Governor Henry McMaster’s Executive Order 2021-25 increasing truck weight limits up to 90,000 pounds for timber and wood chips expired Sept. 19, 2021. The truck weight limits for unmanufactured forest products will be a maximum of 84,272 pounds when the executive order expires. However, the Forestry Association of South Carolina worked with SCDOT to establish a program to allow the forest industry to obtain a permit to continue to transport loads up to 90,000 pounds on state roads. SCDOT Secretary Christy Hall announced this new program on September 10, 2021.
Here’s Secretary Hall’s announcement and outline of the new permit program:
“I am pleased to advise that the South Carolina Department of Transportation has instituted a Bulk Agricultural Permit program that offers the following benefits to our businesses and will keep our state competitive:
- An annual / multiple trip permit that allows for continuous travel time, 24 hours a day, 7
days a week, 365 days a year.
- Applicable for the transport of products of husbandry on all US and SC shielded routes in
- Is truck/tractor specific and allows transport of up to 90,000 lbs (gross weight of tractor,
trailer and load) with a maximum axle weight of 23,000 lbs. The 90,000 lbs. gross weight
is permitted on a minimum 40’ trailer with 5 or more axles (tow unit and trailer). Maximum
dimensions permissible are 8’6” wide, 13’6” high.
- Is at no-cost.
We have already updated our website and are immediately able to issue these permits. The web address is www.scdot.org/business/permits-osow.aspx
A one-time account set up is required in which they will receive an email with a user ID and Password to access the system. Then, the customer will log into the website, click on the Apply for Permit button. Once logged in, the user will tab to Permit Type and choose Multi Trip; tab to Load Type and choose Bulk Agricultural.
While this annual 90k lb permit is likely to cover the majority of the travel, we also recognize that there may be times when the haulers need to travel on the Secondary routes. In those cases, they will need to secure a route-specific permit for the secondary roads. As always, 90k lb loads on the interstates will remain prohibited.”
The Forestry Association encourages those transporting timber and wood chips to apply for a permit today.