cause being shown therefor, issue a special permit in writing to applicants desiring to transport cargoes of such nature that the cargo cannot readily be taken apart, separated, dismembered, or otherwise reduced in size or weight.

The permit shall authorize the applicant to operate or move a vehicle, or combination of vehicles, of a size or weight of vehicle or load exceeding the maximum specified in this subchapter, or otherwise not in conformity with the provision of this subchapter, upon any highway under the jurisdiction of the agency granting such permit and for the maintenance of which the agency is responsible.

No vehicle, or combination of vehicles, with a multi-unit or otherwise reducible overload may be issued a special permit as provided in this section..."

The Arkansas State Highway Commission authorizes the Director to provide for the issuance of Multi-State Envelope Permits under the Multi-State Permit Agreement for Oversize and Overweight Vehicles.

The rules and regulations as described herein are designed to permit, under1 special conditions, and to ensure the safe movement of vehicles and/or equipment which exceed any one or more of the following legal limits for dimension and/or weight:

TABLE OF DIMENSIONS AND/OR WEIGHT LIMITS OVER WHICH A PERMIT IS REQUIRED;

WIDTH: 8 FEET, 6 INCHES

HEIGHT: 13 FEET, 6 INCHES

LENGTH: DETERMINED BY TRAILER LENGTH AS REQUIRED BY LAW.

WEIGHT: 80,000 POUNDS GROSS WEIGHT OF VEHICLE/S AND CARGO ON 5 OR MORE AXLES.

MUST MEET THE FEDERAL BRIDGE FORMULA FOR 80,000 POUNDS

SECONDARY HIGHWAYS ARE RESTRICTED TO 40 MPH, AND MAY BE POSTED FOR A LESSER WEIGHT.

AXLE WEIGHT: 20,000 POUNDS ON SINGLE AXLE

34,000 POUNDS ON TANDEM AXLE

12,000 POUNDS ON FRONT AXLE, EXCEPT

VEHICLES OF SPECIAL DESIGN.

NOTE: EXCEPTIONS MAY BE GRANTED UNDER EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES.

B. APPLICATION INFORMATION

1. Applications for permits for the movement over the State Highway System for vehicles exceeding the statutory maximum weights or dimensions shall be submitted in writing, in person, or by telephone to the Permit Section of the Department. The Permit Office is staffed from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. However, public access to the office is from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed Sundays and on major holidays.

2. Unless otherwise specified, all permits are issued for a single continuous (one way) movement. Adequate time will be allowed for each one way movement. However, an extension of time may be granted where the request is received by the issuing agency prior to expiration of the permit, if inclement weather, vehicle breakdown or other such circumstances beyond the control of the applicant has prevented the trip during the specified dates.

3. Applications for permits to move extraordinary loads of any sort will be submitted with a detailed sketch of vehicles including all tire sizes, distance between axles, and overall dimensions of the vehicle.

4. The Permit Section will route vehicles by considering the traffic volume, the width of the highway and the width and structural integrity of the bridges between the point of origination and destination. The routes selected will also be based on safety of the traveling public, regardless of increased distance, route, or times of movement. Any variance from the permitted route will be a violation of the permit which may result in the permit being voided.

5. At the discretion of the Director, exceptions to rules and regulations may be made if extenuating circumstances justify consideration.

C. BOND/FEE INFORMATION

1. An applicant may obtain and pay for a permit at the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation's Permit Office located at 10324 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Permits may be obtained by telephone 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Public access to the office is from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed on Sundays and major holidays,

2. Arrangements may be made with the Department to set up a monthly charge account for the issuing of permits by posting a Surety Bond. This Surety Bond requires a minimum of one thousand dollars($1,000.00).

3. To establish a permit account with the State Highway and Transportation Department, it is necessary that the bonding insurance agency execute a Surety Bond in the minimum amount of $1,000.00 on bond forms furnished by the Department. The insurance agency is to forward one completed copy of the bond form, a power of attorney, and a certificate of insurance coverage (For an Example: See Appendix 5) for the files of the Department's Permit Office.

4. Should the person fail to pay any sum owing to the Department within thirty (30) days after due, the Department may execute upon the bond.

5. If any account becomes delinquent or if the amount due exceeds the limits of the Surety Bond, no further permits will be issued until the delinquency is liquidated.

6. Account applicants are invoiced each month and must liquidate the full amount of each invoice upon receipt.

7. No fee shall be charged for any permit issued to any governmental agency when the vehicle and load involved is governmental property and the proposed movement entails official business.

D. MOVEMENT

1. Any vehicle or piece of equipment which exceeds the dimensions and/or weight prescribed by state law may not be moved over the highways of the State of Arkansas without first obtaining a permit for such movement from the Department.

2. Permits will not be issued for the movement of any vehicle or piece of equipment which, in the opinion of the Department, can reasonably be reduced and/or dismantled in size and/or weight to come within the legal limits as set forth herein.

3. Each such permit shall be carried in the vehicle to which it refers and shall be open to inspection by any law enforcement officer or authorized agent of the issuing authority granting such permit.

4. Permits will not be issued for any unlicensed vehicle to tow another vehicle or any equipment which exceeds the legal size or legal weight limitations as prescribed by law.

5. Movement under permit will be allowed on the following holidays:

* Martin Luther King's Birthday

* Robert E. Lee's Birthday

* George Washington's Birthday

* Veterans' Day

6. Permits may be issued for the movement of overweight vehicles on Arkansas Highways on holidays and nighttime, provided that all dimensions are as provided by law. These overweight permits must be obtained in advance of any movement.

E. MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

1. No oversized movement through the Greater Little Rock Areas from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Interstate 30 (mile marker 137-143); Interstate 40 (mile marker 151-155) and all of Interstate 630.

2. Permits will normally be issued for movement during daylight hours only as established by the U. S. Weather Bureau.

3. Permit is not valid for movement during periods of significantly reduced vision and/or inclement weather.

4. Movement of vehicles under permit may be restricted during strong winds or wind gust exceeding twenty (20) knots (23mph),

5. Permits for emergency movement of any nature will be issued only upon the applicant's statement of the nature of the emergency. The permit shall be issued or withheld at the sole discretion of the issuing agent based on the seriousness of the emergency and the roadway and bridge factors with would affect the movement.

6. No permits will be issued, and no movement will be allowed on the days that the following holidays are observed:

- New Year's Day

- Memorial Day

- Independence Day

- Labor Day

- Thanksgiving Day

- Christmas Day

* IF THE HOLIDAY FALLS ON MONDAY OR FRIDAY, NO WEEKEND MOVEMENT IS ALLOWED.

