Changes to certain Missouri truck rules take effect Aug. 28

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 8/24/2012

Truckers traveling Missouri roads will have new rules in place starting Tuesday, Aug. 28, that cover issues relating to farm loads, household goods movers, truck access and commercial zones.

Among the new rules taking effect next week is a provision to make Missouri farmers more competitive with those in neighboring states.

Sergeant Kevin Kelly with Missouri’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division told Land Line that livestock loads now cannot exceed 85,500 lbs. on U.S. 36 from St. Joseph to U.S. 65 and U.S.65 from the Iowa state line to U.S. 36.
Kelly said the rule change expands the gross weight limitation on U.S. 36 east from U.S. 65 to U.S. 63. The exception also applies to U.S. 63, from the Iowa state line to U.S. 36, and from U.S. 36 to state Route 17.

Milk haulers also benefit from the rule change. Hauls weighing up to 85,500 pounds on the way to processing facilities are authorized to use highways other than interstates.

Rep. Jason Smith, R-Salem, said the change is a win-win situation.

“It’s a change that is good not only for farmers but for our economy in general as well,” Smith said in a statement.

Another provision drops a requirement that contract carriers of HHG show that the service is needed when applying for a certificate of authority or permit.

Applicants will continue to be required to show that they “are fit, willing, and able to perform the proposed service, and must conform to other specified requirements.”

The requirement that HHG movers file rates with the state Highways and Transportation Commission is being dropped. Previously, only movers operating solely within commercial zones were not required to file their schedule of rates with the commission.

Movers will continue to be required to publish the information at its offices.

Rates in commercial zones will be authorized to be different than rates collected in rural areas of the state. Until now, Missouri law has prohibited HHG movers from using schedules of rates that divide the state into territorial rate areas.

A separate provision is supposed to prevent municipalities from shutting trucks out from traveling through town.

Missouri law now permits municipalities to limit the use of certain designated streets to passenger vehicles.

The new law mandates that towns provide at least one street for large trucks “to access any roads in the state highway system.”

Another provision expands the Kansas City commercial zone. The affected areas include state Route 45 from its intersection with Interstate 29 to the village of Iatan, north of the metropolitan area. On the east side, the commercial zone is being expanded on state Route 10 from its intersection with state Route 210 to the city of Hardin.

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