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Full Text of HB0396  102nd General Assembly

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1    AN ACT concerning transportation.
 
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
 
4    Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by
5changing Sections 15-107, 15-111, 15-301, and 15-307 as
6follows:
 
7    (625 ILCS 5/15-107)   (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 15-107)
8    Sec. 15-107. Length of vehicles.
9    (a) The maximum length of a single vehicle on any highway
10of this State may not exceed 42 feet except the following:
11        (1) Semitrailers.
12        (2) Charter or regulated route buses may be up to 45
13    feet in length, not including energy absorbing bumpers.
14    (a-1) A motor home as defined in Section 1-145.01 may be up
15to 45 feet in length, not including energy absorbing bumpers.
16The length limitations described in this subsection (a-1)
17shall be exclusive of energy-absorbing bumpers and rear view
18mirrors.
19    (b) (Blank).
20    (c) Except as provided in subsections (c-1) and (c-2),
21combinations of vehicles may not exceed a total of 2 vehicles
22except the following:
23        (1) A truck tractor semitrailer may draw one trailer.

 

 

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1        (2) A truck tractor semitrailer may draw one converter
2    dolly or one semitrailer.
3        (3) A truck tractor semitrailer may draw one vehicle
4    that is defined in Chapter 1 as special mobile equipment,
5    provided the overall dimension does not exceed 60 feet.
6        (4) A truck in transit may draw 3 trucks in transit
7    coupled together by the triple saddlemount method.
8        (5) Recreational vehicles consisting of 3 vehicles,
9    provided the following:
10            (A) The total overall dimension does not exceed 60
11        feet.
12            (B) The towing vehicle is a properly registered
13        vehicle capable of towing another vehicle using a
14        fifth-wheel type assembly.
15            (C) The second vehicle in the combination of
16        vehicles is a recreational vehicle that is towed by a
17        fifth-wheel assembly. This vehicle must be properly
18        registered and must be equipped with brakes,
19        regardless of weight.
20            (D) The third vehicle must be the lightest of the 3
21        vehicles and be a trailer or semitrailer designed or
22        used for transporting a boat, all-terrain vehicle,
23        personal watercraft, or motorcycle.
24            (E) The towed vehicles may be only for the use of
25        the operator of the towing vehicle.
26            (F) All vehicles must be properly equipped with

 

 

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1        operating brakes and safety equipment required by this
2        Code, except the additional brake requirement in
3        subdivision (C) of this subparagraph (5).
4        (6) A tow truck in combination with a disabled vehicle
5    or combination of disabled vehicles, provided the towing
6    vehicle:
7            (A) Is specifically designed as a tow truck having
8        a gross vehicle weight rating of at least 18,000
9        pounds and equipped with air brakes, provided that air
10        brakes are required only if the towing vehicle is
11        towing a vehicle, semitrailer, or tractor-trailer
12        combination that is equipped with air brakes. For the
13        purpose of this subsection, gross vehicle weight
14        rating, or GVWR, means the value specified by the
15        manufacturer as the loaded weight of the tow truck.
16            (B) Is equipped with flashing, rotating, or
17        oscillating amber lights, visible for at least 500
18        feet in all directions.
19            (C) Is capable of utilizing the lighting and
20        braking systems of the disabled vehicle or combination
21        of vehicles.
22            (D) Does not engage a tow exceeding 50 highway
23        miles from the initial point of wreck or disablement
24        to a place of repair. Any additional movement of the
25        vehicles may occur only upon issuance of authorization
26        for that movement under the provisions of Sections

 

 

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1        15-301 through 15-318 of this Code.
2        The Department may by rule or regulation prescribe
3    additional requirements regarding length limitations for a
4    tow truck towing another vehicle.
5        For purposes of this Section, a tow-dolly that merely
6    serves as substitute wheels for another legally licensed
7    vehicle is considered part of the licensed vehicle and not
8    a separate vehicle.
9        (7) Commercial vehicles consisting of 3 vehicles,
10    provided the following:
11            (A) The total overall dimension does not exceed 65
12        feet.
13            (B) The towing vehicle is a properly registered
14        vehicle capable of towing another vehicle using a
15        fifth-wheel type assembly or a goose-neck hitch ball.
16            (C) The third vehicle must be the lightest of the 3
17        vehicles and be a trailer or semitrailer.
18            (D) All vehicles must be properly equipped with
19        operating brakes and safety equipment required by this
20        Code.
21            (E) The combination of vehicles must be operated
22        by a person who holds a commercial driver's license
23        (CDL).
24            (F) The combination of vehicles must be en route
25        to a location where new or used trailers are sold by an
26        Illinois or out-of-state licensed new or used trailer

 

 

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1        dealer.
2    (c-1) A combination of 3 vehicles is allowed access to any
3State designated highway if:
4        (1) the length of neither towed vehicle exceeds 28.5
5    feet;
6        (2) the overall wheel base of the combination of
7    vehicles does not exceed 62 feet; and
8        (3) the combination of vehicles is en route to a
9    location where new or used trailers are sold by an
10    Illinois or out-of-state licensed new or used trailer
11    dealer.
12    (c-2) A combination of 3 vehicles is allowed access from
13any State designated highway onto any county, township, or
14municipal highway for a distance of 5 highway miles for the
15purpose of delivery or collection of one or both of the towed
16vehicles if:
17        (1) the length of neither towed vehicle exceeds 28.5
18    feet;
19        (2) the combination of vehicles does not exceed 40,000
20    pounds in gross weight and 8 feet 6 inches in width;
21        (3) there is no sign prohibiting that access;
22        (4) the route is not being used as a thoroughfare
23    between State designated highways; and
24        (5) the combination of vehicles is en route to a
25    location where new or used trailers are sold by an
26    Illinois or out-of-state licensed new or used trailer

 

 

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1    dealer.
2    (d) On Class I highways there are no overall length
3limitations on motor vehicles operating in combinations
4provided:
5        (1) The length of a semitrailer, unladen or with load,
6    in combination with a truck tractor may not exceed 53
7    feet.
8        (2) The distance between the kingpin and the center of
9    the rear axle of a semitrailer longer than 48 feet, in
10    combination with a truck tractor, may not exceed 45 feet 6
11    inches. The limit contained in this paragraph (2) shall
12    not apply to trailers or semi-trailers used for the
13    transport of livestock as defined by Section 18b-101.
14        (3) The length of a semitrailer or trailer, unladen or
15    with load, operated in a truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer
16    or truck tractor semitrailer-semitrailer combination, may
17    not exceed 28 feet 6 inches.
18        (4) Maxi-cube combinations, as defined in Chapter 1,
19    may not exceed 65 feet overall dimension.
20        (5) Combinations of vehicles specifically designed to
21    transport motor vehicles or boats may not exceed 65 feet
22    overall dimension. The length limitation is inclusive of
23    front and rear bumpers but exclusive of the overhang of
24    the transported vehicles, as provided in paragraph (i) of
25    this Section.
26        (6) Stinger-steered semitrailer vehicles specifically

 

 

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1    designed to transport motor vehicles or boats and
2    automobile transporters, as defined in Chapter 1, may not
3    exceed 80 feet overall dimension. The length limitation is
4    inclusive of front and rear bumpers but exclusive of the
5    overhang of the transported vehicles, as provided in
6    paragraph (i) of this Section.
7        (7) A truck in transit transporting 3 trucks coupled
8    together by the triple saddlemount method may not exceed
9    97 feet overall dimension.
10        (8) A towaway trailer transporter combination may not
11    exceed 82 feet overall dimension.
12    Vehicles operating during daylight hours when transporting
13poles, pipes, machinery, or other objects of a structural
14nature that cannot readily be dismantled or disassembled
15dismembered are exempt from length limitations, provided that
16no object may exceed 80 feet in length and the overall
17dimension of the vehicle including the load may not exceed 100
18feet. This exemption does not apply to operation on a
19Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Legal holidays referred to
20in this Section are the days on which the following
21traditional holidays are celebrated: New Year's Day; Memorial
22Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; and
23Christmas Day.
24    Vehicles and loads operated by a public utility while en
25route to make emergency repairs to public service facilities
26or properties are exempt from length limitations, provided

