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Public Act 098-0942

 SB2620 Enrolled LRB098 14561 MLW 49337 b

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`    ``AN ACT concerning transportation.```` ```

`    ````Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, ```
`represented in the General Assembly:```` `````` ```

`    ``Section 5. ``The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by changing `
`Section 15-111 as follows:`
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`    ``(625 ILCS 5/15-111)``  ``(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 15-111)```` `````` ```
`    ``Sec. 15-111. ``Wheel and axle loads and gross weights. ```` ```
`    ````(a) No vehicle or combination of vehicles with pneumatic ```
```tires may be operated, unladen or with load, when the total ```
```weight on the road surface exceeds the following: 20,000 pounds ```
```on a single axle; 34,000 pounds on a tandem axle with no axle ```
```within the tandem exceeding 20,000 pounds; 80,000 pounds gross ```
```weight for vehicle combinations of 5 or more axles; or a total ```
`weight on a group of 2 or more consecutive axles in excess of `
```that weight produced by the application of the following ```
```formula: W = 500 times the sum of (LN divided by N-1) + 12N + ```
```36, where "W" equals overall total weight on any group of 2 or ```
```more consecutive axles to the nearest 500 pounds, "L" equals ```
```the distance measured to the nearest foot between extremes of ```
```any group of 2 or more consecutive axles, and "N" equals the ```
```number of axles in the group under consideration.`````` ```
`    ``The above formula when expressed in tabular form results in `
```allowable loads as follows:`````` ```

```Distance measured ```
```to the nearest ```
```foot between the ```
```extremes of any         Maximum weight in pounds ```
```group of 2 or           of any group of ```
```more consecutive        2 or more consecutive axles ```
`axles```` ```
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`feet``2 axles``3 axles``4 axles``5 axles``6 axles`
`4``34,000`
`5``34,000`
`6``34,000`
`7``34,000`
`8``38,000*``42,000`
`9``39,000``42,500`
`10``40,000``43,500`
`11``44,000`
`12``45,000``50,000`
`13``45,500``50,500`
`14``46,500``51,500`
`15``47,000``52,000`
`16``48,000``52,500``58,000`
`17``48,500``53,500``58,500`
`18``49,500``54,000``59,000`
`19``50,000``54,500``60,000`
`20``51,000``55,500``60,500``66,000`
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 `21` `51,500` `56,000` `61,000` `66,500` `22` `52,500` `56,500` `61,500` `67,000` `23` `53,000` `57,500` `62,500` `68,000` `24` `54,000` `58,000` `63,000` `68,500` `25` `54,500` `58,500` `63,500` `69,000` `26` `55,500` `59,500` `64,000` `69,500` `27` `56,000` `60,000` `65,000` `70,000` `28` `57,000` `60,500` `65,500` `71,000` `29` `57,500` `61,500` `66,000` `71,500` `30` `58,500` `62,000` `66,500` `72,000` `31` `59,000` `62,500` `67,500` `72,500` `32` `60,000` `63,500` `68,000` `73,000` `33` `64,000` `68,500` `74,000` `34` `64,500` `69,000` `74,500` `35` `65,500` `70,000` `75,000` `36` `66,000` `70,500` `75,500` `37` `66,500` `71,000` `76,000` `38` `67,500` `72,000` `77,000` `39` `68,000` `72,500` `77,500` `40` `68,500` `73,000` `78,000` `41` `69,500` `73,500` `78,500` `42` `70,000` `74,000` `79,000` `43` `70,500` `75,000` `80,000` `44` `71,500` `75,500` `45` `72,000` `76,000` `46` `72,500` `76,500`
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 `47` `73,500` `77,500` `48` `74,000` `78,000` `49` `74,500` `78,500` `50` `75,500` `79,000` `51` `76,000` `80,000` `52` `76,500` `53` `77,500` `54` `78,000` `55` `78,500` `56` `79,500` `57` `80,000`
`*If the distance between 2 axles is 96 inches or less, the 2 `
```axles are tandem axles and the maximum total weight may not ```
```exceed 34,000 pounds, notwithstanding the higher limit ```
`resulting from the application of the formula.```` ```
`    ``Vehicles not in a combination having more than 4 axles may `
```not exceed the weight in the table in this subsection (a) for 4 ```
```axles measured between the extreme axles of the vehicle.`````` ```
`    ``Vehicles in a combination having more than 6 axles may not `
```exceed the weight in the table in this subsection (a) for 6 ```
```axles measured between the extreme axles of the combination.`````` ```
`    ````Local authorities, with respect to streets and highways ```
```under their jurisdiction, without additional fees, may also by ```
```ordinance or resolution allow the weight limitations of this ```
`subsection, provided the maximum gross weight on any one axle `
