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Extreme cold temperatures result in changes for trucking industry

January 3, 2014

Changes allow transport of heavier loads of fuel, other energy resources, milk commodities

Due to the extreme cold weather, the Wisconsin Departments of Transportation (WisDOT) and Administration (DOA) have determined an energy emergency exists and effective immediately, have authorized motor carriers to transport overweight loads of energy resources such as fuel and oil, along with milk commodities.

During an energy emergency, after consultation with DOA, WisDOT may waive the divisible load limitation of s. 348.25 (4) and authorize for a period not to exceed 30 days the operation of overweight vehicles having a registered gross weight of 50,000 pounds or more and carrying energy resources or fuel or milk commodities regardless of the highways involved to conserve energy.

Such authorization may only allow weights not more than 10 percent greater than the gross axle and axle combination weight limitations, and not more than 15 percent greater than the gross vehicle weight limitations under s. 348.15 and 348.16.

WisDOT will also allow carriers transporting energy resources to self-declare and temporarily suspend rules related to hours of service and driver qualifications (as allowed under Wisconsin Administration Code Trans 327.09 (6)).



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