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IN: No Oversize Permits Will be Issued Feb. 1 – 8

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As the Indiana Permit Department prepares to launch its new oversize/overweight permitting system, the department will not accept new oversize load permit applications from Feb. 1 – 8.

The state will stop receiving permit applications on Monday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. ET. All oversize, overweight and wide load permit applications must be complete, any incomplete applications will not be moved over to the new system.

Limited services will be available after 4 p.m. on Feb. 1 through Feb. 4 at 4. p.m. for viewing and printing permits but no new oversize/overweight load permit applications will be accepted.

Once the new system is live on Feb. 8, oversize load permit applications will start being accepted and processed.

Emergency Permits

Emergency permits will be issued, subject to approval, for the following reasons:

  • Unexpected equipment failure that will shut down a manufacturing process
  • Train derailment
  • Breakdown or threatened breakdown of electric, gas, water, or telephone public utility facilities
  • In response to a situation that poses an immediate danger to life or health (e.g., a smokestack damaged by high winds is threatening to fall).

WCS Permits Can Help

All of our transportation agents at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars are here to help during the transition. We will work with the state and all customers to get all oversize, overweight or wide load permit submitted before the Feb. 1 deadline. We are also working with Indiana to understand the new system so we will be ready to help apply for and obtain new permits on behalf of our customers in a timely manner on and after Feb. 8.

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.

Deadline Approaching for UCR Fee Filing

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The final deadline to file 2021 UCR (Unified Carrier Registration) Fees is fast approaching.

Thursday, December 31, 2020 is the last day to handle 2021 UCR Fees to avoid paying additional fees or penalties, and WCS Permits & Pilot Cars can help you finalize and submit your UCR Fee application.

UCR is a program that requires individuals or companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce to register their business with a participating state and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet.

WHO IS REQUIRED TO PAY UCR FEES? (If operating interstate commerce in the United States):

  • Motor Carrier of property, both for-hire and private, whether or not they are considered exempt carriers for purposes of federal regulation
  • For-hire passenger Motor Carriers
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Brokers and Leasing companies that lease vehicles without drivers to interstate motor carriers or freight forwarders
  • If the carrier is based out of a state that does not participate in UCR (I.e. Florida), but they are INTERSTATE and cross state lines THEY MUST PAY UCR FEES STILL

WCS has the capability to help you pay those fees quickly and easily. WCS can help with new fees to get your new operation up and running legally, or with past due fees to get you caught up. UCR fees are VERY important and should not be overlooked, as you could face hefty fines, and many states can prevent you from traveling through them.  

Contact a WCS Transportation Consultant now or view the WCS UCR Fees page for more information.

Winter Storm Gail Travel Restrictions

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Winter Storm Gail is expected to bring a widespread swath of heavy wet snow is likely from the central Appalachians and interior Mid-Atlantic into portions of the Northeast and southern New England. Freezing rain and ice are also likely in western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Travel is not recommended. 

The following states have some specific restrictions effective today – Dec. 16, 2020.

Pennsylvania

Attention Motorists: Due to impending Winter Storm Gail, effective on December 16th, 2020 beginning at 1:00 PM, PennDOT will enact the following Commercial Vehicle Restrictions:

  • No tractors without trailers, tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers, tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded tandem trailers, enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV, passenger vehicles towing trailers, recreational vehicles/motorhomes, school buses, commercial buses and motor coaches, and motorcycles on the following roadways: I-78, I-80 (I-99 to NJ), I-81, I-83, I-84, I-95, I-283, I-295, I-380, I-676, PA-33, I-76 (Breezewood to NJ including the PA Turnpike), I-476 (I-95 to Clark Summit including the PA Turnpike).

New York

  • Empty and Tandem Tractor Trailers Banned on all MTA Bridges and Tunnels Beginning at 4:00 p.m. 
  • Beginning at 5:00 p.m., all empty tractor trailers and tandem vehicles will be banned on Interstate 84 from the Connecticut State Line to the Pennsylvania State Line, on Interstate 684 from Interstate 84 to Interstate 287 and on Route 17 from Interstate 84 to Interstate 81.
  • Beginning at 5:00 p.m., all empty tractor trailers and tandem vehicles will be banned from the Thruway (I-87) south of exit 24 (Albany) to New York City (including the Berkshire Spur, Garden State Parkway extension, New England Thruway and the Cross Westchester Expressway).

New Jersey

  • I-78, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-80, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-195, from I-295 to NJ Route 138
  • I-280, from I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-287, from NJ Route 440 to the New York State border
  • I-295, from I-195 to the Scudders Falls Bridge (Pennsylvania border)
  • NJ Route 440, from the Outerbridge Crossing to I-287
  • The commercial vehicle travel restriction applies to:
  • All tractor trailers (exceptions as listed in the Administrative Order)
  • Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks
  • Passenger vehicles pulling trailers
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • This restriction DOES NOT apply to:
  • The New Jersey Turnpike
  • The Garden State Parkway
  • The Atlantic City Expressway
  • Public safety vehicles, sworn and civilian public safety personnel; as well as other personnel directly supporting healthcare facilities or critical infrastructure such as providing fuel or food. For a complete list of operations or personnel that are exempt from the travel ban, see the Administrative Order.

