Changes to Harvest Permits mean new limits for axles on some loads
JACKSON, MISS. — During the 2018 Regular Session, the Mississippi Legislature passed and the Governor signed Senate Bill 2418, amending the Mississippi Code of 1972, Section 63-5-33 (3) and (4). The amendments only pertain to vehicles operating with a Harvest Permit or vehicles hauling prepackaged products unloaded or to be loaded at a state port or traveling on non-interstate highways.
 
“There have been questions about what Senate Bill 2418 means for truck drivers and trucking companies,” said Commissioner Dick Hall, Central Transportation District and chair, Mississippi Transportation Commission. “To provide some clarity and transparency, MDOT compiled a detailed list outlining the specific impacts of the amendments passed in Senate Bill 2418.”
 
Senate Bill 2418 amendments:
• Increased the axle tolerance for vehicles transporting harvest permitted from five percent to 10 percent above the maximum 40,000 axle weight. This increases the tandem axle weight, with the 10 percent tolerance, from 42,000 to 44,000 pounds.
• Allowed the tolerance and the 84,000-pound gross weight for harvest permitted vehicles loading at a point of origin with a scale. 
 
Senate Bill 2418 amendments did not:
• Change the commodities authorized for a Harvest Permit.
• Increase the 84,000-pound gross weight limit of vehicles operating with a Harvest Permit.
• Increase the tandem axle tolerance for vehicles hauling products for recycling or materials for construction or repair of highways. The tandem axle tolerance remains at five percent above the 40,000 pounds maximum axle weight for these vehicles.
• Allow any tolerance over 80,000 pounds for vehicles hauling products for recycling or materials for construction or repair of highways if vehicles are loaded at a point of origin having scales.
• Increase the maximum 80,000-pound gross weight for vehicles transporting products unloaded at a state port or to be loaded at a state port.
 
No other statutes or portions of Section 63-5-33 were amended. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com. 
 
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August 14, 2018