Oversize/overweight trucking

Oversize/overweight trucking

The team at Bravo Motor Carriers has the experience you need for an on-time, safe delivery of your large machinery and other oversize/overweight commodities.

Overweight, over-dimensional and heavy haul trucking requires expertise, specialized equipment and additional state and local permits. Our process includes evaluating weight and dimensions for compliance prior to beginning transport to ensure safety and avoid citations.

We have experience with the following types of oversize/overweight trucking projects and industries:

  • Backhoes
  • Front-end loaders
  • Pipes
  • Drilling Stems
  • Steel beams
  • Automobiles
  • Construction industry
  • Oil and gas industry

Oversize Cargo Loads

Cargo measuring more than eight feet high which and cannot fit into a standard intermodal container is considered oversize. In the United States, an oversize load is a truck tractor with an attached trailer carrying an over-dimensional object (the load). Usually, an oversize load is more than 13′ 6″ high, 8′ 6″ wide and 80′ in length. The load could be a manufactured home, crane, construction tractor, boat, and must be non-reducible (cannot be reduced to meet legal dimensions).

An oversize load can be identified on the highway by a yellow sign with black letters reading OVERSIZE LOAD on both the front bumper of the truck, and on the rear end of the load. Very often these loads must be flagged at the protruding edges, or the truck itself may display a flashing strobe light to add to visibility.

Overweight Cargo Loads

An overweight load is an oversize load which usually weighs more than 80,000 pounds. Many states have adopted the Federal Bridge Formula to determine legal weight on a group of axles.

Both the size and weight of an oversize load is regulated by the state where the transport is taking place. The hauler is required to obtain an oversize/overweight permit before traveling on the state’s highways. This is done to assure that the load will not travel through any unsafe construction zones with reduced lane widths; cross any bridges that were not made to handle over 80,000 pounds; or hit any overpasses if they are over height.