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North Dakota

Escort Requirements

  • When load width exceeds 14’6” up to 16’, 1 escort is required. If less than 16', a lighted rotating/flashing amber light visible from the Lead and Chase at 500’ may be used instead of a pilot car on a 2-lane road.

  • When width exceeds 16’, 2 escorts (Lead and Chase) are required on a 2-lane road.

  • When width is 16’ or more, 1 escort (Chase) is required on a 4-lane road.

  • Widths exceeding 18’ require a police escort.

  • Height exceeding 18’ requires a minimum of one escort (Lead).

  • Length exceeding 120’ requires 1 escort (Chase).

  • Excessive overweight load movements are also subject to pilot cars and an official escort.

Police Escorts:

  • A load movement exceeding 18’ in overall width may be required to have a Highway Patrol escort as determined by the NDHP district commander.

Super Loads:

Loads over 18' wide, 18' high, 250,000 lbs. and 200' long are considered super loads. Trunnion axles 45,000 to 60,000 lbs. (special request only).

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.



Vehicle Size and Weight/Permits
600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 504
Bismarck, ND 58505-0240
PHONE: (701) 328-2621
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