§ 179.15a. Seasonal/annual permits.
(a) Construction truck permits. In accordance with section 4970(b) of the act (relating to permit for movement of construction equipment), an annual permit may be issued for certain construction trucks to exceed the maximum gross weight established in section 4941(c) of the act (relating to maximum gross weight of vehicles) and the maximum axle weights established in section 4943(a) of the act (relating to maximum axle weight of vehicles), subject to the requirements of this subsection.
(1) Permit limitations. A permit will only be issued to a construction truck which:
(i) Is engaged in construction operations.
(ii) Was registered in this Commonwealth or another state on October 10, 1980.
(iii) Is registered at a gross weight of 73,280 pounds if a four-axle truck.
(2) Authorization of travel. A permit issued to a construction truck will authorize travel on any State highway in the counties listed in the permit, including bridges on those highways, except:
(i) On a highway not under the jurisdiction of the Department.
(ii) On an Interstate highway.
(iii) On a posted highway or bridge.
(iv) On a highway or portion of highway or on a bridge specifically prohibited in the permit.
(v) With a gross weight in excess of 68,000 pounds on a three-axle truck.
(vi) With a gross weight in excess of 73,280 pounds on a four-axle truck.
(vii) With tandem axle weights on a four-axle truck in excess of 21,400 pounds per individual axle or 60,000 pounds for a group of three-tandem axles.
(viii) With tandem axle weights on a three-axle truck in excess of 26,000 pounds per individual axle.
(ix) With a weight on an axle in excess of the rated axle capacity of the manufacturer.
(3) Submission of application. Each applicant for an annual construction truck permit shall submit to the Central Permit Office, at least 30 days in advance of the permit, the following:
(i) Application forms M-936A and M-936AS for each construction truck, containing the following additional information:
(A) The county for which the construction truck permit is desired.
(B) The type of load to be hauled.
(C) The maximum gross weight and axle weights that the construction truck will carry when moving upon the highway.
(D) The rated axle capacities of the manufacturer.
(E) The trucks current registration class.
(F) The vehicle identification number (VIN).
(ii) Upon review and approval of each application, the Central Permit Office will advise the applicant of the check amount that is required:
(A) To cover the $50 permit fee.
(B) To cover the difference between each three-axle trucks current registration class fee and the fee for the registration class within which the construction truck will be authorized to operate by the permit.
(b) Special mobile equipment permits.
(1) An annual Special Mobile Equipment (S.M.E.) permit may be issued to a vehicle registered as special mobile equipment, authorizing movement upon highways in accordance with this section.
(2) An S.M.E. permit will authorize special mobile equipment to operate with individual axle weights up to 21,400 pounds, if the following conditions are met:
(i) The vehicles length, width or height does not exceed the maximum limits specified in sections 49214925 of the act (relating to width, height and length).
(ii) The vehicles gross weight does not exceed 73,280 pounds.
(iii) None of the vehicles axle weights exceed the manufacturers rated axle capacity.
(3) Applicants for an S.M.E. permit shall submit a properly completed application (Form M-936A) and supplemental application (Form M-936AS) to the district office of the Department with a certified check or money order in the appropriate amount.
(4) An S.M.E. permit may not authorize travel on any of the following:
(i) A highway not under the jurisdiction of the Department.
(ii) A posted highway or bridge.
(5) An S.M.E. permit may also be issued under this subsection to an unloaded motor vehicle having weights and sizes which do not exceed the limits under this subsection but which do not otherwise qualify for registration as S.M.E.
(c) Implement of husbandry permits. A seasonal permit may be issued for certain implements of husbandry, to operate from sunrise to sunset, as follows:
(1) A 90-day permit may be issued for an implement of husbandry which does not exceed 10 feet in width, authorizing movement along limited access highways, provided the permitted vehicle maintains a minimum speed of 40 miles per hour.
(2) A 90-day permit may be issued for an implement of husbandry wider than 174 inches but not exceeding 16 feet in width, authorizing movement upon State highways, other than limited access highways.
(d) Military vehicle permits. A free 30-day permit may be issued to the Department of the Army, authorizing nondivisible oversize or overweight movement by a military vehicle convoy upon specified Interstate and State highways.
(e) Governmental vehicle permits. A free annual permit may be issued to a vehicle owned by a governmental entity, authorizing nondivisible oversize or overweight movement upon State highways.
The provisions of this § 179.15a adopted March 6, 1981, effective March 7, 1981, 11 Pa.B. 811; corrected May 20, 1983, effective July 11, 1981, 13 Pa.B. 1721; amended January 20, 1984, effective March 21, 1984, 14 Pa.B. 224; readopted December 2, 1988, effective December 3, 1988, 18 Pa.B. 5364; amended May 14, 1993, effective August 13, 1993, 23 Pa.B. 2334. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (133040) to (133042).
This section cited in 67 Pa. Code § 179.9 (relating to issuance of permits).
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