 

 

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1that during night operations every vehicle and its load must
2be equipped with a sufficient number of clearance lamps on
3both sides and marker lamps on the extreme ends of any
4projecting load to clearly mark the dimensions of the load.
5    A tow truck in combination with a disabled vehicle or
6combination of disabled vehicles, as provided in paragraph (6)
7of subsection (c) of this Section, is exempt from length
8limitations.
9    The length limitations described in this paragraph (d)
10shall be exclusive of safety and energy conservation devices,
11such as bumpers, refrigeration units or air compressors and
12other devices, that the Department may interpret as necessary
13for safe and efficient operation; except that no device
14excluded under this paragraph shall have by its design or use
15the capability to carry cargo.
16    Section 5-35 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act
17relating to procedures for rulemaking shall not apply to the
18designation of highways under this paragraph (d).
19    (e) On Class II highways there are no overall length
20limitations on motor vehicles operating in combinations,
21provided:
22        (1) The length of a semitrailer, unladen or with load,
23    in combination with a truck tractor, may not exceed 53
24    feet overall dimension.
25        (2) The distance between the kingpin and the center of
26    the rear axle of a semitrailer longer than 48 feet, in

 

 

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1    combination with a truck tractor, may not exceed 45 feet 6
2    inches. The limit contained in this paragraph (2) shall
3    not apply to trailers or semi-trailers used for the
4    transport of livestock as defined by Section 18b-101.
5        (3) A truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer or truck
6    tractor semitrailer-semitrailer combination may not exceed
7    65 feet in dimension from front axle to rear axle.
8        (4) The length of a semitrailer or trailer, unladen or
9    with load, operated in a truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer
10    or truck tractor semitrailer-semitrailer combination, may
11    not exceed 28 feet 6 inches.
12        (5) Maxi-cube combinations, as defined in Chapter 1,
13    may not exceed 65 feet overall dimension.
14        (6) A combination of vehicles, specifically designed
15    to transport motor vehicles or boats, may not exceed 65
16    feet overall dimension. The length limitation is inclusive
17    of front and rear bumpers but exclusive of the overhang of
18    the transported vehicles, as provided in paragraph (i) of
19    this Section.
20        (7) Stinger-steered semitrailer vehicles specifically
21    designed to transport motor vehicles or boats may not
22    exceed 80 feet overall dimension. The length limitation is
23    inclusive of front and rear bumpers but exclusive of the
24    overhang of the transported vehicles, as provided in
25    paragraph (i) of this Section.
26        (8) A truck in transit transporting 3 trucks coupled

 

 

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1    together by the triple saddlemount method may not exceed
2    97 feet overall dimension.
3        (9) A towaway trailer transporter combination may not
4    exceed 82 feet overall dimension.
5    Vehicles operating during daylight hours when transporting
6poles, pipes, machinery, or other objects of a structural
7nature that cannot readily be dismantled or disassembled
8dismembered are exempt from length limitations, provided that
9no object may exceed 80 feet in length and the overall
10dimension of the vehicle including the load may not exceed 100
11feet. This exemption does not apply to operation on a
12Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. Legal holidays referred to
13in this Section are the days on which the following
14traditional holidays are celebrated: New Year's Day; Memorial
15Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day; and
16Christmas Day.
17    Vehicles and loads operated by a public utility while en
18route to make emergency repairs to public service facilities
19or properties are exempt from length limitations, provided
20that during night operations every vehicle and its load must
21be equipped with a sufficient number of clearance lamps on
22both sides and marker lamps on the extreme ends of any
23projecting load to clearly mark the dimensions of the load.
24    A tow truck in combination with a disabled vehicle or
25combination of disabled vehicles, as provided in paragraph (6)
26of subsection (c) of this Section, is exempt from length

 

 

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1limitations.
2    Local authorities, with respect to streets and highways
3under their jurisdiction, may also by ordinance or resolution
4allow length limitations of this subsection (e).
5    The length limitations described in this paragraph (e)
6shall be exclusive of safety and energy conservation devices,
7such as bumpers, refrigeration units or air compressors and
8other devices, that the Department may interpret as necessary
9for safe and efficient operation; except that no device
10excluded under this paragraph shall have by its design or use
11the capability to carry cargo.
12    Section 5-35 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act
13relating to procedures for rulemaking shall not apply to the
14designation of highways under this paragraph (e).
15    (e-1) (Blank).
16    (e-2) Except as provided in subsection (e-3), combinations
17of vehicles over 65 feet in length, with no overall length
18limitation except as provided in subsections (d) and (e) of
19this Section, are allowed access as follows:
20        (1) From a Class I highway onto any street or highway
21    for a distance of one highway mile for the purpose of
22    loading, unloading, food, fuel, repairs, and rest,
23    provided there is no sign prohibiting that access.
24        (2) From a Class I or Class II highway onto any
25    non-designated highway for a distance of 5 highway miles
26    for the purpose of loading, unloading, food, fuel,

 

 

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1    repairs, and rest if:
2            (A) there is no sign prohibiting that access; and
3            (B) the route is not being used as a thoroughfare
4        between Class I or Class II highways.
5    (e-3) Combinations of vehicles over 65 feet in length
6operated by household goods carriers or towaway trailer
7transporter combinations, with no overall length limitations
8except as provided in subsections (d) and (e) of this Section,
9have unlimited access to points of loading, unloading, or
10delivery to or from a manufacturer, distributor, or dealer.
11    (f) On non-designated highways, the maximum length
12limitations for vehicles in combination are as follows:
13        (1) A truck tractor in combination with a semitrailer
14    may not exceed 65 feet overall dimension. An agency or
15    instrumentality of the State of Illinois or any unit of
16    local government shall not be required to widen or
17    otherwise alter a non-designated highway constructed
18    before January 1, 2018 to accommodate truck
19    tractor-semitrailer combinations under this paragraph (1).
20        (2) Semitrailers, unladen or with load, may not exceed
21    53 feet overall dimension.
22        (3) A truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer or truck
23    tractor semitrailer-semitrailer may not exceed 60 feet
24    overall dimension.
25        (4) The distance between the kingpin and the center
26    axle of a semitrailer longer than 48 feet, in combination

 

 

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1    with a truck tractor, may not exceed 42 feet 6 inches. The
2    limit contained in this paragraph (4) shall not apply to
3    trailers or semi-trailers used for the transport of
4    livestock as defined by Section 18b-101.
5    (g) Length limitations in the preceding subsections of
6this Section 15-107 do not apply to the following:
7        (1) Vehicles operated in the daytime, except on
8    Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays, when transporting
9    poles, pipe, machinery, or other objects of a structural
10    nature that cannot readily be dismantled or disassembled
11    dismembered, provided the overall length of vehicle and
12    load may not exceed 100 feet and no object exceeding 80
13    feet in length may be transported unless a permit has been
14    obtained as authorized in Section 15-301. As used in this
15    Section, "legal holiday" means any of the following days:
16    New Year's Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day;
17    Thanksgiving Day; and Christmas Day.
18        (2) Vehicles and loads operated by a public utility
19    while en route to make emergency repairs to public service
20    facilities or properties, but during night operation every
21    vehicle and its load must be equipped with a sufficient
22    number of clearance lamps on both sides and marker lamps
23    upon the extreme ends of any projecting load to clearly
24    mark the dimensions of the load.
25        (3) A tow truck in combination with a disabled vehicle
26    or combination of disabled vehicles, as provided in

