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Colorado Pilot Car Information

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(623) 594-4082

Quick note! if entering the state of Arizona with an oversize load on the weekend…

**Note: Loads over 11' wide will be required to have one escort to travel from 3 a.m. to noon on weekends, and loads 15' high and over will need an additional escort with height pole. This is if you plan on entering Arizona during the weekend, don't get stuck at the scales, Call ahead and request an escort.

Colorado Road Conditions
(303)573-ROAD (Conditions & Construction)

When Permit Is Needed
Over 8'6" wide
Over 13' high
Trailer over 57'4" long
Weight over 80,000 lbs

Special Information Needed
Overhang measurement
Mobile home starting/ stopping in state- HUD #
last 10 digits of serial # for tractor

Times Of Movement
7 days a week, 24 hours a day for vehicles less than 14’ wide and on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
Super loads-no movement on weekends or according to permit. Official Sunrise / Sunset.

When Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
Escort requirements vary according to routes traveled within the state and each major city. Pilot Escort Oversize Restriction Map, Height Restriction Map, and Bridge Weight Limit Map must be carried at all times by pilot/escort and are available by calling CDOT.

Requirements for Pilot Car Vehicles in Colorado
Passenger vehicle or 2 axle truck, 16,000 lbs. GVW limit, 60” wide or more, in safe operating condition.
Communications: CB or other adequate two-way radios with at least ½ mile range.
Top-Mount only, visible from rear & front. 5’ wide (min.)/10” high/1”wide brush stroke/black letters/ 8” high (min.)/yellow background
Lights: 1-3 flashing yellow or amber lights visible from front & rear; visible at 500’ in normal sunlight from 360 degrees. Roof or Top mounting.
Flags: Red or Orange mounted on top of Vehicle

Additional Equipment
1 ea. Standard 18” STOP/SLOW paddle
9 ea. bi-directional emergency reflective triangles
1 ea. 5 lb. B,C fire extinguisher
1 ea. Class2, Type 2 reflective orange vest (must be worn while directing traffic)
8 ea. Road Flares or Glow Sticks
1 ea. orange / white hard hat (must be worn when out of vehicle)
2 ea. additional “OVERSIZE LOAD” signs
1 ea. Height pole, non-conductive construction for loads over 16’
2 ea. Hand-held two-way radios
3 ea. Orange cones 18” minimum
1 ea. 2 d-cell battery flashlight with 2 extra batteries and 9” red/orange wand
Identification signs /placards on both sides of vehicle

Insurance for Colorado Pilot Car Vehicle
$1,000,000.00 single limit combined

Requirements for Pilot Car Vehicle Operator in Colorado
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Maintain Colorado or other accepted certification to escort Oversize/Overweight loads on Colorado Roads.
No passengers under 16 years of age.

Dept. of Transportation Permits Office
Hours: 7am-5pm MOUNTAIN TIME
Colorado Dept. of Transportation
OS/OW Permit Office
4201 E Arkansas Ave, Rm 290
Denver, CO 80222
303-757-9539 / fax- (303) 757-9719
(800) 350-3765 (outside Metro-Denver)