Indiana increases size and weight of certain freight

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A new law authorizes heavier loads on Indiana roadways for certain commodities.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association opposes truck size and weight increases. The Association lobbied successfully to remove language to increase truck size and weight in the new federal transportation law.

Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law allowing the state Department of Transportation, or a local authority, to grant permits for transporting overweight divisible loads. Specifically, HB1481 covers metal commodities and agricultural hauls.

Affected loads are those weighing more than 80,000 pounds that can be separated or reduced to meet specific regulatory weight limits, and other requirements.

Divisible loads of metal commodities, such as steel, are authorized to weigh up to 120,000 pounds. Maximum weights for divisible loads of agricultural goods can be 97,000 pounds.

The rule change authorizes INDOT to charge 5 cents “per equivalent single axle load mile” for a permit for an overweight divisible load.

The annual fee for an overweight load permit could not exceed $470.

Revenue from permit fees will be routed to the state’s highway fund.

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