Massachusetts

  • Beginning at 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, Massachusetts is implementing a tractor trailer and tandem ban on all limited access highways in the state.

Rhode Island

  • Beginning at 9:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, Massachusetts is implementing a tractor trailer and tandem ban on all limited access highways in the state.

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is working with all state DOT’s to keep everyone as informed as possible on winter weather travel restrictions. Please check back here for updates.

Wisconsin to Launch New Permit System This Month

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Wisconsin will launch a new permit system on Thursday, Nov. 12, upgrading their 16-year current permitting system.

The new web application is used by carriers, services and processors, and the superload routing system has been upgraded to a more modern, user-friendly system.

What’s new with routing:

  • Java no longer needed for routing page.
  • Compatible with browsers: Chrome (recommended), Edge, Internet Explorer and Firefox.
  • Detailed clearance reports of your analyzed routes now available
  • Save and reuse Trips

What’s new in applications:

  • Added ten additional permit types for online application including:
  • AC – Grain, Coal, Iron Ore Concentrates & Alloyed Iron
  • AG – Garbage, Refuse and Recyclable Scrap
  • FMP – Fluid Milk Products
  • MI – Michigan Border
  • Save and Copy Applications
  • Carriers and Services now add and maintain their own users
  • Permit Services can now submit new accounts within the system
  • Additional permit and financial reports available
  • My Vehicles allows you to add Vehicles and maintain vehicles

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits is working with the state to understand the new system to continue to process permits for our customers in a timely manner.

State of Nevada Closed 10/30, No Travel Restrictions

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The state of Nevada’s Commercial Vehicle Permits Office will be closed on Friday, Oct. 30 in observance of Nevada Day. No oversize/overweight permits will be issued on that day and office staff will not be available to answer any permit related questions or to begin processing new applications.

The state office will resume normal business hours Monday, November 2.  

No oversize/overweight travel restrictions are listed on Nevada’s holiday oversize travel restrictions page. It is only noted that the permit office will be closed. 

Most of the state’s government departments and agencies will be closed to observe Nevada Day, which commemorates the state’s entry into the Union as the 36th state on October 31, 1864. Every year Nevada Day is celebrated on the last Friday in October. 

In the state’s capital, Carson City, there will be a parade and other family-oriented festivities. 

WCS Permits Can Help

WCS Permits & Pilot Cars works closely with state DOTs to be aware of any travel restrictions, closures or permit delays on special holidays.

As always, everyone here at WCS Permits & Pilot Cars is ready to help you! 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.

Ohio DOT Adds New Permit System Functionality

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Ohio Department of Transportation will soon be adding new functionality to the Ohio Hauling Permit System (OHPS).

This new functionality will be specific to loads greater than 225,000 lbs. for a trial period and later will encompass all overweight loads in Ohio. This functionality should increase the speed of issuing permits and will also provide some new self-issue abilities for certain vehicles.

The system will go live for the reusable bridge studies on 10/06/2020 at 4:30 pm

Here are some more specifics and benefits of the updates:

  • Bridge study IDs are for loads weighing 225,000 lbs. or more (will have for loads weighing less soon)
  • Permits will self issue with a valid Bridge Study ID and will not require office review
  • Bridge Study IDs are valid for 30 days, you may use up to and including the 30th day. (expiration date of the permit does not matter)
  • Bridge Study IDs can only be used if the following apply: Same company name, same route, same weights, spacings and overall length. Width and height can be the same or less than what was approved originally.

WCS Permits will continue to communicate with the state of Ohio to fully understand the benefits of the new system with the hopes of improving permit turnaround for customers.

Hurricane Sally Hours Regs Suspended, I-10 Closure

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As a result of Hurricane Sally, a Cat 2 hurricane that hit the Gulf Shores Wednesday, the FMCSA has suspended hours regs for relief haulers along the Gulf Coast and a portion of Interstate 10 at the Alabama/Florida line is closed.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has shut down Interstate 10 from the Alabama-Florida border to the Escambia Bay Bridge in Florida.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a regional emergency declaration for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, allowing carriers providing emergency relief in the affected areas to waive the hours of service regulations.

The waiver applies to carriers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, goods, equipment and fuel.

The agency also waived Temporary Operating Authority Registration fee for carriers requesting temporary authority to provide direct assistance to emergency relief efforts.

