Illinois Simplifies State Truck Laws

July 28, 2011

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn this week signed laws that simplify trucking rules in the state.

The laws clarify existing Illinois truck laws, improve trucking operations and allow for uniform speed limits on secondary highways.

Senate Bill 1644 standardizes gross weight regulations for trucks. Some confusion arose after previous legislation allowed standard 80,000-pound trucks onto local Illinois roads. The bill also grants a 400-pound weight exemption for trucks fitted with auxiliary power units.

House Bill 2836 clarifies truck length limits depending on specific types of equipment being pulled. Senate Bill 1913 will give the state a unified speed limit of 65 mph on four-lane highways outside of the Chicago area.

The Mid-West Truckers Association commended Quinn for signing the legislation, saying the laws will make compliance easier. The new laws represent nearly a year of work between the industry, Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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