F. COUNTY PERMITS

1. Six Day Permits:

A permit may be issued for two (2) or more consecutive movements or operations by one vehicle, all of which shall be executed or performed within six (6) consecutive days and which must be limited to two (2) contiguous counties within the state, which counties must be specified at the time of application. The application shall include the serial or identification number of the equipment being transported or moved. The permit shall specifically describe the vehicle to be moved, the origination and each destination of such vehicle load, the dates within which the operation or movement is to be executed and completed, and the number of each highway to be traveled. No extension of time shall be granted for this type of permit.

2. Thirty Day Permits:

The State Highway Commission or its designee or agent may issue permits for one (1) or more consecutive movements or operations on primary and secondary roads only by petroleum or natural gas field related equipment vehicle for a thirty (30) consecutive day period, including weekends and holidays, which movements or operations may be executed or performed in one (1) or more counties of the State upon the payment of twelve dollars ($12.00) and in addition thereto, for each ton or major fraction thereof exceeding the maximum axle weight or maximum overall weight allowed by law, multiplied by five (5).

No extension of time shall be granted for this type of permit.

G. VIOLATION OF PERMIT

1. Failure to comply with any of the provisions of a permit, and/or the regulations in this Permit Manual, and/or State Code, and/or State Regulation(s) may result in the permit being voided.

2. If false information is provided to obtain a permit, the permit may be voided.

3. If a permit is voided, the permit fee is forfeited and will not be refunded.

4. Any violation of the permit provisions and/or regulations may result in' arrest of the operator.

H. TRAFFIC CONTROL

Arkansas Code Annotated provides in addition to the provisions of Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-210, "a person issued an overweight or oversize permit under this subchapter shall be authorized to temporarily stop or halt traffic and safely direct, control, and regulate traffic around the overweight or oversize payload while maneuvering their overweight or oversize payloads on or off the public streets or highways. Provided, however, that no overweight or oversize permitted payload shall ever halt or stop traffic on a public street or highway while maneuvering on or off the street or highway for more than three (3) minutes in time or stop of halt traffic within five hundred (500) feet from the crest of a hill."

I. MINIMUM SPEED LIMIT ON INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS

All permitted vehicles routed on Interstate Highways are required to maintain the minimum posted speed limit. . If no minimum speed limit is posted, the vehicle is required to maintain a minimum speed of 4 0 MPH.

SECTION III

OVERDIMENSINAL MOVEMENTS

A. INTRODUCTION

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-206, Width of Vehicles, 27-35-207, Height of Vehicles, 27-35-208, Length of Vehicles, provides for the conditions for movement of overdimensional vehicles in the State.

B. APPLICATION

Refer to Section II, "B" (GENERAL INFORMATION) herein.

C. BOND/FEE INFORMATION

Refer to Section II, "C", (GENERAL INFORMATION) herein.

D. OVERWIDTH MOVEMENT

1. The maximum overall width of a vehicle authorized to be moved upon highways by permit shall be twenty feet (20') or less based on the condition of the highway, distance traveled, and the volume or type of traffic. Under emergency conditions, a maximum overall width of twenty-four feet (24') by permit may be allowed only for short moves based on the nature of such emergency, and the adequacy of traffic control and safety provisions.

2. The maximum overall width of a vehicle authorized to be moved upon Interstate Highways by permit shall be sixteen feet (16'). EXCEPTION: MANUFACTURED HOME UNITS AMENDED BY ARKANSAS CODE ANNOTATED 27-35-306.

3. No overwidth vehicle shall follow another overwidth vehicle closer than one thousand feet (1,000').

4. The Permit Section shall specify the route, time of travel, type of "Oversized" 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 black letters of sufficient size to be legible to all traffic within a safe distance. (NO OVERSIZE LOAD SIGNS ARE REQUIRED ON VEHICLES TRAVELING UNDER AN OVERWEIGHT PERMIT IF ITS DIMENSIONS ARE OTHERWISE LEGAL).

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.) EXCEPTION: Manufactured Home Units; See Section VII for information,

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 (1) 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. EXCEPTION: Manufactured home units. See Section VII for information.

8. All permitted vehicles shall be equipped with tail lamps and signal lamps which conform to applicable state and federal standards.

9. Cutter blades and other equipment of a hazardous nature in excess of fourteen (14') will be cradled to such an angle as is necessary to reduce the maximum overall width to fourteen feet (14').

10. Permits may be issued for movement of overdimensional loads on Arkansas Highways on Saturday and Sunday unless they fall on a holiday restricted under Section II, Item E, 6. These overdimensional permits must be obtained in advance of any movement.

11. Movers of overdimensional loads are required to take down and replace, as necessary, all sign(s), mailbox(s) and posts. Notification, and the consent of owners, shall be obtained in advance of any move.

12. An application may include a request for, and a permit may be issued at a fee of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per year for consecutive movements or operations of a vehicle with a cargo not exceeding ten (10) feet, eight (8) inches in width along one designated route, all of which movement or operations have origins from an adjacent state and which movements or operations shall be executed or performed within the period of valid vehicle registration, and which permit shall be limited to one (1) county within the state and which one-way mileage into that county and within the state is no greater than fifteen (15) miles.

E. OVERHEIGHT MOVEMENT

1. No vehicles operated upon the State Highway System laden or unladen, shall exceed a height of thirteen feet and six inches (13'6") except by permit issued by the Permit Section.

2. If the overall height exceeds fifteen feet (15'), an escort vehicle with a clearance bar which extends six inches (6") above the permitted height is required to precede the load.

3. If the overall height exceeds seventeen feet (17') the move must be accompanied by public utilities personnel who have overhead facilities affected on the route.

F. OVERLENGTH MOVEMENT

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.

2. If a semitrailer or trailer, laden or unladen, exceeds 53 feet and six inches (53' 6"), but the overall length of the vehicle and semitrailer or trailer does not exceed sixty feet (60'), the vehicle is considered to be in compliance with the length law.

3. If a semitrailer or trailer, laden or unladen, exceeds 53 feet and six inches (53'6") and the overall length exceeds 60 feet, and the trailer length can not be reduced, the following provisions apply:

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. No 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)/semitrailer(s) are in compliance with the length law, and no other permit is required, are not required to have an escort.

7. Truck Tractor-Semitrailer-Trailer combinations:

NOTE: NO OVERLENGTH PERMIT SHALL BE ISSUED FOR AN OVERLENGTH TRAILER OR SEMITRAILER IN THIS CONFIGURATION.

a. The maximum legal length for a semitrailer or trailer, used in this combination, manufactured prior to December 2, 1992, is twenty-eight and one-half feet (28 1/2').

b. The 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 restriction.

