TX SB 1524


Robert Nichols
P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711

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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.



Effective 1/1/2018. Companion to HB 3854.


03/08/2017 Filed in Senate.
03/20/2017 Read first time. Referred to Senate Committee on Transportation.
03/29/2017 Considered in hearing in Senate Committee on Transportation. Testimony taken.
04/03/2017 Reported favorably as substituted by Senate Committee on Transportation.
04/04/2017 Placed on intent calendar in Senate.
04/05/2017 Not again placed on intent calendar.
04/10/2017 Passed Senate. Reported engrossed.
04/11/2017 Received in House from Senate.
04/18/2017 Read first time in House. Referred to House Committee on Transportation.
05/04/2017 Committee substitute considered in House Committee on Transportation. Reported favorably by committee as substituted.
05/05/2017 Committee report filed with committee coordinator.
05/06/2017 Committee report distributed and sent to House calendars.
05/11/2017 Passed House as amended.
05/12/2017 Reported to Senate as passed as amended in House.
05/16/2017 House amendments laid before Senate. Read in Senate. Senate concurs in House amendments. Report enrolled.
05/17/2017 Signed in Senate. Signed in House. Sent to Governor.
05/23/2017 Signed by Governor.