When escorts are needed & number of escorts
- One escort vehicle is required when the width, including load, exceeds 14’ and/or when the length exceeds 100’. A Front escort is required on highways with fewer than 4 traffic lanes. A Rear escort is required for highways with 4 or more lanes.
- Two escort vehicles (Front and Rear) are required when the width, including load, exceeds 16’ and/or when the length exceeds 120’.
- One additional escort vehicle is required when an oversize vehicle or combination of vehicles is traveling during the nighttime hours of sunset to sunrise.
- When the height, including load, exceeds 14’, utility employees need to be present if load is conveyed along/across a public road or highway near the overhead wires of a street railway, traction company or electric light or power company.
- When 3 escort vehicles are required, there will be one Front pilot, one Rear pilot and the third will travel in the adjacent lane alongside the escorted vehicles on all highways with 3 or more lanes. When 3 or more highway lanes are not available, the third escort vehicle will become an additional Rear pilot.
New Jersey no longer define super loads.
Escort vehicle requirements can differ significantly by state in terms of mandatory driver qualifications, training, certifications, vehicle weights, obligatory signage/flags/lighting, necessary onboard equipment, and more. The ODS team can provide you with all additional requirements specific to your route.