Multistate Highway Transportation Agreement
(a)The expanding regional economy depends on expanding transportation capacity;
(b)Highway transportation is the major mode for movement of people and goods in the western states;
(c)Uniform application in the west of more adequate vehicle size and weight standards will result in a reduction of pollution, congestion, fuel consumption and related transportation costs, which are necessary to permit increased productivity;
(d)A number of western states, already having adopted substantially the 1964 Bureau of Public Roads recommended vehicle size and weight standards, still find current federal limits more restrictive; and
(e)The participating jurisdictions are most capable of developing vehicle size and weight standards most appropriate for the regional economy and transportation requirements, consistent with and in recognition of principles of highway safety.
(a)Adhere to the principle that each participating jurisdiction should have the freedom to develop vehicle size and weight standards that it determines to be most appropriate to its economy and highway system.
(b)Establish a system authorizing the operation of vehicles traveling between two (2) or more participating jurisdictions at more adequate size and weight standards.
(c)Promote uniformity among participating jurisdictions in vehicle size and weight standards on the basis of the objectives set forth in this agreement.
(d)Secure uniformity insofar as possible, of administrative procedures in the enforcement of recommended vehicle size and weight standards.
(e)Provide means for the encouragement and utilization of research which will facilitate the achievement of the foregoing purposes, with due regard for the findings set forth in section 1 of this article.
(f)Facilitate communication among legislators, state transportation administrators and commercial industry representatives in addressing the emerging highway transportation issues in participating jurisdictions.
(a)“Cooperating committee” means a body composed of the designated representatives from the participating jurisdictions.
(b)“Designated representative” means a legislator authorized to represent the jurisdiction appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in consultation.
(c)“Jurisdiction” means a state of the United States or the District of Columbia.
(d)“Vehicle” means any vehicle as defined by statute to be subject to size and weight standards which operates in two or more participating jurisdictions.
(a)Collect, correlate, analyze and evaluate information resulting or derivable from research and testing activities in relation to vehicle size and weight related matters.
(b)Recommend and encourage the undertaking of research and testing in any aspect of vehicle size and weight or related matter when, in their collective judgment, appropriate or sufficient research or testing has not been undertaken.
(c)Recommend changes in law or policy with emphasis on compatibility of laws and uniformity of administrative rules or regulations which would promote effective governmental action or coordination in the field of vehicle size and weight related matters.
(d)Recommend improvements in highway operations, in vehicular safety and in state administration of highway transportation laws.
(e)Perform functions necessary to facilitate the purposes of this agreement.
(a)It is the objective of the participating jurisdictions to obtain more efficient and more economical transportation by motor vehicles between and among the participating jurisdictions by encouraging the adoption of standards that will, as minimums, allow the operation on all State highways, except those determined through engineering evaluation to be inadequate, with a single-axle weight of 20,000 pounds, a tandem-axle weight of 34,000 pounds, and a gross vehicle or combination weight of that resulting from application of the formula:
(b)It is the further objective of the participating jurisdictions that the operation in interstate commerce of a vehicle or combination of vehicles that exceeds statutory maximum weights or statutory maximum lengths be authorized under special permit authority by each participating jurisdiction.
(c)It is the further objective of the participating jurisdictions to facilitate and expedite the operation of any vehicle or combination of vehicles between and among the participating jurisdictions under the provisions of subsection (a) or (b) of this section, and to that end the participating jurisdictions hereby agree, through their designated representatives, to meet and cooperate in the consideration of vehicle size and weight related matters including, but not limited to, the development of: uniform enforcement procedures; additional vehicle size and weight standards; operational standards; agreements or compacts to facilitate regional application and administration of vehicle size and weight standards; uniform permit procedures; uniform application forms; rules and regulations for the operation of vehicles, including equipment requirements, driver qualifications, and operating practices; and such other matters as may be pertinent.
(d)It is the further objective of the participating jurisdictions to authorize the cooperating committee to recommend that the participating jurisdictions jointly secure congressional approval of this agreement and, specifically, of the vehicle size and weight standards set forth in subsection (a) of this section.
(e)It is the further objective of the participating jurisdictions to:
(1)Establish transportation laws and regulations to meet regional economic needs and to promote an efficient, safe and consistent transportation network;
(2)Develop standards that facilitate the most efficient and environmentally sound operation of vehicles on highways consistent with and in recognition of principles of highway safety; and
(3)Establish programs to increase productivity and reduce congestion, fuel consumption and related transportation costs and enhance air quality through the uniform application of state vehicle regulations and laws.
(f)It is the further objective of the participating jurisdictions that in carrying out subsection (e) of this section, the participating jurisdictions shall give priority to ensuring the long term financial stability of the highway infrastructure, considering the net benefits across all modes and all segments of industry and society and not focusing on incremental changes where there is no long term guiding policy.
[1983 c.338 §172; 1985 c.172 §5; 2001 c.610 §1]
Section 802.560 — Multistate Highway Transportation Agreement,