2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
October 5, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives Petrowski, Endsley, Tranel,
Farrow, A. Ott, Ripp and Stone, cosponsored by Senators Lazich and
Galloway. Referred to Committee on Transportation.
1An Act to amend
348.25 (3), 348.25 (8) (a) 3., 348.25 (8) (b) 3. (intro.), 348.25 (8) 2
(d), 348.26 (1), 348.26 (2), 348.27 (1) and 348.28 (1); and to create
348.25 (8) (a) 3
4., 348.25 (8) (b) 4., 348.26 (8), 348.27 (17) and 348.29 of the statutes; relating
4to: permits for overweight vehicles or vehicle combinations transporting sealed
5containers or vehicles in international trade.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
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 (DOT) or a local authority, as applicable.
This bill allows DOT to issue overweight permits for vehicles or vehicle
combinations (vehicles) that have six or more axles and that are transporting sealed
loads. The bill defines a "sealed load" as a container or vehicle, being transported in
international trade, that has been sealed with a tamper-evident seal. The permit
does not authorize the operation of any vehicle at a maximum gross weight in excess
of 90,000 pounds. Permit applications must be made electronically to DOT utilizing
an electronic process prescribed by DOT.
The bill further specifies that, as with all other vehicle size or weight permits,
if DOT issues an agricultural emergency permit or farm machinery permit, the
permit must be carried on the vehicle during operation.
Under current law, if any bill introduced in either house of the legislature
directly or indirectly establishes an exception to vehicle weight limitations, DOT
must prepare a report, containing specified information, relating to the bill within
six weeks after the bill is introduced and before any vote is taken on the bill. This
bill directs DOT not to prepare such a report on this bill because DOT recently
completed the Wisconsin Truck Size and Weight Study that contained the same or
similar information that would be contained in a report on 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:
AB305, s. 1
348.25 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
The department shall prescribe forms for applications for all single 3
trip permits the granting of which is authorized by s. 348.26 (2) to (7)
and for those 4
annual, consecutive month or multiple trip permits the granting of which is 5
authorized by s. 348.27 (2) and (4) to (15). The department shall prescribe an
6electronic application process for permits the granting of which is authorized by ss.
7348.26 (8) and 348.27 (17).
The department may impose such reasonable conditions 8
prerequisite to the granting of any permit authorized by s. 348.26 or 348.27 and 9
adopt such reasonable rules for the operation of a permittee thereunder as it deems 10
necessary for the safety of travel and protection of the highways. The department 11
may limit use of the highways under any permit issued to specified hours of the day 12
or days of the week. Local officials granting permits may impose such additional 13
reasonable conditions as they deem necessary in view of local conditions.
AB305, s. 2
348.25 (8) (a) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 3. For Except as provided in subd. 4., for
a vehicle or combination 16
of vehicles, the weight of which exceeds any of the provisions of s. 348.15 (3), 10% of 17
the fee specified in par. (b) 3. for an annual permit for the comparable gross weight, 18
rounded to the nearest whole dollar.
AB305, s. 3
348.25 (8) (a) 4. of the statutes is created to read:
(a) 4. For a permit issued under s. 348.26 (8), $30.
AB305, s. 4
348.25 (8) (b) 3. (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) 3. (intro.) For Except as provided in subd. 4., for
a vehicle or 5
combination of vehicles, the weight of which exceeds any of the provisions of s. 348.15 6
AB305, s. 5
348.25 (8) (b) 4. of the statutes is created to read:
(b) 4. For a permit issued under s. 348.27 (17), $300.
AB305, s. 6
348.25 (8) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
(d) For the purpose of computing the fees under this subsection, if 11
the vehicle or combination of vehicles exceeds weight limitations, no fee in addition 12
to the fee under par. (a) 3. or 4.
, (b) 3. or 4.,
or (bm) shall be charged if the vehicle also 13
exceeds length, width or height limitations or any combination thereof.
AB305, s. 7
348.26 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.26 (1) Applications.
All applications under subs. (2) to (7)
for single trip 16
permits for the movement of oversize or overweight vehicles or loads shall be made 17
upon the form prescribed by the department and shall be made to the officer or 18
agency designated by this section as having authority to issue the particular permit 19
desired for use of the particular highway in question. All applications under sub. (8)
20shall be made to the department utilizing an electronic process prescribed by the
AB305, s. 8
348.26 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.26 (2) Permits for oversize or overweight vehicles or loads.
