Exemptions

Farm Equipment/Special Cargoes (Ar.Code Annotated 27-35-210):

"It shall not be necessary to obtain a permit nor shall it be unlawful to move any vehicle or machinery in excess of the maximum width prescribed in Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-206 used for normal farm purposes only, such as, but not limited to, hay harvesting equipment, plows, tractors, bulldozers, combines, etc., where:

It is hauled on a vehicle licensed as a natural  resource vehicle; or 

The vehicle or machinery is being transported by a farm machinery equipment dealer or repairman in making a delivery of new or used equipment of machinery to the farm of the purchaser; or

The vehicle or machinery is being used in making a pick up and delivery of such farm machinery or equipment from the farm to a shop or a farm equipment dealer or repairman for repairs and return to the farm, and

The movement is performed during daylight hours within a radius of fifty (50) miles of the point of origin thereof and no part of the movement is upon any highway designed and known as a part of the national system of interstate and defense highways or any fully controlled access highway facility.

It shall not be unlawful nor shall it be necessary to obtain a permit to transport round bales of hay upon any public highway or road that is not a fully controlled highway or road if the load does not exceed twelve feet (12) in width.

Permits may be issued authorizing the transport of round bales of hay on controlled highways provided the load does not exceed ten (10) feet in width.  The permit shall be issued without fee or other charge and shall expire three (3) days after the date of issuance.

Exemptions for Vehicles Utilized to Transport Compacted Seed Cotton (Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-206 and 27-35-208

"Vehicles, as defined in subsection (2) of 27-14-207, utilized to transport compacted seed cotton from the farm to the first point at which such seed cotton shall first undergo any processing, preparation for processing, or transformation from its compacted state may operate upon all highways of this state, with the exception of Federal Interstate Highways, with widths not exceeding one hundred eight inches (108) without such special permit, however, such vehicles must be equipped and operated in compliance with the traffic laws of this state as well as all safety rules and regulations of the United States Department of Transportation and the Arkansas State Highway Commission.  In addition, such vehicles must be equipped and operated with both front and rear bumpers and signs or placards as provided in Act 69 of l992.

Exemptions from OVERLENGTH Permit:

Length limitations shall not apply to vehicles operated in the daytime when transporting poles, pipes, machinery, or other objects of a structural nature which cannot readily be dismembered, nor to vehicles transporting objects operated at nighttime by a public utility, or its agent, or electric/telephone cooperatives, or their agents, when required for emergency repair of public facilities or properties or when operated under permit as provided by law.

Specific examples are as follows

  1. If the load is flush or longer than the trailer (regardless of the length of trailer) the load is exempted from permit during daylight hours.

  2. If the load is shorter than the trailer and if the trailer is over 536 an oversize permit is required for the trailer.

  3. If the load is exempted from a permit, it is exempted from all requirements of an escort, etc.

  4. Poles, pipes, things of structural nature or machinery transported at night are treated as any other combination of permit load.

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-35-208(a) provides. "any single truck, unladen or with load, utilized to transport compacted seed cotton from the farm to the first point at which such seed cotton shall first undergo any processing, preparation for processing, or transformation from its compacted state may be operated on the highways of this state, with the exception of Federal Interstate Highways, with an overall length in excess of forty feet (40) but no more than fifty-five feet (55).

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