Illinois boosts truck weight to accommodate APUs

Legislation that will increase maximum truck weight in Illinois to 80,400 lbs. for rigs equipped with auxiliary power units was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn

Legislation that will increase maximum truck weight in Illinois to 80,400 lbs. for rigs equipped with auxiliary power units was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Pat Quinn, who said the law “creates common sense rules, eliminates confusing language, and enhances productivity in the trucking industry and benefits the environment.”

The new law takes effect Jan. 1. The provisions made for the APUs conform to federal laws and encourage more trucks to reduce use of diesel fuel, Quinn said.

The governor also signed two other bills relating to trucking in Illinois. Beginning Jan. 1, trucks will be able to travel 65 mph on four-lane highways outside the Chicagoland area — the same rate as other vehicles on the same roads. Another law, which allows a form of dual semi-trailer hitching using a single pivot point, takes effect immediately.

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