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  Date of enactment: April 29, 2015
2015 Assembly Bill 113   Date of publication*: April 30, 2015
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes: Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication."
2015 WISCONSIN ACT 15
An Act to renumber and amend 340.01 (1o) (e); to amend 100.47 (3) (b), 340.01 (24) (a) 1. b. and c. and 2., 348.01 (2) (bp), 348.05 (3m) (a), 348.06 (2) (intro.), 348.07 (1), 348.07 (2) (e) 2., 348.09 (3), 348.15 (3) (b), 348.15 (3) (g) (intro.), 348.15 (9) (a), 348.15 (9) (b), 348.15 (9) (c) 1., 348.15 (9) (d), 348.15 (9) (e) 1. (intro.), 348.15 (9) (e) 2., 348.15 (9) (e) 3., 348.15 (9) (f) 1., 348.15 (9) (f) 2. a., 348.15 (9) (f) 2. b., 348.15 (9) (f) 2. c., 348.15 (9) (f) 3., 348.16 (2), 348.21 (3t) (b), 348.27 (19) (a) 1., 348.27 (19) (a) 2., 348.27 (19) (b) 1., 348.27 (19) (b) 2., 348.27 (19) (b) 4., 348.27 (19) (b) 4m. a., 348.27 (19) (b) 4m. b., 348.27 (19) (b) 5. a., 348.27 (19) (b) 5. c., 348.27 (19) (b) 5. d., 348.27 (19) (c) 1., 348.27 (19) (d) 3. a. and 348.27 (19) (e) 2.; and to create 340.01 (1o) (e) 2. and 3., 347.45 (5), 348.05 (3m), 348.05 (3m) (c), 348.07 (2) (e) 3., 348.07 (2r), 348.15 (9) (cm), 348.15 (9) (e) 4., 348.15 (9) (f) 1m., 348.27 (19) (c) 1m., 348.27 (19) (c) 8., 348.27 (19) (c) 9., 348.27 (19) (c) 10., 348.27 (19) (cm), 348.27 (19) (d) 1. cm., 348.27 (19) (d) 3. e. and 348.27 (19) (d) 4. of the statutes; relating to: operating implements of husbandry and agricultural commercial motor vehicles on highways, transporting implements of husbandry by trailer on highways, and farm equipment sales.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
15,1c Section 1c. 100.47 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
100.47 (3) (b) No person in the business of selling farm equipment may sell farm equipment that can be operated on a highway unless, at the time of sale, the person who sells the farm equipment discloses to the buyer the gross vehicle weight and axle weights of the farm equipment.
15,1p Section 1p. 340.01 (1o) (e) of the statutes is renumbered 340.01 (1o) (e) (intro.) and amended to read:
340.01 (1o) (e) (intro.) The vehicle is directly engaged in harvesting farm products, directly applies being used in any of the following ways:
1. For directly distributing feed to livestock or for directly applying fertilizer, lime, spray, or seeds, but not manure, to a farm field, or distributes feed to livestock.
15,2 Section 2. 340.01 (1o) (e) 2. and 3. of the statutes are created to read:
340.01 (1o) (e) 2. For assisting another vehicle directly harvesting farm products by receiving farm products as they are harvested or for assisting another vehicle directly planting potatoes by delivering seed potatoes to the planter.
3. For directly applying manure to a farm field or for off-loading manure if field conditions do not permit manure application by the vehicle directly to the field.
15,3 Section 3. 340.01 (24) (a) 1. b. and c. and 2. of the statutes are amended to read:
340.01 (24) (a) 1. b. A self-propelled combine; a self-propelled forage harvester; self-propelled fertilizer or pesticide application equipment but not including manure application equipment; towed or attached tillage, planting, harvesting, and cultivation equipment and its towing farm tractor or other power unit or farm tractor or other power unit to which it is attached; or another self-propelled vehicle that directly engages in harvesting farm products, directly applies fertilizer, spray, or seeds but not manure, or distributes feed to livestock.
c. A farm wagon, grain cart, farm trailer, manure trailer, or trailer adapted to be towed by, or to tow or pull, another implement of husbandry.
2. A combination of vehicles in which each vehicle in the vehicle combination is an implement of husbandry as described in subd. 1. or in which an implement of husbandry described in subd. 1. c. is towed by a farm truck, farm truck tractor, or motor truck, or agricultural commercial motor vehicle.
