Dems: Transportation Committee Report – Week 4, 2019

February 6, 2019
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COMMITTEE ACTION:

SF 42 –Displaying one plate on antique vehicle

SF 43- Maximum capacity for vehicles operated by a school

SF 58 –Allowing certain vans and pick-ups as school buses

SF 184 –Transporting certain loads exceeding weight limits

SF 185 – Motor vehicle registration fees for disabled veterans

SF 187- Gross weight of special trucks

SSB 1048 – Increased length for car haulers

SSB 1049 –Commercial driver training requirements

 

COMMITTEE ACTION:

SF 42 –Displaying one plate on antique vehicle

SF 42 permits antique vehicles (25 years and older) or a vehicle that would require modification by adding or mounting hardware, drilling or adhesives to display only the rear plate. The other registration plate must be carried in the vehicle at all times. Police can only enforce a violation as a secondary offense.
[2/6: short form (No: Kinney)

 

SF 43- Maximum capacity for vehicles operated by a school

SF 43 exempts any motor vehicles designed to carry no more than 11 passengers from the definition of a “school bus.” Current law allows no more than nine.
[2/4: short form]

 

SF 58 –Allowing certain vans and pick-ups as school buses

SF 58 allows pickups designed to carry nine passengers or fewer, including the driver, to be used as school buses. The vehicle must have safety belts or safety harnesses, and the driver must comply with all qualifications, licenses and instructions as other drivers, but shall not be required to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). If the pickup has towing capacity, students cannot be transported when the vehicle is being used to tow.
[2/4: short form]

 

SF 184 –Transporting certain loads exceeding weight limits

SF 184/SSB 1045  allows DOT and local authorities to issue an annual permit ($175) authorizing trucks to transport divisible loads of raw forest products  from fields to storage, processing or commercial facilities. This permits a gross weight of up to 130,000 pounds and restricts travel on the interstate highway system. A permit issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation will be valid on non-primary highways if it is the shortest route to the highway.
[2/4/19: 10-3 (No: J. Smith, Kinney, T. Taylor)]

 

SF 185 – Motor vehicle registration fees for disabled veterans

SF 185/SF 61 exempts veterans who are Iowa residents with a service-related disability rating of 70 percent or higher from paying motor vehicle registration fees. The Iowa Department of Transportation estimates a cost of $1.6 million to the Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF).
[2/4: short form]

 

SF 187- Gross weight of special trucks

SF 187/SF 83 allows a special truck used for certain farming purposes to carry a gross maximum weight of 39 tons, up from the current maximum of 32 tons. The registration fee is an additional $25 per ton between 32 and 38 tons, and an additional $10 between 38 and 39 tons.
[2/4: short form]

 

SSB 1048 – Increased length for car haulers

SSB 1048 allows stinger-steered transporters (car hauls) to have an overall length of 80 feet and brings Iowa into compliance with federal code. Current Iowa law is 75 feet.
[2/6: short form]

 

SSB 1049 –Commercial driver training requirements

SSB 1049 requires Iowa to comply with federal regulations for commercial driver’s license (CDL) or face loss of federal highway funding. It requires the Iowa Department of Transportation to check the national drug and alcohol clearinghouse to determine if an applicant qualifies for issuance, renewal or upgrade. The bill also allows an Iowa nonprofit corporation that serves as a trade association for Iowa-based motor carriers to be a third-party tester.
[2/6: short form]

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