```shall not exceed 20,000 pounds and the maximum total weight on ```
 ```any tandem axle shall not exceed 34,000 pounds, on designated ``` ```highways when appropriate regulatory signs giving notice are ``` ```erected upon the street or highway or portion of any street or ``` `highway affected by the ordinance or resolution.```` ``` `    ``The following are exceptions to the above formula:```` `````` ``` `    ``    ``(1) Vehicles for which a different limit is established ` ```and posted in accordance with Section 15-316 of this Code.`````` `````` ``` `    ``    ``(2) Vehicles for which the Department of ` ```Transportation and local authorities issue overweight ``` `permits under authority of Section 15-301 of this Code. ` ```These vehicles are not subject to the bridge formula.`````` `````` ``` `    ``    ``(3) Cities having a population of more than 50,000 may ` ```permit by ordinance axle loads on 2 axle motor vehicles 33 ``` ```1/2% above those provided for herein, but the increase ``` ```shall not become effective until the city has officially ``` ```notified the Department of the passage of the ordinance and ``` `shall not apply to those vehicles when outside of the ` ```limits of the city, nor shall the gross weight of any 2 ``` ```axle motor vehicle operating over any street of the city ``` `exceed 40,000 pounds.```` `````` ``` `    ``    ``(4) Weight limitations shall not apply to vehicles ` ```(including loads) operated by a public utility when ``` ```transporting equipment required for emergency repair of ``` `public utility facilities or properties or water wells.```` ``` `    ``    ``(4.5) A 3 or 4 axle vehicle (including when laden) ` `operated or hired by a municipality within Cook, Lake, `
 `McHenry, Kane, DuPage, or Will county being operated for ` `the purpose of performing emergency sewer repair that would ` `be subject to a weight limitation less than 66,000 pounds ` `under the formula in this subsection (a) shall have a ` `weight limitation of 66,000 pounds or the vehicle's gross ` `vehicle weight rating, whichever is less. This paragraph ` `(4.5) does not apply to vehicles being operated on the ` `National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, or to ` `vehicles being operated on bridges or other elevated ` `structures constituting a part of a highway.`` ```` ``` `    ``    ``(5) Two consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a ` ```total weight of 34,000 pounds each if the overall distance ``` ```between the first and last axles of the consecutive sets of ``` `tandem axles is 36 feet or more, notwithstanding the lower ` `limit resulting from the application of the above formula.```` `````` ``` `    ``    ``(6) A truck, not in combination and used exclusively ` ```for the collection of rendering materials, may, when laden, ``` ```transmit upon the road surface, except when on part of the ``` ```National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, the ``` ```following maximum weights: 22,000 pounds on a single axle; ``` `40,000 pounds on a tandem axle.```` `````` ``` `    ``    ``(7) A truck not in combination, equipped with a self ` ```compactor or an industrial roll-off hoist and roll-off ``` ```container, used exclusively for garbage, refuse, or ``` `recycling operations, may, when laden, transmit upon the ` ```road surface, except when on part of the National System of ```
 ```Interstate and Defense Highways, the following maximum ``` ```weights: 22,000 pounds on a single axle; 40,000 pounds on a ``` ```tandem axle; 40,000 pounds gross weight on a 2-axle ``` ```vehicle; 54,000 pounds gross weight on a 3-axle vehicle. ``` `This vehicle is not subject to the bridge formula.```` ``` `    ``    ``(7.5) A 3-axle rear discharge truck mixer registered as ` `a Special Hauling Vehicle, used exclusively for the mixing ` `and transportation of concrete in the plastic state, may, ` `when laden, transmit upon the road surface, except when on ` `part of the National System of Interstate and Defense ` `Highways, the following maximum weights: 22,000 pounds on ` `single axle; 40,000 pounds on a tandem axle; 54,000 pounds ` `gross weight on a 3-axle vehicle. This vehicle is not ` `subject to the bridge formula. ` `    ``    ``(8) Except as provided in paragraph (7.5) of this ` `subsection (a), tandem axles on a 3-axle truck registered ` ```as a Special Hauling Vehicle, manufactured prior to or in ``` ```the model year of 2024 and first registered in Illinois ``` ```prior to January 1, 2025, with a distance greater than 72 ``` `inches but not more than 96 inches between any series of 2 ` ```axles, is allowed a combined weight on the series not to ``` ```exceed 36,000 pounds and neither axle of the series may ``` ```exceed 20,000 pounds. Any vehicle of this type manufactured ``` `after the model year of 2024 or first registered in ` ```Illinois after December 31, 2024 may not exceed a combined ``` ```weight of 34,000 pounds through the series of 2 axles and ```