G. 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 truck-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.

2. The 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 to operate.

4. The combination must conform to the applicable safety regulations in 49CFR 393.71 and existing state laws and regulations.

SECTION IV

OVERWEIGHT MOVEMENTS

A. INTRODUCTION

The State Highway Commission, with respect to highways under their jurisdiction, and local authorities, with respect to highways under their jurisdiction, may in their discretion and as provided in this section, issue a permit to transport vehicles that cannot readily be reduced in weight.

B. APPLICATION

Refer to Section II, "B" (GENERAL INFORMATION), herein.

* Front End (Steering) Permits: A description of the vehicle, to include the make, license and/or VIN number, state in which licensed, and a clear photograph of the vehicle, shall accompany the application for permit.

C. BOND/FEE INFORMATION

Refer to Section II, "C" (GENERAL INFORMATION) herein.

* Front End (Steering) Permits: There shall be no fee imposed for subject permit.

D. DEFINITIONS

1. Front and/or Steering Axle(s): A front or steering axle shall be defined as one attached to the front of the vehicle and which is used to steer the vehicle on a given path or direction. Two front/steering axles no less than forty inches (40") apart and no farther than ninety-six inches (96") apart shall be considered a tandem front/steering axle configuration. Any two axles which are spaced less that forty inches (40") apart or more than ninety-six inches (96") apart may not be considered a tandem front/steering axle configuration. Measurements shall be made from the center of axle to center of axle to the nearest inch.

2. SINGLE LOAD CARRYING AXLE(S): A load carrying axle shall be defined as an axle, other that a front/steering axle, which is permanently attached to a vehicle or dolly, and is designed to carry a portion of the gross weight of a vehicle or combination of vehicles. A group of two (2) or more axles in which the outer two (2) axles measure less than forty inches (40") from the centers of the axles, shall be considered a single load carrying axle for all purposes. A load carrying axle shall have a minimum capacity rating of eighteen thousand (18,000) pounds. Measurements shall be made from the center of axle to center of axle to the nearest inch. (Illustration: see Appendix 6).

3. TANDEM AXLES: Tandem axles shall be defined as two (2) or more consecutive axles whose centers may be included between parallel transverse vertical planes spaced more that forty inches (40") and not more than ninety-six (96") apart, extending across the full width of the vehicle. (Illustration: See Appendix 6). Definition reference Act 1231, 1991.

4 . TRIDEM AXLES: Tridem axles shall be defined as a group of three consecutive load carrying axles which are permanently attached to a vehicle or dolly, and two of which are in tandem, in which the outer axles are no less than ninety-seven inches (97") and no farther than two hundred and four inches (204") apart, when measured from the center of axle to the center of axle to the nearest inch. (Illustration: See Appendix 6)

5. QUADRUM AXLE: Any four consecutive axles whose extreme centers are not more than 192 inches apart and are individually attached to or articulated from, or both, a common attachment to the vehicle including a connecting mechanism designed to equalize the load between axles. (Illustration: See Appendix 6)

6. LIFT AXLE: Any load carrying axle permanently attached to a vehicle or dolly so as to make possible the raising or lowering of the axle and which can affect the amount of weight carried by that axle or other axles.

7. DOLLY : A device, other than a trailer or semitrailer, attached to one or more axles which, when connected to a vehicle or combination of vehicles, carries a portion of the gross weight of the vehicle or combination of vehicles.

8. TRUNNION WHEEL COMBINATIONS: Independent wheel assemblies designed with hydraulic suspension cylinders and located transversely across from each other to form an axle combination.

9. TRUNNION DOLLY ASSEMBLIES: Any dolly unit

consisting of trunnion wheel combinations that may be connected by steel beams or be used to support loads at extreme ends.

10. GROSS WEIGHT: The combined weight of a vehicle and/or vehicle combination without load and the weight of any load thereon.

11. FEDERAL BRIDGE FORMULA: The Federal Bridge Formula is defined as the following mathematical formula:

W = 500 x [Ln/ (n-1) + 12N + 36]

W = is the maximum weight in pounds that can be carried on a group of two or more axles to the nearest five hundred (500) pounds.

L = is the distance in feet, measured from center of axle to center of axle to the nearest foot, between the extremes/outer axles of any group of two (2) or more consecutive axles.

N = is the total number of axles in the group under consideration.

The number in the above formula (500; -1; 12; and 36) shall be constant numbers.

E. MAXIMUM WEIGHT ON FRONT/STEERING AXLE

The maximum weight imposed on the highway by the front steering axle of a vehicle shall not exceed twelve thousand (12,000) pounds. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-203(c) (1).

The Director may issue permits for a maximum single front/steering axle weight not to exceed eighteen thousand (18,000) pounds and a maximum tandem front/steering axle weight not to exceed thirty-two thousand (32,000) pounds for vehicles of special design, equipment, or construction, engaged in occasional or specialized heavy hauling such as, but not limited to, hauling of heavy machinery, commodities which require specialized equipment, oil or gas field equipment, or similar equipment for a period of not more than twelve (12) consecutive months, upon written application containing satisfactory proof that such vehicle(s) are used solely for the above purposes.

F. SINGLE/TANDEM/TRIDEM/QUADRUM AXLE LOAD LIMITS

1. Single Axle Load permitted: No permit shall be issued for the movement of a vehicle, except off-the-road vehicle and/or equipment, if the gross weight imposed upon the highway by the wheels of any one (1) single axle exceeds twenty thousand (20,000) pounds.

2. Tandem Axle Load Permitted: The total gross load that shall be permitted upon the highways on a tandem configuration shall not exceed forty thousand (40,000) pounds, and no one (1) axle of any such group shall exceed twenty thousand (20,000) pounds.

3. Tridem Axle Load permitted: The total gross weight permitted in a tridem configuration shall not exceed sixty thousand (60,000) pounds, and no one (1) axle of any such group shall exceed twenty thousand (20,000) pounds.

4. Quadrum Axle Load Permitted: The total gross weight permitted on the highways by a quadrum configuration shall not exceed sixty-eight thousand (68, 000) pounds, an any one (1) axle of any such group shall exceed seventeen thousand (17,000) pounds.

G. MOVEMENT OF OVERWEIGHT VEHICLES

Permits may be issued for the movement of overweight vehicles that are not overdimensional on Arkansas highways on Saturday, Sundays, holidays and nighttime. These overweight permits must be obtained in advance.

H. MOVEMENT REQUIREMENTS

1. Signs: No oversize load signs are required on vehicles traveling under an overweight permit if their dimensions are otherwise legal.

