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Rs 32:386 Weight

§386. Weight

A. The total gross weight of any vehicle or combination of vehicles shall not exceed

eighty thousand pounds, and no vehicle or combination of vehicles shall exceed its licensed

gross weight.

B. No tire mounted on any axle attached to any vehicle or combination of vehicles

shall impose a greater weight on the surface of a highway than six hundred fifty pounds per

inch width of tire.

C. The total gross weight of any single axle attached to any vehicle and equipped

with low pressure pneumatic tires shall not exceed twenty thousand pounds.

D. The total gross weight of any tandem axle or tandem steering axle attached to any

vehicle and equipped with low pressure pneumatic tires shall not exceed thirty-four thousand

pounds. However on any vehicle carrying forest products in their natural state, the weight

limitation shall be thirty-seven thousand pounds per tandem axle and equipped with low

pressure pneumatic tires except on the Interstate system.

E.(1)The total gross weight of any tridum axle attached to any vehicle and equipped

with low pressure pneumatic tires shall not exceed forty-two thousand pounds.

(2) The total gross weight of any quadrum axle attached to any vehicle and equipped

with low pressure pneumatic tires shall not exceed fifty thousand pounds.

F. The total gross weight of any single axle or any single steering axle attached to

any vehicle and equipped with high pressure pneumatic, solid rubber or cushion tires shall

not exceed eighteen thousand pounds.

G. The total gross weight of any tandem axle or any tandem steering axle attached

to any vehicle and equipped with high pressure pneumatic, solid rubber or cushion tires shall

not exceed thirty-two thousand pounds.

H.(1) For vehicles using the Interstate system, the overall maximum gross weight,

including enforcement tolerances, on a group of two or more consecutive axles, shall be

produced by application of the following formula:

W = 500(LN/(N - 1) + 12N + 36)

where W equals overall gross weight on any group of two or more consecutive axles to the

nearest five hundred pounds, L equals distance in feet between the extreme of any group of

two or more consecutive axles, and N equals number of axles in group under consideration,

except that two consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a gross load of thirty-four

thousand pounds each provided the overall distance between the first and last axles of the

consecutive sets of tandem axles is thirty-six feet or more. The overall gross weight shall not

exceed eighty thousand pounds, including all enforcement tolerances, except for those

vehicles and loads which cannot be easily dismantled or divided and which have been issued

special permits.

(2) In accordance with 23 U.S.C.A. 127, certain vehicles carrying certain

commodities shall be exempt from application of the formula. The exemptions shall include

the following:

Vehicles with Type Two axle configuration (three axle combination with one single

axle and one set of tandem axles); or Type Six axle configuration (five axle combination

with one single axle and two sets of tandem axles); or a vehicle with Type Eight axle

configuration (six axle combination with one single axle, one tandem axle, and one tridem

axle); or vehicles with Type Ten axle configuration (double bottom); or Type Eighteen axle

configuration (four axle combination with one single axle and one set of tridem axles)

carrying any of the following bulk commodities thereof: forest products in their natural state,

lumber, sand, gravel, agricultural products in their natural state, loose or mixed concrete

(including asphaltic or Portland cement), or bulk liquid commodities.

(3) All vehicles which are rendered economically useless by application of the bridge

formula which are legal and operational on the effective date of this Subsection shall remain

legal for a period of five years from the effective date of this Subsection. The trucking

industry is hereby granted a phase-in period to extend for a period of five years from the

effective date of this Subsection, within which time it shall adjust, modify, or replace

equipment to comply with the provisions of this Subsection.

I. Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection (A) of this Section and subject to

the provisions of Subsections B, C, D, and E of this Section, the total gross weight of any

combination of vehicles which has a tridum axle or a quadrum axle shall not exceed eighty-eight thousand pounds while operating on any state-maintained highway except the Interstate

System and shall not exceed eighty-three thousand four hundred pounds while operating on

the Interstate System within this state.

J. When by reason of the condition of the weather or other emergency, or the

physical condition of any highway or its recent construction, or the making of repairs thereto,

the secretary deems it necessary, then for such time as is reasonably necessary to remedy the

situation, he may prohibit the use of such highway or specify lesser gross weights than those

fixed in this Section, pursuant to the recommendations of the chief engineer of the

department, in order to protect the public highways and the persons and property of the

traveling public from unnecessary damage. Notice of such restrictions, prohibitions, or

weight reductions shall be given by the secretary by posters at the terminal of the highway.

However, failure to post such notice shall under no circumstances make either the state or

the department liable for damages which may result because of such failure.

K. Vehicles and combinations of vehicles shall be loaded in such manner that the

axle limitations set forth in Subsections C, D, E, F, and G of this Section are not exceeded.

However, while operating on any state-maintained highway except the Interstate System, the

provisions of Subsections C, D, E, F, and G of this Section shall not be deemed to have been

violated unless the axle weight exceeds by more than two thousand pounds Subsections C

and F of this section or more than three thousand pounds Subsections D, E, and G of this

Section. This Subsection shall in no way be construed to allow the total gross weight in any

vehicle or combination of vehicles to exceed the gross weight limits set forth in Subsection

A or I of this Section.

L.(1) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a vehicle that is operated

by an engine fueled primarily by compressed or liquified natural gas may exceed the gross

vehicle weight limits and any axle weight limits imposed by this Section by an amount, not

to exceed a maximum of two thousand pounds, that is equal to the difference between the

weight of the vehicle attributable to the natural gas tank and fueling system carried by the

vehicle and the weight of a comparable diesel tank and fueling system.

(2) The weight exception provided in this Subsection shall apply to all state roads

and interstate highways per the exemption expressly permitted by 23 U.S.C. 127, as amended

by Section 1410 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015.

Acts 1977, No. 113, §1, eff. June 22, 1977. Amended by Acts 1978, No. 35, §1, eff.

May 31, 1978; Acts 1982, No. 196, §1; Acts 1987, No. 686, §1; Acts 2016, No. 279, §1.

{{NOTE: SEE ACTS 1987, NO. 686, §2 FOR RULEMAKING

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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