Pilot Car Services Across Virginia

Our escort vehicle services in Virginia are fully insured, reliable, and timely. Call our team for affordable pilot car transport services.

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Heavy Haulers is nationally recognized for providing quick pilot car solutions for heavy cargo shipments in Virginia. We are branched in more than 50 states in the continental US, including Virginia. We boast an extensive network of pilot car specialists within the state to help you haul your oversized load to any destination within the state. Heavy Haulers can organize a seamless transition through Virginia to your intended destination, even with a cross-country shipment. We always ensure that our escort vehicle services are up-to-date with the latest DOT requirements within Virginia.

Pilot car companies on our directory are affordable and vetted. Take advantage of our professional Virginia pilot car specialist and experience comprehensive service delivery from pre-planning to the moment we arrive at the receiving location. Our Virginia crew of escort and pilot vehicle experts will handle everything on your behalf, leaving you to run businesses important to you. That said, we will retrieve the necessary transport permit, conduct road surveys, and create contingency protocols if any issue arises. Get a free estimate now!

Pilot Car Companies in Virginia

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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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Providing Legal Escort Vehicle Services in Virginia

With our Virginia lead vehicle services, you can be guaranteed that we will clear the path for the load-bearing trailer effectively. Our route surveillance team carefully assesses the road conditions and any barriers that can hinder the smooth movement of heavy cargo. That might mean clearing fallen trees across the path or holding high utility lines so the load can pass smoothly beneath. We can even organize police escorts if the superload is labeled hazardous to control traffic with minimal disruption to regular vehicle movements effectively. Call now for a free estimate on Virginia escort vehicles!

In Virginia, we transport oversized and overweight cargo through the day and night so long the width and length of freight are at most 14 ft. 1 in. and 85 ft., respectively. The overhang must be less than 10 ft. During the weekends, shipping is only possible from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset on Saturday. Heavy cargo shipping is not allowed on Sunday. Call now!

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Dependable Pilot Car and Escort Vehicle Companies Near Me In Virgnia

Our professional escorting crew also understands the laws regulating the number of pilot cars depending on the load's dimensions. When moving a freight measuring a width of 12' 1'' to 14'; 85' to 119' 11' (length); and an overhand of 10' and above on primary or secondary roads, we may deploy one or two pilot cars as per Virginia transport laws. When moving heavy equipment with a height exceeding 14' 5", we will provide a height pole pilot car in front. Additionally, we will adjust the height pole about 3" above the maximum cargo height to ensure the cargo travels easily under bridges and toll gantries. Call now!

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

  • Escort Vehicle Requirements:
    • • A single rear escort is mandatory for loads wider than 12 feet on interstate routes.
    • • One front and one rear escort are essential for loads wider than 12 feet on non-interstate routes.
    • • On interstate routes, loads exceeding 14 feet in width necessitate one front and one rear escort.
    • • For loads wider than 16 feet on non-interstate routes, the mandate is for two front and two rear escorts.
    • • On all routes, one front and one rear escort are required for loads surpassing 150 feet in length.
    • • On non-interstate routes, two front and one rear escorts are required for loads wider than 14 feet.
    • • One front and one rear escort are mandatory for off-centered loads exceeding five feet on the passenger side.
    • • One rear escort is required on non-interstate routes for loads over 85 feet.
    • • One rear escort is mandated for loads exceeding 120 feet in length on interstate routes.
    • • On interstate routes, loads exceeding 16 feet in width require one front and two rear escorts.
    • • For loads exceeding 14 feet five inches tall, one front escort with a height pole adjusted three inches above the load height is required.
    • • For loads wider than 16 feet on non-interstate routes, the mandate is for two front and two rear escorts.
    • • One front escort is necessary when an off-centered load exceeds three feet six inches on the passenger side.
    • • As assessed by the issuing agent, the requirements for escorts can vary based on weight, width, length, height, geographical location, or travel route.
    • • A rear escort is necessary on all routes for loads with a rear overhang surpassing 15 feet.
    • • A front escort is necessary on all routes for loads with a front overhang exceeding 10 feet.
    • • Escort considerations are determined case-by-case for loads wider than 18 feet or longer than 200 feet.

Oversize/Overweight Load Flags/Banners/Signs/Lights Requirements for Virgnia

Flag Requirements:

  • Flags at extreme rear for overlength loads.
  • Flags required on all four corners of oversize loads.
  • Flags for rear overhangs exceeding 4 feet.
  • Flags at widest extremities for wide loads.

Oversized Load Signs:

  • Required on front and rear for all overdimensional permit loads.

Warning Lights: Color and Placement

  • High-intensity amber flashing lights, visible for at least 500 feet, required on vehicles over 12 feet wide or more than 75 feet long.
  • Two amber lights at the top front corners.
  • Not required with an escort vehicle.
  • Lights mounted on the top of the towing vehicle.
  • If the vehicle/load surpasses 12 feet in width or 75 feet in length: Flashing amber lights, with a visibility of 500 feet, are required on the tractor and the upper rear end of the load or vehicle.
  • Two red lights on the rear of the vehicle/load.

Travel Time Restrictions for Overdimensional and Overweight Loads in Virginia

    Operating Time:

  • Sunrise to sunset, Monday through Saturday.
  • Continuous travel is permitted for over-length loads, provided they do not exceed 85 feet in length, with rear overhang not exceeding 10 feet.
  • Overweight-only loads are eligible for continuous travel.

  • Restricted Travel:

  • Travel is not allowed within the corporate limits of cities/towns from 7 to 9 AM or 4 to 6 PM, except on the Interstate system.
  • In the Newport News-Portsmouth-Norfolk area, permits are mandatory for most roads, excluding the main Interstate Highways, and penalties for unauthorized travel are substantial.
  • It is recommended to plan in advance due to the permit processing time, which falls within the range of 24 to 72 hours.
  • Curfew hours apply to specific Interstate routes in designated areas such as the Capital Beltway, Richmond, Petersburg, Roanoke, and the Tidewater Area.
  • Travel is limited during major holidays and holiday weekends.

Common Equipment that Requires
Escort Vehicles in Virginia

  • Aircraft Frames

  • Bridge Beams

  • Bulldozer Machines

  • Cranes

  • Construction Scraper

  • Excavators

  • Front End Loaders

  • Industrial Furnaces

  • Tugboats

  • Wheel Loaders

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