2013 Maryland Code
§ 24-113 - Rules and regulations for movement of oversize and overweight vehicles
(a) The purpose of this section is to:
(1) Facilitate the obtaining of permits;
(2) Eliminate undue hardships to political subdivisions, contractors, and the movers of heavy or large equipment; and
(3) Make possible, when circumstances justify, the issuing of permits under which more than one move can be made.
(b) The State Highway Administration and the Department of State Police jointly may formulate rules and regulations that:
(1) Implement the statutes on the movement of oversize and overweight vehicles; and
(2) Establish fees and charges under these statutes.
(c) (1) Before a rule or regulation may be adopted or amended under this section, the State Highway Administration shall hold a public hearing on it.
(2) After the hearing, the State Highway Administration may adopt the proposed rule, regulation, or amendment or any appropriate modification to it.
(d) In exceptional cases, special vehicle permits may be issued for vehicles exceeding maximum size and weight limitations; however, it is not intended to allow regular and continuous movement by a vehicle operating with a permit issued under this subsection.
§ 24-113 - 1. Weight limitations for vehicles carrying international freight
(a) Determination by Secretary. -- Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, and subject to subsections (b) and (c) of this section, the Secretary, by regulation, may determine that a combination of vehicles carrying manifested international freight as the only load of the vehicle in a sealed, seagoing container on a semitrailer is carrying an indivisible load provided that:
(1) A vehicle issued a permit under this section may not exceed 22,400 pounds gross maximum weight for a single axle, 44,000 pounds gross maximum weight for 2 consecutive axles, or 90,000 pounds gross maximum weight; and
(2) A vehicle issued a permit under this section may be operated only on:
(i) Those parts of the interstate and State systems of highways that are designated by the Secretary in conjunction with the United States Department of Transportation;
(ii) Any other highway, authorized by the Secretary, that is the shortest practical route between a highway designated pursuant to subparagraph (i) of this paragraph and:
1. A truck terminal;
2. A port or other point of origin or destination; or
3. For a distance not to exceed one mile, facilities for food, fuel, repairs, or rest.
(b) Permits. --
(1) The Secretary shall adopt regulations, consistent with the provisions of this section, for the issuance of permits for vehicles described under subsection (a) of this section.
(2) The regulations adopted under this subsection may set fees and shall establish maximum axle and gross weight limits, routes, and other necessary criteria.
(c) Prerequisites for exercise of authority. -- The authority granted under the provisions of this section may not be exercised unless and until the Secretary determines in writing that its exercise:
(1) Is required to provide access to or egress from the Port of Baltimore for international freight;
(2) Will not cause extraordinary damage to roads and bridges in the State or require extraordinary expense for the maintenance of those roads and bridges;
(3) Will not cause undue adverse environmental impact upon or unduly disrupt residential neighborhoods; and
(4) Will not impair highway safety.
§ 24-113 - 2. Exceptional hauling permit for farm products
(a) Scope. -- Unless otherwise provided by federal law, an exceptional hauling permit issued under this section is not valid on the interstate highway system, as defined in § 8-101(j) of this article.
(b) In general. -- Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the State Highway Administration may issue an exceptional hauling permit for a combination of vehicles that:
(1) Carries farm products as defined in § 10-601(c) of the Agriculture Article that:
(i) Are loaded in fields or other off-highway locations; and
(ii) Are the only load of the vehicle; and
(2) Has an axle configuration of not less than six axles and a front-to-rear centerline axle spacing of not less than 50 feet.
(c) Requirements. -- A combination of vehicles operating under the authority of an exceptional hauling permit issued under subsection (b) of this section shall:
(1) Comply with the following weight limits:
(i) A maximum of 20,000 pounds gross weight on a single axle;
(ii) For any consecutive axle configuration of two or more axles on individual vehicles in the combination, the maximum gross weight specified in § 24-109(c) of this subtitle; and
(iii) A maximum of 87,000 pounds gross combination weight;
(2) Twice each year, submit to and pass a North American Standard Driver/Vehicle Level 1 inspection; and
(3) Be allowed a load limit tolerance of only 1,000 pounds for gross combination weight and 15% for axle weights.
