Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift recently signed two bills of interest
to truckers. H5205, signed April 9, clarifies the number of axles,
the length and height of vehicles allowed on certain designated
Some of the length limits include: carhaulers, 65 feet; stinger-steered
combinations, 75 feet; semi-trailer, 50 feet; truck and semi-trailer
or trailer, 59 feet (same applies to combinations pulling doubles).
Vehicle and load height is limited to 13 feet 6 inches, with liability
for any damage from bridge or viaduct collision whether or not the
clearance is posted.
H867, signed July 30, doubles speeding fines in marked construction
zones, but the kicker is what constitutes a speeding violation.
The new law reads, "While operating a motor vehicle ...
at a speed which exceeds the posted limit, or at a speed that is
greater than is reasonable and proper." Who decides what is
"reasonable and proper"?