Indiana Oversize / Overweight Regulations

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Indiana?

Dimensions: Width: 8' 6" Height: 13' 6"' Length Overall 60'' Legal Overhang: Front 4', Rear 10'

What is considered as "Overweight Load" in Indiana?

WEIGHTS: Single Axle: 20,000 lb. Tandem axle: 34,000 lb. Tridem: 42,500 lb. Max Gross Weight: 80,000

Over Weight: 120,000 lbs. GVW, Single: 28,000 lbs., Steer: 28,000 lbs., Tandem: 48,000 lbs., Tridem: 60,000 lbs.


Indiana Oversize / Overweight Permits

Indiana Permit Department Contact Information

317-615-7320

Fax: 317-615-7241

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Eastern

http://www.in.gov/dor

Indiana Pilot Cars / Escorts

Pilot cars are required when:

The load equals or exceeds: 12’4” in width, 110’ in length or 14’6” in height;

One escort vehicle must be in front when on undivided highway and in rear when on divided highways;

If over 14’6” high, must have an escort with a height stick traveling in front of load;

If between 14’4” and 17’ wide, one rear escort on a dual lane divided highway and two escorts (front and rear) on all other roads. 

Escort vehicles must have a minimum of 4 wheels with a maximum gross registered weight of 11,000 lbs. Must have a flashing amber light mounted on top and an oversize load sign, which is visible to approaching traffic. Must have radio communication with permitted vehicle and/or load and may not be more than 500 feet from permitted vehicle and/or load.

Indiana Axle Regulations

To travel legally on any Indiana roads, you cannot exceed the following weight:

  • Gross vehicle weight - 80,000 lb
  • Steering axle - 12,000 lb
  • Single axle - 20,000 lb
  • Tandem axle - 34,000 lb
  • 800 pounds per inch of rim width and subject to the above axle weights.

The total gross weight may be calculated by the following federal bridge formula and then compared with the established weight limits listed above.

If your truck and load exceed the legal dimensions and your load is non-divisible, you may apply for an Indiana oversize/overweight vehicle permit.

Indiana Trip and Fuel (IRP / IFTA) Permits

Fuel Permit

5-Day Trip Permits

What is a 5-day trip permit?

Instead of obtaining an annual license and paying the quarterly tax imposed, you may be issued a 5-day trip permit from a permit service. The 5-day trip permit authorizes the carrier to operate a commercial motor carrier in or through Indiana for a period of five consecutive days.

Note: 5-day trip permits are issued only by permit services, with a fee of $50 plus any permit service charges.

Temporary Permit

3-Day Trip Permits

What if I travel through Indiana only occasionally?

In lieu of the permanent registration credentials, an Indiana IRP 3-day trip permit is required for all out-of-state carriers who are properly registered and insured in their base states, but who have not apportioned for Indiana and wish to drive in or through the state of Indiana.

The permit must be secured prior to entry and must remain with the vehicle while in the state. Refunds or credit cannot be given for unused permits.

Prices may vary if issued through a wire service. Certain requirements must be met prior to the issuance of a 3-day trip permit. Visit the MCS at www.in.gov/dor/4106.htm for the complete listing of fees.


Indiana Overweight / Oversize Fines

Violations of size and weight limitations by operation of a vehicle or combination of vehicles or a garbage truck are a continuing offense. The venue for prosecution is in a county in which the unlawful operation occurred. Once a conviction or acquittal occurs in one county, a prosecution may not be brought in another county. 

All violations under IC 9-20 except for weight violations of 5,000 pounds or more are Class C Infractions and, in addition to a fine, the Court may suspend the vehicle registration for a period not to exceed 90 days. There is an exception from conviction applicable to all highways except interstate highways if the weight violation is less than 1,000 pounds.

The operator may not be held accountable if he can show he could not reasonably have known the actual weight of the load or did not have access to or control of the loading of an over weighted load.

Weight violations greater than 5,000 pounds but less than 10,000 pounds are Class B Infractions.

If the weight violation exceeds 10,000 pounds, the violation is a Class A Infraction.

In all weight violation cases, the Court may recommend a chauffeur’s license suspension if the violation was committed knowingly. 

Infraction Penalty Range: Fine range from $1 to $10,000 and suspend vehicle registration from 1 to 90 days.

Oversize vehicles pay a fine of one hundred and eighty nine dollars ($189)

Weight over permitted                       Fine

0 - 1999 lb                                           $.02 per lb + Court Costs

2000-2999 lb                                      $.04 per lb + Court Costs

3000 – 3999 lb                                  $.06 per lb + Court Costs

4000 – 3999 lb                                  $.08 per lb + Court Costs

5000 – 3999 lb                                  $.10 per lb + Court Costs

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Banner Requirements

All oversize loads require an "OVERSIE LOAD" sign front and rear: Size: 6-8' long, 18" high by Letters: Black, 12" high, 2" stroke Background: Yellow

Flag Requirements

Required on all over-width or over-length loads: 2 red or fluorescent orange flags, 18" square are required widest extremities of the load.

Warning Lights

Oversize loads must have low beam headlights on while transporting a load.

Flags, Lights and Banners

Loads:

Up to: 10' wide, 13' 6' high, and 110' long and under 200,000 lb. are permitted continuous travel 7 days a week.

up to: 10’-14’4” wide, up to 15’ high, or over 110’ long, may travel 7 days a week in daylight hours (from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset)

Between: 14’4” and 16’ wide may travel daylight hours Monday - Friday .

