For Heavy Haul transport, an overweight load is a load of freight that exceeds the standard legal weight limits for a specified lane on highway. There are also weight per axle limits. A load that exceeds the per-axle limits, but not the overall weight limits, is considered overweight.
Examples of oversize/overweight loads include construction machines (cranes, front loaders, backhoes, etc.), pre-built homes, containers, construction elements (bridge beams, generators, windmill propellers, rocket stages, industrial equipment).
The standardized dimensions and weights vary between countries and regions within a country. A vehicle that exceeds the standardized dimensions typically requires a special permit which requires extra fees to be paid in order for the oversize/overweight vehicle to legally travel on the roadways within the cities as permits are required to travel in the lanes. The city permit usually will specify a route the load must follow as well as the dates and times during which the load may be able to travel.
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