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

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset 7 days a week of less than 10' wide. Until noon on Saturday and Sunday if load width is greater than 10', up to 14'. Travel is prohibited on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas and on any day observed as a holiday on a Friday before or the Sunday after the holiday date. No movement in Hillsboro and Date Counties from 7:00 am - 9:00 am and 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Other restrictions may be imposed on the permit.

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

All Oversize loads shall display and "OVERSIZE LOAD" SIGN on the front and back of the vehicle. Size: 7' long, 18" high Letters: 12" high, 1.5" stroke Background: Yellow

Flag Requirements

Flags are required on all Oversize loads. flags shall be clean, red or florescent orange, and at least 18 inches square. On the permitted vehicle, they shall be displayed so as to wave freely on all four corners of over-width loads and at the extreme ends of all protrusions, projections, or overhangs.

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

A rotating, strobe or flashing amber light, visible for 500 feet, must be mounted on the vehicle to warn all approaching traffic of a possible safety hazard.

Source of Information:

Florida Highway Patrol – Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Commercial Motor Vehicle Manual ( Apr 2013)

https://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/CVE/2015truckingmanual.pdf

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Florida?

DIMENSIONS: Width: 8' 6" (8' on roadways less than 12') Height: 13' 6" Length: Single Vehicle 40' Legal Overhang: Front 3', Rear 15' (From center of rear axle to end) Combined vehicle 55' Overall WEIGHT: Single Axle: 21,000 lb. Tandem Axle: 34,000 lb. Tridem: 42,000 lb. Max Gross Weight: 80,000 lb.

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