Vermont
Commercial Vehicle Operations Unit
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603
PHONE: (802) 828-2064

Hours of Business

7:45 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern time)

Escorts

When escorts are needed and # of escorts required

  • Width of 12′ or more requires 1 escort (Front off interstate and Rear on interstate)
  • Length of 80′ or more requires 1 escort (Front off interstate and Rear on interstate)
  • Overhang of 15′ or more requires 1 escort (Front off interstate and Rear on interstate)
  • Large or hazardous moves requires 2 escorts (Front & Rear) and police escort may also be required

Super loads:

Super load permits are needed for loads in excess of:

  • Width – 15′ or more except on town highways
  • Length – 100′ or more except on town highways
  • Height – 14′ or more except on town highways

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.

Operating Times

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset Monday through Friday. Travel on Friday afternoon, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays is available if the vehicle does not exceed 10’6″ in width, 100′ in length, or 108,000 lbs. GVW. Vehicles overweight only may travel with the traffic flow.

Unless specifically stated on the permit, travel with vehicles and/or loads which are overwidth, overlength or overheight shall be restricted to daylight hours and movement shall be made between 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. Vehicles, which are overweight only and are capable of traveling with the traffic flow, are not restricted to daylight travel time.

On highways where traffic is heavy during certain hours, it may be necessary to further restrict the movement to certain hours of the day or to certain days of the week.

Permits will not be issued for movements of loads in excess of 108,000 lbs., over 10’6″ wide, or 100′ long on Friday afternoons, Saturday or Sundays and between July 1st and Labor Day.

Holidays:

On state highways unless otherwise stated, permits will not be issued for movement of loads in excess of 108,000 lbs., over 10’6” wide, or over 100’ long on any Saturday, Sunday, any Friday afternoon between July 1 and Labor Day, or on the following legal holidays as observed in the state of Vermont: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is a legal holiday; if a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a legal holiday and these days are restricted as other holidays.

Adverse weather:

No travel is allowed during any ice condition, sleet, freezing rain, slush or combination thereof or any snow accumulation to the extent it is heavy enough to stick to the highway surface. Also, no travel is allowed during any period of rain or other weather that requires the use of windshield wipers in the “steady” on position by users of the highway or when visibility is reduced by fog or any of the conditions previously listed to the extent the load is not readily identifiable by users of the highway at a distance of a 1/4 mile. At all times roads must be safe and clear enough to allow traffic to pass. Roads must be clear and free of water which causes spray or mist that interferes with the visibility of other vehicles.