Nebraska Administrative Code
Topic - TRANSPORTATION, DEPARTMENT OF
Title 415 - NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - LOCAL ASSISTANCE DIVISION
Chapter 3 - Permits for Movement of Overweight and/or Overdimensional Vehicles and Loads
Section 415-3-001 - DEFINITIONS

Current through March 20, 2024

001.01 AXLE GROUP:

An assemblage of two or more consecutive axles considered together in determining their combined load effect on a bridge or pavement structure.

001.02 CONNECTING MECHANISM:

An arrangement of parts interconnecting two or more consecutive axles to the frame of a vehicle in such a manner as to equalize the load between axles.

001.03 DEPARTMENT:

The Department of Roads of the State of Nebraska acting directly or through its duly authorized officers or agents.

001.04 DIVISIBLE LOAD:

Any load consisting of a product, material, or equipment which can be reduced in weight and/or size to the specified regulatory limit.

001.05 DUMMY AXLE:

A single axle attached to a vehicle or vehicle combination in a manner so that it does not articulate or substantially equalize the load and does not carry at least the lesser of 8,000 pounds or 8 percent of the gross weight of the vehicle or vehicle combination.

001.06 ESCORT VEHICLE:

Escort vehicle, as used in these rules shall mean a single vehicle (standard size truck or car) at least 60 inches wide. The vehicle shall be equipped with a revolving amber, yellow or flashing light, the base of which shall be mounted a minimum of 53 inches above the roadway on top of the vehicle and be of sufficient size to be seen at a distance of not less than 800 feet. "OVERSIZE LOAD" sign shall be displayed on the front and/or on the rear of the escort vehicle and the sign shall be no less than 5 feet long by 12 inches high with 8-inch letters. Red flags shall be required on all four corners of the escort vehicle. Escort vehicle may also be required to maintain radio communication with the operator of the permit vehicle.

001.07 FLAG:

A plain red cloth or orange fluorescent cloth marker having a minimum size of 18 inches square in good repair and free of printing or other markings.

001.08 GROSS WEIGHT:

The weight of a vehicle and/or vehicle combination with or without load.

001.09 HEIGHT:

The total vertical dimension of any vehicle above the ground surface including any load and load-holding device thereon.

001.10 HIGHWAY:

The entire width between the boundary limits of any roadway that is on the State and/or Federal system of roadways when any part thereof is open to the public for the purposes of vehicular traffic.

001.11 HOLIDAY/LONG HOLIDAY:

Standard dates listed on the Department's website. Travel is restricted for all over-dimensional permit vehicles on Holidays and Long Holidays. The specific hours of restriction for each Holiday/Long Holiday are shown on the Department's website and will be designated on each permit.

001.12 LENGTH:

The total longitudinal dimension of any vehicle or combination of vehicles, including any load or load-holding devices thereon.

001.13 LOAD:

A weight or quantity or anything which cannot be readily reduced in size resting upon something else regarded as its support.

001.14 LONG COMBINATION VEHICLE (LCV):

Any combination of a truck-tractor and two or more trailers or semi-trailers.

001.15 NON-DIVISIBLE LOAD

A vehicle or load that cannot be dismantled, disassembled, or reduced in size or weight without great difficulty to meet the statutory size and/or weight limits.

001.16 MANUFACTURED HOUSING (CABIN TRAILER/HOUSE TRAILER/MOBILE HOME/MANUFACTURED HOME/TRAILER COACH):

A vehicle or device, other than a motor vehicle, for human occupancy which can be drawn by a motor vehicle.

001.17 MOTOR VEHICLE:

A vehicle which is propelled by any power other than muscular power.

001.18 OWNER:

A person, other than a lien-holder, having property in or title to a vehicle, including a person entitled to the use and possession of a vehicle subject to a security interest in an other person, but excluding a lessee under a lease not intended as security.

001.19 PERMIT APPLICANT (APPLICANT):

An individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association making application for a special permit to transport a vehicle, combination of vehicles, and/or load which is overweight or overdimensional and under whose authority and responsibility such vehicle or load is transported.