2. Escorts: No escorts are required on vehicles traveling under an overweight permit if their dimensions are otherwise legal, unless deemed necessary by the Permit Section.

I. FACTORS CONSIDERED IN THE ISSUANCE OF PERMITS

Factors used to determine whether a permit is issued may include traffic volume and type, dimensions of highways, type(s) and condition(s) of road surfaces(s); type of transporting vehicle, federal bridge formula, condition of the bridges and other structures, public safety and needs.

J. VEHICLES TRANSPORTING CROSS-TIES

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-210 provides that special overweight permits may be issued to certain five-axle vehicles transporting cross-ties from their first point of processing to the point at which they shall undergo creosote processing

1. The five-axle vehicle must be licensed with an Arkansas "K" (Class 7) license.

2. The permitted vehicle may have a loaded weight not to exceed thirty-six thousand five hundred (36,500) pounds on each of the two tandem axle configurations.

3. The one-way mileage of the loaded trip shall not exceed one hundred (100) miles.

4. No more than five (5) of these special permits may be issued to the same person during the same calendar year.

5. Provided no portion of such trip is on any part of the Federal Interstate Highways.

6. The fee for each one (1) year permit shall be one hundred dollars ($100).

SECTION V

VEHICLES OF SPECIAL DESIGN

A. INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITION

Vehicles of Special Design are defined as any pneumatic and/or rubber tired mobile construction vehicle or equipment carrying no load other than its own weight which has been reduced in size and /or weight until further reduction is impractical.

B. APPLICATION

Refer to Section II, "B", (GENERAL INFORMATION) herein.

C. BOND/FEE INFORMATION

Refer to Section II, "C", (GENERAL INFORMATION) herein.

Upon application and the payment of an annual fee of one hundred dollars ($100), the Director of State Highways and Transportation shall issue a permit for the movement of a crane exceeding the length as provided in Act 98 or Acts of the General Assembly for the year of 1955 as amended. (Ark. Code Annotated 27-35-208), moved on pneumatic tires within a radius of thirty-five (35) miles of a point of origin of such movement, for a period of one (1) year from the date of the issuance of such permit.

The Director may issue a special permit for a maximum load overhang beyond the front of a vehicle, which load exceeds the maximum load overhang provided in Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35106, but not exceeding five feet (5'), for a vehicle equipped with pneumatic tires and utilized exclusively for the movements of cranes for a period of not more than one (1) year, upon application containing satisfactory proof that the vehicle is utilized solely for such movements.

D. FRONT/STEERING AXLES

Refer to Section IV, "E", (OVERWEIGHT MOVEMENT) herein.

E. MOVEMENT REQUIREMENT

1. Permits for the movement of a Vehicle of Special Design will be issued on the basis of the actual width of the tires (IN INCHES) multiplied by 650 pounds per inch width, multiplied by the total number of tires. The total weight on all tires in contact with the road surface will determine, the gross weight. Maximum gross weight will be limited as necessary to protect the bridges and roadway surfaces of the highways involved.

2. 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. No permit will be issued for any vehicle with a front overhang in excess of twenty feet (20').

3. A permit for vehicles of special design will not ^ be issued until the vehicle or equipment has been reduced in dimension and/or weight to come within the legal limits or permit movement criteria as set forth in this manual.

4. All permitted vehicles are required to maintain I the minimum posted speed limit. If no minimum speed is posted, the permitted vehicle must maintain a minimum speed of 40 MPH as existing traffic conditions and traffic control devices allow.

5. 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 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).

6. 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 any other appurtenance, shall be accompanied by one (1) 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 requirements). An enforcement officer of the Arkansas Highway Police Division may require escorts as deemed necessary for the safety of the traveling public. Permittee must obtain or furnish the escort vehicle as prescribed herein.

7. All permitted vehicles shall be equipped with tail lamps and signal lamps which shall conform to applicable state and federal standards.

F. OIL FIELD EQUIPMENT

1. DESCRIPTION: The following are examples of petroleum or natural gas field related equipment vehicles:

(1) work over rigs;

(2) substructures;

(3) derricks;

(4) mud pumps;

(5) mud tanks;

(6) drill rigs;

(7) cranes;

(8) dozers.

2. COUNTY PERMITS: This equipment may obtain a thirty (30) consecutive day permit. (Refer to Section II, Item F (2).

G. VEHICLES OF SPECIAL DESIGN UTILIZED EXCLUSIVELY FOR DRILLING OF WATER WELLS

1. Upon application and the payment of an annual fee, the Director of Highways and Transportation shall issue a special permit for the movement of a vehicle of special design utilized exclusively for the drilling of water wells exceeding the length as provided in Ark. Code Annotated 27-35208, moved on pneumatic tires, for a period of one (1) year from the date of issuance of the permit. For annual movements within a radius of thirty-five (35) miles of a point of origin of such movement, the annual fee shall be one hundred dollars ($100) and for annual movements exceeding such thirty-five (35) miles radius, the annual fee shall be three hundred dollars ($300). (Act 873 of 1995).

SECTION VI

ESCORTS

A. INTRODUCTION

In accordance with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Commission Minute order No. 72-252 dated May 24, 1972, no permit is required for an escort vehicle. However, all persons, firms, partnership or corporations providing escort f i service shall carry in the vehicle for production upon demand by a law enforcement officer proof of liability insurance in the amount required herein issued by a company licensed to do business in the State of Arkansas.

B. APPLICATION INFORMATION

No escort vehicle permit is required.

C. BOND INFORMATION

No escort vehicle bond is required.

D. ESCORT REQUIREMENTS

1. Insurance: The amounts of bodily injury coverage should be in amounts of not less than $100, 000 for each bodily injury or death, $300,000 for each accident, and property damage coverage of not less than $25,000 for each accident. ($325, 000 dollars minimum combined I single limit coverage).

2. Vehicle: An escort vehicle must be either a truck of not less than one-quarter (1/4) ton rated load capacity or an automobile of not less than 2,000 pounds gross weight and must be properly licensed under the laws of the State of Arkansas and/or reciprocal agreements.

3. Identification: The escort vehicle must have the name and address or telephone number an city of the company/owner of the escort vehicle on each door, plainly legible and visible to the motoring public. Well known company logos are acceptable. Logos/Names have to reflect what is shown on the documentation used for proof of insurance that is carried in the vehicle.

4. Signs: An escort vehicle accompanying an over-dimensional load shall display signs which state "OVERSIZE LOAD" except an escort vehicle accompanying a manufactured home unit shall display signs which state "OVERSIZE LOAD/OVERSIZE (width in feet) LOAD". An example of the sign is "OVERSIZE 14 LOAD" (rounded up to the nearest whole foot). There signs shall be constructed of a durable material with a yellow background and black letters of a two inch (2") stroke and a minimum height of ten inches (10").

