A vehicle unladen or with load shall not exceed a height of thirteen feet, six inches, except by permit as provided in this section. However, a vehicle or combination of vehicles coupled together and used exclusively for the transportation of passenger vehicles, light delivery trucks, panel delivery trucks, pickup trucks, or recreational vehicle chassis may operate without a permit provided that the height of the vehicle or vehicles coupled together does not exceed fourteen feet. This section shall not be construed to require any railroad or public authorities to provide sufficient vertical clearance to permit the operation of such vehicle upon the highways of this state. Any damage to highways, highway or railroad structures or underpasses caused by the height of any vehicle provided for by this section shall be borne by the operator or owner of the vehicle. Vehicles unladen or with load exceeding a height of thirteen feet, six inches but not exceeding fourteen feet may be operated with a permit issued by the department or jurisdictional local authorities. The permits shall be issued annually for a fee of twenty-five dollars and subject to rules adopted by the department. The state or a political subdivision shall not be liable for damage to any vehicle or its cargo if changes in vertical clearance of a structure are made subsequent to the issuance of a permit during the term of the permit.
[C31, 35, § 5067-d2; C39, § 5035.05; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 321.456]
86 Acts, ch 1182, § 4; 97 Acts, ch 100, §4
Referred to in § 321E.1, 321E.8, 321E.17, 805.8(2m)
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