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California Road Conditions
800-427-7623
https://www.highwayconditions.com/ca/

CALIFORNIA PILOT CAR REGULATIONS
When Permit Is Needed
Over 8'6" wide
Over 14' high
Over 80,000 lbs
Overlength-see size and weight manual. Can be downloaded from  the Caltrans website
(www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/permits/manual.htm)

Special Information Needed
Name, address
Load description & dimensions
Truck info
Route (add directions to the route- east, west, north, south)
Also need junction onto highways

When Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
All loads over 12’ wide-1 or 2 (depending on route)
Length over 85’ to 135’ (over 100’ in LA county & LA city)-1 front/1 rear
Height poles are not a Caltrans requirement. If requested by a permittee, a pilot car will be permitted and identified as a permittee request.
Overhang (front or rear) 25’ or more-1 pilot or more
Must check permit for escort requirements, depending on location; may need escort for under 12' wide.  Pilot car maps may be downloaded from the Caltrans website
Pilot Car Maps
Pilot Car Chart

Times Of Movement
24 hrs a day 7 days a week unless: an escort is required or load exceeds a 2 vehicle configuration or exceeds green loading weight or a detour is needed-- then travel is restricted to 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
Travel prohibited (unless exempted by permit) on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas Day. If a holiday falls on a Friday or Monday, travel is prohibited during the weekend.

Curfews: Loads 10’ or move in width are restricted from traveling M-F at the following times:
Los Angeles & surrounding areas  6:00-9:00am  3:00-6:00pm
Sacramento & surrounding areas  7:00-9:00am  4:00-6:00pm
San Diego & surrounding areas  7:00-9:00am  4:00-6:00pm
San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge*  6:30-9:00am  3:30-6:30pm
San Francisco & surrounding areas  7:00-9:00am  4:00-6:00pm
*CHP needed when load is over 15’ wide on 2-lane; 16’ on yellow routes

Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle
A vehicle at least 60” wide
Signs: “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign shall be 48” (min.) from ground; shall be legible  at 45 degrees from either side/front & back, Yellow background w/ letters 6” high (min.); brush stroke 1” (min.), 440 sq.”
Lights: Flashing amber warning lights visible 360 degrees
Flags: At least 1 red warning flag on each side of vehicle; must be at least 16” square; must be visible from the front & rear
Additional equipment: 1 “STOP/SLOW” paddle; 1 orange vest/shirt/jacket; 1 red emergency flag (24” square); a 2-way radio/communication device

Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator
At least 18 & properly licensed


CHP Divisions-    Phone                Address             City         Zip
Northern Division  (530) 242-4300 2485 Sonoma St.  Redding  96001
Valley Division  (916) 464-1450 11336 Trade Center Dr. Rancho Cordova 95742  
Central Division  (559) 277-7250 5179 N. Gates Ave.  Fresno  93722
Southern Division  (818) 240-8200 411 N. Central Ave., #410 Glendale  91203-2020
Border Division  (858) 650-3600 9330 Farnham St.  San Diego  92123
Coastal Division  (805) 549-3261 4115 Broad St., #B-10 San Luis Obispo 93401
Inland Division  (909) 806-2400 847 E. Brier Dr.  San Bernardino 92408
Dept. of Transportation Permits Office
Hours: 8am-5pm; PT
CALTRANS-Northern office (North of San Luis Obispo/Kern Co.line)
1823 14th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-322-1297/fax-(916)322-4966
Mailing address:
CDOT
PO Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001
CALTRANS-Southern office
(South of SLO/Kern Co. Line
655 W. 2nd St., MS#618
San Bernadino, CA 92404-1400
909-383-4637/fax-(909)388-7001
Mailing address:
CDOT
464 W. 4th St., MS #618
San Bernardino, CA 92404-1400


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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!