|Introduced in House||Passed House||Introduced in Senate||Passed Senate||Became Law|
Firefighting equipment; weight limitation on interstate.
equipment; weight limitation on interstate. Requires firefighting equipment to comply with existing weight limitations for emergency vehicles on interstate highways. Current law exempts firefighting equipment from all size and weight limitations.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That � 46.2-1102 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
� 46.2-1102. Size and weight limitations inapplicable to farm machinery, agricultural multipurpose drying units, and firefighting equipment; amber warning lights.
A. Except when restricted by bridge capacity in � 46.2-1104,
the vehicle size and weight limitations contained in Articles 14 through 17 (�
46.2-1101 et seq.) of this chapter shall not apply to (i) any farm
machinery or agricultural multipurpose drying unit when such farm machinery or
agricultural multipurpose drying unit is temporarily propelled, hauled,
transported, or moved on the highway by a farm machinery distributor or dealer,
fertilizer distributor, or farmer in the ordinary course of business
shall those limitations apply to fire-fighting or (ii) firefighting
equipment of any county, city, town, or fire-fighting firefighting
company or association. Any farm tractor or agricultural multipurpose drying
unit wider than 108 inches, however, which is so propelled, hauled,
transported, or moved on the highway shall be equipped with a safety light of a
type approved by the Superintendent of State Police. The light shall be plainly
visible from the rear of the tractor or agricultural multipurpose drying unit.
No firefighting equipment of any county, city, or town, or firefighting company or association may be operated on any Interstate Highway System component if it exceeds the weight limitations in � 46.2-1127.1. No overweight farm machinery or agricultural multipurpose drying unit under this section shall be operated on any Interstate Highway System component if the vehicle has:
1. A single axle weight in excess of 20,000 pounds;
2. A tandem axle weight in excess of 34,000 pounds;
3. A gross weight, based on axle spacing, greater than that permitted in � 46.2-1126; or
4. A gross weight, regardless of axle spacing, in excess of 80,000 pounds.
B. Notwithstanding subsection A, any farm tractor or other farm, agricultural, or horticultural vehicle wider than 108 inches may be equipped with an amber flashing, blinking, or alternating warning light as provided in � 46.2-1025. Any such light may be installed in lieu of or in addition to the safety light described in subsection A. The absence of amber flashing, blinking, or alternating warning lights on any farm tractor or other farm, agricultural, or horticultural vehicle, as authorized under this subsection, shall not constitute negligence, be considered in mitigation of damages of whatever nature, be admissible in evidence or be the subject of comment by counsel in any action for the recovery of damages arising out of the operation, ownership, or maintenance of any motor vehicle or farm tractor, nor shall anything in this section change any existing law, rule, or procedure pertaining to any such civil action.
[ 2. That, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the owner or operator of any emergency vehicle as defined in � 46.2-1127.1 of the Code of Virginia, including firefighting equipment, that requires a permit to be operated on the Interstate Highway System because such emergency vehicle exceeds the weight limits set forth in � 46.2-1127.1 of the Code of Virginia shall be exempt from the payment of any fees otherwise charged by the Department of Motor Vehicles for the issuance of such permit if such emergency vehicle is registered to a federal, state, or local agency or a fire company as defined in � 27-6.01 of the Code of Virginia. ]
|01/28/2020||Senate||Senate: Referred to Committee on Transportation|
|01/27/2020||House||House: VOTE: Passage (91-Y 8-N)|
|01/24/2020||House||House: Printed as engrossed 20105111D-E|
|01/21/2020||House||House: Reported from Transportation with amendment (21-Y 1-N)|
|01/16/2020||House||House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)|
|01/14/2020||House||House: Assigned Transportation sub: Transportation Systems|
|01/07/2020||House||House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105111D|
|01/07/2020||House||House: Referred to Committee on Transportation|