The storm has brought heavy rainfall and according to the National Hurricane Center, Sally is now a tropical depression, but it’s bringing new flood threats to Georgia and South Carolina Thursday. Widespread flash flooding is expected.

Additional Road Closures

FDOT also announced late Wednesday night that Garcon Point Bridge in Santa Rosa County will remain closed until further notice to give inspectors the opportunity to assess damage to the structure caused by Hurricane Sally.

The closure is in addition to the Pensacola Bay Bridge, which will remain closed for at least the next 30 to 60 days to repair damage.

Interstate 275 Truck Restrictions Removed

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While work continues on the Interstate 275 repaving and bridge project, the east and westbound lanes of I-275 are now in their original configuration, and the following truck restrictions are removed:

  • 10’ wide
  • 75’ length
  • Weight restriction of 120,000 pounds

Please keep in mind that various lane closures will be in place through November, or until full completion of the project.  

Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 15-18:

  • Single- and double-lane closures on I-275 East and West between Four Mile Road and the Kentucky side of the Combs Hehl Bridge nightly from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.

All work will be contingent upon the weather. Arrow boards and/or signs will alert motorists of the work zone and restrictions, and motorists are reminded to stay alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone.

Highway and Permit Office Closures in OR & WA Due to Wildfires

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There are various highway closures in Washington and Oregon, and Oregon’s permit office is closed due to the wildfires on the West Coast.

In Oregon, the are fires 30 miles east of Salem, OR which is where the Oregon Department of Transportation permit office is. As a result the office is closed and there are few updates as to when they will re-open or continue issuing permits.

WCS customers will probably not be issued any OR oversize load permits today as a result. Expect delays once the permit office re-opens.

Highway Closures

Oregon has the following closures due to wildfires listed on TripCheck:

  • U.S. Highway 199 (Redwood Highway), two miles north of O’Brien from milemarker 34 to 41
  • Oregon Highway 99 is closed between milemarkers 9 and 17
  • Oregon Highway 138 is closed one mile west of Glide between milemarkers 16 and 83
  • Oregon Highway 213 is closed at the intersection with Oregon Highway 211
  • Oregon Highway 224 is closed between milemarkers 18 and 50
  • Oregon Highway 242 is closed between 85 and 55
  • Oregon Highway 422 at the intersection with Oregon Highway 62 from milemarker 0 to 5

TripCheck will have the most real-time updates available.

Washington DOT reports the following highway closures due to fire activity:

  • Washington Highway 173 in both directions from milemarker 2.5, just west of Bridgeport, to milepost 11 at Brewster
  • Washington Highway 410 in both directions between milemarker 13.37 near 181st Ave East and milemarker 11.46 near 166th Ave East

There are other high impact areas to be aware of, which are listed on the Washington State Travel Alerts Page.

Tropical Storms Result in Oversize Travel Restrictions

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Tropical Storms Marco and Laura will both make landfall over the next two days affecting oversize travel in Florida and Texas, with more restrictions anticipated in Alabama, Louisiana and portions of the lower Mississippi Valley.

The twin storms will bring heavy rainfall and high winds and there is a chance Laura could quickly escalate to a hurricane with a dangerous threat of storm surge along parts of the Louisiana and Texas coasts.

Florida has already issued an oversize load travel restriction while Texas is allowing for self-issue disaster relief permits.

Here are the updates/restrictions so far affecting oversize travel and oversize load permit issuance.

A Regional Emergency Declaration was issued for Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of supplies, goods, equipment, fuel and persons and provides necessary relief. 

Florida

Any truck over the following dimensions cannot travel throughout the state until further notice:

  • 14’6 tall
  • 10′ wide
  • 80′ long
  • 80,000 lbs

Texas

Update: Due to storms in the Gulf of Mexico, some TXDOT Districts are prohibiting OS/OW movement on all or substantial portions of their roadways until further notice. Permit applications may be denied or delayed. The current affected areas are as: Beaumont District – all counties; Houston District -Galveston County 

Motor carriers transporting a divisible load that is overweight only to and within the areas affected by Tropical Storms Marco and Laura may self-issue a Federal Disaster Relief Permit through the Texas Permitting and Routing Optimization System (TxPROS).

The Federal Disaster Relief Permit allows for travel on all state and federal roads, including the interstate highway system. The permit may not be used for overwidth, overlength, or overheight loads.

A copy of the President’s declaration must be carried with the permit. The declaration can be found here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/news/ or https://www.fema.gov/disasters/disaster-declarations

Alabama

As a general rule, a driver must be able to see 1,000 ft in front to safely travel. If that can’t be done, travel is not permitted.

Louisiana

Interstate 10 in southwest Louisiana is completely closed to traffic. I-10 eastbound is closed at the Texas/Louisiana state line, and I-10 westbound is closed west of the Atchafalaya Basin. Updated info is available on the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development website.

LA/TX Line

Everything south of LA-6 is closed due to the storm.