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Full Text of SB1808  102nd General Assembly


Sen. Sue Rezin

Filed: 3/23/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1808 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by
5changing Sections 12-812 and 15-102 as follows:
6    (625 ILCS 5/12-812)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-812)
7    Sec. 12-812. Rules and regulations. (a) The Department may
8promulgate rules and regulations to more completely specify
9the equipment requirements of this Article and may establish
10by rule a pilot program to permit the testing of safety
11equipment not otherwise prohibited by State or federal law.
12    (b) All rules, regulations and standards promulgated from
13time to time by the State Board of Education and the Department
14for the safety and construction of school buses shall be
15applicable to every motor vehicle in this State defined as a
16school bus under Section 1-182.



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1(Source: P.A. 81-1508.)
2    (625 ILCS 5/15-102)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 15-102)
3    Sec. 15-102. Width of vehicles.
4    (a) On Class III and non-designated State and local
5highways, the total outside width of any vehicle or load
6thereon shall not exceed 8 feet 6 inches.
7    (b) Except during those times when, due to insufficient
8light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and
9vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a
10distance of 1000 feet, the following vehicles may exceed the 8
11feet 6 inch limitation during the period from a half hour
12before sunrise to a half hour after sunset:
13        (1) Loads of hay, straw or other similar farm products
14    provided that the load is not more than 12 feet wide.
15        (2) Implements of husbandry being transported on
16    another vehicle and the transporting vehicle while loaded.
17        The following requirements apply to the transportation
18    on another vehicle of an implement of husbandry wider than
19    8 feet 6 inches on the National System of Interstate and
20    Defense Highways or other highways in the system of State
21    highways:
22            (A) The driver of a vehicle transporting an
23        implement of husbandry that exceeds 8 feet 6 inches in
24        width shall obey all traffic laws and shall check the
25        roadways prior to making a movement in order to ensure



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1        that adequate clearance is available for the movement.
2        It is prima facie evidence that the driver of a vehicle
3        transporting an implement of husbandry has failed to
4        check the roadway prior to making a movement if the
5        vehicle is involved in a collision with a bridge,
6        overpass, fixed structure, or properly placed traffic
7        control device or if the vehicle blocks traffic due to
8        its inability to proceed because of a bridge,
9        overpass, fixed structure, or properly placed traffic
10        control device.
11            (B) Flags shall be displayed so as to wave freely
12        at the extremities of overwidth objects and at the
13        extreme ends of all protrusions, projections, and
14        overhangs. All flags shall be clean, bright red flags
15        with no advertising, wording, emblem, or insignia
16        inscribed upon them and at least 18 inches square.
17            (C) "OVERSIZE LOAD" signs are mandatory on the
18        front and rear of all vehicles with loads over 10 feet
19        wide. These signs must have 12-inch high black letters
20        with a 2-inch stroke on a yellow sign that is 7 feet
21        wide by 18 inches high.
22            (D) One civilian escort vehicle is required for a
23        load that exceeds 14 feet 6 inches in width and 2
24        civilian escort vehicles are required for a load that
25        exceeds 16 feet in width on the National System of
26        Interstate and Defense Highways or other highways in



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1        the system of State highways.
2            (E) The requirements for a civilian escort vehicle
3        and driver are as follows:
4                (1) The civilian escort vehicle shall be a
5            vehicle not exceeding a gross vehicle weight
6            rating of 26,000 pounds that is designed to afford
7            clear and unobstructed vision to both front and
8            rear.
9                (2) The escort vehicle driver must be properly
10            licensed to operate the vehicle.
11                (3) While in use, the escort vehicle must be
12            equipped with illuminated rotating, oscillating,
13            or flashing amber lights or flashing amber strobe
14            lights mounted on top that are of sufficient
15            intensity to be visible at 500 feet in normal
16            sunlight.
17                (4) "OVERSIZE LOAD" signs are mandatory on all
18            escort vehicles. The sign on an escort vehicle
19            shall have 8-inch high black letters on a yellow
20            sign that is 5 feet wide by 12 inches high.
21                (5) When only one escort vehicle is required
22            and it is operating on a two-lane highway, the
23            escort vehicle shall travel approximately 300 feet
24            ahead of the load. The rotating, oscillating, or
25            flashing lights or flashing amber strobe lights
26            and an "OVERSIZE LOAD" sign shall be displayed on



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1            the escort vehicle and shall be visible from the
2            front. When only one escort vehicle is required
3            and it is operating on a multilane divided
4            highway, the escort vehicle shall travel
5            approximately 300 feet behind the load and the
6            sign and lights shall be visible from the rear.
7                (6) When 2 escort vehicles are required, one
8            escort shall travel approximately 300 feet ahead
9            of the load and the second escort shall travel
10            approximately 300 feet behind the load. The
11            rotating, oscillating, or flashing lights or
12            flashing amber strobe lights and an "OVERSIZE
13            LOAD" sign shall be displayed on the escort
14            vehicles and shall be visible from the front on
15            the lead escort and from the rear on the trailing
16            escort.
17                (7) When traveling within the corporate limits
18            of a municipality, the escort vehicle shall
19            maintain a reasonable and proper distance from the
20            oversize load, consistent with existing traffic
21            conditions.
22                (8) A separate escort shall be provided for
23            each load hauled.
24                (9) The driver of an escort vehicle shall obey
25            all traffic laws.
26                (10) The escort vehicle must be in safe



