Alabama pilot car rules regulations and requirements

The Alabama pilot car rules, regulations and requirements are as follows:

All pilot car companies that operate in the state of Alabama must abide by the laws, rules and regulations set forth by the Alabama DOT or ALDOT. Alabama pilot car rules, regulations and requirements.

Alabama rules, regulations and requirements.

Alabama rules, regulations and requirements.

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Pilot Car Vehicle Equipment Requirements:

  • A pilot car vehicle must be classified as an actual passenger vehicle to qualify, ie; car, truck, van, etc.
  • All pilot cars and escort vehicles must be equipped with flashing or rotating amber lights visible from a distance of no less than 1000′ from 365 degrees visibility. There are no size restrictions on light size at this time.
  • The pilot car must be able to communicate with and be in constant contact with all parties working in relation to the shipment by CB or 2-way radio.
  • Signs mounted on pilot car vehicles must moderately fit the vehicle and not be obtrusive in any manner and mounted on the front and rear of vehicle or the roof facing both directions front and rear of the pilot car vehicle.. They must be yellow or orange in color and a minimum size of 48″ wide and 10″ in height with 1 5/8″ thick black lettering that states “OVERSIZE LOAD”. This is the only sign this state allows as far as the wording.  If you are not working you must cover or remove the sign.
  • Pilot car operator must have a safety colored vest or jacket.
  • 1 slow/stop paddle sign that can be held by hand or long staff.
  • 2 hand flags that are a minimum of 16″ in each direction (square).
  • In addition to these items we also suggest that all pilot car operators have a variation of the following tools and materials inside of their pilot car vehicles.

Pilot Car Vehicle Paperwork Requirements:

Pilot car and truck escort companies must have a certificate of insurance filed with the state of Alabama listing them as a certificate holder. Your insurance company will have to issue this directly to the state which can usually be done within 20 minutes. They will mail them a copy as well. If you ever let your insurance laps or if you change insurance companies it is important that you contact the state and repeat the procedure as the certificate must always be valid if you intend on operating in this state. Your insurance company will automatically mail them a copy each time your certificate renews so you don’t have to worry about that. Just make sure you have a valid one on file if you are operating in this state. If you are caught in violation you risk being severely fined and having the permit for the load you are escorting revoked right on the spot. Don’t even think about it.  

When a pilot car or truck escort is required:

Length: If the load you intend on escorting is over 105′ long then it’s required to have 2 pilot cars.
Height: If the load you intend on escorting is over 16′ tall it’s required to have 1 pilot car with a height pole.
Width: If the shipment you intend of escorting is in excess of 12′ wide it’s required to have 2 pilot cars.
Front overhang: If the shipment you intend on escorting has over 10′ of overhang you are required to have 1 pilot car.
Rear overhang: If the shipment you intend on escorting has over 5′ of rear overhang you are required to have 1 pilot car.
Note: Pilot cars must maintain a minimum distance of 500′  from the front or rear shipment when operating.

Permits are required when any of the following exist:

Width: When the shipment is over 8′ 6″ on any roads or highways within the state of Alabama.
Height: Any shipment that is over 13′ 6″ tall.
Length: When the tractor trailer is  over 53′ 6″. 57′ maximum is allowed on highways with lane widths greater than 12′.
Weight: Anytime anything weighs more than 80,000 lbs. GVW or 20,000 lbs. on any single axle or 34,000 lbs. on tandem axles. You can learn more about this here on our main website or from the official Alabama website.

Permitted travel times for pilot cars.

1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Monday through Saturday. No travel is permitted on Sunday.
Loads from 120′ – 150′ in length may be  restricted to travel from 9am – 3pm Monday – Friday dedpending on route. They will put your travel times on the permit.
Travel is prohibited on the following observed holidays:  New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and  Christmas Day.
NOTE: The Permit offices are closed on the above holidays as well as Martin Luther King Day, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day, Confederate Memorial Day, Jefferson Davis Birthday and on Veteran’s Day.

Alabama (ADOT) contact information for pilot car drivers.

Alabama road conditions: 334-242-4378  or 888-411-ROAD
Alabama state police: 334-242-4371
Oversize permits office: 334-834-1092 or 800-499-2782
Oversize permits office fax number: 334-832-9084
Trip permits office: 334-353-9135
Fuel permits office: 334-242-2999
Pre-pass office: 800-773-7277

Alabama ADOT Permits Office
1409 Coliseum Blvd, Room H-102
PO Box 303050
Montgomery, AL  36130
Office hours:  8PM-4:45PM

Central Daylight Time Zone

The information contained in this page is for general reference purposes only. While we make every effort to ensure its accuracy it is possible this page may contain mistakes or out dated information. You must verify any/all information with the state of Alabama before attempting to move or transport anything oversize, over-weight, over-height, over-length or otherwise. This information is provided as-is. It is intended for use by professional pilot cars or truck escorts working with oversize and overweight trucking company operators and managers. You must adhere to any rules, regulations, laws or instructions documented on your physical approved permit.

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