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Trans 252.03(2) (2) When required by the terms of a permit, the permittee shall secure escort by a uniformed police officer using a marked squad car, and shall pay all charges therefor. A permittee may at his or her option utilize a police escort in lieu of an escort vehicle and shall pay the charges therefor.
Trans 252.03(3) (3) One or more escort vehicles, including police escort vehicles, may be required by the permit issuing authority to accompany the oversize or overweight vehicle or load for unusual conditions such as extremely winding or hilly roads or where traffic is very heavy or when the permitted vehicle or load is unusually wide.
Trans 252.03(4) (4) A separate escort shall be provided for each load being transported.
Trans 252.03 History History: (2), (3) and (4) renum. from Hy 30.02 (5) (q), (r) and (o) and am. (2) and (3), cr. (1), Register, June, 1989, No. 402, eff. 7-1-89.
Trans 252.04 Trans 252.04Operator qualifications and duties.
Trans 252.04(1)(1) An escort vehicle shall be checked by the escort operator before each escort assignment to make sure that it is in safe operating condition.
Trans 252.04(2) (2) No person may operate an escort vehicle unless the person is at least 18 years of age and has in his or her immediate possession an operator's license issued to the escort vehicle operator and valid in Wisconsin.
Trans 252.04(3)(a)(a) Before movement of the oversize or overweight vehicle or load begins, the escort operator shall read the permit which authorizes the movement and any and all conditions imposed by the permitting authority for operation under the permit, including but not limited to, specific routes to be followed, the speed of movement, or the times of day during which the movement is permitted or restricted.
Trans 252.04(3)(b) (b) The escort operator shall observe all conditions imposed on operation under the permit.
Trans 252.04(4) (4) The escort vehicle headlamps shall be lighted in the low beam position and the warning lamps required by s. Trans 252.05 (3) shall be lighted when accompanying the movement of a vehicle operated under permit. The escort vehicle's amber warning lamps may not be operated when the vehicle is not engaged as an escort.
Trans 252.04(5) (5) When a single escort vehicle is required by the conditions of the permit and the movement is upon 2-way undivided roadways, the escort vehicle shall precede the vehicle or load being moved under a permit by a distance of at least 300 feet and sufficient to give advance warning to vehicles coming from the opposite direction. Where the road narrows because of a bridge or for any other reason, or at a sharp turn or other point of special hazard because of the weight, width or length of the vehicle or load operated under permit, the driver of the escort vehicle shall slow down or stop, as necessary, to give adequate warning to oncoming traffic, utilizing hand flagging methods as necessary with a clean, bright red or orange flag at least 18 inches square.
Trans 252.04(6) (6) When a single escort vehicle is required as a condition of the permit and the movement is upon one-way roadways, including divided highways with one or more lanes of travel in the same direction, the escort vehicle shall follow the vehicle or load being transported under permit at a distance of 300 to 500 feet with its required warning lamps and sign visible from the rear.
Trans 252.04(7) (7) When more than one escort vehicle is used or required as a condition of the permit, then one escort shall precede the permitted vehicle as required in sub. (5) and one escort shall follow the permitted vehicle as required in sub. (6) regardless of the type of highway.
Trans 252.04 History History: (1), (2) and (5) renum. from Hy 30.02 (5) (p), (l), and (h) and am. (2) and (5), cr. (3), (4), (6) and (7), Register, June, 1989, No. 402, eff. 7-1-89; am. (2), Register, July, 1991, No. 427, eff. 8-1-91; correction in (4) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, February, 2000, No. 530.
Trans 252.05 Trans 252.05Vehicle and equipment requirements.
Trans 252.05(1)(1) Vehicle. An escort vehicle shall be a Type 1 automobile or a single-unit motor truck of not more than 16,000 pounds actual gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating or registered weight. The escort vehicle shall be so designed as to afford its driver a clear and unobstructed view to the front, rear, right and left. Unobstructed view to the rear may be provided by outside mirrors on both sides of the vehicle.
Trans 252.05 Note Note: The escort vehicle sign may not exceed “overhang" limitations specified in s. 348.09, Stats., which states:
Trans 252.05 Note 348.09 Projecting loads on side of vehicles. (1) No person, without a permit therefor, shall operate on a highway any motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer carrying any load extending beyond the fender line on the left side or extending more than 6 inches beyond the fender line on the right side of the vehicle. In the case of motor trucks, “fender line" means the outermost limits of the rear fenders, flare boards or floor of the body, whichever projects outward the farthest.
Trans 252.05 Note (2) This section applies even though the total width of the vehicle and load does not exceed the maximum permitted under s. 348.05.
Trans 252.05(2) (2)Oversize load sign. A vehicle escorting an oversize vehicle shall have an “OVERSIZE LOAD" sign mounted above the roof of the escort vehicle and above any equipment mounted on the vehicle which would obscure an approaching driver's clear view of the sign. The lettering on the sign shall be 10 inches high in black on a solid yellow or amber background and may not have a stroke width of less than one and one-half inches. The visible surface of the sign may not be less than 5 feet wide and 12 inches high. The sign shall be visible to traffic approaching from the front of an escort vehicle preceding a load. In the case of an escort vehicle operating to the rear of the load being transported, the sign shall be visible to traffic approaching from the rear. No sign message may be displayed to traffic when the escort vehicle is not escorting an oversize load.
Trans 252.05(3) (3)Warning lamps.
Trans 252.05(3)(a)(a) An escort vehicle shall be equipped with at least 2 amber warning lamps mounted on or above the vehicle roof. A warning lamp includes a single or multiple pulse strobe light. Each such warning lamp shall flash, pulse or rotate between 30 and 120 times per minute. The multiple flash effect shall be counted as a single flash. Each such warning lamp shall have sufficient intensity to be clearly visible and attention-attracting at a distance of 500 feet, under all conditions when the oversize or overweight vehicle or load is on the highway, except when visibility of the lamp is temporarily obstructed by a hill crest, a curve or an object such as another vehicle.
Trans 252.05(3)(b) (b) The amber warning lamps shall be mounted at the same level, shall be separated laterally as much as possible, shall be visible all around, or 360°, and shall flash, pulse or rotate.
Trans 252.05(4) (4)Radio. The department or local authority issuing an oversize or overweight permit may require that each escort vehicle be equipped with a radio transceiver, maintained in good working order, with which each escort vehicle operator can communicate with the other escorts and the operator of the vehicle being operated under permit. When radio equipment is required, the authority issuing the permit shall state the requirement on the oversize or overweight permit.
Trans 252.05 History History: (1) to (3) renum. from Hy 30.02 (5) (i), (m) and (h) and am., cr. (4) and (5), Register, June, 1989, No. 402, eff. 7-1-89; am. (1), r. (2), renum. (3) to (5) to be (2) to (4) and am. (2) and (3), Register, February, 2000, No. 530, eff. 3-1-00.
Trans 252.06 Trans 252.06Police escorts exempted.
Trans 252.06(1) (1) An escort vehicle which is a marked police squad car is exempt from the vehicle, flag and sign requirements of s. Trans 252.05 (1) and (2). Normal police red or blue emergency lights shall be deemed to satisfy the warning lamps requirement of s. Trans 252.05 (3).
Trans 252.06(2) (2) The police officer operating a police escort vehicle is exempt from s. Trans 252.04 (2). Compliance with s. Trans 252.04 (1), (4), (5), (6) and (7) shall be at the discretion of the officer.
Trans 252.06 History History: Cr. Register, June, 1989, No. 402, eff. 7-1-89; corrections in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, February, 2000, No. 530.
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