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H.B. 218





Sponsor: Thomas V. Hatch

             5      This act modifies the Transportation Code by amending the exceptions to maximum vehicle
             6      size, weight, and load limitations for certain highways if authorized by a highway authority.
             7      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             8      AMENDS:
             9          72-7-401, as last amended by Chapter 21, Laws of Utah 1999
             10      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             11          Section 1. Section 72-7-401 is amended to read:
             12           72-7-401. Application of size, weight, and load limitations for vehicles -- Exceptions.
             13          (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2), the maximum size, weight, and load
             14      limitations on vehicles under this part apply to all highways throughout the state.
             15          (b) Local authorities may not alter the limitations except as expressly provided under
             16      Sections 41-6-17 and 72-7-408 .
             17          (2) Except as specifically made applicable, the size, weight, and load limitations in this
             18      chapter do not apply to:
             19          (a) fire-fighting apparatus;
             20          (b) highway construction and maintenance equipment being operated at the site of
             21      maintenance or at a construction project as authorized by a highway authority;
             22          (c) highway construction and maintenance equipment temporarily being operated between
             23      a material site and a highway maintenance site or a highway construction project if:
             24          (i) authorized for a specific highway project by the highway authority having jurisdiction
             25      over each highway being used; and
             26          (ii) the distance between the material site and maintenance site or highway construction
             27      project does not exceed ten miles;

             28          [(c)] (d) implements of husbandry incidentally moved on a highway while engaged in an
             29      agricultural operation or incidentally moved for repair or servicing, subject to the provisions of
             30      Section 72-7-407 ;
             31          [(d)] (e) vehicles transporting logs or poles from forest to sawmill:
             32          (i) when required to move upon a highway other than the national system of interstate and
             33      defense highways;
             34          (ii) if the gross vehicle weight does not exceed 80,000 pounds; and
             35          (iii) the vehicle or combination of vehicles are in compliance with Subsections
             36      72-7-404 (1) and (2)(a); and
             37          [(e)] (f) tow trucks or towing vehicles under emergency conditions when:
             38          (i) it becomes necessary to move a vehicle, combination of vehicles, special mobile
             39      equipment, or objects to the nearest safe area for parking or temporary storage;
             40          (ii) no other alternative is available; and
             41          (iii) the movement is for the safety of the traveling public.
             42          (3) (a) Except when operating on the national system of interstate and defense highways,
             43      a motor vehicle carrying livestock as defined in Section 4-1-8 , or a motor vehicle carrying raw
             44      grain if the grain is being transported by the farmer from his farm to market prior to bagging,
             45      weighing, or processing, may exceed by up to 2,000 pounds the tandem axle weight limitations
             46      specified under Section 72-7-404 without obtaining an overweight permit under Section 72-7-406 .
             47          (b) Subsection (3)(a) is an exception to Sections 72-7-404 and 72-7-406 .

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-21-01 10:58 AM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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