Wyoming Trucking Rules and Regulations
When it comes to trucking in and across the state of Wyoming, there are rules in place that protect both truck drivers and the general public. For massive vehicles like semi-trucks, ignorance or disregard for these rules can have deadly consequences. Many accidents occur when these rules and regulations are neglected by trucking companies and drivers.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a semi-truck, you need an experienced Gillette tuck accident attorney on your side. Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., has taken on negligent truck companies and held them responsible for damage they’ve caused in our clients’ lives. Call us at (307) 257-7800 and see how we can get you and your family justice.
Truckers are allotted a maximum drive time of 11 hours during a continuous 14-hour period and are required to be off duty for at least 10 hours. They are also limited in the number of hours they can drive during any consecutive 7-day to 8-day period, depending on their employer's operations and company policies.
It is permitted for trucks to travel in the evening hours if their shipment is under 10' wide and under 90' in length, but only on interstate roads. Shipments are required to display amber lights and appropriate banners in the event of night travel. Oversize and overweight shipments are permitted to travel one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset.
No holiday travel is permitted if the truck requires an escort on any of the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
If the holiday creates a three-day weekend, trucks are not allowed to travel on the day before or after the three-day period. If the holiday falls on a Saturday and the shipment requires an escort, the truck may not travel on Friday morning and travel cannot resume until Monday morning. If the holiday is on a Sunday and requires an escort, the driver must cease travel on Friday evening and cannot not resume until Tuesday morning.
Length: Trailers up to 60' long.
Width: 8’ 6" wide.
Height: 14’ tall.
Weight: 80,000 lbs. GVW (total weight), 20,000 for a single, 34,000 for a tandem.
Overhang: Overhang for specific trucks are looked at on an individual basis at Wyoming ports of entry.
Length: Up to 90' long on a single unit and 110' on a combined unit.
Width: Up to 18' wide depending the truck’s routing.
Height: 17' tall.
Weight: Single axle 25,000 lbs., tandem axle 55,000 lbs., tridem axle 65,000 lbs., 74,000 lbs. with a gross weight determined by specific axle configurations. For loads exceeding 150,000 lbs. expect permit issuance time delays.
Overhang: The state of Wyoming has no specified overhang regulations trucks in this instance. Overhang for specific trucks are looked at on an individual basis at Wyoming ports of entry.
Length: If shipment is over 110' long, trucks will require one front and one rear escort car.
Width: If shipment is over 14' in width, trucks will require one front and one rear escort car.
Height: All height regulations are dependent on the proposed routing. If height of load exceeds 15', trucks will most likely be required to have a front high pole escort. If height is 17', trucks will often be required to have a high pole escort in the front of the load.
Weight: Entering trucks are required to stop at a Wyoming port of entry to see if their weight class will require escort cars.
Overhang: No specified limits. Overhang on specific trucks is looked at on an individual basis at Wyoming ports of entry. If a truck’s load is secure and safe-looking, but not long overall and has adequate flags and/or amber lights, then the truck may not be required to have an escort car.
Regulations and requirements of all escort vehicles in Wyoming are as follows:
- Vehicles must be equipped with a horizontally mounted rotating (or strobe) amber-colored flashing light no less than 4" in diameter that must be visible from a 360-degree angle, from a minimum of 500 feet.
- All pilot cars/escort vehicles must display a bumper or roof mounted "OVERSIZE LOAD" sign visible from both the front and rear of the vehicle. The sign must be at least 5' long and 10" in height, yellow in color with black letters no less than 8" tall and 1" in width.
- Vehicle must have two safety flags red or orange in color and be a minimum of 12" of length and/or height mounted at a 40 to 70 degree angle on top middle section of the vehicle.
- Vehicles must be equipped with a CB radio or two-way communication device.
- A 1 – 5 pound fire extinguisher type A, B, or C must be in the vehicle.
- Three reflective emergency road triangles must be in the vehicle.
- The vehicle must have extra safety flags on hand.
Motorcycles are never allowed to serve as an escort vehicle for a truck.
It can be extremely difficult to deal with the aftermath of a truck accident, which is why our Gillette truck accident lawyers are here to answer your questions. If you were involved in an accident with a truck that skirted safety regulations, you are entitled to compensation. When you reach out to our trial attorneys, you can rest easy knowing that we will take our time to discuss your concerns and provide you with the guidance you need to take the next step.
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