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H.272

Introduced by   Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham, Adams of Hartland, DePoy of Rutland City, Flory of Pittsford, Keogh of Burlington, Larocque of Barnet, Molloy of Arlington, Morrissey of Bennington, Nitka of Ludlow, Shaw of Derby and Valliere of Barre City

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Motor vehicles; trucks; 90,000 pounds

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize five or more axle truck tractors, semi-trailer combinations, or truck trailer combinations to be registered for and operated with a maximum gross weight of 90,000 pounds without a permit on state highways, and upon posted state and town highways and on those highways designated as the national system of interstate and defense highways when the vehicle has been issued a permit.

AN ACT RELATING TO AUTHORIZING THE OPERATION OF 90,000‑POUND TRUCKS UNDER DEFINED CIRCUMSTANCES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  23 V.S.A. § 1392 is amended to read:

§ 1392.  Gross limits on highways

Except as provided in section 1400 of this title, a person or corporation shall not operate or cause to be operated a motor vehicle in excess of the total weight, including vehicle, object, or contrivance and load, of:

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(16)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a five or more axle truck tractor, semi-trailer combination, or truck trailer combination, when the load consists solely of unprocessed milk products as defined in subdivision 4(55) of this title, may be registered for and operated with a maximum gross weight of 90,000 pounds without a permit on state highways, without permit, and upon posted state and town highways and on those highways designated as the national system of interstate and defense highways when the vehicle has been issued a permit in compliance with the provisions of section 1400 of this title; however:

(A)  Vehicles registered pursuant to this subdivision (16) of this section shall be subject to the same axle spacing restrictions as are applied to five or more axle vehicles registered to 80,000 pounds as set forth in subdivision (4) of this section:

(B)  The following shall also apply to vehicles registered pursuant to this subdivision (16);:

(i)  no single axle load shall be in excess of 22,400 pounds except that a 10 percent tolerance shall be allowed on each single axle;

(ii)  no tandem axle load shall be in excess of 36,000 pounds except that a 10 percent tolerance shall be allowed on each tandem axle;

(iii)  no single axle of a tandem axle unit shall support more than 60 percent of the total rate supported by the tandem axle unit;

(iv)  no tri-axle group, as defined in subdivision (6)(D) of this section, shall support a gross weight in excess of that allowed in subdivision (4) of this section and no tolerance shall be allowed on any tri-axle group;

(v)  no single axle of a tri-axle group shall support more than 40 percent of the total weight supported by the tri-axle group;

(vi)  the maximum load on any axle of the vehicle shall not exceed more than 600 pounds per inch of tire width computed in conformity with the manufacturer's designated width;

(vii)  no tolerance shall be allowed on the gross weight of any vehicle registered under the provisions of this subdivision, nor shall the axle tolerance permitted in subdivisions (i) and (ii) of this subdivision apply when the vehicle is being operated upon posted state or town highways pursuant to the provisions of 23 V.S.A. § 1400.  On those highways designated as the national system of interstate and defense highways, the provisions of 23 V.S.A. § 1391(c) shall apply.

(C)  The fee for the annual permit as provided in this subdivision shall be $7.00 when the fee has been paid to register the vehicle for 90,000 pounds or $285.00 when the vehicle is registered for 80,000 pounds.

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