The original COVID-19 Economic Recovery Executive Order, which includes a special permit for log trucks and other commercial vehicles was extended through January 26 via Executive Order on December 17.
Log trucks (and other commercial vehicles) can continue to utilize the special weight permit allowing up to 95,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight through January 26. This extension is authorized by an Executive Order issued by Governor Brian Kemp on December 17 renewing the State of Emergency for Continued COVID-19 Economic Recovery.
- To apply for a permit from the Department of Public Safety visit https://gapros.dot.ga.gov/ or call the following numbers during normal business hours:
- 844-837-5500 (Preferred Number, Third Party Permit Vendor)
- 404-624-7258 (DPS # if you have trouble)
- The permit will remain in effect until January 26, unless the Executive Order is renewed by the Governor.
- The permit applies to chip trucks, lumber flatbeds, and all other commercial traffic in addition to log trucks.
Andres Villegas, President & CEO of the Georgia Forestry Association, issued the following statement upon the renewal of the Executive Order.
“Supply chain issues, which consumers are feeling every day, are playing out on the state level with a shortage of truck drivers in the face of increased demand for wood products and other commodities. These issues are compounded in Georgia, which has the lowest hauling weights in the southeast and some of the highest insurance rates. We are thankful for Governor Kemp’s continued support of the forestry industry through his renewal of the COVID-19 Executive Order. This higher weight tolerance allows Georgia logging companies to safely move more wood from the field to the mill with fewer drivers. We hope to work with state and local leaders to find a long-term solution that will provide much needed relief to logging companies while keeping our roads safe and our rural communities thriving.”