2001 - 2002 LEGISLATURE
February 20, 2001 - Introduced by Senators Breske and M. Meyer, cosponsored
by Representatives Stone, Grothman, Montgomery, Townsend, Albers,
Lassa, Sykora, Petrowski, Pettis, Wade, Gronemus and Ryba. Referred to
Committee on Insurance, Tourism, and Transportation.
1An Act to amend
348.25 (4) (intro.); and to create
348.26 (7) of the statutes; 2relating to: creating a permit authorizing the operation upon a highway of a
3specialized hauling rig that exceeds statutory size and weight limits.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current law limits the size and weight of motor vehicles that may be lawfully
operated upon a highway. A vehicle may exceed these size and weight limits if the
department of transportation (DOT) or the local highway official has issued a permit
authorizing the operation of the vehicle and specifying the route and conditions of
the operation. This bill authorizes DOT and local highway officials to issue a single
trip permit for the operation of vehicles that are stacked on top of one another if the
vehicles are cargo-bearing components of a vehicle that is used to transport
exceptionally heavy and indivisible cargo; if separating the cargo-bearing
component vehicles into separate vehicles is overly time-consuming or renders the
combined vehicle unfit for its intended use; and if the vehicle is not overly long or tall.
Because this bill concerns an exception to the vehicle weight limits specified in
ch. 348, stats., DOT, as required by law, will prepare a report to be printed as an
appendix to this bill.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB57, s. 1
348.25 (4) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(intro.) Except as provided under s. 348.26 (5) or,
(6), or (7)
or 348.27 3
(3m), (9), (9m), (9r), (9t), (10), (12),
or (13), permits shall be issued only for the 4
transporting of a single article or vehicle which exceeds statutory size, weight or load 5
limitations and which cannot reasonably be divided or reduced to comply with 6
statutory size, weight or load limitations, except that:
SB57, s. 2
348.26 (7) of the statutes is created to read:
348.26 (7) Specialized hauling rig permits.
(a) In this subsection, "specialized 9
hauling rig" means a vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that exceeds 100 feet in 10
length and that is designed to transport nondivisible cargo that is exceptionally 11
heavy. A specialized hauling rig is a nondivisible vehicle within the meaning of 23
(b) The department and those local officials who are authorized to issue permits 14
under sub. (2) may issue single trip permits for the operation of overweight or 15
oversize specialized hauling rigs whose unladen cargo-bearing component units are 16
loaded or stacked on one or more of the specialized hauling rig's cargo-bearing 17
component units. A permit issued under this paragraph is valid only while the 18
specialized hauling rig is in transit to the site where the cargo to be transported will 19
be loaded onto the specialized hauling rig, and while in transit from the site where 20
the specialized hauling rig delivered its cargo. Every permit issued under this 21
paragraph shall designate the route to be used by the permittee. No permit issued 22
under this paragraph may authorize the operation of a specialized hauling rig that 23
exceeds 120 feet in length or that exceeds the height limitations under s. 348.06.