A new bill in Illinois that would change the weight limits
for truckers used to deliver propane is a step closer to passage in the
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
Previously, propane trucks were held to the general Illinois
standard of 18,000 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 passed the House Transportation and Motor Vehicles
Committee Feb. 1 by a vote of 23-1. It is now awaiting a Second Reading in the
House – the last step before a final vote in that chamber.
If it passes the full House, HB232 will head to the Senate.