2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 24, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Spiros, Ripp, Krug, Kulp and
Mursau, cosponsored by Senators Petrowski, Cowles, Marklein and Olsen.
Referred to Committee on Transportation.
1An Act to amend
348.15 (3) (f) 2.; and to create
348.15 (3) (h) of the statutes; 2relating to: weight limit exceptions for vehicles equipped with idle reduction
3technology or natural gas fuel systems.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill provides that heavy-duty vehicles with idle reduction technology and
vehicles that operate on natural gas may exceed certain weight limits.
Under current law, with limited exceptions, no person may operate on a
highway any vehicle or combination of vehicles that exceeds certain statutory weight
limits unless the person obtains a permit issued by the Department of
Transportation or a local authority.
Under current law, a heavy-duty vehicle equipped with idle reduction
technology may exceed statutory weight limits by 400 pounds or the weight of the idle
reduction technology, whichever is less. This bill increases the amount by which
these vehicles may exceed statutory weight limits to 550 pounds. This bill also
provides that vehicles fueled primarily by natural gas may exceed statutory weight
limits by an amount equal to the difference between the weight of the natural gas fuel
system and a comparable diesel fuel system or 2,000 pounds, whichever is less.
Under current law, for any bill that establishes an exception to vehicle weight
limits, DOT must prepare a report containing specified information within six weeks
after the bill is introduced. This bill directs DOT not to prepare a report for 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:
348.15 (3) (f) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
(f) 2. Notwithstanding pars. (a) to (c) and (g), sub. (4), and ss. 348.17 3
and 349.16, and subject to subd. 3., in the case of a heavy-duty vehicle equipped with 4
idle reduction technology, the gross weight of the vehicle, and the gross weight 5
imposed on the highway by the wheels of any one axle or axle group of the vehicle, 6
may exceed the applicable weight limitation specified in pars. (a) to (c) or (g) or posted 7
as provided in s. 348.17 (1) by not more than 400
pounds or the weight of the idle 8
reduction technology, whichever is less.
348.15 (3) (h) of the statutes is created to read:
(h) Notwithstanding pars. (a) to (c) and (g), sub. (4), and ss. 348.17 11
and 349.16, in the case of a vehicle operated by an engine fueled primarily by natural 12
gas, the gross weight of the vehicle, and the gross weight imposed on the highway 13
by the wheels of any one axle or axle group of the vehicle, may exceed the applicable 14
weight limitation specified in pars. (a) to (c) or (g) or posted as provided in s. 348.17 15
(1) by not more than 2,000 pounds, or an amount equal to the difference between the 16
weight of the natural gas tank and fueling system and the weight of a comparable 17
diesel tank and fueling system, whichever is less.
(1) Exception to review by the department of transportation. 20
Notwithstanding section 13.096 (2) of the statutes, for the treatment of section
348.15 (3) (f) 2. and (h) of the statutes, the department of transportation may not 2
prepare a report under section 13.096 (2) and (3) of the statutes.