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Trans 254.04(1) (1) An application for an amendment to a permit shall be made to the issuing authority which issued the original permit.
Trans 254.04(2) (2) An application for an amendment may be made in the same manner as an application for an original permit.
Trans 254.04(3) (3) The request shall specify the permit number of the permit to be amended.
Trans 254.04(4) (4) A request for an extension of a permit may be made any time until the third day after the expiration date of the permit.
Trans 254.04(5) (5) An issuing authority may grant only one extension to a permit.
Trans 254.04(6) (6) Except as provided in sub. (7), a permit issued for less than 2 weeks may be extended not more than 2 weeks.
Trans 254.04(7) (7) An issuing authority may extend a permit not more than 2 additional weeks where highway or other conditions remain unchanged, or as the issuing authority deems necessary.
Trans 254.04 Note Note: Limitations on the amendment of permits are in s. Trans 250.10.
Trans 254.04 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91.
Trans 254.05 Trans 254.05Eligibility.
Trans 254.05(1) (1) Any vehicle or vehicle and load to be considered as operating under a permit shall satisfy requirements for a permit under s. 348.25, Stats.
Trans 254.05(2) (2) An issuing authority may not issue a permit for mobile homes or camping trailers under this chapter.
Trans 254.05(3) (3) An issuing authority may not issue a permit for transporting loads or articles which could reasonably be divided in a manner as to allow transporting of loads or articles in 2 or more loads that are not oversize or overweight, or both.
Trans 254.05(4) (4) An issuing authority may not issue a permit to transport more than one article if the vehicle, load, or vehicle and load is overweight.
Trans 254.05 Note Note: This section prohibits, among other things, the addition of an extra boom section to a load that is transported under a permit for an overweight vehicle, load, or vehicle and load. Transporting necessary blocking for a load, or transporting the necessary blocking on an otherwise empty vehicle to and from the origin or destination of the load is not prohibited.
Trans 254.05(5) (5) An issuing authority may not issue a permit for a vehicle and load exceeding 100 feet in overall length when the rear supporting axle is at or near the rear of the load unless the rear support is separately steered.
Trans 254.05(6) (6) An issuing authority may issue a permit only for a vehicle equipped with pneumatic tires.
Trans 254.05(7) (7) The issuance of a permit is not a guarantee of the sufficiency of any highway or structure for the transporting of the vehicle, load, or vehicle and load.
Trans 254.05(8) (8) A permit may not authorize the operation of more than 2 vehicles in combination.
Trans 254.05 Note Note: This does not prohibit the use of dollies to support or assist in supporting one or both ends of a trailer.
Trans 254.05(9) (9) A permit may authorize the operation of vehicle combinations consisting of a truck-tractor and semi-trailer with an earth-mover being transported with its power unit resting on the bed of a semi-trailer and its single rear axle trailing on the roadway behind the semi-trailer, in which case the gross weight of the rear axle of the earth mover may not exceed 35,000 pounds.
Trans 254.05 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91.
Trans 254.06 Trans 254.06Validity.
Trans 254.06(1) (1) A permit is valid only for the vehicle described in the application and permit.
Trans 254.06(2) (2) An issuing authority may suspend a permit, or any of its conditions, because of seasonal highway conditions.
Trans 254.06 Note Note: Examples of seasonal highway conditions include spring thaw, flooding and traffic congestion.
Trans 254.06(3) (3) No condition of a permit may modify any law or regulation limiting loads because of local conditions, including load limits on bridges and highways, seasonal weight restrictions, or load limits imposed because of construction.
Trans 254.06(4) (4) A permit is not valid during periods when adverse weather or road conditions, such as fog, smoke, heavy rain, snow or ice, or wind velocity, impair the safety of a movement under the permit.
Trans 254.06(5) (5) A permit may not be used in combination with a multiple trip permit to authorize the movement of an oversize or overweight vehicle, load, or vehicle and load.
Trans 254.06(6) (6) A permit is valid only on the route specified in the permit.
Trans 254.06(7) (7) A permit is valid only for the movement specified in the permit, which may include the return trip on the reverse route if requested and approved, and which includes the movement of the empty vehicle, whether or not oversize or overweight, to and from the place of pickup or delivery of the permitted load.