Except as 24
provided in sub. subs.
(4) and (8)
, single trip permits for oversize or overweight 25
vehicles or loads may be issued by the department for use of the state trunk highways
and by the officer in charge of maintenance of the highway to be used in the case of 2
other highways. Such local officials also may issue such single trip permits for use 3
of state trunk highways within the county or municipality which they represent. 4
Every single trip permit shall designate the route to be used by the permittee. 5
Whenever the officer or agency issuing such permit deems it necessary to have a 6
traffic officer escort the vehicle through the municipality or county, a reasonable fee 7
for such traffic officer's services shall be paid by the permittee. All moneys received 8
from fees imposed by the department under this subsection shall be deposited in the 9
general fund and credited to the appropriation account under s. 20.395 (5) (dg).
AB305, s. 9
348.26 (8) of the statutes is created to read:
348.26 (8) Permits for the transportation of sealed loads in international
(a) The department may issue single trip permits for the transportation of 13
a sealed load, as defined in s. 348.27 (17) (a), to applicants eligible for an annual or 14
consecutive month permit under s. 348.27 (17), subject to the same requirements and 15
limitations for annual and consecutive month permits described in s. 348.27 (17). A 16
permit under this subsection may be issued only by the department, regardless of the 17
highways to be used.
(b) A person issued a permit under this subsection shall use the automated 19
routing system specified in s. 348.25 (11).
AB305, s. 10
348.27 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.27 (1) Applications.
All applications for annual, consecutive month or 22
multiple trip permits for the movement of oversize or overweight vehicles or loads 23
shall be made to the officer or agency designated by this section as having authority 24
to issue the particular permit desired for use of the particular highway in question. 25
All applications under subs. (2) and (4) to (15) shall be made upon forms prescribed
by the department. All applications under sub. (17) shall be made utilizing an
2electronic process prescribed by the department.
AB305, s. 11
348.27 (17) of the statutes is created to read:
348.27 (17) Permits for the transportation of sealed loads in international
(a) In this subsection, "sealed load" means a load consisting of a container 6
or vehicle, being transported in international trade, that has been sealed with a 7
tamper-evident seal affixed at the time of initial loading.
(b) The department may issue annual or consecutive month permits for the 9
transportation of a sealed load in a vehicle or vehicle combination that has 6 or more 10
axles and that exceeds the maximum gross weight limitations under s. 348.15 (3) (c) 11
if the vehicle or vehicle combination does not exceed the maximum gross weight 12
limitations under s. 348.29. Notwithstanding s. 348.15 (8), any axle of a vehicle or 13
vehicle combination that does not impose on the highway at least 8 percent of the 14
gross weight of the vehicle or vehicle combination may not be counted as an axle for 15
the purposes of this paragraph. A permit issued under this subsection does not 16
authorize the operation of any vehicle or vehicle combination at a maximum gross 17
weight in excess of 90,000 pounds.
AB305, s. 12
348.28 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
Permits issued under ss. 348.25, 348.26 and 348.27 (1) to (10), (12)
20to (13), and (15)
shall be carried on the vehicle during operations so permitted.
AB305, s. 13
348.29 of the statutes is created to read:
22348.29 Weight limitations for certain permits.
Notwithstanding s. 348.15 23
(3) (c), for any vehicle or vehicle combination operating under a permit issued under 24
s. 348.26 (8) or 348.27 (17), the gross weight imposed on the highway by any group 25
of 6 or more consecutive axles of a vehicle or combination of vehicles may not exceed
the maximum gross weights in the following table for each of the respective distances 2
between axles and the respective numbers of axles of a group: [See Figure 348.29 3
(1) Exception to review by the department of transportation. 4
Notwithstanding section 13.096 (2) of the statutes, the department of transportation 5
shall not prepare a report on this bill under section 13.096 (2) and (3) of the statutes 6
because the department recently completed the Wisconsin Truck Size and Weight 7
Study, with a final report dated June 15, 2009, that contained the same or similar 8
information that would be contained in a report on this bill under section 13.096 (2) 9
and (3) of the statutes.
(1) This act takes effect on the first day of the 7th month beginning after 12