 `neither axle of the series may exceed 20,000 pounds.` `    ``    ``A 3-axle combination sewer cleaning jetting vacuum ` ```truck registered as a Special Hauling Vehicle, used ``` ```exclusively for the transportation of non-hazardous solid ``` ```waste, manufactured before or in the model year of 2014, ``` ```first registered in Illinois before January 1, 2015, may, ``` ```when laden, transmit upon the road surface, except when on ``` ```part of the National System of Interstate and Defense ``` ```Highways, the following maximum weights: 22,000 pounds on a ``` ```single axle; 40,000 pounds on a tandem axle; 54,000 pounds ``` ```gross weight on a 3-axle vehicle. This vehicle is not ``` `subject to the bridge formula. ` `    ``    ``(9) A 4-axle truck mixer registered as a Special ` `Hauling Vehicle, used exclusively for the mixing and ` `transportation of concrete in the plastic state, ``2024 2025`` ` `and not operated on a highway that is part of the National ` `System of Interstate Highways, is allowed the following ` `maximum weights: 20,000 pounds on any single axle; 36,000 ` `pounds on a series of axles greater than 72 inches but not ` `more than 96 inches; and 34,000 pounds on any series of 2 ` `axles greater than 40 inches but not more than 72 inches. ` `The gross weight of this vehicle may not exceed the weights ` `allowed by the bridge formula for 4 axles. The bridge ` `formula does not apply to any series of 3 axles while the ` `vehicle is transporting concrete in the plastic state, but ` `no axle or tandem axle of the series may exceed the maximum `
 `weight permitted under this paragraph (9) of subsection ` `(a).` `    ``    ``(10) Combinations of vehicles, registered as Special ` ```Hauling Vehicles that include a semitrailer manufactured ``` ```prior to or in the model year of 2024, and registered in ``` ```Illinois prior to January 1, 2025, having 5 axles with a ``` `distance of 42 feet or less between extreme axles, may not ` ```exceed the following maximum weights: 20,000 pounds on a ``` ```single axle; 34,000 pounds on a tandem axle; and 72,000 ``` ```pounds gross weight. This combination of vehicles is not ``` ```subject to the bridge formula. For all those combinations ``` ```of vehicles that include a semitrailer manufactured after ``` `the effective date of P.A. 92-0417, the overall distance ` ```between the first and last axles of the 2 sets of tandems ``` ```must be 18 feet 6 inches or more. Any combination of ``` ```vehicles that has had its cargo container replaced in its ``` ```entirety after December 31, 2024 may not exceed the weights ``` `allowed by the bridge formula.` `    ``    ``(11) The maximum weight allowed on a vehicle with ` `crawler type tracks is 40,000 pounds.` `    ``    ``(12) A combination of vehicles, including a tow truck ` ```and a disabled vehicle or disabled combination of vehicles, ``` ```that exceeds the weight restriction imposed by this Code, ``` ```may be operated on a public highway in this State provided ``` `that neither the disabled vehicle nor any vehicle being ` ```towed nor the tow truck itself shall exceed the weight ```
 ```limitations permitted under this Chapter. During the ``` ```towing operation, neither the tow truck nor the vehicle ``` ```combination shall exceed 24,000 pounds on a single rear ``` ```axle and 44,000 pounds on a tandem rear axle, provided the ``` `towing vehicle:` `    ``    ``    ``(i) is specifically designed as a tow truck having ` ```a gross vehicle weight rating of at least 18,000 pounds ``` ```and is equipped with air brakes, provided that air ``` `brakes are required only if the towing vehicle is ` ```towing a vehicle, semitrailer, or tractor-trailer ``` `combination that is equipped with air brakes;` `    ``    ``    ``(ii) is equipped with flashing, rotating, or ` ```oscillating amber lights, visible for at least 500 feet ``` `in all directions;` `    ``    ``    ``(iii) is capable of utilizing the lighting and ` ```braking systems of the disabled vehicle or combination ``` `of vehicles; and` `    ``    ``    ``(iv) does not engage in a tow exceeding 20 miles ` ```from the initial point of wreck or disablement. Any ``` ```additional movement of the vehicles may occur only upon ``` `issuance of authorization for that movement under the ` ```provisions of Sections 15-301 through 15-319 of this ``` ```Code. The towing vehicle, however, may tow any disabled ``` ```vehicle to a point where repairs are actually to occur. ``` ```This movement shall be valid only on State routes. The ``` ```tower must abide by posted bridge weight limits.```
