Heavy Road Legal

The laws that govern the size and weight of trucks in the state of Kentucky can be found in Ky. Rev. Stat. §§189.221 et seq. (available on the state website under law.justia.com/codes/kentucky/2016/chapter-189/section-.221). Specific provisions for the „road transport network for coal or extended weight coal by-products” are set out in Article Ky. Rev. stat. §177.9771. The Kentucky Administrative Code for Commercial Vehicles is found in Title 603 of the Kentucky Bylaws (available under www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/TITLE603.HTM).

To strike a balance between protecting roads during the spring thaw and allowing truck operators to maximize their load, northern U.S. states and Canadian provinces have committed to enforcing „freeze laws.” Freeze laws are seasonal restrictions on traffic weight restrictions and speeds on roads that are subject to thaw mitigation measures. During the spring thaw, the platform is softened by moisture trapped under the roadway, reducing the supporting force of the road unless the original structural strengths. Note: The condition of the road surface – moisture or frost on the road surface – does not affect the strength of the road (it can affect traction and controllability). In general, during spring tamping, the maximum axle loads and the permissible total weight are reduced by up to 35%. Each state or province has established maximum axle and gross vehicle weight weights for major national and state routes for trucks. Managing freezing laws? Seasonal weight restrictions usually begin in early March and last until mid-June. Since conditions vary from year to year from sub-normal to above-normal temperatures, most states and provinces reserve the authority to adjust spring load restrictions based on observed seasonal rainfall and temperature conditions, weather forecasts, and soil moisture samples to determine the dates for establishing and lifting weight restrictions.

Weight restrictions remain in place until enough moisture has escaped and the platforms become stable again. The greatest surface damage occurs in the first four weeks after the onset of the spring thaw. North Dakota uses temperature sensors in the base layers of road sections, long-term temperature forecasts and pavement sensors to assess the strength of road supports and predict when load stresses need to be imposed or lifted. States may be intentionally vague about actual weight restrictions and favor decisions and restrictions on a case-by-case basis. Information can only be made available by contacting the State Highway Department. For example, the following chart from North Dakota seems typical of weight restrictions in many states. Axle loads are determined by actual temperature conditions, soil moisture content and observed road conditions. Note that different weight restrictions may apply in different parts of the state. Corpus Christi Port Authority Permit: The Corpus Christi Port Authority may issue permits for the transportation of oversized or overweight vehicles carrying goods on a road owned and maintained by the Port Authority located in San Patricio County or Nueces County (Texas Ann Transportation Code §§623.280 et seq.). Vehicles built for special types of work: Any vehicle, private or public, engaged in garbage collection may travel on any road or highway outside the highway with a rear axle weight that exceeds the axle weight restrictions of 7,000 lbs. and a total rear axle weight of up to 44,500 lbs (Gen. Stat.

ann. § 14-269a). Coal transportation road network: The „heavy-weight coal or coal by-product road transportation system” includes all government-maintained toll roads or government-maintained roads that were previously toll roads, as well as public roads on which quantities of coal or coal by-products of more than 50,000 tonnes were transported by motor vehicles in the during the period beginning on 1 January. 1985 to 31 December 1985. The routes in the network are updated annually. The Ministry of Transport shall publish a list, including maps and other supporting documents, showing the official network of coal roads in the logging and coal mining districts, including all roads, roads, bridges and public roads on which sufficient quantities of coal are sufficient to significantly improve the condition and repair condition of such roads, roads, bridges and roads were transported in the previous year. influence. There is no provision for increasing the weight of coal or coal by-products authorizing a vehicle to drive beyond state weight limits on interstate highways (Ky. Rev. Stat. § 177.977 [1] & Ky. Rev.

Stat. § 177.9771). Regulations for the transportation of heavy goods (maximum weights) are determined individually by each state or province. The federal government does not license or regulate heavy or overweight shipments. Each state is required to maintain its own national regulations. States are tasked with issuing permits for obesity. An important element of these permits is that bridge inspections may be required to ensure that bridges are properly designed for overweight loads. Note that on trucks using an „excess weight permit”, a robust sign such as a „heavy” or „overweight” banner is not required. The Idaho Transportation Board may issue permits for overweight travel on these routes. All additions and cancellations to the system must be approved by the state legislature for state highways. A local road authority may determine these routes on routes under its jurisdiction, except that no local authority may approve a route that provides a transit route for interstate airlines across the state (Idaho Code § 49-1004[4]).36 Agricultural products: A road authority is authorized to issue an annual permit for vehicles or combinations of vehicles intended for the transportation of raw or unprocessed agricultural products.

with the following axle and weight limits: The „modern era” of federal participation in the weight of commercial vehicles dates back to the Eisenhower administration and the enactment of the Federal Assistance Highway Act of 1956 (Public Law 84-627), which authorized the interstate system. This legislation established weight limits to protect federal investment in the intergovernmental system from excessive harm caused by overweight commercial vehicles. 1 In particular, the 1956 Act set maximum load limits, including a maximum width of 96 inches, an axle weight of 18,000 pounds, a tandem axle of 32,000 pounds and a maximum gross laden weight (GVWR) of 73,280 pounds. To ensure that states comply with prescribed weights, the federal government would withhold federal funds from non-compliant states. However, the 1956 Act allowed states to maintain higher GVWR limits set under a grandfather clause in their states. Almost 20 years later, the 1974 federal amendments, Public Law 93-643, increased federal axle weight limits to the maximum allowed today – £20,000 and £34,000 respectively for single and tandem axles with a total weight of 80,000 pounds. It should be noted that the federal limits were only maximum levels and that several states continued to apply GVWRs below these federal limits. The Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 extended federal weight limits to federal highways in all states. The bill also expanded federal regulations on the size of commercial vehicles, requiring the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to designate a national network of highways, including highways, in which states had to allow federal limits on weights and certain dimensions. Changes in size and weight in the 1982 Act were accompanied by changes to federal truck taxes to better reflect responsibility for the costs of heavy trucks.