A new study funded by the SC&R Foundation documents how the lack of uniformity in state, county and municipal permitting requirements serves as a roadblock to the safe and efficient movement of oversize/overweight loads. Evidence presented in “Nonuniformity in Oversize/Overweight Load Permitting Practices” demonstrates how carriers are challenged on a day-to-day basis with navigating through a maze of differences in permit administration, requirements and enforcement. Merely identifying who is responsible for permit administration, particularly at the county and municipal levels, can be a daunting task.
The 39-page report incorporates interviews with state permit officials, trucking industry representatives and permitting service agency representatives. It also examines state regulations, a sample of 11 state oversize/overweight vehicle permits and related county and municipal permits, and an additional 12 individual state and local permits involving specific processing issues. The study is available free of charge for SC&RA members and $75 for nonmembers. To order, call 703-698-0291 or visit the “SCRA Store” online at www.scranet.org.