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Special Hauling

Effective February 20, 2019, the Thruway Authority Over-Dimensional Permitting System (TOPS) will no longer be available to obtain Special Hauling Permits (SHPs) for trips taken on the New York State Thruway System. All annual bulk milk, sealed shipping containers or steel hauler’s permits, as well as single use SHPs must be ordered through the Highway Oversize/Overweight Credentialing System (HOOCS) (https://hoocs.dot.ny.gov/HOOCS/) Leaving NYS Thruway Authority's Website . Commercial users must have an OSCAR account to apply for a SHP through HOOCS. Non-commercial users must have a NY.gov ID account.

NOTE: Annual permits that were already issued will need to be renewed via the OSCAR/HOOCS System upon their expiration.

To obtain a NY.gov ID: https://my.ny.gov/ Leaving NYS Thruway Authority's Website .

View additional information about HOOCS PDF 

HOOCS Registered Users

Login to HOOCS Leaving NYS Thruway Authority's Website 
Please allow at least 48 hours for application processing.

Special Hauling Guidelines

Note: All vehicles traveling the NYS Thruway that are greater than 8'6" wide must obtain a Special Hauling Permit from HOOCS. Additionally, for vehicles greater than 10' wide, a Special Hauling Permit is required and tolls must be paid with E-ZPass, no cash. For more information on the HOOCS program, call the Special Hauling Permit Unit at (877) 901-2700 ext. 2793 or (518) 436-2793.

Route Information

Annual Permit Information

Overweight Bulk Milk Haulers Permit

  • Require a NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) Annual Bulk Milk permit.
  • The maximum allowable weight on the Thruway is 100,000 lbs.
  • A one hundred dollar ($100.00) twelve-month fee is charged to your OSCAR Escrow account.
  • A separate permit is required for each motorized unit.
  • An overweight trailer cannot be operated in a tandem combination.
  • Amendments are twenty-five dollars ($25.00)

Sealed Container Permit

  • Require a NYS DOT Sealed Container permit. View NYS Thruway Sealed Container Permit Form (TA-W68173) PDF 
  • A separate permit is required for each motorized unit.
  • The insurance requirement includes CERTIFICATE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE (ACORD 25) and a NYS THRUWAY AUTHORITY SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE CERTIFICATE (TA-W51343) providing business auto coverage of at least $1,000,000 with a 30-day cancellation provision and the NYS Thruway Authority named as an additional insured using ISO CA20 48 02 99.
  • The maximum weight for a sealed container permit is 125% of the legal weight (not to exceed 100,000 lbs.).  Height, length and width must be of legal dimensions.
  • Amendments are twenty-five dollars ($25.00)
Sealed Container Fee Schedule
Application Date Fee
January 1 – March 31 $1,250.00
April 1 – June 30 $937.50
July 1 – September 30 $625.00
October 1 – December 31 $312.50

Sealed Container Permit Violations

Permit holders must comply with all Thruway Authority regulations, policies and procedures, as well as all applicable provisions of Federal, State and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to: Vehicle and Traffic Law, Department of Motor Vehicle regulations, Transportation Law, Department of Transportation regulations and Public Authorities Law.  A violation of any such laws, regulations, policies or procedures may, at the Thruway Authority’s discretion, result in the revocation of this permit or the imposition of sanctions against the permit holder.

Violations include, but are not limited to:

  • No NYSTA SEALED CONTRAINER PERMIT
  • No DOT ANNUAL SEALED CONTAINER PERMIT
  • No Bill of Lading
  • No Certified Weight Slip for port of entry
  • Failure to comply with NYSTA Insurance Requirements
  • Broken Seals
  • Traveling off route
  • Vehicle overweight
  • Vehicle overdimensional
  • Falsified Permit
  • Altered Permit

Steel Hauler Overweight Permit

  • Valid only between Interchanges 49 and 56 (I-90) including Niagara Section to N 17 ( I-190).
  • Steel Hauler permits commence May 1 of the year acquired and ending April 30 of the following year.  These same permits will be available to late applicants on the nine, six and three month prorated basis.
  • Require a NYS DOT Steel Hauler permit.
  • Insurance requirements includes CERTIFICATE OF LIABILITY INSURANCE (ACORD 25) and a NYS THRUWAY AUTHORITY SUPPLIEMENTAL INSURANCE CERTIFICATE (TA-W51343).
  • All other vehicle dimensions must meet legal requirements.
  • Approved power unites with Steel Hauler permits may carry lower Category loads without further approval, as long as the load is equal to or less than the Maximum Weight for that Category.  Additional trailers will be accepted when listed on company’s official letterhead and signed by an authorized company representative.
  • All vehicles using a Steel Hauler permit must carry a copy of the approved application in the vehicle.
  • Suspension of your State Steel Hauler permit will result in suspension of this permit.
  • Any violation of these permit restrictions will terminate the Permit and the vehicle will be subject to Special Hauling fees and overweight fines.
  • Amendments are twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
Steel Hauler Permit Cost
Category Maximum Weight Fee
5 axles 100,000 lbs. $350.00
6 axles 112,000 lbs. $550.00
7 axles 124,500 lbs. $750.00
8 or more axles 134,500 lbs. $950.00