Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1187

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 9-20.

Synopsis: Recreational vehicles and special permits. Permits a recreational vehicle not longer than 45 feet to operate on a highway. Permits a noncommercial recreational vehicle with appurtenances to exceed the maximum width limitation of 102 inches under certain circumstances. Changes the responsibility for granting permits for transporting heavy vehicles and loads and oversized vehicles from the Indiana department of transportation to the department of state revenue. Authorizes the department of state revenue to issue annual permits to manufacturers of recreational vehicles that exceed the maximum width of 102 inches for transport from the manufacturing facility to the person taking title of the vehicle.

Effective: July 1, 2000.





Cook, Fry, Mock, Ulmer




    January 10, 2000, read first time and referred to Committee on Roads and Transportation.







Introduced

Second Regular Session 111th General Assembly (2000)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1187



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning motor vehicles.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 9-20-3-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 2. (a) The maximum width limitation, except width exclusive devices in accordance with 23 CFR 658.15 or United States Public Law 98-17, is eight (8) feet, six (6) inches.
    (b) The width limits in subsection (a) do not apply to the following:
        (1)
Machinery or equipment used in utility construction or maintenance if the violation is the result of oversize tires.
         (2) A noncommercial recreational vehicle with appurtenances that make the vehicle wider than the maximum width limitation described in subsection (a), if:
            (A) the appurtenances do not extend beyond the exterior rear view mirrors of the recreational vehicle; and
            (B) the exterior rear view mirrors extend to only the distance necessary to afford the required field of view for the vehicle before the appurtenances were attached to the vehicle.


    SECTION 2. IC 9-20-3-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 4. A single vehicle operated under the vehicle's own motive power may not exceed a length of forty (40) feet, except length exclusive devices in accordance with 23 CFR 658.13. However:
        (1) a recreational vehicle may not exceed forty (40) forty-five (45) feet;
        (2) a vehicle used by railroad companies to transport steel rails in connection with a railroad construction, reconstruction, or maintenance project may not exceed forty (40) feet;
        (3) a bus is subject to IC 9-20-8-2 ; and
        (4) a single vehicle equipped with permanently installed specialized equipment used for lifting, reaching, pumping, or spraying is allowed an additional five (5) feet for overhang of the equipment. An allowable overhang may not be used to transport cargo.
    SECTION 3. IC 9-20-6-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 2. (a) The Indiana department of transportation state revenue or local authority that:
        (1) has jurisdiction over a highway or street; and
        (2) is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the highway or street;
may, upon proper application in writing and upon good cause shown, grant a permit for transporting heavy vehicles and loads or other objects not conforming to this article if the department or authority finds that other traffic will not be seriously affected and the highway or bridge will not be seriously damaged.
    (b) A permit may be issued under this section for the following:
        (1) A single trip.
        (2) A definite time not exceeding thirty (30) days.
        (3) A ninety (90) day period.
        (4) A one (1) year period.
    SECTION 4. IC 9-20-6-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 3. An annual toll road gate permit also may be issued by the Indiana department of transportation state revenue to a commercial motor vehicle for the pulling of a combination unit that meets the size and weight standards for Indiana toll roads, prescribed by the Indiana department of transportation. state revenue. The annual permit may not be issued for a distance greater than fifteen (15) total miles to or from a gate of the toll road and is valid only when used in conjunction with toll road travel.
    SECTION 5. IC 9-20-6-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS

[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 4. (a) The Indiana department of transportation state revenue or an agency or a political subdivision authorized by this article to grant permits to operate tractor-mobile home rigs or permits for transporting heavy or oversize vehicles, loads, or other objects not conforming to this article may issue emergency permits to operate in or through Indiana without regard to IC 9-20-14-2 to a person during the period that the following conditions exist:
        (1) A state of disaster emergency has been declared by the governor under IC 10-4-1-7.
        (2) A state of emergency has been declared by the federal government for an area outside Indiana.
        (3) The granting of emergency permits reasonably can be expected to provide relief of the conditions causing the declaration of the state of emergency.
    (b) The Indiana department of transportation, state revenue, an agency, or a political subdivision shall regulate movements by emergency permits to avoid undue hazards.
    SECTION 6. IC 9-20-6-6 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2000]: Sec. 6. (a) The Indiana department of transportation state revenue or local unit authorized to issue permits under this chapter may issue permits for:
        (1) transporting semitrailers or trailers designed to be used with semitrailers that exceed the width and length limitations imposed under this article; and
        (2) commercial recreational vehicles that exceed the maximum width limitation set forth in IC 9-20-3-2 ;

from the manufacturing facility to the person taking title to the vehicle, including any other destination in the marketing cycle.
    (b) A permit issued under this section may designate the route to be traversed and may contain any other restrictions or conditions required for the safe movement of the vehicle.
    (c) A permit issued to the manufacturer under this section must be applied for and reissued annually after the permit's initial issuance.
    (d) A limit is not imposed on the number of movements generated by a manufacturer that is issued an annual permit under this section.