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Vermont Oversize / Overweight Regulations

What is considered as "Oversized Load" in Vermont?

Dimensions: Width: 8' 6" Height: 13' 6" Single vehicle: 46' Truck-trailer combo:75' Overhang: Front 3', and rear: 6'

What is considered as "Overweight Load" in Vermont?

Weights: Single Axle: 20,000 lb. Tandem axle: 34,000 lb. Max Gross Weight: 80,000 lb.

Vermont Oversize / Overweight Permits

Vermont Permit Department Contact Information


Fax: 802-828-5418

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern

Vermont Pilot Cars / Escorts

Escort vehicles are required when the vehicle and/or load meet or exceed the following dimensions or at the discretion of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or his/her authorized representative: 

  •  Wide load of 12 feet or greater 
  •  Long load of 80 feet or greater 
  •  Overhang of 15 feet or greater.
    When one escort is required, it shall precede a load on undivided highways and follow the load on divided highways.

    Escort vehicle headlights shall be on low beam during all moves.

    The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or his/her authorized representative may require two or more escort vehicles.

Vermont Axle Regulations

Maximum Legal Weight Allowed

Axle Group                  Maximum

Single                           22,400 lb.

2 Axle Group                42,000 lb.

3 Axle Group                54,000 lb.

4 Axle Group                60,000 lb.

Gross Vehicle Weight  80,000 lb.

Maximum Permit Weight Allowed

Steer Axle                12,000 lb.  

All Other Axles        20,000 lb.

Maximum Permit   108,000 lb.

Maximum Weight Allowed

Axle Group                 Maximum

Single                           22,400 pounds

2 Axle Group              42,000 pounds

3 Axle Group              54,000 pounds

4 Axle Group              60,000 pounds

Gross Vehicle Weight          80,000 pounds

Maximum Permit Weight Allowed

Blanket Permits

Single Trip Permits

Up to 150,000    

Axle with Single Wheels    12,000 lb. per axle

Axle with Dual Wheels       20,000 lb. per axle

When considering permits for weight up to one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) pounds the Department may consider the application within the Department if there are sufficient axles on the vehicle to distribute the weight at the rate of twenty thousand (20,000) pounds per axle with dual wheels and twelve thousand (12,000) pounds per axle with single wheels, commonly steering axles. If the weight exceeds a total that can be covered by this formula it will be denied. Further consideration may require additional information or an engineering review.

Special Excess Weight Permits

3-Axle Straight Trucks    60,000 lb.

4-Axle Straight Truck      69,000 lb.

4 and 5 or more Axle Truck/Tractor Semi-Trailer Combos   72,000 to 76,000 lb.
                                                                                                with proper axle spacing.  

Super Loads 150,000+ lb. Engineering inspection required


Vermont Trip and Fuel (IRP / IFTA) Permits

Trip Permits

Trip permits will be required of Vermont based registrants who are eligible for apportioned registration when entering any IRP jurisdiction unless they have an apportioned registration.

With a trip permit, and provided you meet other requirements of the member jurisdiction, your vehicle is entitled to be operated intrastate and interstate for the period allowed under such permit. Trip permits require a USDOT number.

Out of state vehicle, eligible for apportioned registration and not apportioned with Vermont will be required to purchase a 72 hour trip permit for a fee of $15.00 plus additional permit service fees.

Trip permits may be obtained online at 

Vermont Overweight / Oversize Fines

Fines for Overweight Conditions

WEIGHT                  FINE

0 – 5,000 lbs                        $15 for each 1,000 lbs overweight

5,001 – 10,000 lbs               $30 for each 1,000 lbs overweight

10,001 – 15,000 lbs             $45 for each 1,000 lbs overweight

15,001 – 20,000 lbs             $60 for each 1,000 lbs overweight

20,001 – 25,000 lbs             $90 for each 1,000 lbs overweight

25,000 lbs and over             $150 for each 1,000 lbs overweight

Fines for subsequent overweight violations shall be computed with the following percentage increases: upon a second conviction of a violation occurring within one year, five percent; upon a third conviction of a violation occurring within one year, ten percent; upon a fourth or subsequent conviction occurring within one year, 15 percent.

Running Hours and Holiday Restrictions


Lights are required  on any load that extends 4 in. or more beyond the overall width of the vehicle at the foremost edge, rearmost edge, and along the rear edge if it projects 4 ft. or more beyond the body of the vehicle shall be marked with red lamps visible from the rear and the side that show the full width of the load.

