Georgia DOT Regulations

By Lisa Chinn
The Georgia Department of Transportation outlines state regulations for vehicles.

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The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) provides regulations that help keep drivers safe and roads maintained in Georgia. These regulations are part of state law, and drivers must comply with them or face fines or loss of driving privileges.

Weight Regulations

Georgia DOT regulations limit vehicle weights on highways. The legal weight limit on an axle is 20,340 pounds, and the legal weight limit on a tandem axle is 40,680 pounds for vehicles less than 55 feet long if the gross weight is less than 73,280 pounds. Georgia law allows up to 34,000 pounds on a tandem axle if the vehicle is more than 55 feet long or if the gross weight is more than 73,280 pounds. The state allows poundage up to 20,340 times the number of axles on two or three axles, up to 70,000 pounds on four axles and up to 80,000 pounds on five axles.

Size Regulations

On interstates and highways in Georgia, a vehicle and its trailer cannot be longer than 100 feet, taller than 13.5 feet, or wider than 8.5 feet. Single-piece loads can sit on trailers that are up to 75 feet long, provided the entire length of the load and vehicle is less than 100 feet. A standard trailer in Georgia has a length of 53 feet, and the state allows a combination of two 28-foot trailers to be attached. Car and boat carriers can be up to 65 feet long, except for stinger-steered carriers, which can be 75 feet long.

Oversize Permits

The Georgia DOT allows trucks that exceed state size or weight regulations to apply for oversize truck permits. Those permits require a fee and allow oversized or overweight trucks to be driven for certain amounts of time, provided they have increased insurance coverage.

Vegetation Removal

Georgia DOT regulations generally do not allow people to remove vegetation along state roads. However, people can apply for permits to remove vegetation that blocks signs and advertisements.

Advertising Permits

The Georgia DOT requires outdoor advertisers to obtain permits before advertising on outdoor billboards. A person who owns an outdoor permit for a billboard can sell the permit to another person. The state only issues permits to people who own the land on which the billboard is located or to people who have permission to create a billboard on that land.

About the Author

Lisa Chinn developed her research skills while working at a research university library. She writes for numerous publications, specializing in gardening, home care, wellness, copywriting, style and travel. Chinn also designs marketing materials, holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and is working toward a PhD in cognitive neuroscience.

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