The Scoop On Permits

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The trucking industry is carefully regulated, requiring both its vehicles and its drivers to meet exacting standards. The many regulations and accompanying permits and fees can become quite costly, and even more so if handled incorrectly. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind so that you’re always on the right side of regulations, from us here at Reliable Permit Solutions.

When Are Permits Necessary?

If you’re in the trucking industry, you can count on needing permits for something at some point, but the specifics can be tricky. Here’s the most important situations to consider:

International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA)

Applies to all vehicles with:

  • Two (2) axles weighing over 26,000 pounds or
  • Vehicles with three (3) or more axles regardless of weight, traveling in two or more states.

Note: When traveling to a state in which a vehicle does not hold an IFTA decal and license, a temporary fuel permit is needed.

International Registration Plan (IRP)

Also applies to all vehicles with:

  • Two (2) axles weighing over 26,000 pounds or
  • Vehicles with three (3) or more axles regardless of weight, traveling in two or more states.

Note: As with the IFTA, when traveling to a state in which a vehicle is not registered under IRP, a temporary trip permit is needed.

Overweight/Oversize Permits

If a vehicle is oversize or overweight, a temporary permit is needed. This permit authorizes movement according to vehicle configurations and weight.

A permit may be required if:

  • Overall vehicle height exceeds 13’6″
  • Overall vehicle width exceeds 8’6″
  • Trailer length exceeds 48′
  • Overall vehicle weight exceeds 80,000 pounds.

Note: There are other determining factors when reviewing Overweight/Oversize permitting requirements, which differ by locality, and the points listed above are “general” guidelines. Please call us for more information at 888-949-4220.

For more information on these or other permits, feel free to contact Reliable Permit Solutions anytime, as well as to receive free rate quotes!

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