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Full Text of HB2584  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 12-812 and 15-102 as follows:
6    (625 ILCS 5/12-812)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-812)
7    Sec. 12-812. Rules and regulations. (a) The Department may
8promulgate rules and regulations to more completely specify
9the equipment requirements of this Article and may establish
10by rule a pilot program to permit the testing of safety
11equipment not otherwise prohibited by State or federal law.
12    (b) All rules, regulations and standards promulgated from
13time to time by the State Board of Education and the Department
14for the safety and construction of school buses shall be
15applicable to every motor vehicle in this State defined as a
16school bus under Section 1-182.
17(Source: P.A. 81-1508.)
18    (625 ILCS 5/15-102)  (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 15-102)
19    Sec. 15-102. Width of vehicles.
20    (a) On Class III and non-designated State and local
21highways, the total outside width of any vehicle or load
22thereon shall not exceed 8 feet 6 inches.



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1    (b) Except during those times when, due to insufficient
2light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and
3vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a
4distance of 1000 feet, the following vehicles may exceed the 8
5feet 6 inch limitation during the period from a half hour
6before sunrise to a half hour after sunset:
7        (1) Loads of hay, straw or other similar farm products
8    provided that the load is not more than 12 feet wide.
9        (2) Implements of husbandry being transported on
10    another vehicle and the transporting vehicle while loaded.
11        The following requirements apply to the transportation
12    on another vehicle of an implement of husbandry wider than
13    8 feet 6 inches on the National System of Interstate and
14    Defense Highways or other highways in the system of State
15    highways:
16            (A) The driver of a vehicle transporting an
17        implement of husbandry that exceeds 8 feet 6 inches in
18        width shall obey all traffic laws and shall check the
19        roadways prior to making a movement in order to ensure
20        that adequate clearance is available for the movement.
21        It is prima facie evidence that the driver of a vehicle
22        transporting an implement of husbandry has failed to
23        check the roadway prior to making a movement if the
24        vehicle is involved in a collision with a bridge,
25        overpass, fixed structure, or properly placed traffic
26        control device or if the vehicle blocks traffic due to



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1        its inability to proceed because of a bridge,
2        overpass, fixed structure, or properly placed traffic
3        control device.
4            (B) Flags shall be displayed so as to wave freely
5        at the extremities of overwidth objects and at the
6        extreme ends of all protrusions, projections, and
7        overhangs. All flags shall be clean, bright red flags
8        with no advertising, wording, emblem, or insignia
9        inscribed upon them and at least 18 inches square.
10            (C) "OVERSIZE LOAD" signs are mandatory on the
11        front and rear of all vehicles with loads over 10 feet
12        wide. These signs must have 12-inch high black letters
13        with a 2-inch stroke on a yellow sign that is 7 feet
14        wide by 18 inches high.
15            (D) One civilian escort vehicle is required for a
16        load that exceeds 14 feet 6 inches in width and 2
17        civilian escort vehicles are required for a load that
18        exceeds 16 feet in width on the National System of
19        Interstate and Defense Highways or other highways in
20        the system of State highways.
21            (E) The requirements for a civilian escort vehicle
22        and driver are as follows:
23                (1) The civilian escort vehicle shall be a
24            vehicle not exceeding a gross vehicle weight
25            rating of 26,000 pounds that is designed to afford
26            clear and unobstructed vision to both front and



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1            rear.
2                (2) The escort vehicle driver must be properly
3            licensed to operate the vehicle.
4                (3) While in use, the escort vehicle must be
5            equipped with illuminated rotating, oscillating,
6            or flashing amber lights or flashing amber strobe
7            lights mounted on top that are of sufficient
8            intensity to be visible at 500 feet in normal
9            sunlight.
10                (4) "OVERSIZE LOAD" signs are mandatory on all
11            escort vehicles. The sign on an escort vehicle
12            shall have 8-inch high black letters on a yellow
13            sign that is 5 feet wide by 12 inches high.
14                (5) When only one escort vehicle is required
15            and it is operating on a two-lane highway, the
16            escort vehicle shall travel approximately 300 feet
17            ahead of the load. The rotating, oscillating, or
18            flashing lights or flashing amber strobe lights
19            and an "OVERSIZE LOAD" sign shall be displayed on
20            the escort vehicle and shall be visible from the
21            front. When only one escort vehicle is required
22            and it is operating on a multilane divided
23            highway, the escort vehicle shall travel
24            approximately 300 feet behind the load and the
25            sign and lights shall be visible from the rear.
26                (6) When 2 escort vehicles are required, one



