When escorts are required and # of escorts:
One pilot vehicle is required for vehicles or loads, which exceed the following dimensional conditions:
- 12’ in width on secondary highways for non-interstate and 14’ in width on divided highways for interstates;
- 105’ in length on secondary highways and 120’ in length on divided highways; and
- overhangs in excess of 20’ shall have a pilot escort vehicle positioned to the front for front overhangs and to the rear for rear overhangs.
Two pilot escort vehicles are required for vehicles or loads which exceed the following dimensional conditions:
- 14’ in width on secondary highways;
- 16’ in width on divided highways;
- 120’ in length on secondary highways;
- 16’ in height on all highways; or
- when otherwise required by the division
- For the purpose of the above, I-15, I-215, I-80, I-70, US 89 between I-84 and I-15 and SR 201 between I-15 and I-80 will be considered interstate.
- Mobile and manufactured homes with eaves greater than 12” shall be measured for overall width including eaves and pilot escort vehicles assigned as specified.
- Loads may not exceed 12’ wide on secondary highways, 14’6” wide on interstates, or 14’ high on all roadways;
- Loads exceeding 10’ wide, 105’ overall length, or 10’ front or rear overhang are required to have one certified pilot escort on interstate highways and two on all secondary highways during nighttime travel.
Police escorts are required for vehicles with loads which exceed:
- 17’ wide or 17’6” high on secondary highways; or
- 20’ wide or 17’6” high on all highways; or
- All loads in excess of 175’ in length must have a minimum of one police escort;
- All loads in excess of 200’ in length will require a minimum of two police escorts.
The division may require police escorts based on extenuating circumstances.
Super loads are generally considered to be any load over 14'6" wide, 14' high and 105' in length.
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.