OVERSIZE-OVERWEIGHT PERMIT OPERATIONS ON STATE HIGHWAYS

A NATIONWIDE RESEARCH STUDY WAS MADE TO: (1) STUDY IN DEPTH THE CHARACTERISTICS OF OVERSIZE-OVERWEIGHT PERMIT OPERATIONS ON U.S. HIGHWAYS, INCLUDING CHARACTERISTICS OF LAWS, PROCEDURES, AND PERMIT MOVEMENTS, (2) DEVELOP A NATIONAL INVENTORY OF PERMITS ISSUED DURING A ONE-YEAR PERIOD, WITH APPROPRIATE BREAKDOWNS OF PERMIT FEATURES, (3) DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND NATURE OF RECIPROCITY RELATIVE TO PERMIT OPERATIONS, (4) DETERMINE FORESEEABLE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY FOR EXTENSION OR ALTERATION OF PERMIT OPERATIONS, AND (5) MAKE A START IN EVALUATING ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF OVERSIZE-OVERWEIGHT PERMITS. A COMPLETE INVENTORY AND SUMMARY WAS MADE OF OPERATING PERMITS IN THE FORTY-EIGHT CONTIGUOUS STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA INCLUDING TOTAL NUMBERS FOR A ONE-YEAR PERIOD, AND THE DETERMINATION OF PURPOSE OF: PERMIT, TYPE OF CARRIAGE, COMMODITY, LENGTH OF HAUL, RELATIONSHIP OF THE STATES' STANDARDS OF SIZE AND WEIGHT, AND OTHER PERMIT CHARACTERISTICS. PERMIT CHARACTERISTICS WERE OBTAINED USING SAMPLING TECHNIQUES. FROM THESE DATA, THE EXTENT AND NATURE OF RECIPROCITY AND COMPACT AGREEMENT IN RELATION TO PERMIT OPERATIONS WERE DETERMINED, AND THE FORESEEABLE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY FOR EXTENSION OR LATERATION OF PERMIT OPERATIONS DETERMINED. INVESTIGATIONS DISCLOSED NUMEROUS VARIANCES AMONG THE STATES IN PERMIT LAWS, PROCEDURES, AND ADMINISTRATION. THE MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEM IS THE VARIANCE IN LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND PHILOSOPHIES THAT GOVERN WHETHER PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED FOR DIFFERENT KINDS AND CONFIGURATIONS OF MOVEMENTS. THE MAJOR USERS OF PERMITS ARE THE CONSTRUCTION AND MOBILE-HOME INDUSTRIES, WHICH, RESPECTIVELY, ACCOUNTED FOR 39.90 AND 31, 53% OF THE PERMIT ISSUANCE IN 1966. OF THE TOTAL 1966 ISSUANCE, 85.05% WAS FOR OVERWIDTH; 58.18% FOR OVERLENGTH; AND 33.14% FOR OVERWEIGHT. PROJECTIONS OF INDUSTRY TRENDS INDICATE THAT MOST INDUSTRIES' NEEDS FOR PERMIT OPERATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO GROW. RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE FOR CHANGES IN PERMIT PRACTICES AND FOR FURTHER RESEARCH.

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  • Publication Date: 1969

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    • NCHRP Report
    • Issue Number: 80
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0077-5614
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  • Accession Number: 00201741
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 9 1970 12:00AM