bill that would streamline the paperwork process for overweight or oversize
truck permits in Illinois is now awaiting a final vote in the state’s Senate.
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 long. 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 an 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.