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1            escort shall travel approximately 300 feet ahead
2            of the load and the second escort shall travel
3            approximately 300 feet behind the load. The
4            rotating, oscillating, or flashing lights or
5            flashing amber strobe lights and an "OVERSIZE
6            LOAD" sign shall be displayed on the escort
7            vehicles and shall be visible from the front on
8            the lead escort and from the rear on the trailing
9            escort.
10                (7) When traveling within the corporate limits
11            of a municipality, the escort vehicle shall
12            maintain a reasonable and proper distance from the
13            oversize load, consistent with existing traffic
14            conditions.
15                (8) A separate escort shall be provided for
16            each load hauled.
17                (9) The driver of an escort vehicle shall obey
18            all traffic laws.
19                (10) The escort vehicle must be in safe
20            operational condition.
21                (11) The driver of the escort vehicle must be
22            in radio contact with the driver of the vehicle
23            carrying the oversize load.
24            (F) A transport vehicle while under load of more
25        than 8 feet 6 inches in width must be equipped with an
26        illuminated rotating, oscillating, or flashing amber



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1        light or lights or a flashing amber strobe light or
2        lights mounted on the top of the cab that are of
3        sufficient intensity to be visible at 500 feet in
4        normal sunlight. If the load on the transport vehicle
5        blocks the visibility of the amber lighting from the
6        rear of the vehicle, the vehicle must also be equipped
7        with an illuminated rotating, oscillating, or flashing
8        amber light or lights or a flashing amber strobe light
9        or lights mounted on the rear of the load that are of
10        sufficient intensity to be visible at 500 feet in
11        normal sunlight.
12            (G) When a flashing amber light is required on the
13        transport vehicle under load and it is operating on a
14        two-lane highway, the transport vehicle shall display
15        to the rear at least one rotating, oscillating, or
16        flashing light or a flashing amber strobe light and an
17        "OVERSIZE LOAD" sign. When a flashing amber light is
18        required on the transport vehicle under load and it is
19        operating on a multilane divided highway, the sign and
20        light shall be visible from the rear.
21            (H) Maximum speed shall be 45 miles per hour on all
22        such moves or 5 miles per hour above the posted minimum
23        speed limit, whichever is greater, but the vehicle
24        shall not at any time exceed the posted maximum speed
25        limit.
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1    agricultural and livestock raising operations that are not
2    more than 14 feet wide and with not more than a 1 foot
3    overhang along the left side of the hauling vehicle.
4    However, the buildings shall not be transported more than
5    10 miles and not on any route that is part of the National
6    System of Interstate and Defense Highways.
7    All buildings when being transported shall display at
8least 2 red cloth flags, not less than 12 inches square,
9mounted as high as practicable on the left and right side of
10the building.
11    A State Police escort shall be required if it is necessary
12for this load to use part of the left lane when crossing any 2
13laned State highway bridge.
14    (c) Vehicles propelled by electric power obtained from
15overhead trolley wires operated wholly within the corporate
16limits of a municipality are also exempt from the width
18    (d) (Blank).
19    (d-1) A recreational vehicle, as defined in Section 1-169,
20may exceed 8 feet 6 inches in width if:
21        (1) the excess width is attributable to appurtenances
22    that extend 6 inches or less beyond either side of the body
23    of the vehicle; and
24        (2) the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling has
25    marked lanes for vehicular traffic that are at least 11
26    feet in width.



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1    As used in this subsection (d-1) and in subsection (d-2),
2the term appurtenance includes (i) a retracted awning and its
3support hardware and (ii) any appendage that is intended to be
4an integral part of a recreation vehicle.
5    (d-2) A recreational vehicle that exceeds 8 feet 6 inches
6in width as provided in subsection (d-1) may travel any
7roadway of the State if the vehicle is being operated between a
8roadway permitted under subsection (d-1) and:
9        (1) the location where the recreation vehicle is
10    garaged;
11        (2) the destination of the recreation vehicle; or
12        (3) a facility for food, fuel, repair, services, or
13    rest.
14    (e) A vehicle and load traveling upon the National System
15of Interstate and Defense Highways or any other highway in the
16system of State highways that has been designated as a Class I
17or Class II highway by the Department, or any street or highway
18designated by local authorities, may have a total outside
19width of 8 feet 6 inches, provided that certain safety devices
20that the Department determines as necessary for the safe and
21efficient operation of motor vehicles shall not be included in
22the calculation of width.
23    Section 5-35 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act
24relating to procedures for rulemaking shall not apply to the
25designation of highways under this paragraph (e).
26    (f) Mirrors required by Section 12-502 of this Code and



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1other safety devices identified by the Department may project
2up to 14 inches beyond each side of a bus and up to 6 inches
3beyond each side of any other vehicle, and that projection
4shall not be deemed a violation of the width restrictions of
5this Section.
6    (g) Any person who is convicted of violating this Section
7is subject to the penalty as provided in paragraph (b) of
8Section 15-113.
9    (h) Safety devices identified by the Department in
10accordance with Section 12-812 shall not be deemed a violation
11of the width restrictions of this Section.
12(Source: P.A. 100-830, eff. 1-1-19.)