5. Safety Equipment: All escort vehicles must be equipped with a ten (10) pound Class BC dry or j equivalent chemical type fire extinguisher; four (4) 15-minute burning flares, light sticks or triangles; and any other device required by the, Permit Section.

6. Lighting: All escort vehicles must have operating either a rotating amber light or a strobe-type amber light. The specific requirements for each type are as follows:

Rotating Light- Incandescent or halogen bulb lamps capable of emitting a minimum of 35,000 total candlepower factory certified.

-Steady beam of light emitted.

-Minimum lens height of six inches (6").

-Horizontally visible from all directions (360 degrees).

Strobe Light:

-Strobe type light source capable of emitting a minimum of 500,000 total candlepower, factory certified.

-Flashing light capable of a minimum of 80 flashes per minute.

-Minimum lens height of three and one-half inches (3 1/2").

-Horizontally visible from all directions (360 degrees).

Regardless of the type of light utilized, the mounting of the light shall be on top of the escort vehicle. In order to ensure 360 degree visibility, the light shall in no way be obstructed from view by any signs or appurtenances on the vehicle.

7. Flags : There shall be two (2) solid red flags, 18" square, mounted other than vertical or horizontal atop the escort vehicle (40 degrees to 70 degrees angle preferred). These flags are not to extend more than 6" on either side of the vehicle and shall in no event exceed 8'0" in width at maximum spread. Flags shall be mounted in line with the warning lights.

8. Clearance Bar: For overheight loads, it is required that a clearance bar of some design be attached to the escort vehicles to warn of any clearance problems of the load being escorted.

9. Communications: All escort and towing vehicles shall be equipped for two-way radio communication between vehicles.

10. Distance: The escort and towing vehicle shall have a distance of two hundred feet (200') between them at all times.

11. Escort Vehicle Placement:

a. Any vehicle which is overheight is required to have one (1) escort vehicle which shall travel in front of the vehicle.

b. Any vehicle which requires two (2) escort vehicles, one (1) escort vehicle shall travel in the front and one (1) escort vehicle shall travel behind the vehicle/cargo.

c. Escort placement is specified in Section III, Section V, Section VII, and Section VIII of this manual.

d. The Permit Section may make exception to these requirements.

12. Traffic Control: Escort vehicles serve as warning of a possible hazard to other traffic. See provisions of Act 918 of 1991, Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-213 and 27-35-310 for persons and payload issued overweight or oversize permits to stop and direct traffic in Section I, VII and VIII.

SECTION VII

MANUFACTURED HOME UNITS

A.

INTRODUCTION

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-301(1) provides the following definition.. . "Manufactured home unit means a structure constructed for use as a dwelling, office, or classroom which is more than eight feet (8') in width or sixty feet (60') in length and is capable of being moved upon the highways when combined with a pulling vehicle."

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-301(6) amended by Act 780 of 1999 provides...."Overwidth" means any manufactured home unit in excess of eight feet (8') in width."

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-301(8) amended by Act 780 of 1999 provides...."Width" means the largest overall width of a manufactured home in the traveling mode, including bay windows, roof projections, overhangs, or eaves under which there is no interior space."

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-302 amended by Act 780 of 1999 provides...."Manufactured home units" eight feet (8') or less in width and sixty feet (60') or less in length may be moved on the highways of this state without the procurement of the special permit under this subchapter.

B. APPLICATION INFORMATION

1. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-304(a) (1) amended by Act 780 of 1999 provides, in part, "Manufactured home units may be lawfully moved interstate and intrastate on the highways, roads, and streets of this state by procuring a special permit issued by the department. The rules and regulations of the commission, with respect to the movement of manufactured homes upon the highways of this state shall be equally applicable to the movement of manufactured homes upon city streets and county roads in this state. No municipality or county shall require local permits, bonds, fees, or licenses for the interstate or intrastate movement of manufactured homes permitted by the department."

2. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-304(2) provides, "A permit shall be required for each single continuous movement of each manufactured home unit."

3. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-304(3) amended by Act 780 of 1999 provides, in part, "Manufactured home units in excess of sixteen feet six inches (16'6") in width may be moved upon the public highways of this state by obtaining an emergency permit approved by the department. Factors to be considered in approval of such emergency permit shall include, but not be limited to:

(A) Maximum overall width;

(B) Distance to travel;

(C) Condition of the highway; and

(D) The volume and type of traffic."

4. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-304(4) provides, in part, "No special permit shall be issued for any manufactured home unit exceeding eighteen feet (18') in width."

5. Permits required under this subchapter may be obtained from the Permit Section of the Department.

6. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-305(2) provides, in part,

"A special permit shall be issued to any licensed carrier, dealer or manufacturer who files with the Department evidence of acceptable insurance coverage."

7. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-305(b)(1) provides, in part, "Persons moving their personal manufactured home units not over twelve feet (12') wide, exclusive of clearance lights, registered to such persons, and not for the purpose of sale, with a truck of not less than one-ton factory rated capacity, equipped with such devices and safety equipment and in compliance with safety regulations as required by the Interstate Commerce Commission as the pulling vehicle, when the driver of a pulling vehicle is experienced in such driving, shall be entitled to a special permit upon a showing of evidence that they have insurance acceptable to the Department for, and title to, the manufactured home unit."

C. BOND/FEE INFORMATION

1. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-307 and 27-35-308 allows payment of fees on a monthly basis and provides for the disposition of such fees.

2. Persons posting a surety bond with the Department in the amount of $1,000.00 payable on default to the State of Arkansas, shall be allowed to pay fees accruing for permits on a monthly basis. Should the person fail to pay any sum owing to the Department within thirty (30) days after due, the Department may execute on the bond.

3. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-304(b) as amended by Act 780 of 1999 provided, in part, "Special permits required under this subchapter may be obtained from the. Permit Section of the Department, and the Department shall charge a fee of ten dollars ($10.00) for the permit, provided the manufactured home unit to be moved does not exceed sixteen feet six inches (16'6") in width. The Department shall charge a fee of no more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150) if the manufactured home to be moved is greater than sixteen feet six inches (16'6") in width, but does not exceed eighteen feet (18') in width." Subject fees are exclusive of transmission fees.