 

 

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1    paragraph (6) of subsection (c) of this Section, is exempt
2    from length limitations.
3     The towing vehicle, however, may tow any disabled vehicle
4from the initial point of wreck or disablement to a point where
5repairs are actually to occur. This movement shall be valid
6only on State routes. The tower must abide by posted bridge
7weight limits.
8    All other combinations not listed in this subsection (f)
9may not exceed 60 feet overall dimension.
10    (h) The load upon any vehicle operated alone, or the load
11upon the front vehicle of a combination of vehicles, shall not
12extend more than 3 feet beyond the front wheels of the vehicle
13or the front bumper of the vehicle if it is equipped with a
14front bumper. The provisions of this subsection (h) shall not
15apply to any vehicle or combination of vehicles specifically
16designed for the collection and transportation of waste,
17garbage, or recyclable materials during the vehicle's
18operation in the course of collecting garbage, waste, or
19recyclable materials if the vehicle is traveling at a speed
20not in excess of 15 miles per hour during the vehicle's
21operation and in the course of collecting garbage, waste, or
22recyclable materials. However, in no instance shall the load
23extend more than 7 feet beyond the front wheels of the vehicle
24or the front bumper of the vehicle if it is equipped with a
25front bumper.
26    (i) The load upon the front vehicle of an automobile

 

 

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1transporter or a stinger-steered vehicle specifically designed
2to transport motor vehicles shall not extend more than 4 feet
3beyond the foremost part of the transporting vehicle and the
4load upon the rear transporting vehicle shall not extend more
5than 6 feet beyond the rear of the bed or body of the vehicle.
6This paragraph shall only be applicable upon highways
7designated in paragraphs (d) and (e) of this Section.
8    (j) Articulated vehicles comprised of 2 sections, neither
9of which exceeds a length of 42 feet, designed for the carrying
10of more than 10 persons, may be up to 60 feet in length, not
11including energy absorbing bumpers, provided that the vehicles
12are:
13        1. operated by or for any public body or motor carrier
14    authorized by law to provide public transportation
15    services; or
16        2. operated in local public transportation service by
17    any other person and the municipality in which the service
18    is to be provided approved the operation of the vehicle.
19    (j-1) (Blank).
20    (k) Any person who is convicted of violating this Section
21is subject to the penalty as provided in paragraph (b) of
22Section 15-113.
23    (l) (Blank).
24(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17; 100-343, eff. 1-1-18;
25100-728, eff. 1-1-19; 101-328, eff. 1-1-20.)
 

 

 

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1    (625 ILCS 5/15-111)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 15-111)
2    Sec. 15-111. Wheel and axle loads and gross weights.
3    (a) No vehicle or combination of vehicles with pneumatic
4tires may be operated, unladen or with load, when the total
5weight on the road surface exceeds the following: 20,000
6pounds on a single axle; 34,000 pounds on a tandem axle with no
7axle within the tandem exceeding 20,000 pounds; 80,000 pounds
8gross weight for vehicle combinations of 5 or more axles; or a
9total weight on a group of 2 or more consecutive axles in
10excess of that weight produced by the application of the
11following formula: W = 500 times the sum of (LN divided by N-1)
12+ 12N + 36, where "W" equals overall total weight on any group
13of 2 or more consecutive axles to the nearest 500 pounds, "L"
14equals the distance measured to the nearest foot between
15extremes of any group of 2 or more consecutive axles, and "N"
16equals the number of axles in the group under consideration.
17    The above formula when expressed in tabular form results
18in allowable loads as follows:
 
19Distance measured
20to the nearest
21foot between the
22extremes of any         Maximum weight in pounds
23group of 2 or           of any group of
24more consecutive        2 or more consecutive axles
25axles

 

 

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1feet2 axles3 axles4 axles5 axles6 axles
2434,000
3534,000
4634,000
5734,000
6834,000* 38,000*34,000 42,000
7Between 8
8and 938,000 42,000
9939,00042,500
101040,00043,500
111144,000
121245,00050,000
131345,50050,500
141446,50051,500
151547,00052,000
161648,00052,50058,000
171748,50053,50058,500
181849,50054,00059,000
191950,00054,50060,000
202051,00055,50060,50066,000
212151,50056,00061,00066,500
222252,50056,50061,50067,000
232353,00057,50062,50068,000
242454,00058,00063,00068,500
252554,50058,50063,50069,000

 

 

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12655,50059,50064,00069,500
22756,00060,00065,00070,000
32857,00060,50065,50071,000
42957,50061,50066,00071,500
53058,50062,00066,50072,000
63159,00062,50067,50072,500
73260,00063,50068,00073,000
83364,00068,50074,000
93464,50069,00074,500
103565,50070,00075,000
113666,000**70,50075,500
123766,500**71,00076,000
133867,500**72,00077,000
143968,00072,50077,500
154068,50073,00078,000
164169,50073,50078,500
174270,00074,00079,000
184370,50075,00080,000
194471,50075,500
204572,00076,000
214672,50076,500
224773,50077,500
234874,00078,000
244974,50078,500
255075,50079,000
265176,00080,000

 

 

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15276,500
25377,500
35478,000
45578,500
55679,500
65780,000
7*If the distance between 2 axles is 96 inches or less, the 2
8axles are tandem axles and the maximum total weight may not
9exceed 34,000 pounds, notwithstanding the higher limit
10resulting from the application of the formula.
11    **Two consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry 34,000
12pounds each if the overall distance between the first and last
13axles of these tandems is 36 feet or more.
14    Vehicles not in a combination having more than 4 axles may
15not exceed the weight in the table in this subsection (a) for 4
16axles measured between the extreme axles of the vehicle.
17    Vehicles in a combination having more than 6 axles may not
18exceed the weight in the table in this subsection (a) for 6
19axles measured between the extreme axles of the combination.
20    Local authorities, with respect to streets and highways
21under their jurisdiction, without additional fees, may also by
22ordinance or resolution allow the weight limitations of this
23subsection, provided the maximum gross weight on any one axle
24shall not exceed 20,000 pounds and the maximum total weight on
25any tandem axle shall not exceed 34,000 pounds, on designated
26highways when appropriate regulatory signs giving notice are

 

 

