Propane truck weight bill nears final vote in Illinois House

| 2/9/2005

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 Illinois House.

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 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.