Effective 6:00 a.m. Friday, May 8, 2020, weight restrictions will be lifted on all state trunkline highways within the entire state of Michigan. 

This spring weight restriction update does not alter or affect the direction given in Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-44 (COVID-19).

Weight Restrictions are implemented during the spring frost thaw period and are now completed for the 2020 season. The anticipated timeframe for Spring Weight Restrictions is February through May. Specific dates will be determined by weather and road conditions and posted again when the 2021 season begins. 

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WCS Permits works closely with all states to stay up-to-date on industry-related changes and news, including permit issuance changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. WCS has a full staff, including 65 permit agents ready to answer questions and issue oversize load permits.

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

An Injunction was recently upheld by a federal appeals court regarding California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) independent contractor law.

The court denied an effort to temporarily lift a preliminary injunction issued in January against the trucking component of a California law that would restrict how independent workers can be classified by companies.

The law could potentially remove opportunities for drivers to own their own businesses and work as independent owner-operators in the state, as it would reclassify independent contractors as employees.

The order, filed on March 30 in the U.S. Court of Appeals, denied a motion filed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters that sought a stay of the lower court’s injunction, and also said it will fast-track oral arguments on a request for review of that decision filed by the Teamsters and California Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

The ruling ties back to a lawsuit filed by the California Trucking Association (CTA) that challenges AB 5, and now opens the doors for the appeals court to hear oral arguments as soon as early July, according to lawyers representing the CTA.

In January, a San Diego judge issued a preliminary injunction against the trucking component in California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5). The legislation would have reclassified tens of thousands of independent contractors as employees. The same judge had previously issued a temporary restraining order against the law, which was challenged by the CTA last year.

For more information about the appeals court denial, please click here.

In an effort to assist in the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ohio Department of Transportation has approved a special blanket permit for haulers carrying heavy or oversized loads of food, non-alcoholic beverages, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods. 

The blanket permit applies to travel on roads and bridges maintained by the Ohio Department of Transportation (Interstate, U.S. and State Routes. Hauler loads may not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight and must comply with all posted bridge weight and height restrictions. Loads exceeding 90,000 pounds gross vehicle weight MUST contact the ODOT Special Hauling Permits main office line at 614-351-2300 during normal business hours (7:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday).

Haulers can download and print the special permit here. They must travel with a copy of it and a copy of Form OS-1A.

The hauler is also required, within 24 hours after the trip is completed, to report back to the department where they travel and how much weight they carried using the Emergency Moves Report Form.

The Department will use this information to monitor road and bridge conditions along the routes traveled by the heavyweight vehicles.

This process is in place as long as the COVID-19 emergency response are ongoing.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures, inclement weather, restrictions and latest news. 

If you have any questions about our oversize load permit services, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

Effective January 8, 2020 single trip permits will be valid for the duration of 5 days instead of 3 days in the state of Arkansas.

The news was first announced in early January on the Arkansas’ automated online permit system home page.

This is something many in the oversize load and specialized transportation transportation industry see as a positive, and will eliminate the hassle of having to order another trip permit after only 3 days.

In the oversize sector, loads face delays due to breakdowns, weather and travel restrictions so the added two days will help with having to reorder oversize permits.

Exceptions to this rule are the following: hay movement will remain for 3 days, sealed container will remain for 6 days and house movements will remain for 2 days.

Increases to oversize/overweight and superload permit fees will take effect on January 1, 2020 in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced updates in permit fees on the Kansas Truck Routing and Intelligent Permitting System (K-TRIPS). Fee increases vary by permit type.

Permit fees will increase for the following permit types on January 1.

  • Standard annuals will increase to $200
  • Overdimension oversize and/or overweight will increase to $40
  • Overdimension large structure will increase to $200
  • Overdimension superload will increase to $200

The last price increase was in July 2019.

Click here for a full 2020 Kansas DOT permit price list.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures, restrictions and latest news. 

If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) now allows electronic versions of a transportation permits via their online system. All required accompaniments to the online issued permits may also be displayed electronically.

On September 10, 2019, the State of California – Department of California Highway Patrol issued a bulletin highlighting the change effective immediately.

Most oversize/overweight permits can be issued electronically via their online system – STARS2/RCATS. Any permits not issued by this system, including all variance permits and permits exceeding 11 axles, cannot legally be displayed on an electronic device. These permits must be printed and in a driver’s possession.

WCS has a number of permit agents that are savvy with STARS2/RCATS and work in the program daily.

The majority of states now allow electronic versions of permits and any required permit provisions. The full list of states with their rule on electronic permits can be found on the WCS website here.

The full bulletin issued by the state highlighting the Caltrans change can be viewed online now.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6488 to reach our permit department.

