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MONTANA PILOT CAR REGULATIONS
When Permit Is Needed
Over 8'6" wide
Over 14' high
Trailer over 53' long

Special Information Needed
Name of insurance company
City, state, policy #, expiration date
RW (registered weight)
US DOT #
Do you have authority in Montana? (if not you need fuel & trip)
How many days on the permit? Limits of liability, overhang

Times Of Movement
Continuous travel is allowed for loads not over 10' wide (9'6" for baled hay & hay racks)
14'6"high, 75' long w/ overhang,110' long w/ no overhang on non-interstate
Non reducible 10' or less may travel on interstates
Daylight travel only, 7 days a week, for loads not exceeding 18 wide, 18' high (over 17’ high must have Helena approval), 120' long
 w/ overhang,110' w/o overhang on non-interstate
Daylight travel only Mon.-3pm Fri. (no travel from 3pm Friday until sunrise Mon.) for loads that exceed 18' wide,120' long and 18' high (over 17’ high must have Helena approval) Exceptions: implements of husbandry
Travel prohibited on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
(If holiday falls on weekend or Friday-no travel on F-Sun; if holiday falls on Monday-no travel Sat-M; if holiday falls on T-Th-no travel only on that day)

When Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
http://www.mdt.mt.gov/publications/docs/manuals/truckers_handbook.pdf
A. On interstate:
Over 16'6” wide- 1 rear
Over 120' long- 1 rear
B. On 2-lane or multi-lane non-interstate:
Over 12'6” to 16’6” wide- 1 front
Vehicle or load exceeds 16’6”'- 2 (front & rear)
Over 110' long- 1 rear
Over 10' wide & not equipped with lights & signs- 2 (front & rear)
Over 17' high (before permit- route survey)
C. Convoys:
No more than 5 OS/OW loads needing escorts may convoy if width not over 14' (or 15' w/ projections and not over 120' long)- 2 (front & rear); not more than 5 may convoy if length of any unit is over 110' long on interstate highways

D. 32-j movement (movement of large & unusual objects not covered by other rules/regulations of DOT)
Class 1:  Over 18’ wide-34’ wide; over 17’ high-24’ high; over 150’ long-200’ long; weight doesn’t require Bridge Bureau approval
                Travel times same as other os/ow vehicles (above)
                Width requires 1 front/2rear pilot/escort vehicles; Length requires 1 pilot/escort
Class 2:  Over 34’ wide; over 24’ high or route requires utilities to cut power lines; over 200’ long
                Travel times same as other os/ow vehicles (above)
                Interstate: Width requires 1 front/2 rear pilot/escort vehicles; Length requires 1 rear pilot/escort; Height requires 1 front pilot/escort if                
                power lines need to be cut
                Non-interstate: Width requires 2 front/2 rear pilot/escort vehicles; Length requires 1 front/1 rear; Height requires 1 front/1 rear pilot/escort if        
                power lines need to be cut
Class 3:  Width not over 18’; height not over 17’; length not over 150’
                Weight requires Bridge Burearu approval

Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle
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General: Any passenger car /2 axle truck; a minimum of 60’ wide; shall not exceed 2 ton GVW
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Signs: “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign (5’ x 12”) w/ dark letters (8” high) on light background
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Lights: Minimum  of 1 strobe or  2 amber 5” flashing lights or 1 rotating beacon light mounted above roof
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Flags: No stipulations
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Additional equipment: 2-way communication

Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator
N/A

Dept. of Transportation Permits Office-  Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm MST; M-F
Dept. of Transportation
Motor Carrier Service Div
P.O. Box 4639
Helena, MT 59604
406-444-6130; 406-444-6130 (permits)
Fax: 406-444-7670/0800
http://www.mdt.mt.gov/publications/docs/manuals/truckers_handbook.pdf