An Act Concerning Commercial Vehicles at Canadian Weight Limits Traveling to Certain Points in the State
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, rural communities in the State are particularly dependent upon forest products industries for employment opportunities and economic development and, given the current economic climate, the State's lumber and pulp and paper mills are struggling to continue their operations and to keep people employed; and
Whereas, this legislation must take effect before the expiration of the 90-day period in order to avoid damage to the State's transportation infrastructure; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA §2354-C, sub-§1, ¶A, as amended by PL 2011, c. 356, §22, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 29-A MRSA §2354-C, sub-§1, ¶¶B and C, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 326, §2, are amended to read:
(1) A 3-axle truck tractor with a 3-axle semitrailer at a gross vehicle weight of 108,900 pounds . The individual weight distribution maximum limits are as follows: for the steering axle, 12,375 pounds; for the drive axles, 40,500 pounds; and for the semitrailer axles, 58,500 pounds, but in no case may the total of these values exceed 108,900 pounds; and
(2) A 3-axle truck tractor with a semitrailer-semitrailer combination, configured as a B-train double with 8 axles total, at a gross vehicle weight of 137,700 pounds. The weight of the 2nd semitrailer may not exceed the weight of the first semitrailer.
Sec. 3. 29-A MRSA §2354-D, sub-§1, as enacted by PL 2013, c. 565, §2, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 29-A MRSA §2354-E is enacted to read:
§ 2354-E. Allow certain commercial vehicles with 7-axle configuration to travel from the United States-Canada border to certain points in the State
Sec. 5. Monitor; report. The Department of Transportation shall monitor and evaluate the effects of the allowance under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 2354-E on road conditions. The Commissioner of Transportation shall submit an initial report to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation for presentation to the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature and a final report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters to the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature. The reports must include any findings regarding the effects on road conditions and recommendations for continuance, discontinuance or modification of the allowance under Title 29-A, section 2354-E. The joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters may submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the final report to the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.
Sec. 6. Contingent effective date. That section of this Act that enacts the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 2354-E does not take effect unless the chief engineer of the Department of Transportation, as appointed in accordance with Title 23, section 201, conducts an analysis and determines that commercial vehicles of the proposed configuration and weight can be safely operated on the proposed route of travel. The Commissioner of Transportation shall notify the Secretary of Senate, the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Revisor of Statutes when the chief engineer of the Department of Transportation has made the determination under this section.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.