The Ohio Department of Transportation in the US is modernising and standardising many aspects of its permit process for vehicles carrying oversize, overweight and over-dimensional loads.

The modified rules include allowance of three steel coil permits for single trips up to 120,000 pounds GVW (gross vehicle weight); minimum liability insurance coverage requirement is increased to US$500,000; formalisation of the marina permit allowing movement of boats to and from a point of storage, repair, or launch not to exceed a 10 mile (16 km) radius; allowing re-transmission of a permit; allowance of 60,000 pounds on tridem axle; and a host of other changes.

The fees for permits have been modified and include a basic processing charge and units of surcharge, where applicable. Additional information on these permit rule changes can be obtained from the Special Hauling Permits Section of ODOT's Division of Highway Operations at +1 (614) 351 2300 or at the ODOT web site.

The state's new rules were developed in consultation with, among others, the Ohio Trucking Association, the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, the Ohio Manufacturers Association, the Ohio Contractors Association, and the Ohio Rail Association.

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