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1erected upon the street or highway or portion of any street or
2highway affected by the ordinance or resolution.
3    The following are exceptions to the above formula:
4        (1) Vehicles for which a different limit is
5    established and posted in accordance with Section 15-316
6    of this Code.
7        (2) Vehicles for which the Department of
8    Transportation and local authorities issue overweight
9    permits under authority of Section 15-301 of this Code.
10    These vehicles are not subject to the bridge formula.
11        (3) Cities having a population of more than 50,000 may
12    permit by ordinance axle loads on 2-axle motor vehicles 33
13    1/2% above those provided for herein, but the increase
14    shall not become effective until the city has officially
15    notified the Department of the passage of the ordinance
16    and shall not apply to those vehicles when outside of the
17    limits of the city, nor shall the gross weight of any
18    2-axle motor vehicle operating over any street of the city
19    exceed 40,000 pounds.
20        (4) Weight limitations shall not apply to vehicles
21    (including loads) operated by a public utility when
22    transporting equipment required for emergency repair of
23    public utility facilities or properties or water wells.
24        (4.5) A 3-axle or 4-axle vehicle (including when
25    laden) operated or hired by a municipality within Cook,
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1    for the purpose of performing emergency sewer repair that
2    would be subject to a weight limitation less than 66,000
3    pounds under the formula in this subsection (a) shall have
4    a weight limitation of 66,000 pounds or the vehicle's
5    gross vehicle weight rating, whichever is less. This
6    paragraph (4.5) does not apply to vehicles being operated
7    on the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways,
8    or to vehicles being operated on bridges or other elevated
9    structures constituting a part of a highway.
10        (5) Two consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a
11    total weight of 34,000 pounds each if the overall distance
12    between the first and last axles of the consecutive sets
13    of tandem axles is 36 feet or more, notwithstanding the
14    lower limit resulting from the application of the above
15    formula.
16        (6) A truck, not in combination and used exclusively
17    for the collection of rendering materials, may, when
18    laden, transmit upon the road surface, except when on part
19    of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways,
20    the following maximum weights: 22,000 pounds on a single
21    axle; 40,000 pounds on a tandem axle.
22        (7) A truck not in combination, equipped with a self
23    compactor or an industrial roll-off hoist and roll-off
24    container, used exclusively for garbage, refuse, or
25    recycling operations, may, when laden, transmit upon the
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1    of Interstate and Defense Highways, the following maximum
2    weights: 22,000 pounds on a single axle; 40,000 pounds on
3    a tandem axle; 40,000 pounds gross weight on a 2-axle
4    vehicle; 54,000 pounds gross weight on a 3-axle vehicle.
5    This vehicle is not subject to the bridge formula.
6        (7.5) A 3-axle rear discharge truck mixer registered
7    as a Special Hauling Vehicle, used exclusively for the
8    mixing and transportation of concrete in the plastic
9    state, may, when laden, transmit upon the road surface,
10    except when on part of the National System of Interstate
11    and Defense Highways, the following maximum weights:
12    22,000 pounds on single axle; 40,000 pounds on a tandem
13    axle; 54,000 pounds gross weight on a 3-axle vehicle. This
14    vehicle is not subject to the bridge formula.
15        (8) Except as provided in paragraph (7.5) of this
16    subsection (a), tandem axles on a 3-axle truck registered
17    as a Special Hauling Vehicle, manufactured prior to or in
18    the model year of 2024 and first registered in Illinois
19    prior to January 1, 2025, with a distance greater than 72
20    inches but not more than 96 inches between any series of 2
21    axles, is allowed a combined weight on the series not to
22    exceed 36,000 pounds and neither axle of the series may
23    exceed 20,000 pounds. Any vehicle of this type
24    manufactured after the model year of 2024 or first
25    registered in Illinois after December 31, 2024 may not
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1    series of 2 axles and neither axle of the series may exceed
2    20,000 pounds.
3        A 3-axle combination sewer cleaning jetting vacuum
4    truck registered as a Special Hauling Vehicle, used
5    exclusively for the transportation of non-hazardous solid
6    waste, manufactured before or in the model year of 2014,
7    first registered in Illinois before January 1, 2015, may,
8    when laden, transmit upon the road surface, except when on
9    part of the National System of Interstate and Defense
10    Highways, the following maximum weights: 22,000 pounds on
11    a single axle; 40,000 pounds on a tandem axle; 54,000
12    pounds gross weight on a 3-axle vehicle. This vehicle is
13    not subject to the bridge formula.
14        (9) A 4-axle truck mixer registered as a Special
15    Hauling Vehicle, used exclusively for the mixing and
16    transportation of concrete in the plastic state, and not
17    operated on a highway that is part of the National System
18    of Interstate Highways, is allowed the following maximum
19    weights: 20,000 pounds on any single axle; 36,000 pounds
20    on a series of axles greater than 72 inches but not more
21    than 96 inches; and 34,000 pounds on any series of 2 axles
22    greater than 40 inches but not more than 72 inches. The
23    gross weight of this vehicle may not exceed the weights
24    allowed by the bridge formula for 4 axles. The bridge
25    formula does not apply to any series of 3 axles while the
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1    no axle or tandem axle of the series may exceed the maximum
2    weight permitted under this paragraph (9) of subsection
3    (a).
4        (10) Combinations of vehicles, registered as Special
5    Hauling Vehicles that include a semitrailer manufactured
6    prior to or in the model year of 2024, and registered in
7    Illinois prior to January 1, 2025, having 5 axles with a
8    distance of 42 feet or less between extreme axles, may not
9    exceed the following maximum weights: 20,000 pounds on a
10    single axle; 34,000 pounds on a tandem axle; and 72,000
11    pounds gross weight. This combination of vehicles is not
12    subject to the bridge formula. For all those combinations
13    of vehicles that include a semitrailer manufactured after
14    the effective date of P.A. 92-0417, the overall distance
15    between the first and last axles of the 2 sets of tandems
16    must be 18 feet 6 inches or more. Any combination of
17    vehicles that has had its cargo container replaced in its
18    entirety after December 31, 2024 may not exceed the
19    weights allowed by the bridge formula.
20        (11) The maximum weight allowed on a vehicle with
21    crawler type tracks is 40,000 pounds.
22        (12) A combination of vehicles, including a tow truck
23    and a disabled vehicle or disabled combination of
24    vehicles, that exceeds the weight restriction imposed by
25    this Code, may be operated on a public highway in this
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1    vehicle being towed nor the tow truck itself shall exceed
2    the weight limitations permitted under this Chapter.
3    During the towing operation, neither the tow truck nor the
4    vehicle combination shall exceed 24,000 pounds on a single
5    rear axle and 44,000 pounds on a tandem rear axle,
6    provided the towing vehicle:
7            (i) is specifically designed as a tow truck having
8        a gross vehicle weight rating of at least 18,000
9        pounds and is equipped with air brakes, provided that
10        air brakes are required only if the towing vehicle is
11        towing a vehicle, semitrailer, or tractor-trailer
12        combination that is equipped with air brakes;
13            (ii) is equipped with flashing, rotating, or
14        oscillating amber lights, visible for at least 500
15        feet in all directions;
16            (iii) is capable of utilizing the lighting and
17        braking systems of the disabled vehicle or combination
18        of vehicles; and
19            (iv) does not engage in a tow exceeding 20 miles
20        from the initial point of wreck or disablement. Any
21        additional movement of the vehicles may occur only
22        upon issuance of authorization for that movement under
23        the provisions of Sections 15-301 through 15-318 of
24        this Code. The towing vehicle, however, may tow any
25        disabled vehicle to a point where repairs are actually
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1        routes. The tower must abide by posted bridge weight
2        limits.
3        (12.5) The vehicle weight limitations in this Section
4    do not apply to a covered heavy duty tow and recovery
5    vehicle. The covered heavy duty tow and recovery vehicle
6    license plate must cover the operating empty weight of the
7    covered heavy duty tow and recovery vehicle only.
8        (13) Upon and during a declaration of an emergency
9    propane supply disaster by the Governor under Section 7 of
10    the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act:
11            (i) a truck not in combination, equipped with a
12        cargo tank, used exclusively for the transportation of
13        propane or liquefied petroleum gas may, when laden,
14        transmit upon the road surface, except when on part of
15        the National System of Interstate and Defense
16        Highways, the following maximum weights: 22,000 pounds
17        on a single axle; 40,000 pounds on a tandem axle;
18        40,000 pounds gross weight on a 2-axle vehicle; 54,000
19        pounds gross weight on a 3-axle vehicle; and
20            (ii) a truck when in combination with a trailer
21        equipped with a cargo tank used exclusively for the
22        transportation of propane or liquefied petroleum gas
23        may, when laden, transmit upon the road surface,
24        except when on part of the National System of
25        Interstate and Defense Highways, the following maximum
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1        on a tandem axle; 90,000 pounds gross weight on a
2        5-axle or 6-axle vehicle.
3        Vehicles operating under this paragraph (13) are not
4    subject to the bridge formula.
5        (14) A vehicle or combination of vehicles that uses
6    natural gas or propane gas as a motor fuel may exceed the
7    above weight limitations by up to 2,000 pounds, the total
8    allowance is calculated by an amount that is equal to the
9    difference between the weight of the vehicle attributable
10    to the natural gas or propane gas tank and fueling system
11    carried by the vehicle, and the weight of a comparable
12    diesel tank and fueling system. This paragraph (14) shall
13    not allow a vehicle to exceed any posted weight limit on a
14    highway or structure.
15        (15) An emergency vehicle or fire apparatus that is a
16    vehicle designed to be used under emergency conditions to
17    transport personnel and equipment, and used to support the
18    suppression of fires and mitigation of other hazardous
19    situations on a Class I highway, may not exceed 86,000
20    pounds gross weight, or any of the following weight
21    allowances:
22            (i) 24,000 pounds on a single steering axle;
23            (ii) 33,500 pounds on a single drive axle;
24            (iii) 62,000 pounds on a tandem axle; or
25            (iv) 52,000 pounds on a tandem rear drive steer
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1        (16) A bus, motor coach, or recreational vehicle may
2    carry a total weight of 24,000 pounds on a single axle, but
3    may not exceed other weight provisions of this Section.
4    Gross weight limits shall not apply to the combination of
5the tow truck and vehicles being towed. The tow truck license
6plate must cover the operating empty weight of the tow truck
7only. The weight of each vehicle being towed shall be covered
8by a valid license plate issued to the owner or operator of the
9vehicle being towed and displayed on that vehicle. If no valid
10plate issued to the owner or operator of that vehicle is
11displayed on that vehicle, or the plate displayed on that
12vehicle does not cover the weight of the vehicle, the weight of
13the vehicle shall be covered by the third tow truck plate
14issued to the owner or operator of the tow truck and
15temporarily affixed to the vehicle being towed. If a roll-back
16carrier is registered and being used as a tow truck, however,
17the license plate or plates for the tow truck must cover the
18gross vehicle weight, including any load carried on the bed of
19the roll-back carrier.
20    The Department may by rule or regulation prescribe
21additional requirements. However, nothing in this Code shall
22prohibit a tow truck under instructions of a police officer
23from legally clearing a disabled vehicle, that may be in
24violation of weight limitations of this Chapter, from the
25roadway to the berm or shoulder of the highway. If in the
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1officer is authorized to have the disabled vehicle towed to
2the nearest place of safety.
3    For the purpose of this subsection, gross vehicle weight
4rating, or GVWR, means the value specified by the manufacturer
5as the loaded weight of the tow truck.
6    (b) As used in this Section, "recycling haul" or
7"recycling operation" means the hauling of non-hazardous,
8non-special, non-putrescible materials, such as paper, glass,
9cans, or plastic, for subsequent use in the secondary
10materials market.
11    (c) No vehicle or combination of vehicles equipped with
12pneumatic tires shall be operated, unladen or with load, upon
13the highways of this State in violation of the provisions of
14any permit issued under the provisions of Sections 15-301
15through 15-318 of this Chapter.
16    (d) No vehicle or combination of vehicles equipped with
17other than pneumatic tires may be operated, unladen or with
18load, upon the highways of this State when the gross weight on
19the road surface through any wheel exceeds 800 pounds per inch
20width of tire tread or when the gross weight on the road
21surface through any axle exceeds 16,000 pounds.
22    (e) No person shall operate a vehicle or combination of
23vehicles over a bridge or other elevated structure
24constituting part of a highway with a gross weight that is
25greater than the maximum weight permitted by the Department,
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1    (f) The Department upon request from any local authority
2shall, or upon its own initiative may, conduct an
3investigation of any bridge or other elevated structure
4constituting a part of a highway, and if it finds that the
5structure cannot with safety to itself withstand the weight of
6vehicles otherwise permissible under this Code the Department
7shall determine and declare the maximum weight of vehicles
8that the structures can withstand, and shall cause or permit
9suitable signs stating maximum weight to be erected and
10maintained before each end of the structure. No person shall
11operate a vehicle or combination of vehicles over any
12structure with a gross weight that is greater than the posted
13maximum weight.
14    (g) Upon the trial of any person charged with a violation
15of subsection (e) or (f) of this Section, proof of the
16determination of the maximum allowable weight by the
17Department and the existence of the signs, constitutes
18conclusive evidence of the maximum weight that can be
19maintained with safety to the bridge or structure.
20(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15; 99-717, eff. 8-5-16;
21100-366, eff. 1-1-18; 100-728, eff. 1-1-19.)
 
