New Mexico waives weight limit on Kansas-bound loads

| 5/15/2007

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has ordered the state DOT to waive load limits on trucks that are hauling relief shipments to Kansas.

Thirty-four Kansas counties have been declared disaster areas following recent tornados, hail and flooding, and 10 people were killed when a massive tornado virtually wiped out the town of Greensburg, KS.

Unlike Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, which have also issued waivers, the New Mexico waiver only applies to weight limits – not to hours of service.

On Thursday, May 10, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry issued waivers – which only apply to motor vehicles used in the relief effort – suspending:

  • The fees associated with over-dimension and overweight permits;
  • The requirements for registration and fuel tax reporting required by the state’s Department of Revenue; and
  • Other requirements for licensing and operating authority.


Additionally, the waivers – which will both expire 30 days later – suspend CFR 49, Parts 390-399, of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which includes hours of service, cargo securement, hazmat and parking rules, to name just a few.

The Missouri Motor Carrier Services Division of the Department of Transportation issued an emergency declaration on Wednesday, May 9. The declaration waived the hours-of-service regulations; some aspects of regulations governing over-dimension/overweight loads; and fuel or trip permits for travel in Missouri, but did not suspend all of Parts 390-399 of the regulations like Kansas and Oklahoma did.

The Missouri waiver will exempt truckers assisting in the relief efforts in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa at least until June 9.

In Missouri, permits will be required for over-dimension and/or overweight loads. The waiver applies both to trucks both under load and when returning empty.