(d) Prohibited acts. -- While operating a combination of vehicles under the authority of an exceptional hauling permit issued under subsection (b) of this section, a person may not:
(1) Violate a highway restriction issued by a competent authority;
(2) Operate the combination of vehicles on the interstate highway system, as defined in § 8-101(j) of this article;
(3) Operate the combination of vehicles if the combination of vehicles exceeds any tire weight rating or tire speed restriction adopted under § 25-111 of this article; or
(4) Fail to comply with the terms and conditions of the exceptional hauling permit.
(e) Documentation on board. -- While operating a combination of vehicles under the authority of an exceptional hauling permit issued under subsection (b) of this section, a person shall have in the person's possession:
(1) The original exceptional hauling permit issued for the vehicle; and
(2) For each vehicle in the combination of vehicles, a copy of a valid North American Standard Driver/Vehicle Level 1 inspection report issued within the preceding 180 days that shows no out-of-service violations.
(f) Violations. --
(1) A violation of this section, regulations adopted to implement this section, or the terms and conditions of an exceptional hauling permit issued under subsection (b) of this section shall:
(i) Void the authority granted under the exceptional hauling permit;
(ii) Subject the vehicle to all weight requirements and tolerances specified in this article; and
(iii) For a violation of a weight restriction specified in this section that exceeds 5,000 pounds, subject the exceptional hauling permit to immediate confiscation by an officer or authorized civilian employee of the Department of State Police, an officer of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, or any police officer.
(2) A person who confiscates an exceptional hauling permit under paragraph (1) of this subsection shall immediately notify the State Highway Administration.
(3) On notification of the confiscation of an exceptional hauling permit, the State Highway Administration shall review the confiscation, verify the violation of a weight restriction, and, if the State Highway Administration determines that a violation did occur, revoke the permit.
(4) An owner or operator of a combination of vehicles may appeal the revocation of an exceptional hauling permit to the State Highway Administrator or the Administrator's designee.
(g) Records to be provided on request. --
(1) On request from the State Highway Administrator or the Administrator's designee, weight and delivery records of the holder of an exceptional hauling permit that are kept in the normal course of business shall be provided by:
(i) The holder of the exceptional hauling permit; or
(ii) A facility that receives farm products, as defined in § 10-601(c) of the Agriculture Article, delivered by a vehicle operating under the authority of an exceptional hauling permit.
(2) If the holder of an exceptional hauling permit or a facility that receives farm products does not comply with a request under this subsection, the State Highway Administration may:
(i) Suspend the holder's exceptional hauling permit; or
(ii) Prohibit a vehicle from delivering farm products under the authority of the exceptional hauling permit to the noncompliant facility.
(h) Fees. --
(1) An applicant for an exceptional hauling permit shall pay to the State Highway Administration:
(i) 1. $ 250 for the issuance of a new annual permit or the annual renewal; or
2. $ 30 for the issuance of a 30-day permit;
(ii) $ 1,000 for the reinstatement of a permit that was revoked under subsection (f)(3) of this section for a first violation; and
(iii) $ 5,000 for the reinstatement of a permit that was revoked under subsection (f)(3) of this section for a second or subsequent violation within the prior 24 months.
(2) A fee paid under this subsection is nonrefundable.
(i) Term. -- Except as otherwise provided in this section, an exceptional hauling permit is valid for:
(1) 1 year from the date of issuance for an annual permit; or
(2) 30 consecutive days for a 30-day permit.
(j) Regulations. -- In consultation with the Secretary of State Police, the State Highway Administration shall adopt regulations to implement this section.
(k) Issuance. --
(1) An exceptional hauling permit is issued under this section at the discretion of the State Highway Administrator.
(2) The State Highway Administrator may stop issuing or renewing exceptional hauling permits under this section if the Administrator determines that the use of the permits is adversely affecting any part of the State highway system.
(3) The State Highway Administrator shall promptly report to the General Assembly, in accordance with § 2-1246 of the State Government Article, regarding any decision to stop issuing or renewing exceptional hauling permits under this section and the reason for the decision.
§ 24-113 - 3. Exceptional milk hauling permit
Repealed by Acts 2011, ch. 415, § 1, effective June 1, 2011.
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