22    (625 ILCS 5/15-301)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 15-301)
23    Sec. 15-301. Permits for excess size and weight.
24    (a) The Department with respect to highways under its
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1under their jurisdiction may, in their discretion, upon
2application and good cause being shown therefor, issue a
3special permit authorizing the applicant to operate or move a
4vehicle or combination of vehicles of a size or weight of
5vehicle or load exceeding the maximum specified in this Code
6or otherwise not in conformity with this Code upon any highway
7under the jurisdiction of the party granting such permit and
8for the maintenance of which the party is responsible.
9Applications and permits other than those in written or
10printed form may only be accepted from and issued to the
11company or individual making the movement. Except for an
12application to move directly across a highway, it shall be the
13duty of the applicant to establish in the application that the
14load to be moved by such vehicle or combination cannot
15reasonably be dismantled or disassembled, the reasonableness
16of which shall be determined by the Secretary of the
17Department. For the purpose of over length movements, more
18than one object may be carried side by side as long as the
19height, width, and weight laws are not exceeded and the cause
20for the over length is not due to multiple objects. For the
21purpose of over height movements, more than one object may be
22carried as long as the cause for the over height is not due to
23multiple objects and the length, width, and weight laws are
24not exceeded. For the purpose of an over width movement, more
25than one object may be carried as long as the cause for the
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1and weight laws are not exceeded. Except for transporting
2fluid milk products, no State or local agency shall authorize
3the issuance of excess size or weight permits for vehicles and
4loads that are divisible and that can be carried, when
5divided, within the existing size or weight maximums specified
6in this Chapter. Any excess size or weight permit issued in
7violation of the provisions of this Section shall be void at
8issue and any movement made thereunder shall not be authorized
9under the terms of the void permit. In any prosecution for a
10violation of this Chapter when the authorization of an excess
11size or weight permit is at issue, it is the burden of the
12defendant to establish that the permit was valid because the
13load to be moved could not reasonably be dismantled or
14disassembled, or was otherwise nondivisible.
15    (a-1) As used in this Section, "extreme heavy duty tow and
16recovery vehicle" means a tow truck manufactured as a unit
17having a lifting capacity of not less than 50 tons, and having
18either 4 axles and an unladen weight of not more than 80,000
19pounds or 5 axles and an unladen weight not more than 90,000
20pounds. Notwithstanding otherwise applicable gross and axle
21weight limits, an extreme heavy duty tow and recovery vehicle
22may lawfully travel to and from the scene of a disablement and
23clear a disabled vehicle if the towing service has obtained an
24extreme heavy duty tow and recovery permit for the vehicle.
25The form and content of the permit shall be determined by the
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1by local authorities with respect to highways under their
2jurisdiction.
3    (b) The application for any such permit shall: (1) state
4whether such permit is requested for a single trip or for
5limited continuous operation; (2) (blank); state if the
6applicant is an authorized carrier under the Illinois Motor
7Carrier of Property Law, if so, his certificate, registration,
8or permit number issued by the Illinois Commerce Commission;
9(3) specifically describe and identify the vehicle or vehicles
10and load to be operated or moved; (4) state the routing
11requested, including the points of origin and destination, and
12may identify and include a request for routing to the nearest
13certified scale in accordance with the Department's rules and
14regulations, provided the applicant has approval to travel on
15local roads; and (5) (blank) state if the vehicles or loads are
16being transported for hire. No permits for the movement of a
17vehicle or load for hire shall be issued to any applicant who
18is required under the Illinois Motor Carrier of Property Law
19to have a certificate, registration, or permit and does not
20have such certificate, registration, or permit.
21    (c) The Department or local authority when not
22inconsistent with traffic safety is authorized to issue or
23withhold such permit at its discretion; or, if such permit is
24issued at its discretion to prescribe the route or routes to be
25traveled, to limit the number of trips, to establish seasonal
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1may be operated on the highways indicated, or otherwise to
2limit or prescribe conditions of operations of such vehicle or
3vehicles, when necessary to assure against undue damage to the
4road foundations, surfaces or structures, and may require such
5undertaking or other security as may be deemed necessary to
6compensate for any injury to any roadway or road structure.
7The Department shall maintain a daily record of each permit
8issued along with the fee and the stipulated dimensions,
9weights, conditions, and restrictions authorized and this
10record shall be presumed correct in any case of questions or
11dispute. The Department shall install an automatic device for
12recording telephone conversations involving permit
13applications. The applications received and permits issued by
14telephone. In making application by telephone, the Department
15and applicant waive all objections to the recording of the
16conversation.
17    (d) The Department shall, upon application in writing from
18any local authority, issue an annual permit authorizing the
19local authority to move oversize highway construction,
20transportation, utility, and maintenance equipment over roads
21under the jurisdiction of the Department. The permit shall be
22applicable only to equipment and vehicles owned by or
23registered in the name of the local authority, and no fee shall
24be charged for the issuance of such permits.
25    (e) As an exception to subsection (a) of this Section, the
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1under their respective jurisdictions, in their discretion and
2upon application in writing, may issue a special permit for
3limited continuous operation, authorizing the applicant to
4move loads of agricultural commodities on a 2-axle single
5vehicle registered by the Secretary of State with axle loads
6not to exceed 35%, on a 3-axle or 4-axle vehicle registered by
7the Secretary of State with axle loads not to exceed 20%, and
8on a 5-axle vehicle registered by the Secretary of State not to
9exceed 10% above those provided in Section 15-111. The total
10gross weight of the vehicle, however, may not exceed the
11maximum gross weight of the registration class of the vehicle
12allowed under Section 3-815 or 3-818 of this Code.
13    As used in this Section, "agricultural commodities" means:
14        (1) cultivated plants or agricultural produce grown,
15    including, but not limited to, corn, soybeans, wheat,
16    oats, grain sorghum, canola, and rice;
17        (2) livestock, including, but not limited to, hogs,
18    equine, sheep, and poultry;
19        (3) ensilage; and
20        (4) fruits and vegetables.
21    Permits may be issued for a period not to exceed 40 days
22and moves may be made of a distance not to exceed 50 miles from
23a field, an on-farm grain storage facility, a warehouse as
24defined in the Grain Code, or a livestock management facility
25as defined in the Livestock Management Facilities Act over any
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1Highways. The operator of the vehicle, however, must abide by
2posted bridge and posted highway weight limits. All implements
3of husbandry operating under this Section between sunset and
4sunrise shall be equipped as prescribed in Section 12-205.1.
5    (e-1) A special permit shall be issued by the Department
6under this Section and shall be required from September 1
7through December 31 for a vehicle that exceeds the maximum
8axle weight and gross weight limits under Section 15-111 of
9this Code or exceeds the vehicle's registered gross weight,
10provided that the vehicle's axle weight and gross weight do
11not exceed 10% above the maximum limits under Section 15-111
12of this Code and does not exceed the vehicle's registered
13gross weight by 10%. All other restrictions that apply to
14permits issued under this Section shall apply during the
15declared time period and no fee shall be charged for the
16issuance of those permits. Permits issued by the Department
17under this subsection (e-1) are only valid on federal and
18State highways under the jurisdiction of the Department,
19except interstate highways. With respect to highways under the
20jurisdiction of local authorities, the local authorities may,
21at their discretion, waive special permit requirements and set
