South Carolina Owner Operator Jobs
With two seaports at Charleston and Georgetown, trucking is a big part of the economy of South Carolina. Upgrades to the Charleston port are planned to allow even more freight to flow into the state and across the nation. Charleston is the eighth busiest port in the United States in annual cargo value, which means lots of jobs for the owner operator in South Carolina.
Moving freight from the ports to the rest of the country takes place on ten interstates, another dozen national highways and hundreds of miles of state and local roadways. Two more interstates are being planned. I-95 runs through the state on its way from Florida to Maine.
Traffic congestion is a problem on 38 percent of the state’s urban highways. Greenville, Charleston and Columbia all have backed up traffic during the morning and afternoon commutes. Charleston in particular has a problem with the afternoon rush hour.
South Carolina has travel restrictions on holidays for oversize loads. The restricted times generally correspond with national holidays. Permit offices in Richland and Lexington counties are allowed to close due to winter weather conditions.
Because the state is subject to adverse weather due to hurricanes there are waiver provisions written into state law. These can include authorization to bypass weight stations or waivers on oversize permit restrictions. The State Transport Police and Emergency Management Division are resources for drivers if dangerous weather is approaching.
Single or multiple oversize permits can be conveniently ordered online through the state’s internet system. Annual trip permits cannot be ordered through the system with a credit card, however. If the owner operator in South Carolina has set up an escrow account with the state, then annual permits can be successfully processed online.
As part of the oversize permit process drivers are required to print out a copy of the state’s designated overweight truck route map from the DOT website. The map must be attached to the permit or the permit is void.