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18.8.512    HEIGHT

(1) Each permit is automatically restricted to clearance of any bridge or underpass or other overhead obstruction on the route traveled.

(2) The permittee will be responsible for checking the route or routes to be traveled to determine clearance of bridges and/or other structures.

(3) The permittee shall be responsible for obtaining overheight clearances, including payment of all expenses incidental to removal of anything obstructing clearances.

(4) All divisible loads with a height of 14 feet 6 inches or less may be issued either a term or single trip special permit. Divisible loads may not exceed 14 feet 6 inches in height.

(5) All nondivisible loads with a height of 15 feet 6 inches or less may be issued either a term or single trip permit. Any permit must be verified for clearance as per (1) through (3).

(6) Nondivisible loads with a height in excess of 15 feet 6 inches will be issued single trip special permits. Nondivisible loads in excess of 17 feet must follow the permit requirements of ARM 18.8.1101.

(7) Baled or loose hay loads with a height of 15 feet 6 inches or less may be issued a term or single trip special permit. Hay loads must not exceed 15 feet 6 inches except as per (8).

(8) In the event of a hay shortage or emergency drought declaration issued by the state or other governmental authority, the department may issue a single trip special permit for a baled or loose hay load with a height up to 16 feet. The hay load single trip special permit will be issued only for a route identified by the permittee and approved by the department.

(9) The department will enforce administrative penalties for violation of the height permitting requirements as per ARM 18.8.902.

History: 61-10-155, MCA; IMP, 61-10-101, 61-10-103, 61-10-109, 61-10-121, 61-10-122, 61-10-123, 61-10-124, MCA; Eff. 12/31/72; AMD, Eff. 9/5/74; AMD, Eff. 11/4/74; AMD, 1979 MAR p. 322, Eff. 4/2/79; AMD, 1988 MAR p. 1704, Eff. 7/29/88; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 1148, Eff. 4/29/94; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 1075, Eff. 4/28/00; AMD, 2012 MAR p. 1350, Eff. 7/13/12; AMD, 2013 MAR p. 964, Eff. 6/7/13.

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