Dimensions: Width: 8' 6" (8' on other roads) Height: 13' 6" Semi Trailer Length: 56' Maximum Length: 80' Overhang: Rear 6'
Weights: Single Axle: 20,000 lb. Tandem axle: 34,000 lb. Tridem: 45,200 lb. Max Gross Weight: 80,000 lb.
Rhode Island Permit Department Contact Information
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern
Escort vehicles will be at least the size of a compact size car or larger. The drivers of escort vehicles will maintain visual and two-way radio contact with the permitted vehicle at all times.
When one escort is required, it shall precede a load on undivided highways and follow the load on divided highways.
One escort vehicle is required for overall width of between 12
feet and 14 feet, 6 inches.
Two escort vehicles are required for widths over 14 feet, 6 inches.
One escort is required for overlength between 80 feet and 90 feet.
Two escort vehicles are required for over 90 feet.
One escort vehicle is required if the overhang is 15 feet or more.
There may be some special circumstances where a second escort vehicle will be required for overhangs due to safety reasons, but such occurrences are anticipated to be infrequent.
Two escorts are required with police escort from each city or town where move will travel.
Two escorts are required for intrastate moves of width 12 and over.
Gross Vehicle Weight 80,000 pounds maximum.
The Gross Weight imposed on the highway by the wheels of any one axle of a vehicle shall not exceed 22,400 pounds.
Axle Group Maximum
Single 22,400 pounds
Tandem 32,000 pounds (if the front and rear axles less than 6 feet apart) 36,000 pounds (less than 12 feet apart)
Tridem 40,000 pounds (if the
front and rear axles less than 16 feet apart)
44,000 pounds (less than 20 feet)
46,000 pounds (less than 22 feet)
50,000 pounds (less than 27 feet)
Gross Vehicle Weight 80,000 pounds
With respect to all public highways, the overall gross weight on a group of two or more consecutive axles of a vehicle or combination of vehicles, shall be determined by the following bridge gross weight formula:
W = the overall gross weight on any group of two or more consecutive axles to the nearest 500 pounds;
L = the distance in feet between the extremes
of any group of two or more consecutive axles; and
N = the number of axles in the group under consideration.
Such overall gross weight of any vehicle or combination of vehicles may not exceed 80,000 lb.
Three or more axle vehicle – 76,650 pounds maximum
Three axle tractor - semi-trailer – 62,000 pounds maximum
Four-axle tractor –semi-trailer – 87,000 pounds maximum
Four or more axle tractor –semi-trailer – 104,800 pounds maximum
Rhode Island’s Online Temporary IRP Permits Service will allow you to apply for and purchase an IRP Temporary 72 Hour Trip Permit from the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles. For specification on a particular trip, please contact the DMV Permit Division at 401-946-0090.
A valid US DOT number
A credit card and billing address
A printer in order to print your receipt
A qualified motor vehicle is a motor vehicle used, designed, or maintained for transportation of persons or property having:
Two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms; or
Having three or more axles regardless of weight; or
Is used in combination, when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms gross vehicle or registered gross vehicle weight.
Rhode Island enforces all maximum truck weight laws through fines. There are no laws in any of this state that explicitly provide prison terms for maximum weight violations. Rhode Island levies fines $65 for every pound over the legal weight up to 10,000 lb. overweight, and fines of $125 for every pound above 10,000 lb. overweight. The overweight penalty for vehicles being operated in excess of 104,800 lb. gross vehicle weight shall be $1,025 in addition to the penalties enumerated above.
Less than 10,000 lb. $65 per pound overweight
Greater than 10,000 lb. $125 per pound overweight
Warning Lights: Color and Placement
No special lighting is required on load vehicles, however, load vehicles will travel with low beam headlights on at all times.
"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements
All over width loads will have an "OVERSIZE LOAD" banner on the front and rear of the vehicle or load.
Size: Not less than 7 in., 18 in. high Letters: Black, 10 ln. high, 1.25 in. brush stroke
All over-width loads require 1 in. square red or orange fluorescent flags.
At least two and up to six flags to be attaches the extremities of the load.
Overhang of more than 4 ft. to be marked with one or two flags (two if wider than 2ft.)
Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions
No moves are authorized unless otherwise noted from sunset on Friday to sunrise on Monday or the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Victory Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
If a holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday is also restricted as a holiday; and if the holiday falls on Saturday, the previous Friday is restricted as a holiday after 12:00 noon.
If a holiday falls during the week, travel is allowed up to 12:00 noon on the day before the holiday.
Dimensions: Depends on the route
Time, it takes to receive: 1 week
Mailing method: mail
Commodity specific? Truck specific
Need to obtain a route? No
Be alert around work zone crews - Although there are usually plenty of brightly colored signs and even workers on a construction zone to give you an indication that it is appropriate to slow down
In Rhode Island, traffic fines are doubled in a work zone when there are signs posted, even if there are no workers present.
Many individuals are already familiar with the concept of driving carefully and minimizing their speed when moving through these areas. Even though slowing down might seem inconvenient, it can dramatically reduce the chances that you’ll be involved in a serious car collision in Rhode Island.
Legal Width 8'6"
Legal Length 60'
Mobile or Modular Homes
Legal Height 13'6"
Over the above dimensions require a special permit.
Rhode Island is a member of the multistate permit agreement with Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Multi-state permits may be obtained only for vehicles and loads falling within the size envelope limits as follows:
Weight 108,000 on 5 axles — 120,000 lbs. (six or more axles);
Length — 90 ft.
Height — 13ft. 6 in.
Width — 14ft. (additional 6 in. of overhang for eaves on mobile and modular home components only is permissible).
For vehicles exceeding these limits, individual state permits must be obtained from each state permit office.
Permits are valid for 5 days. Travel is limited to times listed on permit.