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Alabama Road Conditions (888) 588-2848 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 Daylight hours only; 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' to 14’ wide-1 front escort on 2 lane roads or 1 rear for multilane roads Over 14’ wide require 1 front & 1 rear escort on all roads Over 90' to 125' long- 1 pilot car in rear; over 125’- 150’-2 pilots (1 pilot car in front & 1 pilot car in rear) Over 150’-front and rear law enforcement escorts Over 15' 6” 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/business/permits/pdf/RulesAndRegulations.pdf Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle
Lights: Must be equipped w/ a flashing or strobe amber lights
Signs: Mounted on front & rear or on roofline of any escort. Shall contain the wording “OVERSIZE LOAD”; 7’ x 18”; black letters 10” high w/ 1 .4”-1.5’” 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 Drivers of escort vehicles must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and have completed a pilot/escort flagging course which equals or exceeds Alabama’s course within twelve (12) months of Alabama’s course availability. Dept. of Transportation Permits Office- Office hours: 7am-4:45pm CT P.O. Box 303050 Montgomery, AL 36130 800-499-2782 option 4 Fax: (334) 832-9084 http://www.dot.state.al.us/
Important Phone Numbers:
State Highway Patrol General Info (DPS):
Overweight/Oversize Permits (ALDOT):
Motor Carrier Services (IRP/IFTA):
Motor Carrier Safety Unit:
Alabama Traffic Service Center:
The information given here may be (and likely will be)
superceded by a permit issued by the state.
ALWAYS read and follow the permit. It is the highest authority!