Louisiana Oversize Load / Pilot Car Requirements
Oversize Load Rules & Regulations

Oversize Load Permit Is Required:
Width: Over 8' 0"
Height: Over 13' 6"
Length: Semi-trailer over 59' 6"
Weight: Over 80,000 lbs. GVW (22,000 lbs. single axle or 37,000 lbs. tandem axle)

Oversize Load Times Of Movement:
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset unless prohibited under restricted travel section
Over 12' wide are prohibited on the Interstate through Shreveport, Monroe, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge and New Orleans from 7am - 9am and between 3:30pm - 5:30pm (Monday through Friday)

Phone Numbers, Addresses and Websites:
Louisiana Road Conditions: (888) 762-3511
Louisiana State Police: (225) 925-6006
Oversize Permits: (800) 654-1433  in Baton Rouge (225) 343-2345   Fax: (225) 377-7108
Trip Permits: Issued at ports of entry and by wire service
Fuel Permits: (225) 219-7656

Dept. of Transportation Truck Permit Section
P.O. Box 94042
Baton Rouge, LA   70804
Office hours: 6am - 5pm,  M - F (CT)   Closed Sat & Sun

Louisiana DOT Website
Louisiana Current Road Construction
Coast 2 Coast Online Permits

Find a Pilot Car Provider in Louisiana
Louisiana Pilot Car / Escort Vehicle is Required:
Private Escorts:
12′ 0″ to 16′ wide requires 1 pilot car
Over 90′ to 125′ long requires 1 pilot car
No height limit (State Routed)
New Orleans Police Escort: (504) 826-7525
Over 13′ 6″ high / Over 12′ wide
Over 90′ long
State Police Escort:
Over 16′ wide on 2 lane or multi lane highways
Over 125′ long
Vehicles and loads over 14′ wide are prohibited on Interstate highways in Louisiana except for tanks up to 16′ in width (subject to Oversize / Overweight permit restrictions)
A pilot car may escort two overlength vehicles or loads, but only one overwidth vehicle or load

Louisiana Pilot Car Vehicle Requirments:
Vehicle shall be registered in accordance with Louisiana Revised Statutes or reciprocal agreement. Closed vans, buses, campers, motor homes and motor driven cycles are not acceptable
No signs stipulated in regulations
An approved amber 360 degree "emergency warning lamp" to include bar, strobe, revolving and stationary lamps. Dome type lamp must have a lens of not less than 9″ in diameter and 4″ in height
2 red or fluorescent orange flags, 18″ square, mounted atop the vehicle in line with warning lamps at a 45 degree angle, extending more than 6″ to either side of vehicle (total width not over 8′)
CB or two way radio
ID on each front door of vehicle with company name, address or phone, city and owners name
Rear view mirror on each side of vehicle
A 10 lb. B,C dry (or equivalent) fire extinguisher
4 15 minute burning flares
2 red or fluorescent orange hand held flags and 4 18″ square flags
2 "OVERSIZE LOAD" signs (18″ X 7′) with black lettering on yellow background 10″ high with 1 1/2″ brush strokes (available for the load--not required to be mounted on pilot car)

Louisiana Pilot Car Operator Requirements:
Must have an LA approved Escort Vehicle Permit, obtainable from any Weights and Standards Police Officer at a stationary scale location or from the Louisiana Truck Center (out of State companies pay a $10. fee)
Valid drivers license issued by a State or Territory of the U.S.
A 48 hour trip permit ($10. fee) is required for intrastate movements, otherwise escorting is limited to interstate movement only
Out of State companies operating as a pilot car service must register annually with the secretary
Must have proof of insurance for not less than:
$50,000 for bodily injury to, or death of one person in any single accident
$100,000 for bodily injury or death of two or more persons in any single accident
$50,000 for injury to or destruction of property to others in any single accident