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Alabama DOT Permit Regulations for Oversize/Overweight Load Flags/Banners/Signs/Lights, Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 Hour after sunset Running not Permitted: Sundays and the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

A sign shall be mounted on the front and rear of the transport vehicle where the license plate and headlights are not blocked. The sign shall contain the wording “OVERSIZE LOAD” in black letters on a yellow background. The size of the sign shall be 7 feet wide and 18 inches high. The letters shall be 10 inches high with a 1.4” – 1.5” brush stroke. 

Flag Requirements

All Oversize Vehicles require 18” square fluorescent orange or Red at four corners at the extremities of the load.

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

There is no mention of light requirements for oversize vehicles.Transport vehicles shall be equipped with a flashing or strobe amber light, visible 360 degrees at 500 feet. If escort vehicles are required, they will be equipped with warning lights.

Source of Information:

State Regulation: Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Operations Division, Administrative Code, Chapter 450-3-1 (3-31-2016):

https://www.dot.state.al.us/maweb/pdf/Rule%20and%Regulations(Post%20June3017)%20Presentation[1].pdf

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Alabama?

DIMENSIONS: Width: 8' (Roadways <12 ft) Width 8' 6" (Roadways 12' &+) Height: 13' 6" Length: Single Vehicle - 40' Truck-semi-trailer - 57' Legal Overhang - 5' Front and rear "WEIGHTS Load Weight: 20,000 lb./axel Tandem Axel: 34,000 lb. Steering Axel: 20,000 lb. Gross Weight: 80,000 lb. "

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