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21 CHAPTER FIVE EFFORTS POSSIBLY CONTRIBUTING TO IMPROVED UNIFORMITY OF BRIDGE RATING FOR OVERSIZE/OVERWEIGHT VEHICLES The truck transportation industry has been concerned with The carrier needs to file only one application (as shown in permitting uniformity, because it is viewed as a cause of Figure 9), no matter how many states the load will need to lower productivity. For example, when the same load is re- travel through. The carrier is also required to pay all the fees quired to have multiple permits, it can be considered a waste applicable in each of the states in which the load will travel, of time and effort in applying and reviewing the permits. This but only to the state issuing the permit. This procedure can chapter discusses several concerted efforts that are expected reduce the work load for both the carrier and the states to contribute to reducing nonuniformity. involved, without the loss of revenue. The permit-issuing state needs to be the destination state of the trip if it is one of the five New England states or the entry state or the origin NEW ENGLAND TRANSPORTATION state if the destination state is not one of them. In addition, CONSORTIUM the single trip permit can also cover the return trip if one is required according to the law(s) of the involved states. In 1986, five New England area states in the NETC (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Ver- This multistate permit program requires the timely co- mont) started to work with FHWA and the Center for Trans- ordination and cooperation of the involved states. For ex- portation Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in ample, the program determines the specific route using a developing an agreement on a multistate permit program. In map of the routes that can accommodate the vehicles meet- 1987, the five states signed an agreement on a set of permit ing the requirements. On the other hand, these routes may procedures. This program is documented in the New England change their condition affecting their ability to do so, ow- Transportation Consortium Handbook (1995), which de- ing to construction or other reasons. When this occurs, the scribes the common procedures for issuing permits for a ma- state with the jurisdiction of the route needs to notify jority of the nondivisible oversize and overweight trucks for the other states of the situation and provide information on highways administered by the five states (not other agencies the detour. The involved states also review the practice in in these states). Although the procedures were developed by a coordinated fashion and revise the program accordingly and for the five New England states, they were established in when needed. a way that also allows for other states and Canadian provinces to become participants (New England . . . 1995). ATLANTIC CANADA The multistage permit program covers a common core of nondivisible oversize and overweight combination vehicles Atlantic Canada includes four Canadian provinces: New for a single trip permit. These vehicles need to be within the Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward following "envelope vehicles": Island (PEI). A Guide to the Agreement on Uniform Vehicle Weights and Dimensions Limits (2001) has been developed Length: 90 ft or less. by Atlantic Canada and implemented in these provinces. The Height: 13 ft 6 in. or less. guide has two parts: Part 1 contains general limits on vehicle Width: 14 ft or less, except for modular or mobile homes. dimensions and axle and gross weights and Part 2 covers In that case, an additional 6 in. overhang for eaves the more detailed limits with respect to 10 categories of will be allowed. The greater overhang shall be on vehicles. The following implementation milestones were the right-hand shoulder side of the highway, mak- agreed on by the four provinces. ing the case 14 ft 6 in. Weight: 108,000 lb or less, traveling on five or more axles, Once implemented, the weight and dimension limits or 120,000 lb or less, traveling on six or more will apply to all vehicles beginning with model year axles, in addition to other axle spacing and axle 2003. weight requirements. Once implemented, the weight limits in Parts 1 and 2 will apply to all existing vehicles that comply with the A New England multistate permit can be issued by only configuration requirements and dimension limits con- one of the five states, although it is valid for all of the states. tained in Parts 1 and 2.

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22 FIGURE 9 New England area Interstate permit application form. Once implemented, common administrative and enforce- On December 31, 2005, the automatic application of ment policies and procedures respecting vehicle weight tolerances on axle and GVW limits, published or not, and dimension limits will be adopted by the parties. will be eliminated. On December 31, 2004, liftable axles on equipment On December 31, 2009, weight and dimension limits from model year 2003 or later will not be recognized in that differ from those contained in Schedule A and that other than tandem-equivalent or tridem-equivalent axle have been provided under grandfather or transition pro- groups. grams will expire.