JEFFERSON CITY - Farmers and producers in some areas of Missouri are between a river and a hard place. They have grain stored in areas threatened by rising floodwaters and possible levee breach.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is helping to salvage the grain by issuing no-cost overweight permits to individuals moving grain out of flooded areas. They will be able to carry up to 10 percent over their licensed weight on Missouri highways. However, the heavy loads are not allowed to use interstate routes. The special overweight permits will last for up to seven days and cover multiple trips. Fees for these overweight permits for movement of row crop commodities will be waived along with the increased insurance requirements normally required of overweight loads.
Licensed weights are printed on the actual vehicle license plate. For example, if a truck is licensed at 56,000 lbs, the number 56 appears in the margins of the plate. In this case, a free permit for a gross weight of up to 61,600 lbs. is allowed.
Those who wish to obtain the special overweight flood permits must supply the following information to MoDOT's Motor Carrier Services division:
• The year, make, license plate number and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the truck;
• The truck's gross vehicle licensed weight, gross vehicle weight and axle spacings;
• An e-mail address or fax number for delivery of the permit; and,
• Unless they have requested an oversize or overweight permit in the past, it is likely farmers need to provide the information that is in Motor Carrier Services' new customer form at this address: www.modot.org/mcs/documents/NewCustomerForm-fillable.pdf
Contact MoDOT Motor Carrier Services at 1-866-831-6277 and press option 1, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. After hours, calls can be made to (573) 291-4517 or (573) 291-4853. If the information listed above is provided, it will take about 10-15 minutes to process the permit request.