Are you observing Ohio’s vehicle weight laws?

However, when farm trucks or machinery are hauling milk, livestock, soybeans, wheat, corn or tobacco, there is a 7.5 percent variance on all weight limits. There are a few restrictions where the variance does not apply: on roads with lowered maximum weight limits, on interstate highways or during the months of February or March. A year-round 7.5 percent variance will apply to those trucks or machinery hauling manure, silage, sod, turf or timber products.

Farm and other trucks are also subject to legal size requirements for width, length and height. Vehicles and any load cannot be in excess of 102 inches wide or stand taller than 13 feet, 6 inches. The length requirements will depend on the type of vehicle, with general length limitation set at 50 feet. A semitrailer when operated in a commercial tractor-semitrailer combination, however, can have a length up to 53 feet. Farm machinery, when it is driven on the roadway, is not subject to these size limitations. However, the limitations apply if the machinery is being hauled on a trailer.

Last, always remember it’s important to ensure your Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) sign is in good condition and visible to other motorists. It is not only the law to have an SMV sign on your farm equipment, but it is also an important component to staying safe on the roadways.

Ohio Revised Code references for this story include: 5577.04, 5577.042, 5577.043 and 4513.11.

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