HOUSE BILL 1991







                        52nd Legislature

                      1991 Regular Session



Passed by the House March 13, 1991

  Yeas 97   Nays 0




Speaker of the

       House of Representatives


Passed by the Senate April 19, 1991

  Yeas 45   Nays 0




President of the Senate












Governor of the State of Washington



I, Alan Thompson, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 1991 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.




                                      Chief Clerk











                        Secretary of State   

                       State of Washington  




                                  HOUSE BILL 1991



                     Passed Legislature - 1991 Regular Session



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Representatives R. Fisher, Betrozoff, R. Meyers and McLean; by request of Department of Transportation.


Read first time February 18, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Transportation.Adjusting certain vehicle size and weight restrictions.

     AN ACT Relating to vehicle size and weight restrictions; and amending RCW 46.44.034 and 46.44.037.




     Sec. 1.  RCW 46.44.034 and 1961 c 12 s 46.44.034 are each amended to read as follows:

     (1) The load, or any portion of any vehicle, operated alone upon the public highway of this state, or the load, or any portion of the front vehicle of a combination of vehicles, shall not extend more than three feet beyond the front wheels of such vehicle, or the front bumper, if equipped with front bumper.

     (2) No vehicle shall be operated upon the public highways with any part of the permanent structure or load extending in excess of fifteen feet beyond the center of the last axle of such vehicle. This subsection does not apply to "specialized equipment" designated under 49 U.S.C. ' 2311 that is operated on the interstate highway system, those designated portions of the federal-aid primary system, and routes constituting reasonable access from such highways to terminals and facilities for food, fuel, repairs, and rest.


     Sec. 2.  RCW 46.44.037 and 1985 c 351 s 2 are each amended to read as follows:

     Notwithstanding the provisions of RCW 46.44.036 and subject to such rules and regulations governing their operation as may be adopted by the state department of transportation, operation of the following combinations is lawful:

     (1) A combination consisting of a truck tractor, a semitrailer, and another semitrailer or a full trailer.  In this combination a converter gear used to convert a semitrailer into a full trailer shall be considered to be a part of the full trailer and not a separate vehicle.  A converter gear being pulled without load and not used to convert a semitrailer into a full trailer may be substituted in lieu of a full trailer or a semitrailer in any lawful combination;

     (2) A combination not exceeding seventy-five feet in overall length consisting of ((three)) four trucks or truck tractors used in driveaway service where ((two)) three of the vehicles are towed by the ((third)) fourth in ((double)) triple saddlemount position;

     (3) A combination consisting of a truck tractor carrying a freight compartment no longer than eight feet, a semitrailer, and another semitrailer or full trailer that meets the legal length requirement for a truck and trailer combination set forth in RCW 46.44.030.