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3. Combines in excess of 18' in width, while in the normal course of farm operations and while being driven during daylight hours for distance of 25 miles or less on highways and while preceded by a well-lighted pilot vehicle or flag person, and during hours of darkness when clearance light requirements are met.
4. Combines and vehicles used in transporting combines or other implements of husbandry, and only when transporting combines or other implements of husbandry, to be engaged in harvesting or other agricultural work, while being transported into or through the state during daylight hours, when the total width including the width of the combine or other implement of husbandry being transported does not exceed 15”, except that vehicles used in transporting combines or other implements of husbandry can, when necessary to the harvesting operation or other agricultural work, travel unloaded for distances not to exceed 25 miles, while the combine or other implement of husbandry to be transported is engaged in a harvesting operation or other agricultural work.
5. Livestock forage vehicles loaded or unloaded that comply with livestock forage vehicle provisions of 60-6,305 (not exceeding 65' length, 18' width, 18' height, and being operated only during hours of daylight).
6. During daylight hours only, vehicles enroute to pickup, delivering or returning unloaded from delivery of baled livestock forage which, including the load if any, may be 12’ in width.
7. Farm equipment dealers hauling, driving, delivering or picking up farm equipment or other implements of husbandry during daylight hours.
Height – Maximum Legal Height on All Highways – 14’6” Exceptions for height only: (exceptions do not apply to Interstate Highway System)
1. Combines or vehicles used in transporting combines, to be engaged in harvesting within or out of the state, moving into or through the state during daylight hours when overall height does not exceed 15’6”.
2. Farm equipment dealers hauling farm equipment shall not exceed overall height of 15’6”.
3. Livestock forage vehicles with or without load that comply with subsection 2 of 60-6,305. (Refer to #5 above for width)
4. Owners, lessees and operators of a vehicle exceeding 12’6” in height shall assume the risk of loss to the vehicle or its load and shall be liable for any damages that result to overhead obstructions.
Length – Maximum Legal length on All Highways Single Vehicles shall not exceed 40’ length
1. A truck-tractor.
2. A semitrailer operated in a truck-tractor single semitrailer combination.
Truck and Trailer combinations shall not exceed a overall length of 65’, including front and rear bumpers and load.
1. One truck and one trailer loaded or unloaded, used in transporting implements of husbandry to be engaged in harvesting, while being transported into or through the state during daylight hours if the total length does not exceed 75’ including the load.
2. A truck-tractor single semitrailer combination.
3. A truck-tractor semitrailer-trailer combination, but the semitrailer-trailer portion shall not exceed 65’ including connecting devices.
4. A driveaway saddlemount vehicle transporter combination and driveaway saddlemount with fullmount vehicle transporter combination, but the total overall length shall not exceed 97’.
5. The movement of public utility or other construction and maintenance material at any time.
The following overlength vehicles are not authorized to travel on the Interstate Highway System
1. Movement of unbaled livestock forage vehicles, loaded or unloaded.
2. The overhang of a combine to be engaged in harvesting, while being transported into or through the state driven during daylight hours by a truck-tractor semitrailer combination, but the length of the semitrailer including overhang shall not exceed 63’and the maximum semitrailer length shall not exceed 53’.
3. Farm equipment dealers hauling, driving, delivering or picking up farm equipment within the county in which the dealer maintains his place of business, or adjoining counties and return.
4. Temporary movement of farm machinery during daylight hours in normal farm operation.
Seasonal Harvest Overweight Permits Seasonal harvest permits may be issued to carriers by the Nebraska Department of Roads Permit Offices for hauling grain or seasonally harvested products from the field where they are harvested to storage, market or stockpile in the field for a distance up to 120 miles. These carriers may be up to 15% greater than the maximum weight specified by law and up to 10% greater than the maximum length specified by law. The distance limitation may be waived for vehicles when carrying dry beans from the field where harvested to storage or market when dry beans are not normally stored, purchased, or used within the permittee's local area and must be transported more than 120 miles to an available marketing or storage destination.
Permits for grain or other seasonable harvested products shall be valid for 30 days or 60 days and renewable for a total number of days not to exceed 120 days per year. No permit shall authorize a weight greater than 20,000 lbs on any single axle.
Overweight Exceptions for Seasonally Harvested Products:
No permit is required for carriers hauling grain or other seasonally harvested products operating from the field where such grain or products are harvested to storage, market, or stockpile in the field or from stockpile to market or factory up to 70 miles with a load that exceeds the maximum load permitted by section 60-6,294 by 15% on any tandem axle, group of axles and gross weight. A truck with no more than one single rear axle may also exceed the axle weight and gross weight by 15%. The owner or a representative of the owner of the agricultural product shall furnish the driver of the loaded vehicle a signed statement of origin and destination.
Custom Harvest Information Not authorized on the Interstate Highway System Maximum Legal Width - 8'6"
Combines and vehicles used in transporting combines or other implements of husbandry, and only when transporting combines or other implements of husbandry, to be engaged in harvesting or other agricultural work, while being transported into or through the state during daylight hours, when the total width including the width of the combine or other implement of husbandry being transported does not exceed 15’, except that vehicles used in transporting combines or other implements of husbandry may, when necessary to the harvesting operation or other agricultural work, travel unloaded for distances not to exceed 25 miles, while the combine or other implement of husbandry to be transported is engaged in a harvesting operation or other agricultural work.
Mobile homes not exceeding 16' in width and with an outside tire width dimension not exceeding 120" and a length not exceeding 40’ moving during daylight hours.
