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Title:
A Synthesis of Overweight Truck Permitting

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Contributors:
  • Bilal, Muhammad K. (Joint Author)
  • Irfan, Muhammad (Joint Author)
  • Ahmed, Anwaar (Joint Author)
Subject:
Transportation : General
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Imprint:
Joint Transportation Research Program
Publish Date:
01-May-2010
ISBN:
978-1-62260-033-5
Description:
For purposes of safety and system preser more ...
For purposes of safety and system preservation, trucking operational characteristics are regulated through legislation and policies. However, special permits are granted for trucks to exceed specified operational restrictions. Thus, the Indiana DOT not only seeks highway operations policies that retain/attract heavy industry including those that haul large loads but also seeks to protect the billions of taxpayer dollars invested in highway infrastructure. This study was carried out to document the state of practice of truck weight permitting in Indiana visàvis those of its neighboring states. This was done on the basis of the fee amounts, fee structure, and the ease of the permit acquisition process for the permit applicant. The study determined that while the upper thresholds (dimensions and weights) for legal trucking operations are generally the same across states, those for extralegal operations vary considerably. Also, findings from published literature, agency websites, and phone interviews showed that there is great variability in overweight and oversize truck permitting criteria across the states. Furthermore, it was seen that no state has adopted explicitly the weightdistance concept for its overweight trucks. However, in the states of Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois, the fee structures for overweight vehicles include weight levels and extents of travel, and thus operate in a manner similar to a weightdistance fee. In conclusion, the study recommended the conduction of a cost allocation study to update these loaddamage relationships as well as the overweight permit fee structures, to reflect current conditions in Indiana.
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