Limits on authority to issue variance permit
(1)Combinations of vehicles consisting of not more than a motor truck with a registration weight of more than 8,000 pounds and two self-supporting trailers or a truck tractor and semitrailer drawing two self-supporting trailers or semitrailers mounted on dollies equipped with fifth wheels having an overall length not in excess of 105 feet. The self-supporting trailers or semitrailers must be reasonably uniform in length.
(2)Vehicles or combinations of vehicles having a length in excess of that permitted under ORS 818.060 (Violation of administratively imposed weight or size limits) or 818.090 (Violation of maximum size limits).
(3)Any self-loading log truck. In the granting of permits to vehicles described in this subsection, a granting authority shall observe and be governed by the following maximum loaded weights:
(a)The loaded weight of any individual wheel, axle or tandem axles of any vehicle or combination of vehicles shall not exceed the maximum loaded wheel, axle and tandem axle weights set forth in Tables I and II of ORS 818.010 (Maximum allowable weight).
(b)The loaded weight of any group of axles of any vehicle or combination of vehicles, when the distance between the first and last axles of any group of axles is 18 feet or less, and the loaded weight of any vehicle when the distance between the first and last axles of all of the axles of the vehicle is 18 feet or less, shall not exceed that set forth in the following table of weights, or the sum of the permissible axle or tandem axle weights, whichever is less:
(c)The loaded weight of any vehicle or combination of vehicles, where the distance between the first and last axles of the vehicle or combination of vehicles is more than 18 feet, shall not exceed that set forth in the following table of weights, or the sum of the permissible axle, tandem axle or group of axles weights, whichever is less:
(4)Any vehicle, combination of vehicles, load, article, property, machine or thing that:
(a)Is used in the construction, maintenance or repair of public highways; and
(b)Is either not being used by the federal government, State of Oregon or any county or incorporated city or not being used at the immediate location or site.
(5)Combinations of vehicles having a combined loaded weight in excess of that authorized under Table III of ORS 818.010 (Maximum allowable weight).
(6)A vehicle engaged in the transportation of secondary wood products, which may be issued a permit for an overlength load. As used in this subsection, “secondary wood products” means laminated wood products and wooden I-beams. A vehicle engaged in the transportation of secondary wood products may also transport a divisible load of secondary wood products that otherwise exceeds allowable load length limits if:
(a)The load contains a permitted, nondivisible secondary wood product that exceeds the length allowed in ORS 818.080 (Maximum size limits) or 818.100 (Exemptions from size limitations);
(b)The divisible load does not exceed the length allowed for the nondivisible wood product in the permit; and
(c)Not more than 49 percent of each divisible load item, by length or weight, authorized by this subsection overhangs the vehicle transporting the load.
(7)A vehicle engaged in the transportation of lumber, veneer or plywood, which may be issued a permit for an overwidth load if the width of the divisible load does not exceed nine feet.
(8)A vehicle transporting an overheight marine container to or from a marine port facility.
(9)A vehicle or combination of vehicles engaged in hauling grass seed straw, grass hay or cereal grain straw, which may be issued a permit to allow the load to be up to 14 feet 6 inches high. A permit issued under this subsection shall be valid for one year and shall specify the routes over which the overheight load may be hauled.
(10)A vehicle or combination of vehicles that has a variance permit and that can carry items related to the already permitted load without increasing the size of the vehicle needed to carry the item requiring the variance permit.
(11)A vehicle engaged in hauling poplar logs or the processing residual from the logs, which may be issued an annual overwidth permit for a vehicle and load with a combined width of not more than 12 feet. The annual permit shall allow movement of the vehicle only on Patterson Ferry Road and Frontage Road in Morrow County and only for a distance of 5,000 feet or less.
(12)A vehicle or combination of vehicles engaged in hauling bagged grass seed or mint leaves in sacks, which may be issued a permit to allow the load to be up to nine feet six inches wide. A permit issued under this subsection shall be valid for one year and shall specify the routes over which the overwidth load may be hauled.
(13)A combination of a truck tractor and two property-carrying units that exceeds the maximum length established under ORS 818.080 (Maximum size limits) if:
(a)The combined length of the two property-carrying units does not exceed 82 feet 8 inches;
(b)The combination is used only to transport sugar beets; and
(c)The combination is operated on U.S. Highway 20, U.S. Highway 26, U.S. Highway 30 or State Highway 201 in the vicinity of or between the cities of Vale, Ontario and Nyssa. [1983 c.338 §536; 1985 c.16 §275; 1989 c.431 §1; 1991 c.261 §1; 1991 c.880 §5; 1993 c.416 §1; 1995 c.488 §1; 1997 c.360 §1; 1997 c.466 §1; 1999 c.59 §244; 1999 c.352 §1; 2001 c.335 §3; 2015 c.77 §1; 2019 c.490 §1]
Atty. Gen. Opinions
Under Former Similar Statute
County criminal liability for oversized county road maintenance vehicles operating on county road only, (1981) Vol 42, p 98