Bill would change weight requirements for propane trucks in Illinois

| Friday, January 21, 2005

A new bill in Illinois would increase the weight limits for trucks used to deliver propane.

Under the bill, HB232, a single unit truck could have a single axle weight of 22,000 pounds, and a tandem axle weight of 40,000 pounds. The new standard applies to trucks traveling on non-designated highways.

The measure was introduced earlier this month by Rep. Joseph Lyons, D-Chicago.

Previously, propane trucks were bound by the general Illinois standard of 18,000 pounds on a single axle, 32,000 pounds on a tandem axle, and 73,280 pounds gross vehicle weight. The federal highway standard is 20,000 pounds on a single axle, 34,000 on a tandem axle and 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

The bill is now before the House Rules Committee.

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