Trans 254.06 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91.
Trans 254.07 Trans 254.07Registration requirements.
Trans 254.07(1) (1) A vehicle operating under a permit shall be registered as required by Wisconsin Statutes, and shall be registered at not less than the permit weight or at the maximum available registration weight, whichever is less.
Trans 254.07(2) (2) All other operational permits required by the department or other agencies having jurisdiction shall be obtained.
Trans 254.07 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91; correction in (2) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6., Stats., Register, August, 1996, No. 488.
Trans 254.08 Trans 254.08Driver and operating requirements.
Trans 254.08(1)(1) The driver of a vehicle operating under a permit shall carry the permit in the vehicle to which it applies and shall have the permit available for inspection by any police officer, representative of the issuing authority, or person in charge of the maintenance of the highway being used.
Trans 254.08(2) (2) The driver of a vehicle operating under a permit shall, whenever reasonable and practicable, maintain a distance of not less than 1,000 feet between the permitted vehicle and any vehicle the driver is following, unless actually engaged in overtaking and passing another vehicle.
Trans 254.08(3) (3) The driver of a vehicle operating under a permit shall allow traffic approaching or overtaking the permitted vehicle to pass, where it is safe to do so.
Trans 254.08(4) (4) The maximum speed of any vehicle with a load 16 feet or wider operating on highways without paved shoulders shall be 35 miles per hour.
Trans 254.08(5) (5) Except as provided in sub. (4), or unless a lower speed is specified in the permit, a vehicle operating under a permit may be operated at the posted speed limit.
Trans 254.08(6) (6) The right wheels of the towed unit may not leave the roadway, except to allow traffic to pass.
Trans 254.08 Note Note: A “roadway" does not include paved or unpaved shoulders. s. 340.01 (54), Stats.
Trans 254.08 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91.
Trans 254.09 Trans 254.09Maximum size, weight and loading limitations.
Trans 254.09(1)(1) The maximum size, axle, axle combination, and total weight limitations authorized by a permit may not be exceeded.
Trans 254.09(2) (2) Property transported under a permit shall be loaded to minimize its size and weight.
Trans 254.09(3) (3) An oversize vehicle used for transporting loads under a permit shall be reduced to legal size whenever possible when being operated without load.
Trans 254.09 Note Note: Legal sizes are set forth in ch. 348 and s. 349.16, Stats.
Trans 254.09(4) (4) A load transported under a permit may not extend beyond the front of the power unit, beyond the left fender line of the transporting vehicle, or more than 6 inches beyond the right fender of the transporting vehicle, unless the overhang is minimized by suitable positioning of the load upon the vehicle.
Trans 254.09(5) (5) Loads consisting of more than one article, none of which are oversize, may not be transported under the permit.
Trans 254.09(6) (6) Vehicles and loads which, when reasonably divided, would not be oversize or overweight, may not be transported under the permit.
Trans 254.09(7) (7) Loads which, when reasonably repositioned on the transporting vehicle would not be oversize or overweight, may not be transported under the permit.
Trans 254.09(8) (8) Loads consisting of more than one article, one or more of which are oversize, may be transported under a permit only if:
Trans 254.09(8)(a) (a) The vehicle and load is not overweight, and
Trans 254.09(8)(b) (b) The other articles transported do not cause the vehicle and load to be oversize in any manner differently from the largest single article.
Trans 254.09 Note Note: For example, if a storage tank which is overwidth and overheight (but not overlength) is the single largest article transported, then a toolbox which is not wider, and is not higher, and does not make the vehicle and load overlength or overweight may also be transported.
Trans 254.09 Note However, a beam placed crosswise which makes the overall width wider than the storage tank may not be transported as an additional article. Similarly, a beam placed lengthwise which makes the vehicle and load overlength may not be transported as an additional article.
Trans 254.09 Note Finally, if the vehicle and load were overweight, then no additional article may be transported.
Trans 254.09(9) (9) The load shall be properly secured and fastened to the transporting vehicle.
Trans 254.09(10) (10) Wheels on one side of a transporting vehicle may not carry more than 60% of the total gross load.
Trans 254.09 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91.
