Arizona pilot car regulations.

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

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



Arizona 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.
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 with minimum distance of 1/2 mile..
Signs mounted on pilot car vehicles must be yellow in color and a minimum size of 5 feet wide and 1 feet in height with 1″ thick black lettering that states “OVERSIZE LOAD”. If sign is roof mounted it must have to emergency flags mounted on each side. If front and read you must place flags at all 4 corners of vehicle. If you are not working you must cover or remove the sign.
First aid kit.
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:

Minimum age of 18 with a valid drivers license.
Must have completed a escort vehicle training class within AZ or equivalent (See state comments) which has been renewed within 4 years.

When a pilot car or truck escort is required:

Length: If the load you intend on escorting is over 120′ long then it’s required to have a minimum of 1 pilot car/truck escort.
Height: If the load you intend on escorting is over 15′ 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 14′ wide it’s required to have 1 pilot car/truck escort.
Front overhang: Nothing is specified so this is on a case by case basis.
Rear overhang: If the shipment you intend on escorting has over 20′ of rear overhang you will be required to have 2 pilot cars/truck escorts.
Note: For a lead or chase vehicle you must not be further than 1,500′ from the load at any time.
When in urban areas or high density traffic a lead/chase vehicle must be no more that 250′ from the shipment at any time.

Permits are required when any of the following exist:

Length: When the tractor trailer is over 53′ or 57′ 6″ maximum is allowed on highways.
Width: When the shipment is over 8′ 6″ on any roads or highways within the state of Arizona.
Height: Any shipment that is over 13′ 6″ tall.
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.

Permitted travel times for pilot cars/truck escorts:

  • Sunrise to Sunset and no travel on Saturdays or Sundays. Continuous operation may be granted for overweight only and if shipment is not over 10′ wide or over 14′ in height or has more than 10′ or rear overhang or 3′ of front overhang.
  • Travel is not permitted on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If the holiday day is on a Monday the shipment is not permitted to travel past 12PM (noon) on the first Friday before the holiday.
  • The oversize permitting office is closed on the above holidays as well as Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day however you will be permitted to travel unless otherwise noted on your permit.

Notes: There is a curfew from 7-9AM and 4-6PM for travel on the following highways:

  • I-17 / I-10 / SR-360 within the city limits of Phoenix.
  • I-19 / I-10 within city limits of Tucson.

Arizona DOT permit office contact information:

Department of Transportation – Visit the Arizona oversize permits page.
Central Permits
1225 N 25th Ave
Phoenix, AZ  85009

Oversize permits phone: (602) 272-1887
Trip permits phone: (623) 932-2247
Fuel permits phone: (602) 712-6775
Live road conditions.

The ADOT permit office is open Monday through Friday from 6AM-5PA.

Permit costs:

Oversize single-trip: $15
Oversize 30-day: $30
Oversize/overweight single-trip: $75
Oversize/overweight 30-day: $75

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 Arizona 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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