ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL NO. 1502
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
C 398 L 89
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Representatives Walk and Schmidt; by request of Department of Transportation
Read first time 1/27/89 and referred to Committee on Transportation.
AN ACT Relating to oversize and overweight vehicle permit fees; and amending RCW 46.44.0941, 46.44.092, 46.44.095, and 46.44.096.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 2, chapter 137, Laws of 1965 as last amended by section 5, chapter 351, Laws of 1985 and RCW 46.44.0941 are each amended to read as follows:
The following fees, in addition to the regular license and tonnage fees, shall be paid for all movements under special permit made upon state highways. All funds collected, except the amount retained by authorized agents of the department as provided in RCW 46.44.096, shall be forwarded to the state treasury and shall be deposited in the motor vehicle fund:
All overlegal loads, except overweight, single trip!w× !tr$!sc ,002((
Continuous operation of overlegal loads having either overwidth or overheight features only, for a period not to exceed thirty days!w× !tr$!sc ,00120.00
Continuous operations of overlegal loads having overlength features only, for a period not to exceed thirty days!w× !tr$!sc ,00110.00
Continuous operation of a combination of vehicles having one trailing unit that exceeds forty-eight feet and is not more than fifty-six feet in length, for a period of one year!w×!tr$100.00
Continuous operation of a combination of vehicles having two trailing units which together exceed sixty feet and are not more than sixty-eight feet in length, for a period of one year!w×!tr$100.00
Continuous operation of a three-axle fixed load vehicle having less than 65,000 pounds gross weight, for a period not to exceed thirty days!w× !tr$!sc ,00150.00
Continuous operation of overlegal loads having nonreducible features not to exceed eighty-five feet in length and fourteen feet in width, for a period of one year!w× !tr$150.00
Continuous operation of farm implements under a permit issued as authorized by RCW 46.44.140 by:
(1) !ih*,2Farmers in the course of farming activities, for any three-month period!w× !tr$!sc ,00110.00
(2) Farmers in the course of farming activities, for a period not to exceed one year!w× !tr$!sc ,00125.00
(3) Persons engaged in the business of the sale, repair, or maintenance of such farm implements, for any three-month period!w× !tr$!sc ,00125.00
(4) Persons engaged in the business of the sale, repair, or maintenance of such farm implements, for a period not to exceed one year!w× !tr$100.00
!sbOverweight Fee Schedule
Weight over total registered
gross weight plus additional
gross weight purchased under
RCW 46.44.095 or
46.44.047, or any !trFee!sc ,1per
other statute authorizing the state !trmile!sc ,1on
department of transportation to issue !trstate!sc ,002
annual overweight permits. !trhighways
!tb !tp6,7,9,9,5,6!sc ,0051-!sc ,0015,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr.05
!sc ,0016,000-11,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr.10
12,000-17,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr.15
18,000-23,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr.25
24,000-29,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr.35
30,000-35,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr.45
36,000-41,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr.60
42,000-47,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr.75
48,000-53,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr.90
54,000-59,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr1.05
60,000-65,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr1.20
66,000-71,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr1.45
72,000-79,999 pounds!w× !tj4!tl$!tr1.70
80,000 pounds or more!w× !tj4!tl$!tr2.00
!ixPROVIDED: (1) The
minimum fee for any overweight permit shall be $((
(2) the fee for issuance of a duplicate permit shall be $(( 5.00)) 10.00,
(3) when computing overweight fees that result in an amount less than even
dollars the fee shall be carried to the next full dollar if fifty cents or over
and shall be reduced to the next full dollar if forty-nine cents or under.
Sec. 2. Section 46.44.092, chapter 12, Laws of 1961 as last amended by section 1, chapter 63, Laws of 1981 and RCW 46.44.092 are each amended to read as follows:
Special permits may not be issued for movements on any state highway outside the limits of any city or town in excess of the following widths:
On two-lane highways, fourteen feet;
On multiple-lane highways where a physical barrier serving as a median divider separates opposing traffic lanes, twenty feet;
On multiple-lane highways without a physical barrier serving as a median divider, thirty-two feet.
