2012 Vermont Statutes
Title 23 Motor Vehicles
Chapter 13 OPERATION OF VEHICLES
§ 1400 Permit to operate in excess of weight and size limits; state highways


23 V.S.A. § 1400. What's This?

§ 1400. Permit to operate in excess of weight and size limits; state highways

(a) A person or corporation owning or operating a traction engine, tractor, trailer, motor truck, or other motor vehicle that desires to operate it over state highways or class 1 town highways in excess of the weight and size limits provided by this subchapter shall make application for such a permit to the commissioner of motor vehicles. In his or her discretion, with or without hearing, the commissioner may issue to the person or corporation a permit authorizing the person to operate the traction engine, tractor, trailer, motor truck, or other motor vehicle upon state highways and class 1 town highways as he or she may designate and containing the regulation subject to which the traction engine, tractor, trailer, motor truck, or other motor vehicle is to be operated. The permit shall not be granted until satisfactory proof is furnished to the commissioner that the traction engine, tractor, trailer, motor truck or other motor vehicle has been registered and the prescribed fee paid

for a gross weight equal to a maximum legal load limit for its class. No additional registration fee shall be payable to authorize the use of the traction engine, tractor, trailer, motor truck, or other motor vehicle in accordance with the terms of the permit. The approval may be given for a limited or unlimited length of time, may be withdrawn for cause, and may be withdrawn without cause any time after March 31 next following the date of issuance. When approval is withdrawn for cause or on March 31 the commissioner of motor vehicles shall forthwith revoke the permit; when approval is withdrawn otherwise he or she shall revoke the permit within one month.

(b) The provisions of this section shall apply to any vehicle registered in another state provided the vehicle meets all weight and size requirements of this state and is registered or holds a permit in the other state for the weight that the permit is sought.

(c) In addition, the commissioner may issue permits to operate vehicles in excess of the size limits provided by this subchapter for operation over any class 2, class 3, or class 4 town highways except when the dimensions are such that blanket permits cannot be issued under the duly adopted rules of the commissioner. In those instances, permits under section 1400a of this title shall be obtained.

(d) The commissioner may enter into contracts with an electronic permitting service that will allow the service to issue single trip permits to a commercial motor vehicle operator, on behalf of the department of motor vehicles. The permitting service shall be authorized to issue single trip permits for travel to and from a Vermont facility by commercial motor vehicles which are not greater than 72 feet in length on routes that have been approved by the agency of transportation. The permitting service may assess, collect and retain an additional administrative fee which shall be paid by the commercial motor vehicle carrier.

(e) Notwithstanding any other statute or rule to the contrary, overweight permits shall not be issued to vehicles registered in another state or province, unless that state or province issues similar permits on a reciprocal basis to vehicles registered in Vermont. (Amended 1961, No. 281, § 6; 1969, No. 212 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. March 25, 1970; 1975, No. 232 (Adj. Sess.), § 11, eff. April 7, 1976; 1987, No. 91, § 8, eff. June 22, 1987; 1989, No. 121, § 20d; 1993, No. 27, § 7, eff. May 19, 1993; 1993, No. 186 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 1995, No. 119 (Adj. Sess.), § 9, eff. April 25, 1996; 1999, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 14.)

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