15,4 Section 4. 347.45 (5) of the statutes is created to read:
347.45 (5) Notwithstanding sub. (2), an implement of husbandry equipped with rubber tracks or tracks made of equivalent material may be operated on a highway if such operation will not injure the highway.
15,5 Section 5. 348.01 (2) (bp) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.01 (2) (bp) "Potato harvester" means a self-propelled an implement of husbandry designed and used exclusively for harvesting potatoes.
15,6 Section 6. 348.05 (3m) of the statutes is created to read:
348.05 (3m) (a) Implements of husbandry of any width may be transported by trailer or semitrailer, without a permit, on a highway from farm to field, from field to field, or from farm to farm, at times other than hours of darkness.
(b) This subsection does not apply to the national system of interstate and defense highways, except for that portion of I 39 between USH 51 and I 90/94.
15,7 Section 7. 348.05 (3m) (a) of the statutes, as created by 2015 Wisconsin Act .... (this act), is amended to read:
348.05 (3m) (a) Implements Subject to par. (c), implements of husbandry of any width may be transported by trailer or semitrailer, without a permit, on a highway from farm to field, from field to field, or from farm to farm, at times other than hours of darkness.
15,8 Section 8. 348.05 (3m) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
348.05 (3m) (c) Paragraph (a) applies only if the person transporting the implement of husbandry complies with ss. 347.24 (3), 347.245 (1), and 347.25 (2g), as applicable. For purposes of this paragraph, the requirements under ss. 347.24 (3), 347.245 (1), and 347.25 (2g) shall apply to an implement of husbandry being transported to the same extent as if the implement of husbandry were being operated.
15,9 Section 9. 348.06 (2) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.06 (2) (intro.) Implements of husbandry, and 2-vehicle combinations transporting by trailer or semitrailer implements of husbandry from farm to field, from field to field, or from farm to farm, of any height may be operated upon a highway without a permit for excessive height. The operator of the implement of husbandry or 2-vehicle combination is responsible for ensuring that there is adequate height clearance between the implement of husbandry being operated or transported and any overhead structure or obstruction, other than a structure or obstruction that is any of the following:
15,10 Section 10. 348.07 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.07 (1) No person, without a permit therefor, may operate on a highway any single vehicle with an overall length in excess of 45 feet or any combination of 2 vehicles with an overall length in excess of 70 feet, except as otherwise provided in subs. (2), (2a), (2m), (2r), and (4m) and s. 348.08 (1).
15,11 Section 11. 348.07 (2) (e) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
348.07 (2) (e) 2. One hundred Except as provided in subd. 3., 100 feet for implements of husbandry that are 2-vehicle combinations and for 2-vehicle combinations transporting by trailer or semitrailer implements of husbandry from farm to field, from field to field, or from farm to farm.
15,11m Section 11m. 348.07 (2) (e) 3. of the statutes is created to read:
348.07 (2) (e) 3. No length limitation for an implement of husbandry that is an irrigation system in combination with a farm tractor, farm truck, farm truck tractor, or motor truck temporarily operated upon a highway.
15,12 Section 12. 348.07 (2r) of the statutes is created to read:
348.07 (2r) Subsection (2) (e) also applies to implements of husbandry while being transported by trailer or semitrailer on a highway from farm to field, from field to field, or from farm to farm.
15,13 Section 13. 348.09 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.09 (3) This section does not apply if the load is an implement of husbandry or agricultural commercial motor vehicle being transported as provided in s. 348.05 (2g) or (3m).
15,14 Section 14. 348.15 (3) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.15 (3) (b) The gross weight imposed on the highway by the wheels of any one axle may not exceed 20,000 pounds or, if the vehicle or combination of vehicles is an implement of husbandry or agricultural commercial motor vehicle, or is a 2-vehicle combination transporting by trailer or semitrailer an implement of husbandry or agricultural commercial motor vehicle from farm to field, from field to field, or from farm to farm, and is operated on or before January 1, 2020, 23,000 pounds. In addition, the gross weight imposed on the highway by the wheels of the steering axle of a truck tractor may not exceed 13,000 pounds unless the manufacturer's rated capacity of the axle and the tires is sufficient to carry the weight, but not to exceed 20,000 pounds.
