By: Bob Meyer
Saying there are just too many unresolved issues with pending Implements of Husbandry (IoH) bills in the State Assembly and Senate, Republican Representatives Joan Ballweg, Gary Tauchen, Howard Marklein, Lee Nerison and Travis Tranel have introduced a temporary fix.
Like the two pending bills introduced by Senator Jerry Petrowski and Representative Keith Ripp; Assembly Bill 842 raises the gross weight of IoH not to exceed 92,000 pounds but there would be no per axel limit. The pending bills have a 23,000 pound per-axel maximum. The Petrowski & Ripp plan would allow municipalities to grant yearly permits to exceed gross weight limits, AB 842 does not have that provision plus lower weight limits for Class B highways would not apply to IoH.
AB 842 redefines Implement of Husbandry to be a self-propelled or towed vehicle that is manufactured, designed, or reconstructed to be used and that is exclusively used in the conduct of agricultural operations. The definition includes agricultural commercial motor vehicles (CMV)
The alternative bill has no width, height or length limits on a CMV temporarily used on a highway in performance of its duties. A CMV would not need to be registered with the Department of Transportation.
The lawmakers stress this is a temporary bill which would sunset 18 months after effective date. That would allow time to resolve the various issues with the two pending bills.
The whole thing started more than a year ago when traffic officers in Marathon County started ticketing manure haulers for being overweight on town and county roads. That prompted the creation of a panel representing agriculture, transportation, municipalities, government and other interested parties to come up with a solution to the problem. The bills introduced by Petrowski and Ripp are the result of that process.
Read AB 842 here:
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