"Oversize Load" Banner

Oversize load signs are required on all vehicles/loads over 8'6" width, 13'6" height and 75' length. This sign shall, which shall read "OVERSIZE LOAD," be at least 7’ long by 18” high with yellow background and black lettering. Letters shall be at least 10” high with a 1¼” brush stroke. The sign shall be made of durable material that will not be affected by inclement weather and be kept in legible condition.


Flags are to be bright or fluorescent red or orange and have a minimum size of 18 in. x 18in.

1. Over Width Loads: At least 4 flags mounted at the corners of the vehicle if the vehicle is oversize and at the corners of the load if the load is oversize. In cases of irregular shaped loads such additional flags as may be necessary to mark the widest extremities of the load.

2. Over length loads or loads with rear or front end overhang in excess of 4’ shall display one flag at the end of the overhang if less than 2’ wide and 2 flags if the overhang is 2’ wide or more.

Flags, Lights and Banners

Running Hours

Travel with vehicles and/or loads which are overwidth or overlength or overheight shall be restricted to daylight hours and movement shall be made between thirty (30) minutes before sunrise to thirty (30) minutes after sunset.

Loads over 10’ 6” wide or over 100' long or in excess of 108,000 lb. must follow the week end and holiday restrictions: no movement on any Saturday, Sunday, any Friday afternoon between July 1 and Labor Day, or on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Vermont Tire Regulations

The State may require the use of tire chains on specified portions of State highways during periods of winter weather for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 pounds or gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of more than 26,000 pounds.

When tire chains are required, advance notice shall be given to the traveling public through signage and, whenever possible, through public service announcements. In areas where tire chains are required, there shall be an adequate area for vehicles to pull off the traveled way to affix any chains that might be required.

Chains are required:

For a vehicle that has a:

(A)  single-drive axle shall have chains on one tire on each side of the drive axle

(B) that has a tandem-drive axle shall have chains on two tires on each side of the primary drive axle; or if both axles are powered by the drive line, on one tire on each side of each drive axle.


Vermont Frost Laws

During winter thaws, rainy periods or when frost begins to melt, the Agency of Transportation may post state highways. Permits DO NOT supersede road postings.

For up-to-date road conditions and restrictions, go to: and select "trucking" at the top of the page and "Vermont" at the top of the map.

Vermont Annual Permits

A Blanket Permit is the written authorization granted by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for the movement of a vehicle or combination vehicle and its non-divisible load with prescribed limits of size and/or weight over State/Interstate highways.

Note:  Vehicles obtaining blanket permits for weight must be registered to the maximum limit and so configured as to legally meet the road limit.

The vehicle shouldn’t exceed the following dimensions:

Length: 100’ 

Width: 14’11”

Height: 13’11”


Blanket Permit Fee - $112.00,

Additional Units Within The Fleet - $6.00

Time, it takes to receive: 1 business day

Mailing method: online

Commodity specific? Truck specific

Need to obtain a route? No

Vermont Road Conditions

Work zones require everyone to stay alert and be prepared for sudden changes that distracted drivers may not notice in time to prevent a crash. It is up to each of us to be vigilant when driving through or near highway work zones. Using handheld portable electronic devices (including cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, etc.) while operating a moving vehicle in a work zone may incur Penalties range from $100 to $200 and 2 points for a first violation, and from $250 to $500 and 5 points for subsequent violations.

Remember that work zone means any properly posted construction, maintenance or utility work site, and rules apply 24/7, not just during the workday.
• Slow down! Speed limits are reduced and fines for speeding are doubled
• Follow instructions from flaggers and signs.
• Pay extra attention, expect the unexpected.
• Be courteous, and merge as instructed, as soon as it is safe to do so.
• Don’t change lanes in the work zone, tailgate, or crowd the road crew.
• Expect delays and schedule extra time, or seek an alternate route.
• Be patient. Remember that they’re working hard to improve the roads for all of us.

Vermont Manufactured Houses and Mobile homes

Single Trip Permit 

Maximum Size Limits: 

Length: 90’ – 0” or less 

Height: 13’ – 6” or less 

Width: 14’ – 0” or less 

+For Modular and Mobile homes an additional 6” of overhang for eaves only will be allowed providing the greater overhang is on the right- hand shoulder side of the highway. 

Expiration: Single Trip Permits may be issued to cover a single trip within 7 business days of issuance. When the trip will exceed the 7 business day limit, a new permit will be required. Extensions of time may be granted at the discretion of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or his/her authorized representative. 

Mailing method: Fax, mail

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