Under Governor Brian Kemp’s April 14 Executive Order, log trucks (and other commercial vehicles) are permitted to continue to utilizing the special weight permit allowing up to 95,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight until May 15, unless it is renewed by the Governor. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March of 2020, log trucks and other commercial vehicles in Georgia have been able to haul up to 95,0000 lbs. thanks to a Public Health State of Emergency Executive Order that has been renewed month to month. On Friday at 11:59pm, Gov. Kemp let the COVID-19 executive order expire which included the 95,000 lbs. for truck weights. However, Saturday at 12:00 a.m. he implemented a new Supply Chain Executive Order that includes the same truck weights provision. GFA’s Government Affairs Team has been in constant contact with the Governor’s Office, and we will continue to report on updates and renewals to the Executive Order as needed. GFA’s President and CEO Andres Villegas applauded the Governor’s continued leadership and support of Georgia’s forestry supply chain. “Our harvest and haul sector is under tremendous pressure that is exacerbated by a shortage of labor, some of the highest insurance rates in the U.S. South and the lowest truck weights. This year’s legislative session provided us with a unique, yet unexpected, opportunity to discuss a more permanent solution for raising Georgia’s weight tolerances, but more time is needed for us to do the work necessary to get this across the finish line,” Villegas said. “We are thankful for the Governor’s continued attention and leadership on this issue as we continue to advocate for ways to address this supply chain crisis.”
- 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 May 15, 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.