22a divisible load weight limit not to exceed 10% above a
23vehicle's registered gross weight, provided that the vehicle's
24axle weight and gross weight do not exceed 10% above the
25maximum limits specified in Section 15-111. Permits issued
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1vehicles eligible to obtain permits under this Section,
2including vehicles used in private or for-hire movement of
3divisible load agricultural commodities during the declared
4time period.
5    (f) The form and content of the permit shall be determined
6by the Department with respect to highways under its
7jurisdiction and by local authorities with respect to highways
8under their jurisdiction. Every permit shall be in written
9form and carried in the vehicle or combination of vehicles to
10which it refers and shall be open to inspection by any police
11officer or authorized agent of any authority granting the
12permit and no person shall violate any of the terms or
13conditions of such special permit. Violation of the terms and
14conditions of the permit shall not be deemed a revocation of
15the permit; however, any vehicle and load found to be off the
16route prescribed in the permit shall be held to be operating
17without a permit. Any off-route vehicle and load shall be
18required to obtain a new permit or permits, as necessary, to
19authorize the movement back onto the original permit routing.
20No rule or regulation, nor anything herein, shall be construed
21to authorize any police officer, court, or authorized agent of
22any authority granting the permit to remove the permit from
23the possession of the permittee unless the permittee is
24charged with a fraudulent permit violation as provided in
25subsection (i). However, upon arrest for an offense of
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1vehicle is off route, or any size or weight offense under this
2Chapter when the permittee plans to raise the issuance of the
3permit as a defense, the permittee, or his agent, must produce
4the permit at any court hearing concerning the alleged
5offense.
6    If the permit designates and includes a routing to a
7certified scale, the permittee, while en route to the
8designated scale, shall be deemed in compliance with the
9weight provisions of the permit provided the axle or gross
10weights do not exceed any of the permitted limits by more than
11the following amounts:
12        Single axle               2000 pounds
13        Tandem axle               3000 pounds
14        Gross                     5000 pounds
15    (g) The Department is authorized to adopt, amend, and make
16available to interested persons a policy concerning reasonable
17rules, limitations and conditions or provisions of operation
18upon highways under its jurisdiction in addition to those
19contained in this Section for the movement by special permit
20of vehicles, combinations, or loads which cannot reasonably be
21dismantled or disassembled, including manufactured and modular
22home sections and portions thereof. All rules, limitations and
23conditions or provisions adopted in the policy shall have due
24regard for the safety of the traveling public and the
25protection of the highway system and shall have been
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1Administrative Procedure Act. The requirements of the policy
2for flagmen and escort vehicles shall be the same for all moves
3of comparable size and weight. When escort vehicles are
4required, they shall meet the following requirements:
5        (1) All operators shall be 18 years of age or over and
6    properly licensed to operate the vehicle.
7        (2) Vehicles escorting oversized loads more than 12
8    feet wide must be equipped with a rotating or flashing
9    amber light mounted on top as specified under Section
10    12-215.
11    The Department shall establish reasonable rules and
12regulations regarding liability insurance or self insurance
13for vehicles with oversized loads promulgated under the
14Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Police vehicles may be
15required for escort under circumstances as required by rules
16and regulations of the Department.
17    (h) Violation of any rule, limitation or condition or
18provision of any permit issued in accordance with the
19provisions of this Section shall not render the entire permit
20null and void but the violator shall be deemed guilty of
21violation of permit and guilty of exceeding any size, weight,
22or load limitations in excess of those authorized by the
23permit. The prescribed route or routes on the permit are not
24mere rules, limitations, conditions, or provisions of the
25permit, but are also the sole extent of the authorization
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1off the route or routes prescribed by any permit authorizing
2movement, the vehicle and load are operating without a permit.
3Any off-route movement shall be subject to the size and weight
4maximums, under the applicable provisions of this Chapter, as
5determined by the type or class highway upon which the vehicle
6and load are being operated.
7    (i) Whenever any vehicle is operated or movement made
8under a fraudulent permit, the permit shall be void, and the
9person, firm, or corporation to whom such permit was granted,
10the driver of such vehicle in addition to the person who issued
11such permit and any accessory, shall be guilty of fraud and
12either one or all persons may be prosecuted for such
13violation. Any person, firm, or corporation committing such
14violation shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony and the
15Department shall not issue permits to the person, firm, or
16corporation convicted of such violation for a period of one
17year after the date of conviction. Penalties for violations of
18this Section shall be in addition to any penalties imposed for
19violation of other Sections of this Code.
20    (j) Whenever any vehicle is operated or movement made in
21violation of a permit issued in accordance with this Section,
22the person to whom such permit was granted, or the driver of
23such vehicle, is guilty of such violation and either, but not
24both, persons may be prosecuted for such violation as stated
25in this subsection (j). Any person, firm, or corporation
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1and shall be fined, for the first offense, not less than $50
2nor more than $200 and, for the second offense by the same
3person, firm, or corporation within a period of one year, not
4less than $200 nor more than $300 and, for the third offense by
5the same person, firm, or corporation within a period of one
6year after the date of the first offense, not less than $300
7nor more than $500 and the Department may, in its discretion,
8not issue permits to the person, firm, or corporation
9convicted of a third offense during a period of one year after
10the date of conviction or supervision for such third offense.
11If any violation is the cause or contributing cause in a motor
12vehicle accident causing damage to property, injury, or death
13to a person, the Department may, in its discretion, not issue a
14permit to the person, firm, or corporation for a period of one
15year after the date of conviction or supervision for the
16offense.
17    (k) Whenever any vehicle is operated on local roads under
18permits for excess width or length issued by local
19authorities, such vehicle may be moved upon a State highway
20for a distance not to exceed one-half mile without a permit for
21the purpose of crossing the State highway.
22    (l) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section,
23the Department, with respect to highways under its
24jurisdiction, and local authorities, with respect to highways
25under their jurisdiction, may at their discretion authorize
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1requirement, or both, that would not ordinarily be eligible
2for a permit, when there is a showing of extreme necessity that
3the vehicle and load should be moved without unnecessary
4delay.
5    For the purpose of this subsection, showing of extreme
6necessity shall be limited to the following: shipments of
7livestock, hazardous materials, liquid concrete being hauled
8in a mobile cement mixer, or hot asphalt.
9    (m) Penalties for violations of this Section shall be in
10addition to any penalties imposed for violating any other
11Section of this Code.
12    (n) The Department with respect to highways under its
13jurisdiction and local authorities with respect to highways
14under their jurisdiction, in their discretion and upon
15application in writing, may issue a special permit for
16continuous limited operation, authorizing the applicant to
17operate a tow truck that exceeds the weight limits provided
18for in subsection (a) of Section 15-111, provided:
19        (1) no rear single axle of the tow truck exceeds
20    26,000 pounds;
21        (2) no rear tandem axle of the tow truck exceeds
22    50,000 pounds;
23        (2.1) no triple rear axle on a manufactured recovery
24    unit exceeds 60,000 pounds;
25        (3) neither the disabled vehicle nor the disabled
26    combination of vehicles exceed the weight restrictions

