Apparently, someone is worried about us truckers. I saw this about the eclipse on the Overdrive website:
Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado are placing restrictions on oversize/overweight loads in the days around the eclipse.
The Oregon Department of Transportation has stated no over-width loads will be allowed to operate in the state between noon on Friday, Aug. 18 and 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Other over-dimensional loads with permits, including triples, will still be allowed. ODOT also says some scale locations may not be available for use by truckers during the event.
The Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles is also restricting large loads, implementing a “holiday protocol. Starting Sunday, Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. and ending at dawn Aug. 22, loads exceeding 10-feet wide, 100-feet long or 14-feet, 6-inches tall may not travel on interstate or state highways south of Lewiston.
In Wyoming, the Wyoming Highway Patrol will not issue any oversize/overweight permits on Aug. 20-22 to help with traffic flow.
The Nebraska DOT is not allowing oversize loads to travel in the state from sundown on Friday, Aug. 18 until sunrise on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
Colorado transportation officials are also restricting all oversize/overweight travel north of Highway 50 from Kansas to Utah, beginning at sundown on Thursday, Aug. 17, and continuing through sunrise on Wednesday, Aug. 23 -from Overdrive.com
To give someone the benefit of the doubt, maybe they’re worried about the drivers around us. Either way – be careful out there on Monday, August 21, 2017.
If you’re going to be on the road that day, please be sure not to stare directly at the sun. The eclipse is going to last a couple of hours from start to finish and you can do some serious damage to your eyes. Regular sun glasses aren’t strong enough, either.
Probably a good idea to let your customers know if you’re going to be delayed because of traffic restrictions. Maybe they won’t mind – if they want to watch the eclipse too.
Will this have an impact on your IFTA?
If you’re going to have to take a detour to avoid the eclipse traffic, it may have an impact on your IFTA. Why am I talking about this now? Because if you’re not using the right routing in your system, you’re going to be off – maybe a lot. You might want to check your routing software and your records to be sure you’re ready come October when it’s time to file.
GATS is coming!
Are you going to GATS this week?