Register March 2012 No. 675
Chapter Trans 258
Trans 258.01   Purpose.
Trans 258.02   Definitions.
Trans 258.03   Seed potato overweight permits.
Trans 258.04   Permit application.
Trans 258.05   Eligibility.
Trans 258.06   Validity.
Trans 258.07   Transfers.
Trans 258.08   Insurance and liability conditions.
Trans 258.09   Denial, suspension or revocation of permit.
Trans 258.10   Designation of seed potato route.
Ch. Trans 258 Note Note: Chapter Trans 258 was created as an emergency rule effective 4-3-96.
Trans 258.01 Trans 258.01Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards and procedures for the issuance of overweight permits for the transportation of seed potatoes, and the configuration standards for vehicles engaged in seed potato transportation pursuant to s. 348.27 (9t), Stats.
Trans 258.01 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1996, No. 488, eff. 9-1-96.
Trans 258.02 Trans 258.02Definitions. Unless otherwise stated, the definitions of words and phrases in ss. 340.01 and 348.01 (2), Stats., and s. Trans 250.02 apply to this chapter. In this chapter:
Trans 258.02(1) (1) “Permit" means a seed potato overweight permit authorized under s. 348.27 (9t), Stats.
Trans 258.02(2) (2) “Seed potatoes" means potatoes intended to be planted as a crop.
Trans 258.02(3) (3) “Seed potato route" means the route designated under s. Trans 258.10.
Trans 258.02(4) (4) “STH" means state trunk highway.
Trans 258.02 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1996, No. 488, eff. 9-1-96.
Trans 258.03 Trans 258.03Seed potato overweight permits.
Trans 258.03(1)(1) The department may issue annual or consecutive month permits for the transportation of seed potatoes in vehicles meeting the requirements of this chapter. A permit issued under this chapter shall also permit operation of the unladened vehicle on the seed potato route for the purpose of picking up a load of seed potatoes. A permit issued under this chapter is not suspended by a general suspension of multiple trip divisible load permits unless such a suspension specifically includes seed potato overweight permits. The permit shall consist of one or more cover pages, all attachments thereto, and a copy of this chapter.
Trans 258.03(2) (2) A permit issued under this chapter is not a guarantee of the sufficiency of any highway or structure for the transporting of the vehicle or load, or both.
Trans 258.03 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1996, No. 488, eff. 9-1-96.
Trans 258.04 Trans 258.04Permit application.
Trans 258.04(1) (1) An application for a permit shall be submitted on a department form and shall include the following:
Trans 258.04(1)(a) (a) The name, address and telephone number of the applicant.
Trans 258.04(1)(b) (b) The name, address and telephone number of the applicant's insurer and the applicant's policy number and policy expiration date.
Trans 258.04(1)(c) (c) The date on which the applicant seeks to have the permit first become valid, not more than 60 days later than the date of application.
Trans 258.04(1)(d) (d) The overall weight and height of the vehicle, trailer length, and the gross weight of the vehicle.
Trans 258.04(1)(e) (e) An indication of whether the vehicle is a combination vehicle and the type of combination, a description of the vehicle power unit and the complete vehicle identification number for the power unit.
Trans 258.04(1)(f) (f) The make, year and vehicle identification number for any trailer.
Trans 258.04(1)(g) (g) An indication of the number of pneumatic tires and maximum gross weight for each axle on the vehicle.
Trans 258.04(1)(h) (h) An indication of the spacing between each axle.
Trans 258.04(1)(i) (i) An indication as to whether any axle is steerable.
Trans 258.04(1)(j) (j) An affirmation that the owner has insurance in the amounts required by this chapter or such higher amount as may be required by the department and that the person accepts the terms of the issuance of a permit under this chapter.
Trans 258.04(1)(k) (k) For each access route permitted under s. Trans 258.06 (4) (b) for which the applicant seeks authority to operate, written proof that permission for operation on access routes has been granted by any local authority or person in charge of maintaining those highways.
Trans 258.04(2) (2) A permit application may be submitted in person or by mail to the motor carrier services section permit unit.
Trans 258.04 Note Note: Permit application procedures are specified in s. Trans 250.025. The Motor Carrier Services Section Permit Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is located at 4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 151, P.O. Box 7980, Madison, WI 53707. Permit applications may be obtained from that unit.
Trans 258.04 History History: Cr. Register, August, 1996, No. 488, eff. 9-1-96.
Trans 258.05 Trans 258.05Eligibility. The department may issue permits for combination vehicles under this chapter only to applicants that meet all of the following requirements:
Trans 258.05(1) (1)Statutory requirements. The vehicle and any load satisfies the requirements for a permit under s. 348.25, Stats.
Trans 258.05(2) (2)Seed potato transportation only. The application may not seek authority to transport any commodity or goods other than seed potatoes.
Trans 258.05(3) (3)Maximum size. The vehicle may not exceed 8 feet 6 inches in width, nor 13 feet 6 inches in height, nor may any trailer exceed 53 feet in length.
Trans 258.05(4) (4)Pneumatic tires. The combination vehicle shall be equipped with pneumatic tires.
Trans 258.05(5) (5)Non-steering axle tires. All of the vehicle's non-steering axles shall be equipped with at least 4 tires.
Trans 258.05(6) (6)Six axle minimum. The vehicle shall have a minimum of 6 axles, 3 of which are part of the trailer.
Trans 258.05(7) (7)Maximum gross weight. The vehicle, including any load, may not exceed 90,000 pounds gross weight, nor the weight limitations of s. 348.15 (3) (c), Stats., by more than 10,000 pounds.
Trans 258.05(8) (8)Maximum axle weights. Axle weights may not exceed any of the following:
Trans 258.05(8)(a) (a) 20,000 pounds on a single steering axle.
Trans 258.05(8)(b) (b) 18,000 pounds on a single non-steering axle.
Trans 258.05(8)(c) (c) 16,000 pounds for each axle of a tandem axle, except that on combination vehicles with a gross weight of more than 73,280 pounds, only one tandem axle may have weight above 16,000 pounds, and each additional tandem axle may have an axle weight of not more than 13,000 pounds.
Trans 258.05(8)(d) (d) 16,500 pounds on each trailer axle of a 3 axle group separated by no less than 3 feet 6 inches and no more than 9 feet.
Trans 258.05(8)(e) (e) 13,000 pounds on each trailer axle in a group of 4 or more separated by no less than 3 feet 6 inches.
Trans 258.05(9) (9)Four tires per axle. Axles with less than 4 tires may not be considered for purposes of completing any weight calculation under sub. (8).
Trans 258.05(10) (10)Balanced load. Wheels on one side of the vehicle may not carry more than 60 percent of the load.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.