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Md. highway agency accepting new forms of payment for haulers

July 17, 2011

The Maryland State Highway Administration  has begun accepting credit card/e-check payments as an option for its hauling permit customers required to obtain oversized/overweight load permits.

The new electronic payment system allows SHA’s hauling permit customers to electronically pay for permits, invoices or replenish escrow accounts that are debited. The enhanced method of payment eliminates the need to establish a payment account in advance.

Customers with pre-established online accounts, as well as seasonal and one-time permit customers, can now log on to SHA’s Automated Hauling Permit System at https://ahps.roads.maryland.gov as a guest, and immediately take advantage of this payment feature. A service fee of $4 per transaction will be collected by Vital Chek, the vendor who is providing the service. The site also can be accessed from www.roads.maryland.gov, under Business Center/Commercial Vehicle Operations/Hauling Permits/Online Permitting.

SHA anticipates the electronic payment option will save trucking companies and haulers time and money spent trying to expedite permit fees or interacting with their insurance companies to provide a credit bond.

The state’s maximum legal loads are as follows: 80,000 pounds maximum weight, 8 feet 6 inches maximum width and maximum height is 13 feet 6 inches. Any load exceeding the state’s maximum is required to apply for a hauling permit to travel on Maryland highways.

On average, SHA issues more than 175,000 hauling permits for oversized/overweight vehicles each year.

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