These limits apply except under the following conditions:
(1) In the case of buildings, the limitations referred to in this section for movement on any two lane state highway other than the national system of interstate and defense highways may be exceeded under the following conditions: (a) Controlled vehicular traffic shall be maintained in one direction at all times; (b) the maximum distance of movement shall not exceed five miles; additional contiguous permits shall not be issued to exceed the five-mile limit: PROVIDED, That when the department of transportation, pursuant to general rules adopted by the transportation commission, determines a hardship would result, this limitation may be exceeded upon approval of the department of transportation; (c) prior to issuing a permit a qualified transportation department employee shall make a visual inspection of the building and route involved determining that the conditions listed herein shall be complied with and that structures or overhead obstructions may be cleared or moved in order to maintain a constant and uninterrupted movement of the building; (d) special escort or other precautions may be imposed to assure movement is made under the safest possible conditions, and the Washington state patrol shall be advised when and where the movement is to be made;
(2) Permits may be issued for widths of vehicles in excess of the preceding limitations on highways or sections of highways which have been designed and constructed for width in excess of such limitations;
(3) Permits may be issued for vehicles with a total outside width, including the load, of nine feet or less when the vehicle is equipped with a mechanism designed to cover the load pursuant to RCW 46.61.655;
(4) These limitations may be rescinded when certification is made by military officials, or by officials of public or private power facilities, or when in the opinion of the department of transportation the movement or action is a necessary movement or action: PROVIDED FURTHER, That in the judgment of the department of transportation the structures and highway surfaces on the routes involved are capable of sustaining widths in excess of such limitation;
(5) These limitations shall not apply to movement during daylight hours
on any two lane state highway where the gross weight, including load, does not
exceed eighty thousand pounds and the overall width of load does not exceed
sixteen feet: PROVIDED, That the minimum and maximum speed of such movements,
prescribed routes of such movements, the times of such movements, limitation
upon frequency of trips (which limitation shall be not less than one per week),
and conditions to assure safety of traffic may be prescribed by the department
of transportation or local authority issuing such special permit.
The applicant for any special permit shall specifically describe the vehicle or vehicles and load to be operated or moved and the particular state highways for which permit to operate is requested and whether such permit is requested for a single trip or for continuous operation.
Sec. 3. Section 46.44.095, chapter 12, Laws of 1961 as last amended by section 1, chapter 55, Laws of 1988 and RCW 46.44.095 are each amended to read as follows:
When a combination of vehicles has been lawfully licensed to a total gross weight of eighty thousand pounds and when a three or more axle single unit vehicle has been lawfully licensed to a total gross weight of forty thousand pounds pursuant to provisions of RCW 46.44.041, a permit for additional gross weight may be issued by the department of transportation upon the payment of thirty-seven dollars and fifty cents per year for each one thousand pounds or fraction thereof of such additional gross weight: PROVIDED, That the tire limits specified in RCW 46.44.042 shall apply, and the gross weight on any single axle shall not exceed twenty thousand pounds, and the gross load on any group of axles shall not exceed the limits set forth in RCW 46.44.041: PROVIDED FURTHER, That within the tire limits of RCW 46.44.042, and notwithstanding RCW 46.44.041 and 46.44.091, a permit for an additional six thousand pounds may be purchased for the rear axles of a two-axle garbage truck or eight thousand pounds for the tandem axle of a three axle garbage truck at a rate not to exceed thirty dollars per thousand. Such additional weight in the case of garbage trucks shall not be valid or permitted on any part of the federal interstate highway system.
The annual additional tonnage permits provided for in this section shall be issued upon such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the department pursuant to general rules adopted by the transportation commission. Such permits shall entitle the permittee to carry such additional load in an amount and upon highways or sections of highways as may be determined by the department of transportation to be capable of withstanding increased gross load without undue injury to the highway: PROVIDED, That the permits shall not be valid on any highway where the use of such permits would deprive this state of federal funds for highway purposes.
vehicles registered under chapter 46.87 RCW, the annual additional tonnage permits
provided for in this section may be issued to coincide with the registration
year of the base jurisdiction. For those vehicles registered under chapter
46.16 RCW and whose registration has staggered renewal dates, the annual
additional tonnage permits may be issued to coincide with the expiration date
of the registration. The permits may be purchased at any time, and if they are
purchased for less than a full year, the fee shall be one-twelfth of the full
fee multiplied by the number of months, including any fraction thereof, covered
by the permit. When the department issues a duplicate permit to replace a lost
or destroyed permit and where the department transfers a permit from one
vehicle to another a fee of ((
five)) ten dollars shall be charged
for each duplicate issued or each transfer. The department of transportation
shall issue permits on a temporary basis for periods not less than five days
at (( one)) two dollars per day for each two thousands
pounds or fraction thereof.