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1            operational condition.
2                (11) The driver of the escort vehicle must be
3            in radio contact with the driver of the vehicle
4            carrying the oversize load.
5            (F) A transport vehicle while under load of more
6        than 8 feet 6 inches in width must be equipped with an
7        illuminated rotating, oscillating, or flashing amber
8        light or lights or a flashing amber strobe light or
9        lights mounted on the top of the cab that are of
10        sufficient intensity to be visible at 500 feet in
11        normal sunlight. If the load on the transport vehicle
12        blocks the visibility of the amber lighting from the
13        rear of the vehicle, the vehicle must also be equipped
14        with an illuminated rotating, oscillating, or flashing
15        amber light or lights or a flashing amber strobe light
16        or lights mounted on the rear of the load that are of
17        sufficient intensity to be visible at 500 feet in
18        normal sunlight.
19            (G) When a flashing amber light is required on the
20        transport vehicle under load and it is operating on a
21        two-lane highway, the transport vehicle shall display
22        to the rear at least one rotating, oscillating, or
23        flashing light or a flashing amber strobe light and an
24        "OVERSIZE LOAD" sign. When a flashing amber light is
25        required on the transport vehicle under load and it is
26        operating on a multilane divided highway, the sign and



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1        light shall be visible from the rear.
2            (H) Maximum speed shall be 45 miles per hour on all
3        such moves or 5 miles per hour above the posted minimum
4        speed limit, whichever is greater, but the vehicle
5        shall not at any time exceed the posted maximum speed
6        limit.
7        (3) Portable buildings designed and used for
8    agricultural and livestock raising operations that are not
9    more than 14 feet wide and with not more than a 1 foot
10    overhang along the left side of the hauling vehicle.
11    However, the buildings shall not be transported more than
12    10 miles and not on any route that is part of the National
13    System of Interstate and Defense Highways.
14    All buildings when being transported shall display at
15least 2 red cloth flags, not less than 12 inches square,
16mounted as high as practicable on the left and right side of
17the building.
18    A State Police escort shall be required if it is necessary
19for this load to use part of the left lane when crossing any 2
20laned State highway bridge.
21    (c) Vehicles propelled by electric power obtained from
22overhead trolley wires operated wholly within the corporate
23limits of a municipality are also exempt from the width
25    (d) (Blank).
26    (d-1) A recreational vehicle, as defined in Section 1-169,



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1may exceed 8 feet 6 inches in width if:
2        (1) the excess width is attributable to appurtenances
3    that extend 6 inches or less beyond either side of the body
4    of the vehicle; and
5        (2) the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling has
6    marked lanes for vehicular traffic that are at least 11
7    feet in width.
8    As used in this subsection (d-1) and in subsection (d-2),
9the term appurtenance includes (i) a retracted awning and its
10support hardware and (ii) any appendage that is intended to be
11an integral part of a recreation vehicle.
12    (d-2) A recreational vehicle that exceeds 8 feet 6 inches
13in width as provided in subsection (d-1) may travel any
14roadway of the State if the vehicle is being operated between a
15roadway permitted under subsection (d-1) and:
16        (1) the location where the recreation vehicle is
17    garaged;
18        (2) the destination of the recreation vehicle; or
19        (3) a facility for food, fuel, repair, services, or
20    rest.
21    (e) A vehicle and load traveling upon the National System
22of Interstate and Defense Highways or any other highway in the
23system of State highways that has been designated as a Class I
24or Class II highway by the Department, or any street or highway
25designated by local authorities, may have a total outside
26width of 8 feet 6 inches, provided that certain safety devices



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1that the Department determines as necessary for the safe and
2efficient operation of motor vehicles shall not be included in
3the calculation of width.
4    Section 5-35 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act
5relating to procedures for rulemaking shall not apply to the
6designation of highways under this paragraph (e).
7    (f) Mirrors required by Section 12-502 of this Code and
8other safety devices identified by the Department may project
9up to 14 inches beyond each side of a bus and up to 6 inches
10beyond each side of any other vehicle, and that projection
11shall not be deemed a violation of the width restrictions of
12this Section.
13    (g) Any person who is convicted of violating this Section
14is subject to the penalty as provided in paragraph (b) of
15Section 15-113.
16    (h) Safety devices identified by the Department in
17accordance with Section 12-812 shall not be deemed a violation
18of the width restrictions of this Section.
19(Source: P.A. 100-830, eff. 1-1-19.)".