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Alabama Road Conditions
(334) 242-4378 / (888) 411-ROAD

ALABAMA PILOT CAR GUIDELINES

When Permit Is Needed
Over 8' 6” wide,
Semi-trailer over 53' 6" long,
Over 13' 6"high

Special Information Needed
Date and time of movement  
Truck make, license # and state 
Physical address if starting or stopping inside state
Overweight-need original origin and destination
Containerized-need to know what's inside container

Times Of Movement
1/2 hour before sunrise, 1/2 hour after sunset
Monday thru Friday & until noon Saturday ; no Sunday travel
Loads 120’-150’ restricted from 9am-3pm M-F
Travel prohibited on the following holidays: New Year’s Day,  Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Friday- Sunday after, Christmas
Permit office closed on the above holidays as well as Martin Luther King Day, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, Confederate Memorial Day, Jefferson Davis’ Birthday, & Veteran’s Day  (Travel not restricted)

When Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
Over 12' wide- 2 pilot cars (1 pilot car in front & 1 pilot car in rear)
Over 76' to 105' long- 1 pilot car in rear; over 105’-2 pilots (1 pilot car in front & 1 pilot car in rear)
Over 16' high- 1 pilot car in front w/ height pole
Overhang in rear more than 5'- 1 rear pilot car
Overhang in front more than 10'- 1 front pilot car
For bulldozers & other construction equipment w/ blade intact that protrudes beyond the transporting vehicle: 1 escort (minimum)
http://www.dot.state.al.us/maweb/Permits/OSnOW_RulesAndRegulations.pdf

Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle

Lights: Must be equipped w/ a flashing or revolving amber light

Signs: Mounted on front of front escort & rear or rear escort.  Shall contain the wording “OVERSIZE LOAD”; 7’ x 18”; black letters 10” high w/ 1 5/8” brush stroke on a yellow or orange background. Height /width may be modified to fit the vehicle while maintaining color scheme & letter size.

Additional equipment: Radio to allow communication between the pilot/escort and load

Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator
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Dept. of Transportation Permits Office- Office hours:  7am-4:45pm CT
P.O. Box 303050
Montgomery, AL 36130
800-499-2782
Fax: (334)832-9084
http://www.dot.state.al.us/maweb/Oversize&OverweightPermitInformation.htm
Important Phone Numbers:
State Highway Patrol General Info (DPS):
(334)242-4371
Overweight/Oversize Permits (ALDOT):
(334)242-6358
Motor Carrier Services (IRP/IFTA):
(334)242-2999
Trip Permits/Fuel Permits:
(334)353-9135
Motor Carrier Safety Unit:
(334)242-4395
Motor Carrier Enforcement:
(334)242-5775
Alabama Traffic Service Center:
(866)954-9399
Pre-Pass:
(800)773-7277