According to information from the FHP's Commercial Motor Vehicle Manual, the FDOT requires an overweight/oversize permit when the width of a vehicle or a vehicle and its load is greater than 8 feet, 6 inches.

CRESTVIEW — A tractor-trailer rig carrying a large cylindrical tank on U.S. Highway 90 through Crestview last week was bound for a BP facility in Georgia, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Lt. Eddie Elmore, the local FHP public affairs officer, said the oversize load, which attracted some attention early Wednesday afternoon, was an oil tank. The truck had an FHP escort as part of the state's safety precautions associated with oversize or overweight vehicles.

The Florida Department of Transportation, which issues permits for oversize/overweight vehicles and loads, could not provide any immediate additional information. According to FDOT spokesman John O'Brien, the limited information available on the truck's route through Crestview was not sufficient to definitively identify the load. A photograph of the truck parked alongside U.S. 90 did not provide enough information to track down any permits issued for the truck and tank, O'Brien added.

According to information from the FHP's Commercial Motor Vehicle Manual, the FDOT requires an overweight/oversize permit when the width of a vehicle or a vehicle and its load is greater than 8 feet, 6 inches. On roads with travel lanes less than 12 feet wide, the maximum allowable load or load and vehicle width is 8 feet.

An oversize/overweight permit is also required for a load, or load and vehicle combined, that is more than 13 feet, 6 inches in height. Automobile carriers have a 14-foot height limit before a permit is required.

In terms of length, an oversize/overweight permit is required for any single-unit vehicle, such as a box truck, that is more than 40 feet long. Other length limits requiring a permit include semitrailers longer than 48 feet and automobile-hauler trailers longer than 50 feet.

Oversize/overweight loads are required to be accompanied by an escort vehicle and must display warning signs and other safety items. Restrictions on when the loads can be hauled also apply, the FHP manual said.