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New Mexico 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.

New Mexico Road Conditions
(800) 432-4269-Road conditions (Road conditions map)

When Permit Is Needed
Over 8'6" wide, over 14' high, trailer over 57'6" long

Special Information Needed
Need insurance on file

Times Of Movement
Sunrise to sunset Mon.-Sat.;  No Sun. travel
Travel prohibited on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
When any of these holidays falls on or is observed on a day other than a Monday or Saturday, movement restrictions shall run from sunset of the day preceding such holiday to sunrise of the day following such holiday. When the holiday falls on or is observed on a Monday, movement is prohibited after sunset of the preceding Saturday until sunrise on the following Tuesday.  When the holiday falls on or is observed on a Saturday, movement is prohibited after sunset of the preceding Friday until sunrise on the following Monday.
Curfews: Albuquerque & Espanola: 7-9am & 4-6pm; Santa Fe: 7-9am; 11:30am-1:30pm; 4-6pm

When Pilot/Escort Vehicle is Required
On all highways:
Over 8'6" wide, if deemed a hazard-1 pilot vehicle
Over 14' wide-1 pilot vehicle in front on 2 lanes, in rear on 4 lanes
Over 20' wide for 5 or more miles-police escort + flagman
Over 90' up to 110' long-1 pilot vehicle in front on 2 lanes, in rear on 4 lanes
Over 110' long-2 pilot vehicles (front & rear).
Height 16' & over-1 escort with height pole in front (+ extra man or pilot vehicle to check for overhead clearance)
Height 18’ & over-1 escort with height pole in front, 1 pilot vehicle in rear (+ clearance from utilities, municipal & local authorities)

Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle
General: Must be inspected by DOT on an annual basis and show certification at all NMPOE. Wheelbase at least 100”; must not exceed 1½ ton capacity; insurance in the amount 25/50/10 min. (proof must be carried in vehicle)
Signs: “OVERSIZE LOAD” sign (5’ x 1’ min.) w/ black letters (10” x 1”) on yellow background; mounted on front and rear or top of vehicle
Lights: 2 rotating amber lights (rotating,flashing or strobe)on top the vehicle at vehicle width or at width not to exceed 8’; sufficient intensity to be visible at a distance of  1000’ min. in normal sunlight
Flags: 2 red / fluorescent orange flags (min. 12”  on any side); mounted on front & rear or top of vehicle

Additional Equipment:
2-way radio; rear view mirrors on right/left of vehicle; 1 fire extinguisher (2½ lb. carbon dioxide or dry chemical or other types equal or greater extinguishing capacities); identification sign displaying the name, address and state corporation commission or public regulation commission authority number on both sides of the vehicle. This information may be displayed using removable, magnetic signs; 3 red flares/reflectors;

Requirements for Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator
At least 18 yrs. of age

Dept. of Transportation Permits
Office-Hours: 7:30am-5pm MST
Dept. of Public Safety
Motor Transportation Division
P.O. Box 1628
Santa Fe, NM 87504
(505) 827-0376; fax: (505) 827-0071 / 827-0384 /827-0385
OS/OW Permit office: (505) 827-0665