The fees levied in RCW 46.44.0941 and this section shall not apply to any vehicles owned and operated by the state of Washington, any county within the state, or any city or town or metropolitan municipal corporation within the state, or by the federal government.
In the case of fleets prorating license fees under the provisions of chapter 46.87 RCW, the fees provided for in this section shall be computed by the department of transportation by applying the proportion of the Washington mileage of the fleet in question to the total mileage of the fleet as reported pursuant to chapter 46.87 RCW to the fees that would be required to purchase the additional weight allowance for all eligible vehicles or combinations of vehicles for which the extra weight allowance is requested.
When computing fees that result in an amount other than full dollars, the fee shall be increased to the next full dollar if fifty cents or over and shall be reduced to the next full dollar if forty-nine cents or under. The minimum fee for any prorated tonnage permit issued under this section shall be twenty-five dollars.
Sec. 4. Section 46.44.096, chapter 12, Laws of 1961 as last amended by section 56, chapter 7, Laws of 1984 and RCW 46.44.096 are each amended to read as follows:
In determining fees according to RCW 46.44.0941, mileage on state primary and secondary highways shall be determined from the planning survey records of the department of transportation, and the gross weight of the vehicle or vehicles, including load, shall be declared by the applicant. Overweight on which fees shall be paid will be gross loadings in excess of loadings authorized by law or axle loadings in excess of loadings authorized by law, whichever is the greater. Loads which are overweight and oversize shall be charged the fee for the overweight permit without additional fees being assessed for the oversize features.
Special permits issued under RCW 46.44.047, 46.44.0941, or 46.44.095, may be obtained from offices of the department of transportation, ports of entry, or other agents appointed by the department.
The department may appoint agents for the purposes of selling special motor vehicle permits, additional tonnage permits, and log tolerance permits. Agents so appointed may retain three dollars and fifty cents for each permit sold to defray expenses incurred in handling and selling the permits. If the fee is collected by the department of transportation, the department shall certify the fee so collected to the state treasurer for deposit to the credit of the motor vehicle fund.
Fees established in RCW 46.44.0941 shall be paid to the political body issuing the permit if the entire movement is to be confined to roads, streets, or highways for which that political body is responsible. When a movement involves a combination of state highways, county roads, and/or city streets the fee shall be paid to the state department of transportation. When a movement is confined within the city limits of a city or town upon city streets, including routes of state highways on city streets, all fees shall be paid to the city or town involved. A permit will not be required from city or town authorities for a move involving a combination of city or town streets and state highways when the move through a city or town is being confined to the route of the state highway. When a move involves a combination of county roads and city streets the fee shall be paid to the county authorities, but the fee shall not be collected nor the county permit issued until valid permits are presented showing the city or town authorities approve of the move in question. When the movement involves only county roads the fees collected shall be paid to the county involved. Fees established shall be paid to the political body issuing the permit if the entire use of the vehicle during the period covered by the permit shall be confined to the roads, streets, or highways for which that political body is responsible.
If, pursuant to RCW 46.44.090, cities or counties issue additional tonnage permits similar to those provided for issuance by the state department of transportation in RCW 46.44.095, the state department of transportation shall authorize the use of the additional tonnage permits on state highways subject to the following conditions:
(1) The owner of the vehicle covered by such permit shall establish to the satisfaction of the state department of transportation that the primary use of the vehicle is on the streets or roads of the city or county issuing the additional tonnage permit;
(2) That the fees paid for the additional tonnage are not less than those established in RCW 46.44.095;
(3) That the city or county issuing the permit shall allow the use of permits issued by the state pursuant to RCW 46.44.095 on the streets or roads under its jurisdiction;
(4) That all of the provisions of RCW 46.44.042 and 46.44.041 shall be observed.
When the department of transportation is satisfied that the above conditions have been met, the department of transportation, by suitable endorsement on the permit, shall authorize its use on such highways as the department has authorized for such permits pursuant to RCW 46.44.095, and all such use of such highways is subject to whatever rules and regulations the state department of transportation has adopted for the permits.