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NORTH CAROLINA PILOT CAR REGULATIONS
When Permit Is Needed
Over 8'6" wide
Over 13'6" high
Trailer over 53' long

Special Information Needed
Registered weight of tractor, any overhang

Times Of Movement
Sunrise to sunset; 6 days a week (no Sunday travel) for permitted vehicles with over dimension and weight in excess of 94,500 lbs.
16’ wide mobile homes: M-Th, 9am-2:30pm
Travel prohibited from noon on the weekday preceding until noon on the weekday after the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
Curfews noted on permit

When Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
http://www.ncdot.org/doh/operations/dp%5Fchief%5Feng/maintenance/permits/pdf/EVOManual.pdf
For all over width movements on multi-lane highways:
1 escort will be required for anything over 12'wide
Over 14’5” high-1front pilot w/ height pole
Over110’ long (superloads-100’)-1 rear pilot
Overhang over 14’-1 pilot
Weight over 149,999 lbs.-1 pilot
Multiple escorts possible for combination of over-dimensions
16' wide mobiles with legal height and a maximum of 3" gutter edge are required to have 2 escorts on all controlled access highways
3 escorts on all other multi-lane highways, and 3 escorts (1 being a law enforcement escort) on all 2 lane/2-way traffic roads plus proof of final destination
Superloads:
Over 15’ wide-3 pilots (1 NC Highway Patrol)

Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle
General: Not less than 2000 lb.; load capacity of 17000 lb. or less
Signs: “OVERSIZE LOAD” or “WIDE LOAD” sign w/ black letters (10” high x 1 1/2” brush stoke) on yellow background mounted on bumper (must extend the entire length of bumper) or roof
Lights: Flashing amber lights (rotating sealed beam or strobe); 5”min. Diameter base; 4” min. Height; mounted on top of vehicle
Flags: Red or orange, 18” square
Additional equipment: Identification signs (8” x 12” min.) w/ name, address, phone# of operator/owner; on right & left side of vehicle.

Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator
All escort vehicle operators are required to obtain an approved escort certification priorto performing the duties of an oversize/overweight load escort vehicle operator in North Carolina and have completed NSC defensive course. Required course for all applicants: NCDOT OS/OW Load Escort Vehicle Operator Certification Program score of 75% min.; effective for 4 years; cost: $50.00.  To make application call 888-221-8166.

Out-of -state operators that currently have valid driver’s license & certifications will be recognized.

No driver or passenger other than a certified escort vehicle operator is allowed to travel in the escort vehicle.

Dept. of Transportation Permits Office- Permit request by phone: Mon.-Fri. 7:30a.m.-4:00p.m. EST
DOT OS/OW Permit Unit (walk-in & mail)
1425 Rock Quarry Road (I-40, Exit 300)
Suite 109-110
Raleigh, NC 27610
(888)221-8166/(919)733-4740 (general info/annuals/superloads)
(888)574-6683/(919)733-7154 (single trip permit request)
Fax: (888)222-8347/(919)733-7828 or 7921 (single trip)
        (919)715-5616 (annual)
Email: osowpermits@dot.state.nc.us