New York issues temporary overweight permit for hurricane relief

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 11/8/2012

The New York State DOT has issued a temporary permit to allow higher gross weights for trucks hauling emergency relief to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

According to information provided by OOIDA Director of Security Operations Doug Morris, the overweight permits apply to divisible loads through Dec. 15.

According to the posting, a three-axle vehicle can weigh up to 64,000 pounds GVR; four axles up to 75,000 pounds; five axles up to 102,000 pounds, six axles up to 107,000 pounds; seven axles up to 117,000 pounds.

Important to note, the permit does not allow the load to exceed axle and axle group weights, and must not exceed manufacturers’ limits on axles and tires.

The permit also does not allow overweight trucks to use certain bridges and restricted routes, such as bridges operated by the Metropolitan Bridge Authority and New York City DOT.

Keeping up with the various restrictions, credentials and waivers in storm-affected regions can be tricky.

The National Infrastructure Coordinating Council recently authorized OOIDA’s Morris to release information to OOIDA members who may be dispatched to storm-damaged areas and who are seeking the proper paperwork and permits.

Extreme weather, shortages of supplies and fuel, and the ongoing repair effort continue in many states.

As a result, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Wednesday, Nov. 7, it was extending the declaration of emergency for the storm-affected area through Nov. 27.

“The emergency exemption is issued as a result of extreme weather conditions, shortages, and interruptions in the availability and/or delivery and repair of services and property throughout the States affected in the Eastern Region to include the following: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia,” the agency stated.

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