D. MOVEMENT REQUIREMENTS

1. Insurance: The minimum liability insurance requirements for manufactured home manufacturers, dealers and carriers are one hundred thousand ($100,000) dollars for the first bodily injury or death; three hundred thousand ($300,000) dollars for bodily injury or death for each accident; and one hundred thousand ($100,000) dollars for property damage resulting from the accident. ($400,000 dollars minimum combined single limit coverage). Proof of liability coverage in the amounts of $25,000/$100,000/$15,000 or $115,000 combined single limit coverage for persons transporting their own manufactured home must be available for verification at all times during movement in Arkansas.

2. Signs/Flags: The vehicle pulling the manufactured home unit shall display clearly an "OVERSIZE LOAD" sign on the front and rear of said manufactured home unit and an eighteen inch (18") red square flag on the front corners of the unit. An example of the sign is "OVERSIZE LOAD". The signs shall be constructed of a durable material with a yellow background and black letters of a two inch (2") stroke and a minimum height of ten inches (10").

3. Brakes: All manufactured home units shall be equipped with axles and brakes which conform to applicable state and federal standards.

4. Lighting: All manufactured home units shall be equipped with tail lamps and signal lamps which shall conform to applicable state and federal standards.

E. MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS

1. No movement of manufactured homes in excess of twelve feet (12') wide on two-lane highways will be allowed from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This restriction does not apply to Saturday movement, nor between the dates of June 15th through August 15th.

2. Manufactured homes may not be transported on Sunday, holidays listed in Section II, Item E or at night. (Act 35 of 1989).

3. Manufactured home units greater than sixteen feet six inches (16'6") in width may only be transported between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

4. Act 35 of 1989 provides that manufactured home units may be moved on Saturdays. The exception to Saturday movement will be where traffic volumes are anticipated to be greater than normal, due to a special event including, but not limited to college or university athletic events, or Regional or State Fairs scheduled for the particular Saturday and such legal holidays as shall be specified by the Department.

F. ESCORT REQUIREMENTS

1. General escort requirements are described in Section VI of this manual.

2. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-306 amended by Act 780 of 1999, provides, in part, in subsection (g)(1) "On any controlled access, divided highway with four (4) or more lanes, any manufactured home in excess of fourteen feet six inches (14'6") in width shall be accompanied by one (1) escort vehicle. The escort vehicle shall travel behind the manufactured home.

4. On all other highways, Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35306 (2) amended by Act 780 of 1999 provides, in part, the movement of manufactured homes in excess of twelve feet (12') in width through fourteen feet six inches (14'6") in width, shall be accompanied by one (1) escort vehicle. The escort vehicle shall travel in front of the manufactured home. The movement of any manufactured home which exceeds fourteen feet six inches (14'6") in width shall be accompanied by two (2) escort vehicles. One escort vehicle shall precede the manufactured home; one escort vehicle shall follow it. (See Section VI, D (10) for the distance requirements). 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.

G. TRAFFIC CONTROL

The pulling unit and escort for manufactured home movements shall take reasonable measures to prevent excessive build up of accumulated traffic behind them, including pulling over and stopping at safe locations and reduction of speed in safe places for passing.

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-310(a) amended by Act 780 of 1999 provides, In part, "In addition to the requirements on persons and payloads issued permits to move manufactured home and houses on Arkansas highways under Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-304 and 27-35-309, a person issued a permit to move manufactured homes or houses under this subchapter shall be authorized to temporarily stop or halt traffic and safely direct, control, and regulate traffic around the manufactured home or house while maneuvering his payloads on or off the public streets, highways or bridges." Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-310(b) provides, in part, that no person moving a permitted manufactured home shall ever halt or stop traffic on a public street or highway while maneuvering a manufactured home on or off the street or highway for more that three (3) minutes or stop or halt traffic within five hundred feet (500') from the crest of a hill.

SECTION VIII

MOVEMENT OF HOUSES

A. INTRODUCTION

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-309 provides, in part, "The laws of this state and regulations of qualified house movers in this state who have met the financial responsibility requirements of the State Highway and Transportation Department shall be authorized to move, upon the public highways of this state, houses up to and including twenty-eight feet, six inches (28'6") in width, exclusive of roof overhang, upon obtaining a permit as required by law.

Municipalities and counties, respectively, may make and enforce other rules and regulations regarding the movement of houses on the city streets and on county roads within their jurisdiction as they shall deem appropriate..."

B. APPLICATION INFORMATION

Application for the movement of houses shall be submitted to the District Engineer for the purpose of approving the movement of a house within or through that district. The District Engineer has the authority and responsibility for approving the route over which the house will move. The Permit' Section of the Highway Police Division is not authorized to issue a permit for the movement of a house prior to receiving a written route approval from the District Engineer. An approval form must be completed by the District Engineer and received by the Permit Section, via mail or telefax, before the permit can be issued. In reviewing the route over which the move is to take place, the District Engineer shall not only take into consideration the physical features of the roadway, but also the traffic volumes, the peak hours of traffic and the congestion and/or inconvenience the movement of a house would have on the traveling public.

The time of movement and the route over which the move will take place is to be selected with the motorists' interest in mind and not solely the interest of the house movers.

Applications shall be submitted as far in advance of the movement as possible and adequate time allowed for review and approval.

The maximum overall width allowable under a normal permit for the movement of a house upon State Highways is twenty-eight feet and six inches (28'6") based on the route requested, the conditions of the highways, the distance involved in the movement and the volume and type of traffic. However, this maximum width may be exceeded only when an emergency or special circumstance exists and is concurred in by the District Engineer(s) for the District(s) in which the move is to be made and approved by the Permit Section.

Any manufactured home unit shall comply with the rules and regulations as decried in Section VII.

C. BOND INFORMATION

A Surety Bond in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) for damages which may result from the movement of all houses in excess of twenty feet (20') in width, shall be filed with the Permit Section before permits can be issued for movement of houses in excess of twenty feet (20') in width, unless otherwise specified by the Permit Section.

D. MOVER REQUIREMENTS

1. Insurance and Liability: The applicant shall assume absolute liability and shall pay for any and all damages to highways, highway facilities, persons, or private property resulting from the movement of an oversize house. The minimum liability insurance requirements are $100,000 for the first injury, $300,000 for each accident, and $25,000 for property damage. ($325,000 minimum combined single limit coverage.) Documentation of liability insurance shall be carried in the vehicle for inspection upon request by any law enforcement officer. Liability insurance shall be in the amount required herein and issued by an insurance company licensed to do business in the State of Arkansas. These provisions shall be supplemental to any other existing local, state and federal laws and regulations regarding insurance requirements either interstate or intrastate operations while in the State of Arkansas.

2. Route Inspections: Prior to the issuance of a permit, the mover shall make arrangements with the District Engineer(s) for an inspection of the route over which the move will be made. A three (3) day-notice should be given to make arrangements for this initial inspection. Outside house dimensions shall be furnished at the time of the route inspection.

