The Basics Of An Oversize Load Permit And Transport Costs
If you've recently been contracted to haul your first oversize load or you're dealing with the logistics of shipping one, you'll need to make sure that you have all of the necessary permits in place before you ever put that load on the trailer. If the load will be transported through more than one state, you'll need to have permits established in each state before the transport begins. Here's a look at some of the things that can affect the cost of those permits and load transport.
How You Obtain Your Permits
The way that you obtain the permits will actually affect the price you pay for those permits. If you apply for and obtain your permits directly from the state's regulatory agency, for example, you'll pay less than if you obtain them through a service that does the work for you. You'll pay an additional premium fee to the company for their services, thus spending more per permit than you really need to.
Sometimes, you can save even more if you opt to obtain your permits through the state's online portal and print them yourself. The less intervention that is required to issue your permits, the more affordable they might be. Check to see if any of the states on your route offer this type of savings.
The Size Of The Load
Oversize loads, by nature, are larger than your average shipping loads. However, that doesn't mean that they are all the same. In fact, you may find that your oversize permit cost will vary based on the size of the load. The larger your oversize load, the more money it may cost you in transportation permits.
The Escorts Required
Your permit will clearly define for you the escorts that you are required to have while you are transporting this load. It is essential that you understand clearly which escorts you must have. For example, you may need to have a pilot car that runs ahead of you as well as civilian escorts that travel with your truck.
However, in some cases, police escorts are required. Depending on the municipality and the size of the load, you may need to negotiate with local law enforcement to ensure that you have a police escort where required.
In every case, those escorts are added costs with your permit. You should be sure that you budget those costs, in addition to the price of the permit itself, because all of those components are required for you to travel with the load.
To learn more, contact a resource that offers oversize permits.