Kansas Oversize / Overweight Regulations

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Kansas?

Dimensions: Width: 12' (8'6"' Kansas Turnpike) Height: 14' Length: Any vehicle or combination: 125' Legal Overhang: Front: 3', Rear 4'.

What is considered as "Overweight Load" in Kansas?

Weights: Single Axle: 20,000 lb. Tandem axle: 34,000 lb. Tridem: 48,000 lb. Max Gross Weight: 80,000

Kansas Oversize / Overweight Permits

Kansas Permit Department Contact Information

785-368-6501

Fax: 785-296-6558

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central

https://www.k-trips.com/Login.aspx

Kansas Pilot Cars / Escorts

Loads exceeding 16 feet in heigh will require at a minimum one front escort vehicle or pilot car.

Loads exceeding 14 feet wide will require a minimum of one front escort vehicle or pilot car and one rear escort vehicle or pilot car shall be required when accompanying a load exceeding 14 feet in width. The rear escort vehicle or pilot car may be eliminated if all of the following conditions are met:
 #1 A warning light is attached to the top of the load.
 #2 A warning light is attached to the rear of the load no less than two feet but no more than eight feet above the surface of the road.
 #3 A warning sign meeting the requirements of K.S.A. 8-1911 and is attached to the rear of the shipment.

Superloads. At least one front escort vehicle or pilot car and one rear escort vehicle or pilot car shall be required when accompanying a superload. If the permit requires the superload to slow down at bridges, an additional escort vehicle or pilot car shall be required.

Large structures. At least one front escort vehicle or pilot car and one rear escort vehicle or pilot car shall be required when accompanying a large structure.


Source: https://sos.ks.gov/publications/pubs_kar_Regs.aspx?KAR=36-45-8


Kansas Axle Regulations

Maximum Legal Weight Allowed
Maximum gross weight in Kansas is 85,500 lbs. (80,000 lbs. on interstate highways.)
Single axle weight is 20,000 lbs.
Tandem axle weight is 34,000 lbs.

Scale Tolerance
Officers may tolerate a 5% difference, up to a 1,500 lb. maximum.
Maximum Tolerance:

Single Axle is 1,000 lbs.
Tandem Axle  is 1,500 lbs.
Maximum Permit Weight Allowed
Annual Permits and Standard Permits   
Single - non-drive axle    22K
Single -drive axle    24K
Tandem Axles    45K
Triple Axles    60K
Quad Axles    65K

Special Mobile Equipment
Maximum Axle Weight Table
Axle Weights   
Single -non-drive axle    22K
Single - drive axle    24K
Tandem    49K
Triple    60K
Quad    65K
Source of information: https://www.kansashighwaypatrol.org/DocumentCenter/View/178/Weight-Enforcement-Facts-PDF
https://oversizeloadescorts.com/regs/ks.pdf

Kansas Trip and Fuel (IRP / IFTA) Permits

FTA Permit $13 for a 24 hr MFP permit and $25 for a 72 hr MFP permit. Motor fuel permits may be purchased in batches of 3. The permits can be at the entry line or by calling the Central Permit Office, 785-368-6501.


Source of information: https://www.ksrevenue.org/faqs-motorfuel.html

Kansas Overweight / Oversize Fines

Fines for extra weight.
in excess of 100 pounds and not in excess of 500 pounds    $50.00
in excess of 500 pounds and not in excess of 1,000 pounds    $75.00
in excess of 1,000 pounds and not in excess of 1,500 pounds    $150.00
in excess of 1,500 pounds and not in excess of 2,000 pounds    $200.00
overweight in excess of 2,000 pounds and not in excess of 20,000 pounds$.10 for every pound overweight
overweight in excess of 20,000 pounds.30 for every pound overweight
    
http://www.kansashighwaypatrol.org/DocumentCenter/View/178
http://rvpolicy.kdor.ks.gov/Pilots/Ntrntpil/IPILv1x0.NSF/Web%20Frameset%20%232%20-%20KSAs?OpenFrameSet
http://www.kscoplaw.com/vehcode/art19.html
http://rvpolicy.kdor.ks.gov/Pilots/Ntrntpil/IPILv1x0.NSF/698490e1288fdf7086256524007f6168/f565bc516dfcacf986257868005ca18f

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

All oversize loads (width in excess of 12') will require an "Oversize Load” signs for all shipments moving under a permit.

Flag Requirements

Red flags must be attached to the widest part of the load, and to the rear if it is over lenght. If overhang is over legal limits there must be a flag at the end of the shipment.

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

If overhang is over legal limits, a lamp must be attached to the end of the load to make the overhang more visible during periods of fog or decreased visibility in regards to weather conditions.


Flags, Lights and Banners

Permitted loads are allowed to travel Sunrise tor Sunset, seven days a week unless restricted on the permit. Vehicles more than 12' can not travel at night. Vehicles in excess of 8'6" wide may not operate on the Kansas Turnpike at night. Movement of loads in excess of 14' is restricted to 8:30 am to 4: 30 pm, Monday through Thursday. Loads in excess of 16' are rarely authorized on the Kansas Turnpike.

