State Waives Weight, Size Restrictions For Short Truck Trips

EAST ALTON, Ill. (CBS) — A new state law allows some trucks to exceed the weight and size restrictions for short trips, so as to reduce fuel and equipment costs for Illinois businesses.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law Monday. It allows the Illinois Department of Transportation to issue permits for the larger loads for travel on state highways if the load is going less than 5 miles and won’t harm pavement conditions.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Marsett reports

Previously, such loads had to be broken into separate shipments to meet truck weight limits, increasing costs.

Quinn says the new law is common sense, and will allow Illinois companies to put more people to work by cutting costs.

The governor signed the bill in downstate East Alton.

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  • the truth

    Let the trucking companies pay for the damaged roads then with their overload crazy drivers.

    • Roberta Waker

      I totally agree. With ONE semi being equivalent to 10,000 cars, I can’t imagine the damage that will be done to our roads by this “law”. It doesn’t matter if it’s for one mile or five miles; the damage will be done and WE will pay for it.

      • TippinTheScales

        Lol, a semi weighs 40 million pounds? Too funny!


    Another payback from Mr. Quinn,the Demos need their union supported campaign contributions to stay in office, so now IDOT can prove more roads need to be rebuilt after the trucking industry destroys more roads. And the wheel goes around,and around,and around. It will never stop as long as the sheep keep voting the liberal,union funded,Demos back into office year after year,after year.

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