An old Kansas
law is now being enforced across the state by the Kansas Department
of Transportation and the Highway Patrol. It requires a fully
laden trailer to have all axles on the ground at all times.
a driver leased to Pacer, told OOIDA members Mark and Kathy Martin
he had been told at a Kansas scale to "put it down or get
Martins and Samples pull overweight and overlength loads with
flip axles. "We often cross Kansas, but this was the first
we had heard of the law requiring us to set all axles on the ground,"
Kathy Martin said. "No one seems to be able to tell us if
the law, the way it's written, applies to empty trailers or just
given a copy of the part of Kansas' law that applies to his type
of haul. Chapter eight, article 19, subsection c says "any
axle located within seven feet of any adjacent axle shall be a
weight-bearing axle and shall carry at all times its proportionate
part of the load permitted on such axles."
are we supposed to set our extra axles on the ground just in Kansas,
if it takes a forklift to pick them up," said Kathy, "they
aren't thinking clearly." Enforcement personnel at the Olathe,
KS, scale told Land Line they were still "in the process
of handing out warnings."
OOIDA's executive director of regulatory affairs called the KHP
on the Martin's behalf. He was told that the patrol is now giving
warnings but soon would enforce the axle law. "If a trailer
is fully laden, all axles must be on the ground," they said.
--Donna Carlson, staff writer