Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides a definition for "automobile transporter" and "backhaul". Amends the definition for "stinger-steered semitrailer" and "truck tractor". Provides that the length of a stinger-steered semitrailer specifically designed to transport motor vehicles or an automobile transporter cannot exceed 80 feet (rather than 75 feet), with an overhang of less than 4 feet (rather than 3 feet) and a rear overhang of less than 6 feet (rather than 4 feet). Provides an automobile transporter of these lengths can also be used when transporting other cargo or general freight on a backhaul. Effective immediately.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill and adds the following. Further amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Defines "covered heavy duty tow and recovery vehicle", "towaway trailer transporter combination", and "trailer transporter towing unit". Provides the Code Chapter governing weight of vehicles applies to fire apparatus, but maintains the fire apparatus Code exemption for size and load. Provides on Class I and Class II highways that: (1) a truck in transit transporting 3 trucks coupled together by the triple saddlemount method may not exceed 97 feet overall dimension (rather than 75 feet) and (2) a towaway trailer transporter combination may not exceed 82 feet overall dimension. Provides towaway trailer transporter combinations, with no overall length limitations, with certain exceptions, have unlimited access to points of loading, unloading, or delivery to or from a manufacturer, distributor, or dealer. Exempts from the Code's general wheel and axle load and gross weight formula: (1) a covered heavy duty tow and recovery vehicle, (2) a vehicle or combination of vehicles that uses natural gas or propane gas as a motor fuel may exceed the Code's weight limitations by up to 2,000 pounds on all highways (rather than providing an exception for interstate highways), (3) an emergency vehicle that is a vehicle designed to be used under emergency conditions to transport personnel and equipment, and used to support the suppression of fires and mitigation of other hazardous situations, may not exceed 86,000 pounds gross weight, or any of the following weight allowances: (i) 24,000 pounds on a single steering axle; (ii) 33,500 pounds on a single drive axle; (iii) 62,000 pounds on a tandem axle; or (iv) 52,000 pounds on a tandem rear drive steer axle, and (4) a bus, motor coach, or recreational vehicle may carry a total weight of 24,000 pounds on a single axle, but may not exceed other weight provisions of the Code. Provides the covered heavy duty tow and recovery vehicle license plate must cover the operating empty weight of the covered heavy duty tow and recovery vehicle only. Provides the total allowance for vehicles that uses natural gas or propane gas as a motor fuel is calculated by an amount that is equal to the difference between the weight of the vehicle attributable to the natural gas or propane gas tank and fueling system carried by the vehicle, and the weight of a comparable diesel tank and fueling system. Provides a vehicle with a fully functional APU shall be allowed an additional 550 pounds (rather than 400 pounds) or the certified unit weight, whichever is less. Relocates a provision allowing a State or local agency to authorize the issuance of excess size or weight permits for vehicles and loads, involving the transporting of fluid milk products, that are divisible and that can be carried, when divided, within the existing size or weight maximum specified in the Code; but removes the limitations on the permit that a single axle may not exceed 20,000 pounds, a gross weight may not exceed 80,000 pounds, the permit issued by the State does not apply to interstate highways, and that all road and bridge postings must be obeyed. Repeals provision setting the fee for special permits to transport raw milk at $12.50 per quarter and $50 annually. Effective immediately.