If you're considering transporting overweight loads on US highways, there are a few requirements you might need to satisfy before getting the green light. Today we'll shed some light on Overweight Permit Texas. So let’s have a glance at this guide now:
What is an Overweight Truck Permit?
An Overweight Permit is a permit issued by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) that authorizes the transportation of loads that exceed a certain weight limit. The common limit for trucks is 80,000 pounds. So if it exceeds this weight, it will require an Overweight Permit. Moreover, the truck can carry up to seven times its gross vehicle weight, or GVW. The permit is also required for vehicles that are over 10 feet long.
How Does It Work?
Exceeding 80,000 pounds and measuring over 10 feet long would make you ineligible to transport any load under the gross vehicle weight (GVW) limit unless you have an Overweight Permit in place. Now, the permit is issued by mail to the owner of a truck or vehicle that exceeds the limit.
Who Can Apply for an Overweight Permit?
Permits are only issued to companies and individuals that operate trucks. In some cases, it might be given to an employer whose employee has accumulated a lot of oversize loads. However, if your company is not qualified for an Overweight Permit then you have no option but to get a route permit instead. The application process is pretty straightforward, and it involves submitting a commercial vehicle declaration and a fee. However, this needs to be done in person at the FHWA office.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why you might need a permit to transport loads that are overweight. If your truck is transporting an oversize load, you must be aware of the regulation and laws that apply to your situation. To learn more about permits and Dot for Trucks, feel free to contact Personal Truck Services.