3. Agreements With Utility Companies: Written agreements shall be obtained by the movers from all utility companies involved to assure that all arrangements have been made for any adjustments. Where the overall height exceeds seventeen feet (17') the movement be accompanied by public utility personnel who have overhead facilities affected on the route.

4. Traffic Control : Arrangements will be made to allow immediate passing of all emergency vehicles during the move. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-310(a) as amended by Act 780 of 1999 provides, in part, in addition to the requirements on persons and payloads issued permits to move houses under 27-35-309, a person issued a permit to move houses under this subchapter shall be authorized to temporarily stop or halt traffic and safely direct, control, and regulate traffic around the house while maneuvering his payloads on or off the public streets, highways or bridges. Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-310(b) provides, in part, that no person moving a permitted house shall ever halt or stop traffic on a public street or highway while maneuvering a house on or off the street or highway for more that three (3) minutes or stop or halt traffic within five hundred feet (500') from the crest of a hill.

5. Flagmen: Flagmen shall be the sole responsibility of the movers.

6. Escorts: One escort vehicle is required to be positioned in front and one escort vehicle is required to be positioned behind the house during the trip. Two-way radio communication is required between escorts. (See Section VI.)

E. RESTRICTIONS

1. Holidays: No permit will be issued for the movement of houses on specified holidays in i Section II, Item E, 6.

2. Inclement Weather: No movement will be made I during inclement weather.

3. Days/Hours: Movement of all houses in excess of fourteen feet (14') in width will be allowed only during the following hours:

Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fridays: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)

Sundays: Daylight to 9:00 a.m.

4. Limitations/Cancellation: Permits for moving houses will be limited to two (2) days, permits will not be canceled but may be extended providing the Department is notified prior to expiration the original permit. No permit will be issued for movement of houses on the Interstate Highways or fully controlled access freeways.

ARKANSAS HIGHWAY & TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

DISTRICT DIRECTORY

DISTRICT #1 WYNNE..................(870) 238-8144

Hwy 64 West; P.O. Box 278; Wynne 72396

DISTRICT #2 PINE BLUFF.............(870) 534-1612

U.S.65 South; P.O. Box 6836; Pine Bluff 71611

DISTRICT #3 HOPE...................(870) 777-3457

Hwy 29 North; P.O. Box 490; Hope 71801

DISTRICT #4 FORT SMITH.............(501) 646-5501

4019 Towson Ave; P.O. Box 1424; Fort Smith 72902

DISTRICT #5 BATESVILLE.............(870) 251-2374

Hwy 167 South; P.O. Box 2376; Batesville 72501

DISTRICT #6 LITTLE ROCK............(501) 569-2266

New Benton Hwy;

P.O.Box 9358, Industrial Station

Little Rock, 72219

DISTRICT #7 CAMDEN.................(870) 836-6401

Hwy 7 9 South; P.O. Box 897; Camden 71701

DISTRICT #8 RUSSELLVILLE...........(501) 968-2286

Jet. 1-40 & Hwy 7

P. 0. Box 70; Russellville 72801

DISTRICT #9 HARRISON...............(870) 743-2100

Hwy 65 South; P.O. Box 610; Harrison 72601

DISTRICT #10 PARAGOULD..............(870) 239-9511

Hwy 25 West; P.O. Box 98; Paragould 72450

SECTION IX

FEE CHARTS

OVERWEIGHT PERMITS

OVERWEIGHT PERMIT FEE INFORMATION

In accordance with Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-210(e) a charge of twelve dollars ($12.00) shall be made for each permit. In addition, for each ton or major fraction thereof to be hauled in excess of the lawful weight and load for that vehicle, or combination of vehicles, charges shall be made for such as follows:

MILEAGE

CHARGE ON EACH TON, PER TON, OR FRACTION

NOT MORE THAN 100 MILES.......................

$ 8.00

101 MILES/150 MILES, INCLUSIVE................

$10.00

151 MILES/200 MILES, INCLUSIVE................

$12.00

201 MILES/250 MILES, INCLUSIVE................

$14.00

OVER 251 MILES................................

$16.00

In accordance with Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-210(1), a charge of twelve dollars ($12.00) shall be made for each permit for the movement of any overweight mobile construction vehicle or equipment upon highways under the Commission's jurisdiction, provided that such vehicle or equipment is equipped with pneumatic tires and has been reduced in size and/or weight until further reduction is impractical. In addition, for each ton or major fraction thereof to be hauled in excess of the lawful weight and load for that vehicle or equipment, charges shall be made for such as follows:

  

FIRST 5 TONS, PER TON, OR FRACTION

NEXT 5 TONS, PER TON, OR FRACTION

ANY ADDITIONAL TONNAGE

100 MILES...............

$1.25.....

$2.50......

$3.75

101/150 MILES,INCLUSIVE.

$2.00.....

$3.50.......

$5. 00

151/200 MILES,INCLUSIVE.

$2.50.....

$4.50. ......

$6.25

201/250 MILES,INCLUSIVE.

$3.25.....

$5.50.......

$7.50

OVER 251................

$3.75.....

$6.25.......

$8.75

SECTION X

EXEMPTIONS

A. INTRODUCTION

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-209 provides that forestry machinery shall be exempted from width and height permits.

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-210 provides exemptions for vehicles described as farm equipment or special cargoes.

B. APPLICATION

Non applicable.

C. BOND/FEE INFORMATION

Non applicable.

D. EXEMPTIONS

Forestry machinery shall be defined as machinery which is an integral part of planting, harvesting or crop maintenance for a forestry operation, when traveling directly from or directly to a forestry plot.

Forestry Machinery (Ark. Code Annotated 27-35-209):

"Forestry machinery shall be exempt from width and height limitations imposed by this subchapter, and all other statutes limiting the width and height of vehicles operating upon the state's highways.

This section shall have no application to forest machinery traveling on federal interstate highways."_

Farm Equipment/Special Cargoes (Ar.Code Annotated 27-35210) :

"It shall not be necessary to obtain a permit nor shall it be unlawful to move any vehicle or machinery in excess of the maximum width prescribed in Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-206 used for normal farm purposes only, such as, but not limited to, hay harvesting equipment, plows, tractors, bulldozers, combines, etc., where:

It is hauled on a vehicle licensed as a natural resource vehicle; or

The vehicle or machinery is being transported by a farm machinery equipment dealer or repairman in making a delivery of new or used equipment of machinery to the farm of the purchaser; or

The vehicle or machinery is being used in making a pick up and delivery of such farm machinery or equipment from the farm to a shop or a farm equipment dealer or repairman for repairs and return to the farm, and

The movement is performed during daylight hours within a radius of fifty (50) miles of the point of origin thereof and no part of the movement is upon any highway designed and known as a part of the national system of interstate and defense highways or any fully controlled access highway facility.

