Virginia Trucking Resources
Size, Weight, and Equipment Requirements
Virginia has various requirements for vehicle size (length, width, and height), and weight as well equipment and safety (e.g. tires, lights etc.) for travel on Virginia highways. See the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) “Size, Weight, and Equipment Requirements” for more details. Contact them at 804-497-7100.111
For Size and Weight Services for Motor Carriers such as information on monitoring, inspection, and enforcement etc. of vehicle size, weight, and equipment requirements, click here or contact DMV's Motor Carrier Services Division at 804-249-5130.
Overweight and oversized loads need permits to travel legally in Virginia. Hauling permits are available through the DMV. Contact DMV's Hauling Permit Section during office hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.by phone at 804-497-7135 or by sending a fax to 804-367-0063.
Emergency Hauling Permits
For an emergency that occurs after hours, contact the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Emergency Operations Center at 800-367-7623.
Vehicle Restrictions and Limitations
There are additional size and weight restrictions, limitations, and requirements for travel on certain highways, bridges, and tunnels, and on locally-maintained roads (within cities and towns and in Henrico and Arlington counties). These are outlined below.
Hazardous Material Restrictions
For information regarding the transport of hazardous materials on highways in Virginia or through one of the six state-owned tunnels see DMV’s “Size, Weight, and Equipment Requirements. “
For information on transporting hazardous materials through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, see http://www.cbbt.com/hazmat.html or call 757-331-2960.
Note: The Airport Tunnel in the city of Roanoke (Route 118) is restricted to all hazardous materials. A suggested detour is: Hershberger Road (Route 101) to Williamson Road (Route 11), then Peters Creek Road (Route 117).
Weight, Height and Width Restrictions
Certain bridges and tunnels have additional weight, height, and width limitations that are posted on the affected structures. For structures on all Virginia highways (state-and others) posted with weight restrictions click here. A listing of restricted structures on state-maintained roadways (only due to height and width (as well as weight) is also available upon request at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trucks and other vehicles over 13’ 6” in height are prohibited on I-64 westbound in the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, on I-264 through the Downtown Tunnel (either travel directions), and on US Route 58 through the Midtown Tunnel (either travel directions). Also, Tractor trailers wider than 8 feet are prohibited from traveling on I-264 westbound through the Downtown Tunnel. For additional details and alternative routings, click here (PDF, 550 KB).
Designated Truck Routes
For travel on highways in Virginia; Twin-trailers, Triple Saddle mounts, and Automobile or Watercraft Transporters must use the designated (STAA) highway system. This system is comprised of the National Network which includes all interstates and certain primary routes; the Virginia Qualifying system which includes various other state primary highways; and the Virginia Access system which provides direct access to certain terminals.
These designated routes are shown on the Virginia Truck Routing Map as well as other related vehicle and length-based restrictions (as discussed below) and can be accessed here. A printed version of the map is also available at major safety rest areas and welcome centers. For a printable listing of the non-interstate portion of the designated system click here. For a map of safety rest areas and welcome centers in Virginia click here.
Note: Triple saddle mount combinations more than 75 feet in length (up to the maximum allowable length of 97 feet) may only travel on the National Network.
Up to one road-mile of travel off the National Network and Virginia Qualifying Highways (but not the Virginia Access System) is allowed to reach terminals, fuel, food, rest and repairs.
Special Use Permit
A Special Use Permit can be obtained at no charge where travel beyond the allowable one mile of access off the designated (STAA) system is required to reach a terminal for delivery or pick-up. Contact DMV's Hauling Permit Section at 804-497-7135 or by sending a fax to 804-367-0063. For permission to access terminals off the designated system within cities and towns and in Henrico and Arlington counties, contact officials in those localities.
For additional questions regarding designated (STAA) truck routes, and length restrictions or limitations on state-maintained roads contact The Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).
Various highways have restrictions on the length of “through” trucks or other vehicles or configurations. These highways are posted by signs on the roadway and specify a particular vehicle (e.g. “No Thru” trucks, tractor-trailers etc.) or a certain length of vehicle (e.g. “No Thru Trucks over 35 feet”). These also include a number of routes posted with an advisory warning indicating “Trucks Not Recommended.” These roads present undesirable conditions which drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid .
In addition, there are a small number of (non-interstate) routes posted with signs prohibiting tractor-trailers over 65 feet altogether.
These various restrictions for state-maintained highways are shown on the Virginia Truck Routing Map (which also indicates the designated STAA system as discussed above) which is available online here or here (for a printable listing).
Temporary Restrictions and Incidents
Various ad-hoc restrictions due to weather, incidents or construction etc. may exist at any given time throughout the state. For information on current traffic conditions, incidents and temporary restrictions, road closures, etc. go to 511virginia.org or call * 511 toll free. Other travel information is available at http://www.virginiadot.
Several highways in Virginia are federally maintained with restrictions on commercial access. These routes include the Blue Ridge Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Colonial Parkway and Skyline Drive.
Contact the National Park Service for details..
Additional Information and Resources
For a map of DMV’s Motor Carrier Service Centers, click here.
For a map of Virginia’s safety rest areas and welcome centers click here.
US DOT numbers may be obtained from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at 800-832-5660.
Information on National Trucking Regulations is available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration divisions of the U. S. Department of Transportation.
The following Industry Trade associations can help provide information about current issues in the trucking industry:
- Virginia Trucking Association
- Truckload Carriers Association
- Specialized Carriers Rigging Association
- American Trucking Association
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