Arkansas is one such state that our drivers frequently operate in, delivering heavy loads to and from the state all year round. Our experienced drivers are aware of the state laws surrounding oversized-load transportation, but we have completed a list of recommendations for our customers so that you are aware of the steps you need to follow to have your cargo shipped safely and efficiently across the state.
Know Your Dimensions
The Arkansas State Highway Commission defines an oversized load as any load exceeding the below measurements:
- Width: 8 feet, 6 inches
- Height: 14 feet
- Length: Determined by trailer length
- Weight: 80,000 pounds total weight of both vehicle and cargo on five or more axles.
- AXLE WEIGHT:
- Single Load-Carrying Axle: 20,000 pounds
- Tandem Axle Group: 34,000 pounds Tri-Axle Group:
- 50,000 pounds
- STEER AXLE:
- Single Steer/Front Axle: 12,000 to 20,000 pounds (axle must be weighed separately by the manufacturer)
- Tandem Steer/Front Axle: 24,000 pounds
Loads exceeding these dimensions must obtain an Oversized and Overweight Permit from the Arkansas Department of Transportation.
Get Your Permits
Oversized and Overweight Permits can be obtained through the Arkansas Department of Transportation in person, over the phone, through mail, or online. Permit rules must be followed by both the customer and driver in coherence with state transportation laws.
Shippers should also be aware that their Arkansas permit may not be accepted in other states or provinces.
Map Your Routes
It’s important to be aware of what borders your load will cross en route to its final destination. Different states and provinces have different laws involving the transport of heavy loads and may require additional permits outside of your Arkansas Oversized and Overweight Permit. Some may even require additional checks by highway security. Be sure to factor in these regulations when planning your route and delivery date.
Use the Right Equipment
Although our drivers will provide you with all the equipment needed to transport your load safely and on time, it is the shipper’s responsibility to ensure everything is prepared for transport. Any materials or equipment that could sustain damage easily while in transport should be wrapped and packaged as a precautionary measure. Shippers are also responsible for ensuring that all safety measures (i.e. emergency breaks) on heavy equipment are working and up to date.
Get a Professional Driver
The Trusted Dispatch Platform connects nearby drivers with customers across North America. Simply enter your pick-up location, desired final destination, and load dimensions to get a free quote. Once you decide to work with us, you can post your load/haul on our platform to get in touch with one of our professional drivers to deliver your load! It’s that easy!