New York Pilot Car and Escort Vehicle Services

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Escort Vehicle Available in New York

Ask the Heavy Haulers transport team for a pilot vehicle, and we'll put you in touch with a reliable, trustworthy escort car delivery driver and car appropriate for even the most awkward New York routes. Your escort car transport will arrive on-site in excellent condition, ready to travel alongside your heavy equipment trailer. Our directory has pilot car companies that will help you safely transport your oversized loads to, from, and within New York.

Our pilot car vehicle services integrate easily into any moving project, including oversized loads, enabling you to move bulky equipment to a new location seamlessly. Our secure escort vehicle services serve every area in New York, whether you're traveling to the United States' largest city or delivering to remote locations. Our escort cars can even safely accompany your delivery outside the Empire State if that's what you need. With over a decade of heavy equipment shipping experience in the U.S., we know what it takes to coordinate safe, legal transport.

Our escort vehicles are readily available for projects that involve shipping oversized equipment and machinery, thanks to our dedicated network of escort vehicle specialists that operate statewide and throughout America. We can quickly arrange for the right travel permits, get pilot vehicles to your location, and plan effective transport routes for even the most awkward transport projects. Let’s get started!

Pilot Car Companies in New York

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Name States Served Phone Number
Heavy Equipment Transport CO (239) 677-4002
Nationwide Transport Services AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA (407) 574-4797
Wide Load Shipping MT, AL, LA, AZ, FL (239) 202-0846
E&E Pilot Car Services AL (205) 258-8059
JKA Express Pilot Car Service, LLC VA, MD, NC, DE, PA (804) 238-8216
RAMSEY PILOT CAR NV, CA, UT, WA, ID (850) 221-3029

Disclaimer: The Heavy Haulers Pilot Car Directory is a resource for connecting pilot car and escort vehicle service providers with potential clients. We are not affiliated with, nor do we endorse any of the companies listed in this directory. The information provided is for general informational purposes only, and all users are encouraged to perform their own due diligence before engaging with any of the service providers.

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Pilot Car Requirements in New York

New York State is home to some of the largest cities in the U.S. and some of the busiest highways. Many heavy machinery moving projects in New York require escort vehicles for safe transport. The provision of pilot cars protects your equipment en route but also helps to warn other road users of potential oncoming hazards. Suppose your delivery is more than 12' wide, 80' long, over 14' high, or has a 10' overhang, and your delivery route involves 2-lane or 4-lane highways.

In that case, an escort is a valuable safety device and a legal requirement. In some cases, such as when the gross vehicle weight exceeds 200,000, a police escort is also necessary. The Heavy Haulers escort vehicle service is here to supply you with the number of pilot vehicles that match your project's requirements. New York regulations stipulate that cars that accompany oversized loads must have been registered in 1997 or later, with a 100" wheelbase, unless it is a utility vehicle.

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Pilot Car and Escort Vehicle Companies Near Me In New York

Our escort vehicles are all fitted with the necessary oversized load signs, a top-mounted flashing strobe, or warning light bar, with 360-degree visibility from up to 1000', and include all regulatory safety equipment. Emergency flares, cell phones, 2-way radios, emergency triangles, fluorescent vests, stop paddles, red or orange flags, and a fire extinguisher of at least BC class is necessary. Choose our pilot car services to avoid the hassle of sourcing all of this equipment yourself. Call today!

When Do I Need a Pilot Car or Escort Vehicle for Shipment in New York?

  • Escort Vehicle Requirements:
    • • On highways with more than two lanes, a rear escort is obligatory for vehicles/loads exceeding 12 feet in width, 80 feet in length, or in scenarios involving slow-moving vehicles, bridge speed restrictions, or overhang exceeding 10 feet.
    • • Escort vehicle requirements do not apply to oversized loads less than 12 feet in width, 80 feet in length, and 14 feet in height, except in cases involving slow-moving vehicles, bridge speed restrictions, or overhang exceeding 10 feet.
    • • On two-lane highways, a front escort is compulsory for vehicles/loads surpassing 12 feet in width, 80 feet in long, or 14 feet tall. Overheight vehicles necessitate a front escort equipped with a height pole exceeding the overall height by 3 inches.
    • • Mandatory escorts for loads exceeding 90 feet in length.
    • • Police escorts are mandatory for any loads with a width equal to or exceeding 20 feet

  • Three escorts (two front, one rear) are required for vehicles/loads that:
    • • Measure 100 feet in length or longer on two-lane highways.
    • • Exceed 16 feet in width on two-lane highways.
    • • Are 160 feet in length or longer on four-lane highways.
    • • Are 18 feet wide or wider on four-lane highways.

Oversize/Overweight Load Flags/Banners/Signs/Lights Requirements for New York

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

  • Signs required for vehicles/loads greater than 12' and loads longer than 65'.
  • Size: 7' long, 18" high.
  • Letters: Black, 10" high, 1.41" brush stroke.

Flag Requirements:

  • Red or orange fluorescent flags, 18' square, must be attached to extremities, protrusions, or extensions of the vehicle load.

Warning Lights:

  • If overhang exceeds two feet: Red lights at extreme corners and amber lights every six feet along the sides.
  • Use amber lights on load extensions on the side.
  • For rear overhang of 2' or less: Red lights at corners of the load.
  • Continuous requirement: One (1) amber revolving light on top of the towing vehicle.
  • For uniform oversize loads at night: Amber lights at forward corners/extremities, and red lights at rear corners.

Travel Time Restrictions for Overdimensional and Overweight Loads in New York

    Operating Time:

  • Permitted movement is authorized from thirty minutes before sunrise until thirty minutes after sunset, Monday through Friday.
  • Overweight-only loads with a maximum weight of 96,000 pounds are permitted to travel at any time, seven days a week.
  • Movement is restricted on major holidays and Friday afternoons preceding certain holiday weekends.
  • Night travel may be either permitted or required in New York City or on Long Island, contingent on the dimensions involved.
  • On Saturdays, travel is permissible until noon, provided the dimensions do not exceed 12 feet in width or 72 feet in length (85 feet on approved routes), comply with legal height requirements, and can "maintain traffic flow speed." This includes I-84 and other New York Thruways.

  • Restricted Travel:

  • For dimensions of 16 feet in width, 15 feet in height, and 100 feet in length or greater, state travel is prohibited between 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. No travel on major holidays.
  • For dimensions of 14 feet wide, 14 feet high, and 90 feet long, travel is restricted through business districts between 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • New York City imposes more stringent regulations, and permits for local areas may include specific additional time restrictions.
  • Travel shutdown is usually Noon the day before a holiday or holiday weekend.

Common Equipment that Requires
Escort Vehicles in New York

  • Aircraft Frames

  • Bridge Beams

  • Bulldozer Machines

  • Cranes

  • Construction Scraper

  • Excavators

  • Front End Loaders

  • Industrial Furnaces

  • Tugboats

  • Wheel Loaders

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