18.8.509 SPECIAL PERMIT RESTRICTIONS – SUPER-LOAD PERMIT
(1) Unless otherwise provided for in statute or in these rules, permits issued under 61-10-121 through 61-10-125, MCA, have the following requirements.
(2) Alteration of any word or figure on the face of a permit will void the permit immediately and it will be subject to confiscation by the inspecting officer.
(3) A permit is not transferable upon change of ownership of a vehicle. If the owner of the vehicle for which a current permit has been issued replaces the vehicle, the department may transfer the permit to the new vehicle.
(4) A legible copy of a printed or electronic permit must be carried in the assigned vehicle.
(5) Resident implement dealers operating under a special permit in accordance with 61-10-121(1)(b), MCA may have dimensions on an as-needed basis.
(6) No travel is allowed when a route has been placed under severe driving conditions as determined by the department.
(7) The carrier shall be liable for any damages to property caused by the permittee. Failure to correct damage to department property may result in revocation of permit privileges. Repairs not completed within a reasonable timeframe may be repaired by the department and costs billed to the permittee.
(8) Unless otherwise specified in statute or rule, the following travel restrictions apply to vehicles operating under special permits:
(a) Interstate highways – travel is allowed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, up to 18 feet wide, including essential services within one-half mile of the interstate highway.
(b) Non-interstate highways – travel is allowed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, up to 10 feet wide, 150 feet long, or 15 feet 6 inches high.
(c) Holiday and holiday weekend travel on interstate highways is allowed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, up to 18 feet wide, including essential services within one-half mile of the interstate highway.
(d) Holiday and holiday weekend travel on non-interstate highways is allowed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for loads up to 10 feet wide and/or 15 feet 6 inches high. Loads exceeding 10 feet wide and/or 15 feet 6 inches high, up to 12 feet 6 inches wide and/or 15 feet 6 inches high may travel during daylight hours only.
(e) When movement requires pilot vehicles, the permittee must not delay traffic in excess of 15 minutes.
(9) Mobile home towing unit specific requirements include:
(a) A mobile home towing unit (toter) must be equipped with one or more dual-wheel drive axle or wide-based tire as defined in 61-10-107, MCA and have a wheelbase a minimum of 100 inches.
(b) When a manufactured home, double wide mobile home, modular home, or modular building has been assembled, the department may allow the building to be moved as one unit, with house-moving equipment, as a building, under a special permit.
(10) At the discretion of the MCS administrator or designee, any restricted travel may be waived.
(11) Loads which exceed 18 feet in width, 150 feet in length, 17 feet in height, or which require approval by the department's Bridge Bureau due to the weight, truck configuration, and/or route must apply for a super-load permit. The department may impose conditions on the issuance of a complete super-load permit, including, but not limited to, requiring the permittee to:
(a) obtain approval from local governments;
(b) obtain all necessary permits;
(c) obtain approval from affected utilities;
(d) obtain insurance as required by ARM 18.8.801;
(e) submit a travel plan and/or route survey;
(f) provide notice to the traveling public of the movement of loads;
(g) limit travel to specific days and/or hours;
(h) refrain from traveling during inclement weather conditions; and
(i) provide adequate traffic control personnel, equipment, and devices.
(12) Loads exceeding 18 feet wide up to 34 feet wide, 17 feet high up to 24 feet high, and/or 150 feet long up to 200 feet long, must obtain the appropriate department district administrator or designee approval of a completed super-load permit application. The department's decision on a complete super-load application for these dimensions must be issued within two working days of a properly completed application submittal.
(13) Loads exceeding 34 feet wide, 24 feet high, and/or 200 feet long must obtain the appropriate department district administrator or designee approval of the super-load permit application. The department's decision on a super-load application for these dimensions must be issued within five working days of a properly completed application submittal.
History: 61-10-129, 61-10-155, MCA; IMP, 61-10-121, 61-10-122, 61-10-123, 61-10-124, 61-10-125, MCA; Eff. 12/31/72; AMD, Eff. 9/5/74; AMD, Eff. 11/4/74; AMD, 1979 MAR p. 322, Eff. 4/2/79; AMD, 1988 MAR p. 1704, Eff. 7/29/88; AMD, 1991 MAR p. 2219, Eff. 11/15/91; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 1148, Eff. 4/29/94; AMD, 1996 MAR p. 2980, Eff. 7/19/96; AMD, 1997 MAR p. 546, Eff. 3/25/97; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 171, Eff. 1/16/98; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 1075, Eff. 4/28/00; AMD, 2004 MAR p. 2392, Eff. 10/8/04; AMD, 2012 MAR p. 1350, Eff. 7/13/12; AMD, 2020 MAR p. 1626, Eff. 8/29/20.