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Escort Requirements:


  • Over 13' (except manufactured housing) requires 1 escort (Lead on 2-lane roads and Chase on 4-lane).

  • 14' or more (including manufactured housing) requires 2 escorts (Lead and Chase).

  • 16' or more (Police required).


  • Over 85' requires 1 Chase escort on multilane roads, 1 Lead on 2-lane roads.

  • 140' or more requires 2 escorts (Lead and Chase).

  • When traveling on a narrow road or against traffic, 2 escorts may be required (Lead and Chase).

Construction Equipment:

  • Greater than 12’ wide traveling off the interstate system requires 1 Chase escort on multilane roads, 1 Lead on 2-lane roads.


  • 14'6” or more requires 1 escort with a Height-Pole.


  • Over 60 tons (120,000 lbs.) GVW requires 1 Chase escort on multilane roads, 1 Lead on 2-lane roads.

  • Greater than 150,000 lbs. GVW (Police required).

Weather/Road Conditions:

  • When weather or road conditions justify the requirement for at least one escort, 1 Rear escort on multilane roads, 1 Front on 2-lane roads is required.

Additional Escorts:

  • Escorts (private or police) may be added at any time at the discretion of the Maryland Hauling Permit Section for safety purposes.

State Police Escorts:

  • Required at 140’ long, 16’ high, 16’ wide, or 150,000 lbs.

  • May also be required for safety and in specific geographical locations.

Weight exceeds 150,000 lbs. GVW.

Escort vehicle requirements can vary widely from state to state, encompassing mandatory driver qualifications, training, certifications, vehicle weights, mandatory signage, flags, lighting specifications, essential onboard equipment, and other factors. The SafeGuard team is well-equipped to furnish you with comprehensive information on any additional requirements specific to your designated route.


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State Highway Hauling Permit Section
7491 Connelley Drive
Hanover, Maryland, 21076
PHONE: 1-800-846-6435 or 1-800-543-4564
After Hours Hauling Permit Unit:
Statewide Operations Center
PHONE: (410) 582-5650 or 1-800-543-2515

Hours of Business

Hours of business: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Closed for lunch from noon until 1PM (Eastern time)

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