Senate Study Bill 1061 - Introduced SENATE/HOUSE FILE _____ BY (PROPOSED DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BILL) A BILL FOR An Act relating to single-trip permits for vehicles of 1 excessive size and weight during special or emergency 2 situations. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 1220XD (2) 90 th/ns
S.F. _____ H.F. _____ Section 1. Section 321E.9, subsection 2, Code 2023, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 2. Vehicles with indivisible loads may be moved in special 3 or emergency situations, provided the permit-issuing authority 4 has reviewed the route and has approved the movement of the 5 vehicle and load. 6 a. The permit-issuing authority may impose any special 7 restrictions on movements as deemed necessary or exempt 8 movements from the restrictions of section sections 321E.7, 9 321E.11 , and 321E.32 by permit under this subsection . 10 b. When the department determines a special or emergency 11 situation exists, the combined gross weight or gross weight on 12 any one axle or group of axles on a vehicle or combination of 13 vehicles issued a permit under this subsection may exceed the 14 maximum weights specified in section 321.463, subject to the 15 limits and routes established by the permit-issuing authority. 16 EXPLANATION 17 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 18 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 19 Under current law, the department of transportation (DOT) 20 and local authorities are authorized to issue permits for 21 the movement of vehicles that exceed the dimensions and 22 weight limits established in Code chapter 321 (motor vehicles 23 and law of the road). One such authorization allows the 24 DOT and local authorities to issue single-trip permits for 25 vehicles with indivisible loads to be moved during special 26 or emergency situations. Vehicles operating under such a 27 permit may have a maximum load of 20,000 pounds per axle (Code 28 section 321.463(3)), or 46,000 pounds on a single tandem axle 29 of a truck tractor, trailer, or semitrailer if each axle 30 of each tandem group has at least four tires (Code section 31 321E.7(1)(e)). The fee for a single-trip permit is $35. The 32 permit-issuing authority has discretion to impose any necessary 33 special restrictions on movements or exempt movements from date 34 and time restrictions established under Code section 321E.11. 35 -1- LSB 1220XD (2) 90 th/ns 1/ 2
S.F. _____ H.F. _____ This bill authorizes the DOT and local authorities to also 1 exempt holders of such permits from load limits per axle 2 (Code section 321E.7) and axle calculations based on the use 3 of certain dolly axles (Code section 321E.32). When the DOT 4 determines a special or emergency situation exists, the bill 5 also authorizes the combined gross weight or gross weight on 6 any one axle or group of axles to exceed the limits established 7 in Code section 321.463, subject to the limits and routes 8 established by the single-trip permit-issuing authority. 9 -2- LSB 1220XD (2) 90 th/ns 2/ 2