It shall not be unlawful nor shall it be necessary to obtain a permit to transport round bales of hay upon any public highway or road that is not a fully controlled highway or road if the load does not exceed twelve feet (12') in width."

Permits may be issued authorizing the transport of round bales of hay on controlled highways provided the load does not exceed ten (10') feet in width. The permit shall be issued without fee or other charge and shall expire three (3) days after the date of issuance.

Exemptions for Vehicles Utilized to Transport Compacted Seed Cotton (Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-206 and 27-35-208

"Vehicles, as defined in subsection (2) of 27-14207, utilized to transport compacted seed cotton from the farm to the first point at which such seed cotton shall first undergo any processing, preparation for processing, or transformation from its compacted state may operate upon all highways of this state, with the exception of Federal Interstate Highways, with widths not exceeding one hundred eight inches (108") without such special permit, however, such vehicles must be equipped and operated in compliance with the traffic laws of this state as well as all safety rules and regulations of the United States Department of Transportation and the Arkansas State Highway Commission." In addition, such vehicles must be equipped and operated with both front and rear bumpers and signs or placards as provided in Act 69 of 1992.

Exemptions from OVERLENGTH Permit:

Length limitations shall not apply to vehicles operated in the daytime when transporting poles, pipes, machinery, or other objects of a structural nature which cannot readily be dismembered, nor to vehicles transporting objects operated at nighttime by a public utility, or its agent, or electric/telephone cooperatives, or their agents, when required for emergency repair of public facilities or properties or when operated under permit as provided by law.

Specific examples are as follows -

1. If the load is flush or longer than the trailer (regardless of the length of trailer) the load is exempted from permit during daylight hours.

2. If the load is shorter than the trailer and if the trailer is over 53'6" an oversize permit is required for the trailer.

3. If the load is exempted from a permit, it is exempted from all requirements of an escort, etc.

4. Poles, pipes, things of structural nature or machinery transported at night are treated as any other combination of permit load.

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-208(a) provides. "Any single truck, unladen or with load, utilized to transport compacted seed cotton from the farm to the first point at which such seed cotton shall first undergo any processing, preparation for processing, or transformation from its compacted state may be operated on the highways of this state, with the exception of Federal Interstate Highways, with an overall length in excess of forty feet (40') but no more than fifty-five feet (55').

SECTION XI

SEALED CONTAINERIZED CARGO

A. INTRODUCTION

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-210 is amended by adding an additional subsection to read as follows: " (k) (1) The State Highway Commission is hereby authorized to issue special permits in conformance with the provisions of this section for the movement of sealed containerized cargo units upon highways under the commission's jurisdiction subject to the restrictions and conditions deemed appropriate by the commission as contained within this section and the following additional restrictions.

B. APPLICATION

Refer to Section II, "B", (GENERAL INFORMATION) herein.

C. BOND/FEE INFORMATION

Refer to Section II, "C". (GENERAL INFORMATION) herein.

D. CONDITIONS FOR THE MOVEMENT OF SEALED CONTAINERIZED CARGO UNITS

1. Containerized cargo units must be part of international trade and be moved on the highways due to importation from, or exportation to, another country;

2. A copy of the international bill of lading signed by a custom's official, or an international bill of lading with equipment interchange and inspection report must be submitted to the commission before a permit may be issued;

3. Operators of such units shall at all times have in their possession a copy of the documents as described above;

4. All vehicles operating under this permit shall have a minimum of five (5) full time load bearing axles and shall not exceed twenty thousand (20,000) pounds per axle, or total gross vehicle weight of ninety thousand pounds (90,000);

5. All vehicles operating under this permit must not exceed the legal width, length or height restrictions;

6. Permits may be issued only for a single continuous movement or operation to be executed or performed within six (6) consecutive dates j of the issuance of the permit by one (1) (vehicle within one (1) county of this state;

7. Payment of the charges for each permit is collected, calculated and transmitted under the existing regulations and policies.

APPENDIX 1

APPLICATION FOR PERMIT INFORMATION

INFORMATION REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A PERMIT

Application for a permit may be made in person, in writing or by telephone to the permit Section of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, This office is the only source for permits. The telephone number is (501-569-2381).

The application shall include the following information as shown on the example of a permit on .the following page.

1. NAME OF APPLICANT

2. ADDRESS

3. DESCRIPTION OF LOAD

4. MAKE OF VEHICLE

5. LICENSE NUMBER OF VEHICLE AND TRAILER

6. STATE IN WHICH VEHICLE IS REGISTERED

7. TOTAL NUMBER OF AXLES

8. GROSS WEIGHT, INCLUDING STEERING AXLE

9. MAXIMUM WIDTH

10. MAXIMUM LENGTH

11. MAXIMUM HEIGHT

12. FRONT OVERHANG

13. ORIGIN (within Arkansas)

14. DESTINATION (within Arkansas)

15. HIGHWAY NUMBERS OVER WHICH MOVEMENT IS REQUIRED

16. DATES MOVEMENT REQUESTED

17. NUMBER OF ESCORTS

THIS LIST PROVI DES TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND THE LOCATION OP ARKANSAS HIGHWAY POLICE OFFICES AND STATIONS.

ARKANSAS HIGHWAY POLICE STATIONS

STATION

TELEPHONE

LOCATION

AHP CENTRAL

(501) 569-2421

10324 I-30, LITTLE ROCK

ALMA

(501) 474-6074

I-40 IN CRAWFORD COUNTY BETWEEN ALMA/VAN BUREN

ASHDOWN

(501) 898-3932

HWY. 71, LITTLE RIVER COUNTY BETWEEN ASHDOWN/TEXARKANA

FAYETTEVI LLE

(501) 756-5831 (501) 756-5832

HWY. 71, I N WASHINGTON CO., NEAR JCT. HWY. 68, NEAR SPRINGDALE

GUERNSEY

(501) 777-4540

I-30 IN HEMPSTEAD COUNTY WEST OF HOPE

LEHI

(501) 735-1162

I-40 IN CRITTENDEN COUNTY, WEST OF WEST MEMPHIS

MARION

(501) 735-2266

I-55 IN CRITTENDEN COUNTY, NORTH OF WEST MEMPHIS

STATE LINE

.(501) 857-6015

HWY. 67 IN CLAY COUNTY, NORTH OF CORNING

(6/1/2000)

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