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

For All State Regulations, See:

North Carolina Oversize / Overweight Regulations

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Permitted vehicles may travel Monday through Saturday, sunrise to sunset. No Sunday travel without specific permit. Holiday travel prohibited for overweight (exceeding 112,000 lb.) or any overdimentions from noon the weekday before until noon on the weekday after the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

Size: Vehicle combination: the banner length totaling 7 feet wide by 18 inches high. Banner may be displayed in two sections to allow for visibility of registration plates/decals.

Lettering: Black letters 10 inches high with 1.5-inch brush strokes bearing the legend “Oversize Load” or “Wide Load.” The banner displayed on front and rear of a mobile/modular home combination and on top of a 16-foot-wide mobile/modular home escort must bear the legend “WIDE ____ FT. LOAD” or “OVERSIZE ____ FT. LOAD” to properly identify the nominal width of the unit in transport.

Color: Yellow

Placement: Vehicle combination: Banner is to be displayed on the front and rear bumpers of any vehicle combination permitted for more than 10 feet wide. (May be two separate banners totaling a length of 7 feet to provide for display of registration plates/decals).

Flag Requirements

Flags are required on all loads wider that 8' 6". All flags are to be red or orang, 18" square. Placement: At each corner and at the widest point of over width or as specified on the permit.

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

Red brake lights must be displayed on any rear overhang. Headlights on during highway movement. Red or amber light at rear of overhang, visible for 200' or more.

Source of Information:

North Carolina Oversize Overweight Permit Handbook

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in North Carolina?

Dimensions Width: 8'6" (8' other roads) Height: 13'6"Semi Trailer Length: 53' (non-designated Hwys: 48') Maximum Length: 110' (non-designated Hwys: 60') Legal Overhang: Front/Rear: 10'

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