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Rule 5537-3-01 | Prohibited users.

 

The following shall not be permitted to travel on the turnpike:

(A) Pedestrians.

(B) Bicycles.

(C) Vehicles drawn by animals.

(D) Animals led, ridden, or driven on the hoof.

(E) Vehicles transporting animals or poultry not properly secured or confined.

(F) Self-propelled or towed construction, agricultural, or other similar equipment not designed for or employed in general highway transportation.

(G) Vehicles with improperly secured loads.

(H) Vehicles with metal tires, solid tires, or deflated pneumatic tires and vehicles with caterpillar treads, except by special permit issued by the commission.

(I) Such vehicles as, in the opinion of a commission toll collector or collectors or any police officer, are deemed to be unsafe or to be such as to create a hazard upon the turnpike. The burden of proof of the safe condition of such vehicles shall be upon the operators of such vehicles.

(J) Vehicles, including any loads thereon, which exceed the following maximum dimensions:

Width -Eight feet, six inches,
Height - Thirteen feet, six inches,
Length - Forty feet, zero inches, for single units except passenger bus with three or more axles,
Length - Forty-five feet, zero inches,for passenger bus with three or more axles,
Length - Seventy-five feet, zero inches,for commercial tractor and semi-trailer combinations the length does not include safety devices or bumpers attached to the front or rear of such combinations. The length does include overhang, except that automobile transporters may have up to a four foot overhang in the rear and a three foot overhang in the front of the vehicle (for a total maximum length of eighty-two feet).
Length - Ninety feet, zero inches, for any long combination vehicles (length does not include safety devices or bumpers attached to the front or rear of such combinations),

provided, however, that the operator or operators of any such vehicle or vehicles may make written application to the commission for a permit to enter and travel upon the turnpike and the commission may, in its discretion, grant such permit, in writing, upon such terms as it may prescribe; provided further that busses and fire trucks in course of delivery shall be exempt from length limitation.

(K) Vehicles exceeding allowable axle load or gross weight as determined by automatic toll equipment or other portable scales as follows:

(1) Maximum axle load - 21,000 lbs.,

(2) Maximum combined axle load of any two successive axles, spaced four feet or less apart - 24,000 lbs.,

(3) Maximum combined axle load of any two successive axles, spaced more than four feet apart but less than eight feet apart - 34,000 lbs.,

(4) Maximum gross weight - 90,000 lbs.,

provided, however, that the operator or operators of any such vehicle or vehicles may make a written application to the commission for a permit to enter and travel upon the turnpike and the commission may, in its discretion, grant such permit, in writing, upon such terms as it may prescribe.

(L) Vehicles transporting explosives of such kind or in the quantity for which federal regulations or the statutes of the state of Ohio prescribes that there be displayed by said vehicles or the operators thereof warning or identifying flags and signs such as "Explosives," "Danger," or like sign, provided, however, that the operator or operators of any such vehicle or vehicles may make written application to the commission for a permit to enter and travel upon the turnpike and the commission may, in its discretion, grant such, permit in writing, upon such terms as it may prescribe.

(M) During high winds or during the prevalence of other adverse weather conditions, motorcycles, house trailers, horse trailers, boat trailers, long combination vehicles, utility trailers and all passenger vehicle-drawn trailers.

(N) Vehicles that are not capable of maintaining a speed of at least forty miles per hour on level grade.

(O) Vehicles in tow by a rope, chain or other non-rigid connection.

(P) Disabled vehicles in tow except under the following conditions:

(1) Passenger vehicles which become disabled and must be removed by towing or pushing, shall be removed by being towed or pushed to the nearest exit by a service vehicle from an official turnpike contract garage.

(2) Trucking and bus company vehicles, which become disabled and must be removed by towing or pushing, shall be removed only by being towed or pushed to the nearest exit by a service vehicle from: an official turnpike contract garage, a company owned and operated service unit, or an agency operating under contract with the subject company whose vehicle is disabled.

(3) Passengers are prohibited from riding in any vehicle being towed or pushed on the turnpike.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 5537.16
Amplifies: 5537.16
Five Year Review Date: 7/1/2023
Prior Effective Dates: 7/11/1967, 3/3/2001, 1/1/2008