Maximum Legal Length of a Straight Truck-Trailer Combination - 65'
One truck and one trailer, loaded or unloaded, used in transporting implements of husbandry to be engaged in harvesting, while being transported into or through the state during daylight hours if the total length does not exceed 75' including load.
Maximum legal length of Truck-Tractor Combinations Semi-trailer is 53' including load.
Truck-tractor semi-trailer, trailer combination is 65' measuring the trailers only including the load.
All other combinations (including B-Trains) 65' including load.
Truck-tractor two trailer combination or a truck-tractor semitrailer-trailer combination used in transporting equipment utilized by custom harvesters under contract to agricultural producers to harvest wheat, soybeans, or milo during the months of April – November – the lengths of the property-carrying units (excluding load) shall not exceed 81’6”.
Maximum Legal Height for a Vehicle Empty or Loaded - 14'6"
Combines or vehicles used in transporting combines, to be engaged in harvesting within or outside the state, moving into or through the state during daylight hours when the overall height does not exceed 15'6".
Vehicles which have been issued an overdimensional permit.
Note: Owners, lessees and operators of a vehicle exceeding 12’6” in height shall assume the risk of loss to the vehicle or its load and shall be liable for any damages that result to overhead obstructions.
Seasonal harvest overweight permits are available for hauling out of the field and are valid for 30 days. Call the Department of Roads Permit Office (402)471-0034 in Lincoln or one of the District Offices listed on page 16 for more information and issuance of permit.
Permits 72-hour prorate permits -- May be required if not apportioned.
72-hour fuel permits -- Shall be required if not in possession of an IFTA permit.
Prorate and fuel permits are available through the wire services (Transceiver, Trans Mid
-America) or truck permit stations (designated truck stops).
See pages 24-26 for a list of permit stations.
Permit costs are: Prorate $25.00, Fuel $20.00. In addition the permit station may charge a 10% issuing fee.
See page 22 regarding Uniform Carrier Registration (UCR).
Non-Resident Grain Haulers Permit A truck, truck-tractor, semi-trailer or trailer lawfully licensed in another state or province, not apportion licensed, and engaged in hauling grain or other seasonally harvested products from the field where they are harvested to storage or market must obtain a nonresident grain haulers permit. This permit is valid for 90 days from the time of purchase between June 1 and December 15 and may be purchased from the County Treasurer of the county in which the grain first is hauled. The cost of the permit is $20 for a straight truck and $150 for combination units (truck and trailer or truck-tractor semi-trailer, or any type combination).
REGISTRATION AND LICENSINGIf you are a Nebraska resident operating your vehicles in intrastate (Nebraska only) commerce, license them at your county courthouse.
If you are a nonresident operating your vehicles strictly in intrastate (Nebraska only) commerce, you must either: license your vehicles at the county level by purchasing a nonresident commercial plate, purchase a 72-hour prorate permit, or apportion your vehicle with Nebraska through your home state.
If you are a nonresident and operate your vehicles in interstate (crosses state lines)
commerce, or if you are a Nebraska-based interstate operator, contact:
The Department of Motor Vehicles, Motor Carrier Services Division, 301 Centennial Mall South, PO Box 94729, Lincoln, NE 68509-4729, (402)471-4435.
Nebraska is currently a member of the following apportioned registration agreement:
Any carrier engaged in operating a fleet of one or more apportionable vehicles in the state of Nebraska may, in lieu of full county registration, license such a fleet under the apportioned registration laws of the state of Nebraska.
An apportionable vehicle shall mean: any vehicle except recreational vehicles, vehicles displaying restricted plates, city pickup and delivery vehicles, buses used in the transportation of chartered parties, or government-owned vehicles, used for the transportation of persons, for hire, or designed, used or maintained primarily for the
transportation of property and is a vehicle qualifying as one of these:
1. A power unit having 2 axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds, or
2. A power unit having 3 or more axles regardless of weight, or
3. Used in combination, when the gross vehicle weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds.
Prorate Permits Any carrier based in the previously mentioned jurisdictions having vehicles eligible for apportioned registration but not registered as such, shall be required to meet their
registration responsibilities by alternative means, such as:
1. Purchasing a 72-hour prorate permit at the first truck permit station upon entering the state of Nebraska, or
2. Fully license the vehicle at the county level as a nonresident commercial vehicle.
A 72-hour prorate permit may be purchased at the first truck permit station (see list pages 24-26) upon entering the state, or through the wire services (Transceiver, Trans MidAmerica). A 72-hour prorate permit costs $25.00 with the station charging a 10 % issuing fee.
Nebraska Vehicle Registration If the truck is licensed as a Nebraska apportion vehicle, the registration expires December 31 each year, with a grace period until January 31. Enforcement begins February 1.
If the truck is licensed in Nebraska at the county level, the registration expires on the first day of the month one year from the month of issuance. You must renew it by the first day of the following month.
Operating Authority Intrastate Carriers (within Nebraska) If you are an Intrastate Carrier operating as a household mover or transporting persons for
Nebraska Public Service Commission.
1200 N St. Suite 300 Lincoln, NE 68508 (402)471-3101 or www.psc.state.ne.us Interstate Carriers (crossing state lines) If you are an Interstate Carrier operating for hire and transporting a regulated or nonexempt commodity, such as manufactured and processed goods, you must contact FMCSA to obtain proper authority.
A list of non-exempt commodities is available at FMCSA’s website www.fmcsa.dot.gov under Rules and Regulations 372.115.