001.20 PERMITTEE:

An applicant for a special permit who has received written permission to make an oversize and/or overweight movement.

001.21 SELF-PROPELLED SPECIALIZED MOBILE EQUIPMENT:

Equipment, including self-propelled oil well servicing units, designed to be on a short chassis to accommodate off-road usage and which cannot be broken down or is not divisible because of its original equipment design.

001.22 SIGNS:

Signs posted on a vehicle or vehicle combination to warn the public and the authorities about an approaching overdimensional vehicle. Signs shall read "OVERSIZE LOAD." Signs other than those required in Section 001.06 above, shall be no less than 7 feet long and 18 inches high. The signs shall be constructed of yellow material with black letters at least 10 inches high.

001.23 SEMI-TRAILER:

A vehicle designed for carrying persons or property and drawn by a truck tractor on which part of its weight and load rests.

001.24 SINGLE AXLE:

An assembly of two or more wheels, whose centers are in one transverse vertical plane or may be included between two parallel transverse vertical planes 40 inches apart extending across the full width of the vehicle.

001.25 SINGLE AXLE WEIGHT:

The total weight transmitted to the road by a single axle.

001.26 SPECIAL PERMIT:

A written authorization to move or operate on a highway a vehicle, combination of vehicles or vehicles with indivisible load of size and/or weight exceeding the limits prescribed for vehicles in regular operation.

001.26A SINGLE TRIP PERMIT: A permit for the movement of a vehicle or vehicle combination, with or without load, from a point of origin to a destination point.

001.26B CONTINUOUS ("ANNUAL") PERMIT: A permit issued for the frequent or repeated movement of a vehicle or a combination of vehicles, with or without loads, to several locations within an area or on designated highways approved by the Department and defined on the permit for a designated period of time not to exceed one year.

001.26C CONDITIONAL INTERSTATE USE PERMIT: A permit issued for vehicles weighing up to 95,000 pounds on the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (Interstate). No vehicle can exceed 20,000 pounds on a single axle or 34,000 pounds on a tandem axle. The overall gross weight of a group of two or more consecutive axles must conform to the requirements of the Nebraska bridge formula.

001.27 SUPERLOAD:

A vehicle or vehicle combination transporting a nondivisible load that is in excess of any of the following dimensions or gross weight: 16 feet in width; 16 feet in height;100 feet in length;Gross weight over 160,000 pounds.

001.27A A superload permit application will require review and approval by the Lincoln Permit Office and may require review and/or approval by the Bridge Division and/or the District Engineer prior to issuance of the permit. Review and approval by Department staff may take up to five working days.

001.28 TANDEM AXLE:

Any two consecutive axles whose centers are more than 40 inches and not more than 96 inches apart, measured to the nearest inch between any two adjacent axles in the series, and are individually attached to and/or articulated from a common attachment to the vehicle including a connecting mechanism designed to equalize the load between axles.

001.29 TANDEM AXLE WEIGHT:

The total weight transmitted to the road by two or more consecutive axles whose center may be included between parallel transverse vertical planes spaced more than 40 inches and not more than 96 inches apart, extending the full width of the vehicle.

001.30 THREE AXLE GROUP:

Any group of three axles where the distance between the extremes of the first and third axle is at least 96 inches.

001.31 TIRE, PNEUMATIC:

A tire of rubber or other resilient material which depends upon compressed air for support of a load.

001.32 TRAILER:

A vehicle designed for carrying persons or property and drawn by a motor vehicle which carries no part of the weight and load of the trailer on its own wheels.

001.33 TRAVELED WAY:

The portion of the roadway for the movement of vehicles, exclusive of shoulders and auxiliary lanes.

001.34 TRUCK:

A motor vehicle designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property.

001.35 TRUCK-TRACTOR:

A motor vehicle designed for drawing other vehicles, but not for a load other than a part of the weight of the vehicle and load drawn.

001.36 VEHICLE:

A device in, upon or by which any person or property may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.

001.37 WIDTH:

The total outside transverse dimension of vehicle including any load or load-hold devices thereon, but excluding approved safety devices and tire bulge due to load.

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