Texas Governor, Gregg Abbott’s permit waiver and President Trump’s Declaration of Disaster has lifted some restrictions on the movement of oversize/overweight loads that are aiding in disaster relief in and around southeast Texas, according to a Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) release.
As a result of both, a special Emergency Relief Permit is available, and Governor Abbott’s declaration waives all permitting requirements, including curfews and normal escort requirements.
Additional oversize restrictions have been overwritten. Vehicles up to 10-feet wide may also travel at night without an escort, and with front and rear escorts if the load exceeds 10-feet wide. To view and print the TxDMV’s Waiver Notice and important restrictions, click here.
The announcement with details made by the Texas DOT and TX DMV also says if your load is overheight, you may use the “Bid Route” feature in the Texas Permitting and Routing Optimization System (TxPROS) to route loads safely. Enter height only, and leave all other fields blank. For information on other oversize load permit restrictions, click here.
The TxDMV will not issue oversize/overweight permits for travel into disaster areas for loads not related to relief efforts. Only oversize and/or overweight vehicles involved in the relief efforts will be allowed to travel in the Hurricane Harvey affected areas. Active permits issued prior to the disaster will be extended as needed for travel at a later date.
President Trump’s Declaration of Disaster allows the self issuing of a MAP-21 Emergency Permit through the Texas Permitting and Routing Optimization System (TxPROS). Permit is not valid for loads leaving the area with exception of those removing debris.
A copy of the President’s declaration must be carried with the permit. The declaration can be found here: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/08/25/president-donald-j-trump-approves-major-disaster-declaration-texas.
The Map-21 Emergency Permit allows for ravel on all state and federal roads, including the interstate highway system. The permit may not be used for overwidth, overlenght or overheight loads.