Over 16’ wide, or over 15’ high, or over 200,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight may travel Monday - Friday 8:30am - 3:30pm .

Permitted vehicles restricted on state highways 12:00 noon the last weekday preceding and continuing until ½ hour before sunrise on the day following: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.

Indiana Tire Regulations

When required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions, tire chains of reasonable proportions may be used on the highways. From October 1 to May 1, tires in which ice grips or tire studs of wear-resisting materials have been inserted may be used.

Metal tires

A solid tire made of rubber on a vehicle must have rubber on the tire's entire traction surface at least one (1) inch thick above the edge of the flange of the entire periphery. A person may not operate or move on a highway a motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer having a metal tire in contact with the roadway.

Protuberances on tires

(a) Except as state above, a tire on a vehicle moved on a highway may not have on the tire's periphery a block, stud, flange, cleat, or spike or any other protuberance of any material other than rubber that projects beyond the tread of the traction surface of the tire.
(b) Implements of agriculture may use tires having protuberances that will not injure the highway.
(c) Tire chains of reasonable proportions may be used upon a vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice, etc.
(d) From October 1 to the following May 1, a vehicle may use tires in which have been inserted ice grips or tire studs, including retractable tire studs.

Note:
A vehicle may be equipped year-round with tires that have retractable tire studs if the tire studs remain retracted from May 2 to September 30 of each year.

Indiana Annual Permits

A 90-day or Annual permit may be obtained only for oversize loads that are over legal dimensions but do not exceed the following dimensions:

  • Width: 12 feet 4 inches
  • Height: 13 feet 6 inches 
  • Length: 110 feet
  • Weight: 80,000 lbs.

A 90-day or annual permit is valid for any number of trips within the permit time period. You may not travel on the Indiana Toll Road with a 90-day or annual oversize only permit.

Cost: 

Oversize annual permit - $405

NO ANNUAL permits for Overweight 

Time, it takes to receive: 1 business day

Indiana Road Conditions

Drivers are asked to follow these rules while on highways and interstates that are under construction, unless closed;

  • Signs
  • Channelizing Devices
  • Warning Lights
  • Arrow Displays
  • Pavement Markings
  • Portable Changeable Message Signs

Using alternate routes when needed. There are also penalties for reckless driving and disobeying speed limits. Speeding max $1000, reckless driving max 8 years. Every life counts.

Indiana Manufactured Houses and Mobile homes

There are 4 types of mobile home permits: 12 feet 4 inch wide permits, 14 feet 4 inches wide permits, 16 feet wide permits and mobile home dealer permits.

12 Feet 4 Inch Wide Mobile Home Permits (Single, 90-day or Annual)

A 12 feet 4 inch wide mobile home permit is for a movement of a mobile home that is over legal dimensions but does not exceed the following dimensions: 

  • 12 feet 4 inches wide 
  • 110 feet overall length 
  • 14 feet high 
  • 80,000 pounds (subject to axle weight) 

12 Feet 4 Inch Mobile Home Permit Fees: 

  • Single Trip Permit $10 
  • 90-Day Permit $250 
  • Annual Permit $1,000

Note: The mobile home, including the hitch, cannot be more than 85 feet long and the tractor cannot be less than 12 feet long. To obtain a single trip, 90-day, or annual 12 feet 4 inch wide mobile home permit, please use Form M-233. Be sure to check the appropriate box for the permit type you are requesting. 

14 Feet 4 Inch Wide Mobile Home Permits 

A 14 feet 4 inch wide mobile home permit is for the movement of a mobile home that is over legal dimensions but does not exceed the following dimensions: 

  • 14 feet 4 inches wide 
  • 110 feet overall length 
  • 14 feet 6 inches high 
  • 80,000 pounds (subject to axle weight) 

14 Feet 4 Inch Wide Mobile Home Permit Fees:

  • Single Trip Permit $18 
  • 90-Day Permit $500 
  • Annual Permit $2,000

Note: The mobile home, including the hitch, cannot be more than 85 feet long and the tractor cannot be less than 12 feet long. 

To obtain a single trip, 90-day, or annual 14 feet 4 inch wide mobile home permit, please use Form M-233. Be sure to check the box for the appropriate permit type you are requesting. 

16 Feet Wide Mobile Home Permits 

A 16 feet wide mobile home permit is for the movement of a mobile home that is over legal dimensions but does not exceed the following dimensions: 

  • 16 feet wide 
  • 85 feet long, including hitch; 
  • tractor must be at least 12 feet long 
  • 110 overall length 
  • 14 feet 6 inches high 
  • 80,000 pounds 

16 Feet Wide Mobile Home Permit Fee $30

Mobile Home Annual Dealer Permits 

A mobile home annual dealer permit is for dealers only and for the movement of mobile homes that are over legal dimensions but do not exceed the following dimensions: 

  • 12 feet 4 inches wide 
  • 85 feet long, including hitch; 
  • tractor must be at least 12 feet long 
  • 13 feet 6 inches high 
  • 80,000 pounds 

Mobile Home Annual Dealer Permit Fee $40 

Note: There may be additional fees for use of the Indiana Toll Road, and for weights that exceed 80,000.




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