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

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions

Travel for permitted loads are sunrise to sunset, Monday through Saturday. No travel within the corporate limits of cities/towns between 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6 pm (some exceptions). No travel on Sunday (some exceptions by permit). No travel on state observed holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. There are numerous additional cautions and restrictions in the Newport News, Portsmouth, Norfolk areas.

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

“Oversize Load” signs are required on front and rear of the vehicle/load for all overdimensional permit loads.

Flag Requirements

Flags must be displayed on all four corners of all oversize loads, and at the widest extremities of the vehicle or load on wide loads and at the extreme rear of overlength loads. Flags must also be used on rear overhangs exceeding 4 feet.

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

High intensity amber flashing lights, visible for at least 500 feet, must be used on any vehicle more than 12 feet wide or more than 75 feet long. Such lights must be mounted on the top of the towing vehicle. Not required when accompanied by an escort vehicle. Two amber lights at top fron corners, and two red lights mounted on the rear of the vehicle/load. When vehicle/load exceeds 12′ wide or 75′ long, flashing amber lights, visible for 500′, must be displayed on the tractor and at the upper rear end of the load or vehicle.

Source of Information:

Viirginia DMV, Size, Weight, Equipment and Other Requirements (PDF)

https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/webdoc/pdf/dmv109.pdf

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Virginia?

DIMENSIONS: Width: 8' 6" Height: 13' 6 Semi-trailer: 48' Truck-trailer combo: 53' WEIGHTS: Single Axle: 20,000 lb. Tandem axle: 34,000 lb. Tri-axle: 54,000 lb. Max Gross Weight: Based on formula - Legal weight allowed based on axle spacing..

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