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Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: When can we haul oversize loads in and out of the Florida Keys?
A: The days and times for oversize load movements are set by the FDOT permit
office. High & long loads can travel during the day, however, wide loads are
required to move at night. The permit office will issue additional requirements
along with the permit which will state the specific times.
Q: Where should we meet the escort prior to entering the Florida Keys?
A: There are a few locations in Florida City for oversize loads to park and wait for
escorts. We can make suggestions for you and your load. Some hotels have truck
parking but may require that you stay at the hotel.
Q: Our permit requires us to have an escort in the Florida Keys but no where else
in the state, why is that?
A: The escort requirements in the Florida Keys are different due to the high
volume of tourist traffic during the day and the safety risks of running at night.
Q: My permit says I need a law enforcement escort in addition to the civilian
escort; can you provide us with a law enforcement escort as well?
A: Yes. We work directly with local and state law enforcement as needed.
Q: My permit says “One (1) Qualified Escort Required”, can I use a law
A: Yes; however, there are a couple of things to consider when using a law
enforcement escort as opposed to a civilian escort:
1. Civilian escorts are required to maintain two-way radio communication with
the drivers at all times; law enforcement escorts are not. Night time moves are
inherently dangerous and you need to be in constant communication with your
escort in order to be aware of all potential hazards ensuring the safe movement of
your oversize load.
2. When a law enforcement vehicle escorting an oversize load approaches a
vehicle, most drivers move off the roadway only far enough for the law
enforcement vehicle to pass, not noticing the approaching oversize load. This
does not leave much room for the oversize load creating a situation which most
often places the oversize load into the on-coming traffic lane in order to pass the
stopped vehicle sticking out into the roadway. With a civilian escort, there is
plenty of warning of the approaching oversize load – with a law enforcement
escort, most drivers assume it’s just on the way to an emergency call; not
escorting an oversize load.
Q: Isn't a law enforcement escort just as good as a civilian escort?
A: In our professional opinion; no. Without two-way communication with your
escort you are at a much greater risk and you may not be aware of potential
hazards on the road. Keep in mind; Florida Administrativce Code 14-26.007
Liability of Permittee: Permits are granted with the specific understanding that
the permittee shall be responsible and liable for any damage to state roadways
Q: I've never been to the Florida Keys, how familiar are you with the Keys?
A: We have been escorting oversize loads in and out of the Florida Keys since
1998; we take pride in our knowledge of US-1 and the Florida Keys.
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