(1) Definitions. For the purposes of this rule:
    (a) A “Sealed Containerized Load” means a freight container with or without wheels, as defined in Title 49 C.F.R., Part 59, Sec 5901(4), Rev. 2008, incorporated herein by reference, available at https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-02204.
    (b) “Destination point” means the location where the packer’s seal, law enforcement seal, or U.S. Customs’ seal is broken.
    (c) “Point of origin” means the location where the packer’s seal is affixed.
    (2) General. Sealed containerized loads being moved via a truck or trucks and rail in conjunction with a maritime shipment will be considered a “nondivisible” load, eligible for an overweight or overdimensional permit, when the following conditions are met:
    (a) The sealed containerized load is being moved by a vehicle qualified to do so under the provisions of this rule:
    1. From a maritime port to the destination point, or
    2. From a maritime port to a railroad facility for movement to the destination point, or
    3. From the point of origin to a maritime port, or
    4. From the point of origin to a railroad facility for movement to a maritime port; and,
    (b) The sealed containerized load retains the original unbroken seal from its point of origin, a seal placed by law enforcement, or a replacement U.S. Customs’ seal throughout its transit until reaching its destination point.
    (3) Required On-Board Documents.
    (a) The operators of vehicles transporting sealed containerized loads by permits issued pursuant to this rule shall at all times have on board and make available for inspection a hard copy of at least one of the following documents:
    1. A short form master bill of lading,
    2. A copy of an electronically transmitted way bill, or
    3. A completed U.S. Customs Service Authority to move (Form 75-12) valid for the permitted load.
    (b) The document(s) in paragraph (a) shall include the following readily identifiable information:
    1. Consignor,
    2. Point of origin,
    3. Consignee,
    4. Point of destination; and,
    5. Either the number of the packer’s cargo seal or the number of the U.S. Customs seal.
    (4) No Straight Trucks. Because of the nature of the load to be carried and the potential for increased wear to the highway from vehicles so loaded, no straight truck, as defined in Florida Statutes § 316.003(70), shall be eligible for a permit to haul sealed containerized loads.
    (5) Trip or Multi-Trip Permits. When applying for a trip or multi-trip permit to transport sealed containerized loads, the hauler must submit an application in accordance with subsection Fla. Admin. Code R. 14-26.00411(4), and include:
    (a) Maximum gross weight of the vehicle and load;
    (b) Axle spacing (center to center of each axle);
    (c) The total number of axles and total weight on each axle of the vehicle/vehicle combination;
    (d) The origin and destination of the highway move (for trip permits);
    (e) Either the number of the packer’s cargo seal or the number of the U.S. Customs’ seal;
    (f) The State highway(s) requested to be traveled (for trip permits).
    (6) Overall Gross Vehicle Weight. Vehicles operating under a permit issued pursuant to this rule shall not exceed an overall gross vehicle weight of 100,000 pounds.
    (7) Axle Spacings. All vehicles operating under a permit issued pursuant to this rule shall meet the minimum axle spacing requirements described in the permit.
    (8) Number of Axles. All vehicles operating under a permit issued pursuant to this rule shall have a minimum of five load-bearing axles in operation at all times during movement.
    (9) Outer Bridge Length. All vehicles operating under a permit issued pursuant to this rule shall have an outer bridge length of 51 feet or greater.
Rulemaking Authority 316.550, 334.044(2) FS. Law Implemented 316.535, 316.550, 334.044(27) FS. History—New 9-14-93, Amended 6-23-96, 2-1-10, 10-4-10, 2-5-13, 3-9-17.