Trans 254.10 Trans 254.10Equipment requirements.
Trans 254.10(1) (1)Lighting. An oversize vehicle, or a vehicle with an oversize load operating during the hours of darkness, shall be equipped with the following additional lamps:
Trans 254.10(1)(a) (a) For a vehicle with a load which extends beyond the width of the vehicle:
Trans 254.10(1)(a)1. 1. At the outermost extremity of the foremost edge of the projecting load, an amber lamp visible from the front and side.
Trans 254.10(1)(a)2. 2. At the outermost extremity at the rearmost edge of the projecting load, a red lamp visible from the rear and side.
Trans 254.10(1)(a)3. 3. Any portion of an overwidth load extending beyond the width of the foremost or rearmost edge of the vehicle or load, shall be marked with an amber lamp visible from the front, both sides, and rear.
Trans 254.10(1)(a)4. 4. The overwidth portion of a load measuring 3 feet or less from front to rear, shall be marked with an amber lamp visible from the front, both sides and rear, except that if the overwidth projection is located at or near the rear it shall be marked by a red lamp visible from front, side and rear.
Trans 254.10(1)(b) (b) For a vehicle with a load which extends more than 4 feet beyond the rear of the vehicle:
Trans 254.10(1)(b)1. 1. On each side of the projecting load, 1 red lamp, visible from the side, located so as to indicate maximum overhang.
Trans 254.10(1)(b)2. 2. On the rear of the projecting load, 2 red lamps, visible from the rear, 1 at each side; and 2 red reflectors visible from the rear, 1 at each side, located so as to indicate maximum width.
Trans 254.10(1)(c) (c) All required lamps shall be illuminated whenever a vehicle is operated during hours of darkness. All lamps shall be visible at a distance of 500 feet.
Trans 254.10(2) (2)Warning lamps. When required by a permit, warning lamps shall be operated as follows:
Trans 254.10(2)(a) (a) All amber flashing or revolving warning lamps shall have a reflector at least 6 inches in diameter and shall be bright enough to be clearly visible and attention-attracting at a distance of 500 feet under all conditions when the load is on the highway, except when visibility is obstructed by a hillcrest, a curve, or an object such as another vehicle.
Trans 254.10(2)(b) (b) All warning lamps shall flash at a rate of 30 to 90 times per minute.
Trans 254.10(2)(c) (c) Strobe lamps may be used in lieu of flashing or revolving lamps.
Trans 254.10(2)(d) (d) Warning lamps may not be operated when a vehicle is not operating under the permit.
Trans 254.10(3) (3)Flags.
Trans 254.10(3)(a)(a) When a vehicle, load, or vehicle and load is overlength, a single flag shall be fastened at the extreme rear of the load if the overlength or projecting portion is 2 feet wide or less.
Trans 254.10(3)(b) (b) When a vehicle, load, or vehicle and load is overlength, 2 flags shall be fastened at the rear of the load to indicate maximum width if the overlength or projecting portion is wider than 2 feet.
Trans 254.10(3)(c) (c) When a vehicle, load, or vehicle and load is overwidth, a flag shall be fastened at each front and rear corner of the load. In addition, if any part of the load is more than 4 inches wider than the width of load or vehicle at the front or rear, a flag shall be placed at the widest point of the load.
Trans 254.10(3)(d) (d) Each flag shall be solid red or orange in color, and not less than 18 inches square.
Trans 254.10(3)(e) (e) In order to wave freely, flags shall be securely fastened by at least one corner or securely mounted on a staff.
Trans 254.10(4) (4)Signs.
Trans 254.10(4)(a)(a) When a vehicle, load, or vehicle and load, is more than 10 feet wide or is overlength, 2 warning signs shall be displayed. One sign shall be fastened at the front of the power unit and the other at either the rear of the towed unit or at the rear of the load.
Trans 254.10(4)(b) (b) Each sign shall state, in black letters on a yellow background,“OVERSIZE LOAD," and may not be less than 7 feet long and 18 inches high. The letters of the sign may not be less than 10 inches high with a brush stroke of not less than 1.4 inches.
Trans 254.10(4)(c) (c) The sign message may not be displayed when the vehicle is not operating under the permit.
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