 

 

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1    imposed by this Chapter 15, or the weight limits imposed
2    under a permit issued by the Department prior to hookup;
3        (4) the tow truck prior to hookup does not exceed the
4    weight restrictions imposed by this Chapter 15;
5        (5) during the tow operation the tow truck does not
6    violate any weight restriction sign;
7        (6) the tow truck is equipped with flashing, rotating,
8    or oscillating amber lights, visible for at least 500 feet
9    in all directions;
10        (7) the tow truck is specifically designed and
11    licensed as a tow truck;
12        (8) the tow truck has a gross vehicle weight rating of
13    sufficient capacity to safely handle the load;
14        (9) the tow truck is equipped with air brakes;
15        (10) the tow truck is capable of utilizing the
16    lighting and braking systems of the disabled vehicle or
17    combination of vehicles;
18        (11) the tow commences at the initial point of wreck
19    or disablement and terminates at a point where the repairs
20    are actually to occur;
21        (12) the permit issued to the tow truck is carried in
22    the tow truck and exhibited on demand by a police officer;
23    and
24        (13) the movement shall be valid only on State routes
25    approved by the Department.
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1    (p) In determining whether a load may be reasonably
2dismantled or disassembled for the purpose of subsection (a),
3the Department shall consider whether there is a significant
4negative impact on the condition of the pavement and
5structures along the proposed route, whether the load or
6vehicle as proposed causes a safety hazard to the traveling
7public, whether dismantling or disassembling the load promotes
8or stifles economic development, and whether the proposed
9route travels less than 5 miles. A load is not required to be
10dismantled or disassembled for the purposes of subsection (a)
11if the Secretary of the Department determines there will be no
12significant negative impact to pavement or structures along
13the proposed route, the proposed load or vehicle causes no
14safety hazard to the traveling public, dismantling or
15disassembling the load does not promote economic development,
16and the proposed route travels less than 5 miles. The
17Department may promulgate rules for the purpose of
18establishing the divisibility of a load pursuant to subsection
19(a). Any load determined by the Secretary to be nondivisible
20shall otherwise comply with the existing size or weight
21maximums specified in this Chapter.
22(Source: P.A. 100-70, eff. 8-11-17; 100-728, eff. 1-1-19;
23100-830, eff. 1-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 100-1090, eff.
241-1-19; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-547, eff. 1-1-20.)
 
25    (625 ILCS 5/15-307)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 15-307)

 

 

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1    Sec. 15-307. Fees for overweight-gross loads. Fees for
2special permits to move vehicles, combinations of vehicles and
3loads with overweight-gross loads shall be paid at the flat
4rate fees established in this Section for weights in excess of
5legal gross weights, by the applicant to the Department.
6    (a) With respect to fees for overweight-gross loads listed
7in this Section and for overweight-axle loads listed in
8Section 15-306, one fee only shall be charged, whichever is
9the greater, but not for both.
10    (b) In lieu of the fees stated in this Section and Section
1115-306, with respect to combinations of vehicles consisting of
12a 3-axle truck tractor with a tandem axle composed of 2
13consecutive axles drawing a semitrailer, or other vehicle
14approved by the Department, equipped with a tandem axle
15composed of 3 consecutive axles, weighing over 80,000 pounds
16but not more than 88,000 pounds gross weight, the fees shall be
17at the following rates:
18    DistanceRate
19For the first 45 miles$10
20From 45 miles to 90 miles12.50
21From 90 miles to 135 miles15.00
22From 135 miles to 180 miles17.50
23From 180 miles to 225 miles20.00
24For each additional 45 miles or part thereof in
25excess of the rate for 225 miles, an additional2.50
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1more than 100,000 pounds gross weight, the fees shall be at the
2following rates:
3    DistanceRate
4For the first 45 miles15
5From 45 miles to 90 miles25
6From 90 miles to 135 miles35
7From 135 miles to 180 miles45
8From 180 miles to 225 miles55
9For each additional 45 miles or part thereof in
10excess of the rate for 225 miles, an additional10
11    For such combination weighing over 100,000 pounds but not
12more than 110,000 pounds gross weight, the fees shall be at the
13following rates:
14    DistanceRate
15For the first 45 miles$20
16From 45 miles to 90 miles32.50
17From 90 miles to 135 miles45
18From 135 miles to 180 miles57.50
19From 180 miles to 225 miles70
20For each additional 45 miles or part thereof in
21excess of the rate for 225 miles an additional12.50
22    For such combinations weighing over 110,000 pounds but not
23more than 120,000 pounds gross weight, the fees shall be at the
24following rates:
25    DistanceRate
26For the first 45 miles$30