Kansas Tire Regulations

Permissible upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.

8-1742.Restrictions as to tire equipment. (a) Every solid rubber tire on a vehicle shall have rubber on its entire traction surface at least one inch thick above the edge of the flange of the entire periphery.

(b) No person shall operate or move on any highway any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer having any metal tire in contact with the roadway.

(c) No tire on a vehicle moved on a highway shall have on its periphery any protuberance of any material other than rubber which projects beyond the tread of the traction surface of the tire, except that it shall be permissible to use:

(1) Farm machinery with tires having protuberances which will not injure the highway;

(2) tire chains of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid;

(3) studded traction equipment upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid; or

(4) pneumatic tires having metallic or nonmetallic studs designed to improve traction without materially injuring the surface of the highway. To qualify under paragraph (3) or (4), such tires or studded traction equipment shall be approved by the secretary of transportation by adoption of rules and regulations, and their use may be limited to certain months or types of vehicles by such rules and regulations.

(d) The secretary of transportation and local authorities in their respective jurisdictions may issue special permits authorizing the operation upon a highway of traction engines or tractors having movable tracks with transverse corrugations upon the periphery of such movable tracks or farm tractors or other farm machinery, the operation of which upon a highway would otherwise be prohibited under this section.

(e) It is unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle or combination of vehicles having one or more tires in an unsafe condition. A solid rubber tire is in an unsafe condition if it does not comply with the provisions of subsection (a). A pneumatic tire is in an unsafe condition if it has:

(1) Any part of the ply or cord exposed;

(2) any bump, bulge or separation;

(3) a tread design depth of less than 1/16 inch measured in any two or more adjacent tread grooves, exclusive of tie bars, or, for those tires with tread wear indicators worn to the level of the tread wear indicators in any two tread grooves;

(4) a marking "not for highway use" or "for racing purposes only" or "unsafe for highway use";

(5) tread of sidewall cracks, cuts or snags deep enough to expose the body cord;

(6) been regrooved or recut below the original tread design depth, excepting special taxi tires which have extra under tread rubber and are identified as such; or

(7) such other conditions as may be reasonably demonstrated to render it unsafe.

(f) The provisions of subsection (e) shall not apply to a vehicle or combination of vehicles being transported by a wrecker or tow truck, as defined in K.S.A. 66-1329, and amendments thereto.

(g) It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a vehicle with a single tire on any hubs configured for a dual tire assembly. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply: (1) To any truck registered for a gross weight of 20,000 pounds or less; (2) to any vehicle or combination of vehicles operating with wide-base single tires, as defined in K.S.A. 8-1742b, and amendments thereto, on any hubs configured for a dual tire assembly; (3) to any single axle with hubs configured for a dual tire assembly when such single axle does not exceed 9,000 pounds and is a part of a triple-axle combination; or (4) in cases of emergency.

http://www.kslegislature.org/li_2014/b2013_14/statute/008_000_0000_chapter/008_017_0000_article/008_017_0042_section/008_017_0042_k/

Kansas Annual Permits

ANNUAL PERMIT 


Maximum Dimensions: 

  • Width: 16' 6” 
  • Height: Based on bridge/structure clearances 
  • Length: 126’ 

Cost: Annual Permit - $ 150

Time, it takes to receive: 1 business day

Mailing method: Online/emailed

Commodity specific? Truck specific

Need to obtain a route? Yes


Source of information: https://www.ksdot.org/permit_links.asp

Kansas Road Conditions

Here are some tips that concern the safety of drivers, works, and the road system in general. Use these tips so that everyone can get home safely to their families. These tips highlight what we have found are the most important things to keep in mind when driving through construction areas.

Tips:

  • Follow the route provided with cones and barriers
  • Be vigilant
  • Be especially careful around workers
  • Anticipate Delays
  • Give at least a few seconds between you and the other cars

http://www.kandrive.org/kandrive

Kansas Manufactured Houses and Mobile homes

Kansas Turnpike
Chief Engineer/General Manager or the Turnpike Highway Patrol Commander approval is needed before mobile homes can be transported on the turnpike. Permits are not required if the approval is granted.

Mobile Homes

1. Mobile homes up to 12' 6" wide  may be 24/7

2. Mobile homes over 12'6" wide to 14' wide can only move during daylight hours.

3. Mobile home 14' and wider will be limited to daylight hours, Monday to Thursday between 8:30 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon.. At least one escort vehicle is required to accompany the movement of mobile homes over 14 feet in width on the Kansas Turnpike.

4. Overall length will be allowed all the way up to 119'

5. All mobile homes must be towed by a truck-tractor specifically designed and equipped to tow mobile homes.



Source of information: http://rvpolicy.kdor.ks.gov/Pilots/Ntrntpil/IPILv1x0.NSF/096c1b27db592ec886256524007f5233/adaeb2e00825ac29862565590054381d


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