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H.B. 253

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MOTOR CARRIER PERMIT FEE AMENDMENTS

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2009 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Todd E. Kiser

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Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Protection of Highways Act by amending the fee for oversize and
             10      overweight permits.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    increases fees for oversize and overweight permits;
             14          .    repeals the requirement that certain permits may be issued only upon authorization
             15      of the commission; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          72-7-406, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 305 and 382
             24     
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 72-7-406 is amended to read:
             27           72-7-406. Oversize permits and oversize and overweight permits for vehicles of


             28      excessive size or weight -- Applications -- Restrictions -- Fees -- Rulemaking provisions --
             29      Penalty.
             30          (1) (a) The department may, upon receipt of an application and good cause shown,
             31      issue in writing an oversize permit or an oversize and overweight permit. The oversize permit
             32      or oversize and overweight permit may authorize the applicant to operate or move upon a
             33      highway:
             34          (i) a vehicle or combination of vehicles, unladen or with a load weighing more than the
             35      maximum weight specified in Section 72-7-404 for any wheel, axle, group of axles, or total
             36      gross weight; or
             37          (ii) a vehicle or combination of vehicles that exceeds the vehicle width, height, or
             38      length provisions under Section 72-7-402 .
             39          (b) Except as provided under Subsection (8), an oversize and overweight permit may
             40      not be issued under this section to allow the transportation of a load that is reasonably divisible.
             41          (c) The maximum size or weight authorized by a permit under this section shall be
             42      within limits that do not impair the state's ability to qualify for federal-aid highway funds.
             43          (d) The department may deny or issue a permit under this section to protect the safety
             44      of the traveling public and to protect highway foundation, surfaces, or structures from undue
             45      damage by one or more of the following:
             46          (i) limiting the number of trips the vehicle may make;
             47          (ii) establishing seasonal or other time limits within which the vehicle may operate or
             48      move on the highway indicated;
             49          (iii) requiring security in addition to the permit to compensate for any potential damage
             50      by the vehicle to any highway; and
             51          (iv) otherwise limiting the conditions of operation or movement of the vehicle.
             52          (e) Prior to granting a permit under this section, the department shall approve the route
             53      of any vehicle or combination of vehicles.
             54          (2) An application for a permit under this section shall state:
             55          (a) the proposed maximum wheel loads, maximum axle loads, all axle spacings of each
             56      vehicle or combination of vehicles;
             57          (b) the proposed maximum load size and maximum size of each vehicle or
             58      combination of vehicles;


             59          (c) the specific roads requested to be used under authority of the permit; and
             60          (d) if the permit is requested for a single trip or if other seasonal limits or time limits
             61      apply.
             62          (3) Each oversize permit or oversize and overweight permit shall be carried in the
             63      vehicle or combination of vehicles to which it refers and shall be available for inspection by
             64      any peace officer, special function officer, port of entry agent, or other personnel authorized by
             65      the department.
             66          (4) A permit under this section may not be issued or is not valid unless the vehicle or
             67      combination of vehicles is:
             68          (a) properly registered for the weight authorized by the permit; or
             69          (b) registered for a gross laden weight of 78,001 pounds or over, if the gross laden
             70      weight authorized by the permit exceeds 80,000 pounds.
             71          (5) (a) (i) An oversize permit may be issued under this section for a vehicle or
             72      combination of vehicles that exceeds one or more of the maximum width, height, or length
             73      provisions under Section 72-7-402 .
             74          (ii) Except for an annual oversize permit for an implement of husbandry under Section
             75      72-7-407 or for an annual oversize permit issued under Subsection (5)(a)(iii), only a single trip
             76      oversize permit may be issued for a vehicle or combination of vehicles that is more than 14 feet
             77      6 inches wide, 14 feet high, or 105 feet long.
             78          (iii) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
             79      the department shall make rules for the issuance of an annual oversize permit for a vehicle or
             80      combination of vehicles that is more than 14 feet 6 inches wide, 14 feet high, or 105 feet long
             81      if the department determines that the permit is needed to accommodate highway transportation
             82      needs for multiple trips on a specified route.
             83          (b) The fee is [$25] $30 for a single trip oversize permit under this Subsection (5).
             84      This permit is valid for not more than 96 continuous hours.
             85          (c) The fee is [$60] $75 for a semiannual oversize permit under this Subsection (5).
             86      This permit is valid for not more than 180 continuous days.
             87          (d) The fee is [$75] $90 for an annual oversize permit under this Subsection (5). This
             88      permit is valid for not more than 365 continuous days.
             89          (6) (a) An oversize and overweight permit may be issued under this section for a