 

 

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1From 46 miles to 90 miles55
2From 90 miles to 135 miles80
3From 135 miles to 180 miles105
4From 180 miles to 225 miles130
5For each additional 45 miles or part thereof in
6excess of the rate for 225 miles an additional25
7    Payment of overweight fees for the above combinations also
8shall include fees for overwidth dimensions of 4 feet or less,
9overheight and overlength. Any overwidth in excess of 4 feet
10shall be charged an additional fee of $15.
11    (c) In lieu of the fees stated in this Section and Section
1215-306 of this Chapter, with respect to combinations of
13vehicles consisting of a 3-axle truck tractor with a tandem
14axle composed of 2 consecutive axles drawing a semitrailer, or
15other vehicle approved by the Department, equipped with a
16tandem axle composed of 2 consecutive axles, weighing over
1780,000 pounds but not more than 88,000 pounds gross weight,
18the fees shall be at the following rates:
19    DistanceRate
20For the first 45 miles$20
21From 45 miles to 90 miles32.50
22From 90 miles to 135 miles45
23From 135 miles to 180 miles57.50
24From 180 miles to 225 miles70
25For each additional 45 60 miles or part thereof in
26excess of the rate for 225 miles an additional12.50

 

 

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1    For such combination weighing over 88,000 pounds but not
2more than 100,000 pounds gross weight, the fees shall be at the
3following rates:
4    DistanceRate
5For the first 45 miles$30
6From 46 miles to 90 miles55
7From 90 miles to 135 miles80
8From 135 miles to 180 miles105
9From 180 miles to 225 miles130
10For each additional 45 miles or part thereof in
11excess of the rate for 225 miles an additional25
12    Payment of overweight fees for the above combinations also
13shall include fees for overwidth dimension of 4 feet or less,
14overheight and overlength. Any overwidth in excess of 4 feet
15shall be charged an additional overwidth fee of $15.
16    (d) In lieu of the fees stated in this Section and in
17Section 15-306 of this Chapter, with respect to a 3 (or more)
18axle mobile crane or water well-drilling vehicle consisting of
19a single axle and a tandem axle or 2 tandem axle groups
20composed of 2 consecutive axles each, with a distance of
21extreme axles not less than 18 feet, weighing not more than
2260,000 pounds gross with no single axle weighing more than
2321,000 pounds, or any tandem axle group to exceed 40,000
24pounds, the fees shall be at the following rates:
25    DistanceRate
26For the first 45 miles$12.50

 

 

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1For each additional 45 miles or portion thereof9.00
2    For such vehicles weighing over 60,000 pounds but not more
3than 68,000 pounds with no single axle weighing more than
421,000 pounds and no tandem axle group exceeding 48,000
5pounds, the fees shall be at the following rates:
6    DistanceRate
7For the first 45 miles$20
8For each additional 45 miles or portion thereof12.50
9    Payment of overweight fees for the above vehicle shall
10include overwidth dimension of 4 feet or less, overheight and
11overlength. Any overwidth in excess of 4 feet shall be charged
12an additional overwidth fee of $15.
13    (e) In lieu of the fees stated in this Section and in
14Section 15-306 of this Chapter, with respect to a 4 (or more)
15axle mobile crane or water well drilling vehicle consisting of
162 sets of tandem axles composed of 2 or more consecutive axles
17each with a distance between extreme axles of not less than 23
18feet weighing not more than 72,000 pounds with axle weights on
19one set of tandem axles not more than 34,000 pounds, and weight
20in the other set of tandem axles not to exceed 40,000 pounds,
21the fees shall be at the following rates:
22    DistanceRate
23For the first 45 miles$15
24For each additional 45 miles or portion thereof10
25    For such vehicles weighing over 72,000 pounds but not more
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1axles not more than 44,000 pounds, the fees shall be at the
2following rates:
3    DistanceRate
4For the first 45 miles$20
5For each additional 45 miles or portion thereof12.50
6    Payment of overweight fees for the above vehicle shall
7include overwidth dimension of 4 feet or less, overheight and
8overlength. Any overwidth in excess of 4 feet shall be charged
9an additional fee of $15.
10    (f) In lieu of fees stated in this Section and in Section
1115-306 of this Chapter, with respect to a two axle mobile crane
12or water well-drilling vehicle consisting of 2 single axles
13weighing not more than 48,000 pounds with no single axle
14weighing more than 25,000 pounds, the fees shall be at the
15following rates:
16    DistanceRate
17For the first 45 miles$15
18For each additional 45 miles or portion thereof10
19    For such vehicles weighing over 48,000 pounds but not more
20than 54,000 pounds with no single axle weighing more than
2128,000 pounds, the fees shall be at the following rates:
22    DistanceRate
23For the first 45 miles$20
24For each additional 45 miles or portion thereof12.50
25    Payment of overweight fees for the above vehicle shall
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1overlength. Any overwidth in excess of 4 feet shall be charged
2an additional overwidth fee of $15.
3    (g) Fees for special permits to move vehicles,
4combinations of vehicles, and loads with overweight gross
5loads not included in the fee categories shall be paid by the
6applicant to the Department at the rate of $50 plus 3.5 cents
7per ton-mile in excess of legal weight.
8    With respect to fees for overweight gross loads not
9included in the schedules specified in paragraphs (a) through
10(e) of Section 15-307 and for overweight axle loads listed in
11Section 15-306, one fee only shall be charged, whichever is
12the greater, but not both. An additional fee in accordance
13with the schedule set forth in Section 15-305 shall be charged
14for each overdimension.
15    (h) Fees for special permits for continuous limited
16operation authorizing the applicant to operate vehicles that
17exceed the weight limits provided for in subsection (a) of
18Section 15-111.
19    All single axles excluding the steer axle and axles within
20a tandem are limited to 24,000 pounds or less unless otherwise
21noted in this subsection (h). Loads up to 12 feet wide and 110
22feet in length shall be included within this permit. Fees
23shall be $250 for a quarterly and $1,000 for an annual permit.
24Front tag axle and double tandem trailers are not eligible.
25    The following configurations qualify for the quarterly and
26annual permits:

 

 

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1        (1) 3 or more axles, total gross weight of 68,000
2    pounds or less, front tandem or axle 21,000 pounds or
3    less, rear tandem 48,000 pounds or less on 2 or 3 axles,
4    25,000 pounds or less on single axle;
5        (2) 4 or more axles, total gross weight of 76,000
6    pounds or less, front tandem 44,000 pounds or less on 2
7    axles, front axle 20,000 pounds or less, rear tandem
8    44,000 pounds or less on 2 axles and 23,000 pounds or less
9    on single axle or 48,000 pounds or less on 3 axles, 25,000
10    pounds or less on single axle;
11        (3) 5 or more axles, total gross weight of 100,000
12    pounds or less, front tandem 48,000 pounds or less on 2
13    axles, front axle 20,000 pounds or less, 25,000 pounds or
14    less on single axle, rear tandem 48,000 pounds or less on 2
15    axles, 25,000 pounds or less on single axle;
16        (4) 6 or more axles, total gross weight of 120,000
17    pounds or less, front tandem 48,000 pounds or less on 2
18    axles, front axle 20,000 pounds or less, single axle
19    25,000 pounds or less, or rear tandem 60,000 pounds or
20    less on 3 axles, 21,000 pounds or less on single axles
21    within a tandem.
22(Source: P.A. 96-34, eff. 1-1-10; 97-201, eff. 1-1-12.)
 
23    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
24becoming law.