15,15 Section 15. 348.15 (3) (g) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.15 (3) (g) (intro.) Notwithstanding par. (c), if the vehicle or combination of vehicles is an implement of husbandry or agricultural commercial motor vehicle, or is a 2-vehicle combination transporting by trailer or semitrailer an implement of husbandry or agricultural commercial motor vehicle from farm to field, from field to field, or from farm to farm, and is operated on or before January 1, 2020, the gross weight imposed on the highway by any group of 2 or more consecutive axles of the vehicle or vehicle combination may not exceed the maximum gross weights in the following table for each of the respective distances between axles and the respective numbers of axles of a group: [See Figure 348.15 (3) (g) following]
15,16 Section 16. 348.15 (9) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.15 (9) (a) Except as provided in pars. (c), (cm), (e), and (f), the increased weight allowance for implements of husbandry and agricultural commercial motor vehicles under sub. (3) (b) and (g) applies in lieu of, not in addition to, any other increased weight allowance for implements of husbandry authorized under this chapter.
15,17 Section 17. 348.15 (9) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.15 (9) (b) Except as provided in par. (e), the maximum gross weight for an implement of husbandry or agricultural commercial motor vehicle operated on a highway without a permit may not exceed 92,000 pounds. Except as provided in par. (e), the maximum gross weight for a 2-vehicle combination transporting by trailer or semitrailer an implement of husbandry or agricultural commercial motor vehicle from farm to field, from field to field, or from farm to farm, and operated on a highway without a permit, may not exceed 92,000 pounds.
15,18 Section 18. 348.15 (9) (c) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
348.15 (9) (c) 1. Notwithstanding sub. (3) (a), (b), (c), and (g), there is no weight limitation per wheel, axle, or group of axles for an implement of husbandry that is an empty potato harvester if, subject to subd. 2., the potato harvester is accompanied by one or more escort vehicles operating with hazard lights activated, except that such a potato harvester is subject to any weight limitation posted as provided in s. 348.17 (1). Except as provided in par. (e), a potato harvester is subject to the maximum gross weight limitation for implements of husbandry specified in par. (b).
15,19 Section 19. 348.15 (9) (cm) of the statutes is created to read:
348.15 (9) (cm) 1. Notwithstanding sub. (3) (a), (b), (c), and (g), there is no weight limitation per wheel, axle, or group of axles for a 2-vehicle combination transporting by trailer or semitrailer an empty potato harvester from farm to field, from field to field, or from farm to farm if, subject to subd. 2., the 2-vehicle combination is accompanied by one or more escort vehicles operating with hazard lights activated, except that such a 2-vehicle combination is subject to any weight limitation posted as provided in s. 348.17 (1). Except as provided in par. (e), such a 2-vehicle combination transporting a potato harvester is subject to the maximum gross weight limitation for 2-vehicle combinations transporting implements of husbandry specified in par. (b).
2. A 2-vehicle combination transporting a potato harvester is not required to be accompanied by any escort vehicle under subd. 1. if the potato harvester is being transported from farm to field, from field to field, or from farm to farm on a highway for a distance of 0.5 miles or less.
15,20 Section 20. 348.15 (9) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.15 (9) (d) The increased weight allowance for implements of husbandry and agricultural commercial motor vehicles under sub. (3) (b) and (g) does not apply on any highway that is a part of the national system of interstate and defense highways. The increased weight allowance for 2-vehicle combinations transporting implements of husbandry or agricultural commercial motor vehicles under sub. (3) (b) and (g) does not apply on any highway that is a part of the national system of interstate and defense highways.
15,21 Section 21. 348.15 (9) (e) 1. (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
348.15 (9) (e) 1. (intro.) Notwithstanding par. (c) and sub. (3) (a), (b), (c), and (g), but subject to subd. 3., there is no weight limitation per wheel, axle, or group of axles, and no gross weight limitation, for an implement of husbandry or agricultural commercial motor vehicle while being operated or transported by an implement dealer or farmer for purposes of delivery, repair, or servicing of the implement of husbandry or agricultural commercial motor vehicle if the implement of husbandry or agricultural commercial motor vehicle is being operated or transported under either of the following circumstances:
15,22 Section 22. 348.15 (9) (e) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
348.15 (9) (e) 2. Notwithstanding par. (c) and sub. (3) (a), (b), (c), and (g), but subject to subd. 3., there is no weight limitation per wheel, axle, or group of axles, and no gross weight limitation, for an implement of husbandry described in s. 340.01 (24) (a) 1. b., or for an agricultural commercial motor vehicle used as described in s. 340.01 (1o) (e) 1., that is traveling between fields or between a farm and a field and is operated on the highway for a distance of 0.5 miles or less.
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