5577.043 Permissible weight variations for certain vehicles.

(A) Notwithstanding sections 5577.02 and 5577.04 of the Revised Code, the following vehicles under the described conditions may exceed by no more than seven and one-half per cent the weight provisions of sections 5577.01 to 5577.09 of the Revised Code and no penalty prescribed in section 5577.99 of the Revised Code shall be imposed:

(1) A surface mining truck transporting minerals from the place where the minerals are loaded to any of the following:

(a) The construction site where the minerals are discharged;

(b) The place where title to the minerals is transferred;

(c) The place of processing.

(2) A vehicle transporting hot mix asphalt material from the place where the material is first mixed to the paving site where the material is discharged;

(3) A vehicle transporting concrete from the place where the material is first mixed to the site where the material is discharged;

(4) A vehicle transporting manure, turf, sod, or silage from the site where the material is first produced to the first place of delivery;

(5) A vehicle transporting chips, sawdust, mulch, bark, pulpwood, biomass, or firewood from the site where the product is first produced or harvested to the first point where the product is transferred.

(B) In addition, if any of the vehicles listed in division (A) of this section and operated under the conditions described in that division do not exceed by more than seven and one-half per cent the gross vehicle weight provisions of sections 5577.01 to 5577.09 of the Revised Code and do not exceed the wheel or axle load limits of those sections by more than seven and one-half per cent, no penalty prescribed in section 5577.99 of the Revised Code for a wheel or axle overload shall be imposed.

(C) If any of the vehicles listed in division (A) of this section and operated under the conditions described in that division exceed the weight provisions of sections 5577.01 to 5577.09 of the Revised Code by more than the percentage allowance of either division (A) or (B) of this section, both of the following apply without regard to the allowance provided by division (A) or (B) of this section:

(1) The applicable penalty prescribed in section 5577.99 of the Revised Code;

(2) The civil liability imposed by section 5577.12 of the Revised Code.

(D) Divisions (A) and (B) of this section do not apply to the operation of a vehicle listed in division (A) of this section on either of the following:

(1) A highway that is part of the interstate system;

(2) A highway, road, or bridge that is subject to reduced maximum weights under section 4513.33 , 5577.07 , 5577.071 , 5577.08 , 5577.09 , or 5591.42 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5577.043

History. Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.47, SB 187, §1, eff. 7/27/2011.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.7, HB 114, §101.01, eff. 6/29/2011.