MoDOT will completely close Interstate 70 in both directions between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 (Mile Markers 7-15) beginning Friday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

While the interstate is closed, the ramps from I-435 South to I-70 East and I-435 North to I-70 west will be demolished.

A number of MoDOT crews will also complete other much-needed maintenance work along the several mile stretch, including lighting repairs, median barrier wall repairs, drainage work, and paving operations along I-70. All work is weather permitting.

The road work will have major impacts to traffic including commercial vehicle (and oversize load) traffic.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5

·     Crews willclose the ramps from I-435 North to I-70 West and I-435 South to I-70 East at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. They will be demolished. New ramps will open next spring.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6

·     Crews will begin reducing I-70 to ONE LANE in both directions between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. Motorists can expect various lane closures during this time.

·     Crews will begin closing ALL on and off ramps along I-70 between I-435 and Route 291/I-470 around 8 p.m.

·     I-70 will be closed entirely from I-435 to I-470/Route 291 at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, September 6 until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

·     I-70 East will be reduced to one lane at Manchester Trafficway and traffic that has not already exited I-70 will be detoured off of I-70 at the ramp to I-435 South.

·     I-70 West will be reduced to one lane before the Route 291/I-470 interchange. All traffic that has not already exited I-70 will be routed onto Route 291/I-470 South.

·     Route 291 South just north of I-70 will be reduced to one lane to accommodate merging traffic from I-70 West.

All ramps to and from I-70 between I-435 and I-470/Route 291 will be blocked while I-70 is closed.

This work will have major impacts to traffic. Plan ahead.

Motorists MUST follow the signed detour using I-470 or find an alternate route.





The 86th Texas Legislature passed new laws that impact the movement of oversize/overweight vehicles and loads. These changes are effective Sept. 1, 2019.

Company Name on Permit: The company/individual’s name listed on an oversize/overweight permit must match the name of the company/individual operating the permitted vehicle. It will be a Class C misdemeanor if the two names do not match.

This does not apply to a tow truck that is moving a disabled, abandoned, or accident-damaged vehicle/vehicle combination to the nearest terminal, storage facility, or place of repair. It also does not apply to any active permits issued before Sept. 1, 2019.

Escort Flaggers: New requirements will be in effect for escort flaggers. An escort flagger is anyone who directs or controls the flow of traffic as required by an oversize/overweight permit issued by TxDMV.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2019, escort flaggers must successfully complete a training program in traffic direction. The program must meet the basic peace officer course curriculum requirements for traffic direction that have been established by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). TCOLE will offer training courses for escort flaggers after Sept. 1, 2019. Contact TCOLE for more information, https://www.tcole.texas.gov/.

In addition, escort flag vehicle will be allowed alternating or flashing amber and blue lights beginning on Sept. 1, 2019.

Please Note: training requirements do not apply to escort vehicle operators or flaggers who are not directing traffic.

Annual Timber Permit: An Annual Timber Permit may be used to transport equipment used to load timber on to a vehicle. The size and weight limits of the permit remain the same.

The state of Utah permit office will be closed Wednesday, July 24, 2019 for Pioneer Day.

While the office is closed, there are no oversize or overweight travel restrictions and all ports are open. As a result of the closure, no oversize load permits will be issued on Pioneer Day.

Parades, fireworks, rodeos and other festivities help commemorate the event. Similar to Independence Day, many local and all state-run government offices are closed on Pioneer Day.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.

Louisiana state Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Barry draws closer.

The storm will likely bring storm surge, hurricane-force winds and up to 15 inches of rain across Louisiana, and is predicted to make landfall sometime Saturday morning as a Category 1 Hurricane.

Louisiana DOT state permit office as well as other LA state offices will be closed Friday, July 12. It’s possible closures will continue into early next week.

Tropical storm watches are now in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Morgan City, Louisiana. A storm surge watch is also in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City.

The state of emergency will last from July 10 to August 8, unless terminated sooner.

High water notifications are in place for Interstate 70, so truck drivers and dispatchers are urged to stay off roads. The Louisiana Traffic Map, includes closures and restrictions, including any specific to oversize load travel.

The National Weather Service issued a rare flash flood emergency for much of the New Orleans metro area Wednesday morning, July 10. With the widespread flooding, travel is not safe.

WCS Permits Can Help

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! We are working with Arkansas and other states to effectively communicate permit delays and road closures due to the current weather. We keep all of our drivers and dispatchers as up-to-date as possible on all oversize travel closures and restrictions. 

WCS Permit Agents can help you find the best alternative route and obtain your state oversize load permits during this storm.

If you have any questions, please feel to Contact Us Online now or call us at (888) 737-6483 to reach our customer service department. One of our experienced transportation agents can help you with any needs and questions that you may have or direct you to the expert who can.