 `    ``Gross weight limits shall not apply to the combination of ` ```the tow truck and vehicles being towed. The tow truck license ``` ```plate must cover the operating empty weight of the tow truck ``` ```only. The weight of each vehicle being towed shall be covered ``` ```by a valid license plate issued to the owner or operator of the ``` ```vehicle being towed and displayed on that vehicle. If no valid ``` `plate issued to the owner or operator of that vehicle is ` ```displayed on that vehicle, or the plate displayed on that ``` ```vehicle does not cover the weight of the vehicle, the weight of ``` ```the vehicle shall be covered by the third tow truck plate ``` ```issued to the owner or operator of the tow truck and ``` `temporarily affixed to the vehicle being towed. If a roll-back ` `carrier is registered and being used as a tow truck, however, ` `the license plate or plates for the tow truck must cover the ` `gross vehicle weight, including any load carried on the bed of ` `the roll-back carrier.` `    ``The Department may by rule or regulation prescribe ` ```additional requirements. However, nothing in this Code shall ``` ```prohibit a tow truck under instructions of a police officer ``` ```from legally clearing a disabled vehicle, that may be in ``` ```violation of weight limitations of this Chapter, from the ``` ```roadway to the berm or shoulder of the highway. If in the ``` `opinion of the police officer that location is unsafe, the ` ```officer is authorized to have the disabled vehicle towed to the ``` ```nearest place of safety.``` `    ``For the purpose of this subsection, gross vehicle weight `
 ```rating, or GVWR, means the value specified by the manufacturer ``` ```as the loaded weight of the tow truck.``` `    ``(b) As used in this Section, "recycling haul" or "recycling ` `operation" means the hauling of non-hazardous, non-special, ` `non-putrescible materials, such as paper, glass, cans, or ` `plastic, for subsequent use in the secondary materials market.` `    ``(c) No vehicle or combination of vehicles equipped with ` ```pneumatic tires shall be operated, unladen or with load, upon ``` ```the highways of this State in violation of the provisions of ``` ```any permit issued under the provisions of Sections 15-301 ``` `through 15-319 of this Chapter.` `    ``(d) No vehicle or combination of vehicles equipped with ` ```other than pneumatic tires may be operated, unladen or with ``` ```load, upon the highways of this State when the gross weight on ``` ```the road surface through any wheel exceeds 800 pounds per inch ``` ```width of tire tread or when the gross weight on the road ``` `surface through any axle exceeds 16,000 pounds.```` ``` `    ``(e) No person shall operate a vehicle or combination of ` ```vehicles over a bridge or other elevated structure constituting ``` ```part of a highway with a gross weight that is greater than the ``` ```maximum weight permitted by the Department, when the structure ``` `is sign posted as provided in this Section.` `    ``(f) The Department upon request from any local authority ` ```shall, or upon its own initiative may, conduct an investigation ``` ```of any bridge or other elevated structure constituting a part ``` ```of a highway, and if it finds that the structure cannot with ```
 ```safety to itself withstand the weight of vehicles otherwise ``` ```permissible under this Code the Department shall determine and ``` `declare the maximum weight of vehicles that the structures can ` ```withstand, and shall cause or permit suitable signs stating ``` ```maximum weight to be erected and maintained before each end of ``` ```the structure. No person shall operate a vehicle or combination ``` ```of vehicles over any structure with a gross weight that is ``` `greater than the posted maximum weight.```` ``` `    ``(g) Upon the trial of any person charged with a violation ` ```of subsection (e) or (f) of this Section, proof of the ``` ```determination of the maximum allowable weight by the Department ``` ```and the existence of the signs, constitutes conclusive evidence ``` ```of the maximum weight that can be maintained with safety to the ``` `bridge or structure.```` ``` `(Source: P.A. 97-201, eff. 1-1-12; 98-409, eff. 1-1-14; 98-410, ` `eff. 8-16-13; revised 9-19-13.)```` ```