WI DOT Emergency Oversize, Overweight Permits For Trucking Set To Expire

Modifications to Wisconsin’s overweight and oversize truck limits will end when the Governor Evers’ original emergency order ends – May 11.

The Governor had directed the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue permits for transporting supplies to grocery retailers impacted by the current public health situation.  Fees were waived for the permit, which allowed an additional 8,000 pounds for a legal maximum of 88,000 pounds for both interstate and intrastate carriers.

The permits were valid until April 11 but that cutoff date was extended until May 11. Various provisions of the emergency order were also extended and expanded at that time. It relieved truckers from certain motor carrier safety regulations under administrative rule and federal law, authorized gross vehicle weights up to 90,000 pounds and waived fees to obtain a 72-hour trip permit for certain vehicles traveling into Wisconsin.

DOT officials have looked for ways to extend the order on their own, but the Department does not find that to be possible.

Illinois made similar adjustments to its laws regarding overweight permits and those are set to expire on May 16th.  State officials have announced they will not be renewing those adjustments.

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