bill now making its way through the Illinois General Assembly would streamline
the paperwork process for overweight or oversize truck permits in the state.
The bill, SB2031, would set up a standard fee – $250 per
quarter, or $1,000 per year – for any truck up to 24,000 pounds per single
axle, or trucks that are up to 12 feet wide or 110 feet in length. The fees and
permits under the bill cover “continuous
limited operation of trucks that exceed wheel and axle load limits.”
The bill’s chief sponsor, Sen. John M. Sullivan, D-Quincy, said the bill was designed
to streamline the paperwork and permitting process for truckers, carriers and
for the state officials at the Illinois Department of Transportation who
process the permit requests.
now … those special permits are given out on a as-needed basis,” he said. “What
this allows is the Department of Transportation to issue a permit based on
quarterly or an annual basis so they don’t have all the paperwork of doing this
on a load-by-load basis.”
said the measure should help both smaller and larger trucking operations with
the state’s permitting process. Interests in state government and in the
trucking industry support the measure.
was unanimously approved by the Senate Transportation Committee March 16; it is
now awaiting a vote before the full House.