             90      vehicle or combination of vehicles carrying a nondivisible load that exceeds one or more of the
             91      maximum weight provisions of Section 72-7-404 [by not more than 25%, except that the gross
             92      weight may not exceed] up to a gross weight of 125,000 pounds.
             93          (b) The fee is [$50] $60 for a single trip oversize and overweight permit under this
             94      Subsection (6). This permit is valid for not more than 96 continuous hours.
             95          (c) A semiannual oversize and overweight permit under this Subsection (6) is valid for
             96      not more than 180 continuous days. The fee for this permit is:
             97          (i) [$150] $180 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             98      more than 80,000 pounds, but not exceeding 84,000 pounds;
             99          (ii) [$260] $320 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             100      more than 84,000 pounds, but not exceeding 112,000 pounds; and
             101          (iii) [$350] $420 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             102      more than 112,000 pounds, but not exceeding 125,000 pounds.
             103          (d) An annual oversize and overweight permit under this Subsection (6) is valid for not
             104      more than 365 continuous days. The fee for this permit is:
             105          (i) [$200] $240 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             106      more than 80,000 pounds, but not exceeding 84,000 pounds;
             107          (ii) [$400] $480 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             108      more than 84,000 pounds, but not exceeding 112,000 pounds; and
             109          (iii) [$450] $540 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             110      more than 112,000 pounds, but not exceeding 125,000 pounds.
             111          (7) (a) A single trip oversize and overweight permit may be issued under this section
             112      for a vehicle or combination of vehicles carrying a nondivisible load that exceeds:
             113          (i) one or more of the maximum weight provisions of Section 72-7-404 [by more than
             114      25% or that exceeds]; or
             115          (ii) a gross weight of 125,000 pounds.
             116          (b) (i) The fee for a single trip oversize and overweight permit under this Subsection
             117      (7), which is valid for not more than 96 continuous hours, is [$.01] $.012 per mile for each
             118      1,000 pounds above 80,000 pounds subject to the rounding described in Subsection (7)(c).
             119          (ii) The minimum fee that may be charged under this Subsection (7) is [$65] $80.
             120          (iii) The maximum fee that may be charged under this Subsection (7) is [$450] $540.


             121          (c) (i) The miles used to calculate the fee under this Subsection (7) shall be rounded up
             122      to the nearest 50 mile increment.
             123          (ii) The pounds used to calculate the fee under this Subsection (7) shall be rounded up
             124      to the nearest 25,000 pound increment.
             125          (iii) The dollar amount used to calculate the fee under this Subsection (7) shall be
             126      rounded to the nearest $10 increment.
             127          (8) (a) An oversize and overweight permit may be issued under this section for a
             128      vehicle or combination of vehicles carrying a divisible load if:
             129          (i) the bridge formula under Subsection 72-7-404 (3) is not exceeded; and
             130          (ii) the length of the vehicle or combination of vehicles is:
             131          (A) more than the limitations specified under Subsections 72-7-402 (4)(c) and (d) but
             132      not exceeding 81 feet in cargo carrying length and the application is for a single trip,
             133      semiannual trip, or annual trip permit; or
             134          (B) more than 81 feet in cargo carrying length but not exceeding 95 feet in cargo
             135      carrying length and the application is for an annual trip permit.
             136          (b) The fee is [$50] $60 for a single trip oversize and overweight permit under this
             137      Subsection (8). The permit is valid for not more than 96 continuous hours.
             138          (c) The fee for a semiannual oversize and overweight permit under this Subsection (8),
             139      which permit is valid for not more than 180 continuous days is:
             140          (i) [$150] $180 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             141      more than 80,000 pounds, but not exceeding 84,000 pounds;
             142          (ii) [$260] $320 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             143      more than 84,000 pounds, but not exceeding 112,000 pounds; and
             144          (iii) [$350] $420 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             145      more than 112,000 pounds, but not exceeding 129,000 pounds.
             146          (d) The fee for an annual oversize and overweight permit under this Subsection (8),
             147      which permit is valid for not more than 365 continuous days is:
             148          (i) [$200] $240 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             149      more than 80,000 pounds, but not exceeding 84,000 pounds;
             150          (ii) [$400] $480 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             151      more than 84,000 pounds, but not exceeding 112,000 pounds; and


             152          (iii) [$450] $540 for a vehicle or combination of vehicles with gross vehicle weight of
             153      more than 112,000 pounds, but not exceeding 129,000 pounds.
             154          [(9) Permits under Subsections (7) and (8) may be issued only upon authorization of
             155      the commission.]
             156          [(10)] (9) Permit fees collected under this section shall be credited monthly to the
             157      Transportation Fund.
             158          [(11)] (10) The department shall prepare maps, drawings, and instructions as guidance
             159      when issuing permits under this section.
             160          [(12)] (11) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking
             161      Act, the department shall make rules governing the issuance and revocation of all permits
             162      under this section and Section 72-7-407 .
             163          [(13)] (12) Any person who violates any of the terms or conditions of a permit issued
             164      under this section:
             165          (a) may have the person's permit revoked; and
             166          (b) is guilty of a class B misdemeanor, except that a violation of any rule made under
             167      Subsection [(12)] (11) is not subject to a criminal penalty.




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