ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POND, HEAVY HAULAGE DIFFERS IN A NUMBER OF WAYS FROM EUROPEAN PRACTICES. THE LAND OF THE FREE HAS ITS OWN QUIRKS. RICHARD TEW LOOKS AT SOME OF THE REGULATIONS AND EQUIPMENT USED.
Obviously, a short article can only give a brief overview of the subject, but hopefully it will give some interesting insights into the industry. A look at the permit system is a good place to start.
With differing rules and regulations in each State, moving abnormal loads across the US is an administrative nightmare. The SCRA. (Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association) publish an oversize/overweight permit manual, containing an unbelievable 450 pages! The manual is constantly updated to deliver the latest information. Not surprisingly, there are around 20 companies offering permit services. These have their advantages: by nurturing relationships with permit officials, they smooth the process, especially during critical, time-sensitive operations. As well as State permits, some Counties also require permits. Some Counties requiring a State permit first, whilst some States need a County permit first. Little wonder then there are a number of companies taking on this role, doubtless saving the customer a lot of headaches. To illustrate how strenuous some cities requirements are a Mayor (of a small New York municipality) insists on being notified of abnormal load movements – in order to watch them cross a local intersection!