TX HB 3854


Geanie Morrison
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768

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Bill Text


Truck Size and Weight






Limits local municipalities ability to place restrictions on truck weights. Increases truck weights for tractor-trailers hauling intermodal shipping containers under certain conditions. Establishes permit fee. Creates offenses.



Provides limitations on the ability of local municipalities to place restrictions on the vehicle weights of trucks transporting intermodal shipping containers on state highways and local roads. Allows the TX Department of Transportation to issue annual permits authorizing intermodal transportation via a truck-tractor and semitrailer combination at weights with at least six axles up to 93,000 pounds GVW. Trucks with a minimum of 7 total axles may be authorized at weights up to 100,000 pounds. Such a truck receiving the temporary increased weight authorization must be equipped with Roll Stability Support Safety System and truck Blind Spot Systems. Additionally, an annual permit fee of $5,000 is due at the time the permit is received and transportation is limited to a 30-mile radius from the port of entry. The weight authorization permit does not allow transportation on federal highways.



Companion SB 1524 passed and approved by Governor.


03/10/2016 Filed in House.
03/30/2017 Read first time in House. Referred to House Committee on Transportation.
04/12/2017 Considered in public hearing in House Committee on Transportation.
04/12/2017 Committee substitute considered in House Committee on Transportation. Left pending in committee.
04/20/2017 Reported favorably as substituted by the House Committee on Transportation.
04/20/2017 Committee substitute considered in hearing in House Committee on Transportation.
04/28/2017 Report from House Committee on Transportation filed with committee coordinator.
04/30/2017 Committee report distributed.
05/01/2017 House Committee on Transportation sent to House calendars.
05/04/2017 Considered in House Calendars.
05/06/2017 Placed on General State Calendar.
05/10/2017 Companion considered in lieu of. Laid on table subject to call.