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625 ILCS 5/15-112
(625 ILCS 5/15-112)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 15-112)
Officers to weigh vehicles and require removal of excess loads.
(a) Any police officer having reason to believe that the weight of a
vehicle and load is unlawful shall require the driver to stop and submit
to a weighing of the same either by means of a portable or stationary
scales that have been tested and approved at a frequency prescribed by the
Illinois Department of Agriculture, or for those scales operated by the State,
when such tests are requested
Illinois State Police, whichever is more frequent.
If such scales are not available at the
place where such vehicle
is stopped, the police officer shall require that such vehicle be driven
to the nearest available scale that has been tested and approved pursuant to
Illinois Department of Agriculture. Notwithstanding any provisions of the
Weights and Measures Act or the United States Department of Commerce NIST
handbook 44, multi or single draft weighing is an acceptable method of weighing
by law enforcement for determining a violation of Chapter 3 or 15 of this Code.
Law enforcement is exempt from the requirements of commercial weighing
established in NIST handbook 44.
Within 18 months after the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, all municipal and county
technicians, and employees who set up and operate portable scales for wheel
load or axle load or both and issue citations based
on the use
of portable scales for wheel load or axle load or both
and who have not successfully completed initial classroom and field training
regarding the set up and operation of portable scales, shall attend and
initial classroom and field training administered by the Illinois Law
Training Standards Board.
(b) Whenever an officer, upon weighing a vehicle and the load,
determines that the weight is unlawful, such officer shall require the
driver to stop the vehicle in a suitable place and remain standing until
such portion of the load is removed as may be necessary to reduce the
weight of the vehicle to the limit permitted under this Chapter, or to
the limit permitted under the terms of a permit issued pursuant to
Sections 15-301 through 15-318 and shall forthwith
arrest the driver or owner. All material so unloaded shall be cared for
by the owner or operator of the vehicle at the risk of such owner or operator;
however, whenever a 3 or 4 axle vehicle with a tandem axle
dimension greater than 72 inches, but less than 96 inches and registered as a
Special Hauling Vehicle is transporting asphalt or concrete in the
plastic state that exceeds axle weight or gross weight limits by less than
4,000 pounds, the owner or operator of the vehicle shall accept the
arrest ticket or tickets for the alleged violations under this Section and
proceed without shifting or reducing the load being transported or may shift or
reduce the load under the provisions of subsection (d) or (e) of this Section,
when applicable. Any fine imposed following an overweight violation by a
vehicle registered as a Special Hauling Vehicle transporting asphalt or
concrete in the plastic state shall be paid as provided in subsection
of paragraph (a) of Section 16-105 of this Code.
(c) The Department of Transportation may, at the request of the
Illinois State Police, erect appropriate regulatory signs on any
State highway directing second division vehicles to a scale. The
Department of Transportation may also, at the direction of any State Police
officer, erect portable regulating signs on any highway directing second
division vehicles to a portable scale. Every such
vehicle, pursuant to such sign, shall stop and be weighed.
(d) Whenever any axle load of a vehicle exceeds the axle or tandem axle
weight limits permitted by paragraph (a) of Section 15-111 by 2000
pounds or less, the owner or operator of the vehicle must shift or
remove the excess so as to comply with paragraph (a) of Section
15-111. No overweight arrest ticket shall be issued to the owner or operator
of the vehicle by any officer if the excess weight is shifted or
required by this paragraph.
(e) Whenever the gross weight of a vehicle with a registered gross
weight of 77,000 pounds or less exceeds the weight limits of paragraph
(a) of Section 15-111 of this Chapter by 2000 pounds or less,
the owner or operator of the vehicle must remove the excess. Whenever
the gross weight of a vehicle with a registered gross weight over 77,000 pounds
or more exceeds the weight limits of paragraph (a) of Section 15-111
by 1,000 pounds or less or 2,000 pounds or less if weighed on wheel load
weighers, the owner or operator of the vehicle
must remove the excess. In either case no arrest ticket for any
overweight violation of this Code shall be issued to the owner or operator
of the vehicle by any officer if the excess weight is removed as required
by this paragraph.
A person who has been granted a special permit under Section 15-301 of this
Code shall not be granted a tolerance on wheel load weighers.
(e-5) Auxiliary power or idle reduction unit (APU) weight.
(1) A vehicle with a fully functional APU shall be
allowed an additional 550 pounds or the certified unit weight, whichever is less. The additional pounds may be allowed in gross, axles, or bridge formula weight limits above the legal weight limits except when overweight on an axle or axles of the towed unit or units in combination. This tolerance shall be given in addition to the limits in subsection (d) of this Section.
(2) An operator of a vehicle equipped with an APU
shall carry written certification showing the weight of the APU, which shall be displayed upon the request of any law enforcement officer.
(3) The operator may be required to demonstrate or
certify that the APU is fully functional at all times.
(4) This allowance may not be granted above the
weight limits specified on any loads permitted under Section 15-301 of this Code.
(f) Whenever an axle load of a vehicle exceeds axle weight limits
allowed by the provisions of a permit an arrest ticket shall be issued,
but the owner or operator of the vehicle may shift the load so as to
comply with the provisions of the permit. Where such shifting of a load
to comply with the permit is accomplished, the owner or operator of the
vehicle may then proceed.
(g) Any driver of a vehicle who refuses to stop and submit his
vehicle and load to weighing after being directed to do so by an officer
or removes or causes the removal of the load or part of it prior to
weighing is guilty of a business offense and shall be fined not less
than $500 nor more than $2,000.
(Source: P.A. 102-538, eff. 8-20-21.)