Illinois restores truck access to local roads

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law HB 5819, which restores language to the Illinois Vehicle Code that gives trucks up to 65 feet in length access to local roads to points of delivery or for food, fuel, rest and repair. The legislation, effective immediately, corrects a drafting error from last year when the access accidentally was deleted from the IVC.

If the combination does not exceed 65 feet, for the purposes of loading and unloading, vehicles are allowed access for 5 highway miles from a state designated highway onto any county, township or municipal highway. For the purposes of food, fuel, repairs and rest, vehicles are allowed access from a designated state highway onto a county or township road for a distance of 5 miles or onto a municipal road for a distance of 1 mile.

If the combination exceeds 65 feet, vehicles are allowed access from a Class I highway for one highway mile onto any street or highway for loading, unloading, food, fuel, repairs and rest, provided there is no sign prohibiting that access. Vehicles are allowed access from a Class I or Class II highway onto any state highway or any locally-designated highway for a distance of 5 highway miles for the purposes of loading, unloading, food, fuel, repairs and rest.

If the combination exceeds 65-feet in length and is operated by a household goods carrier, vehicles have unlimited access to points of loading and unloading.