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Chapter 055

2008 -- H 8219 SUBSTITUTE A AS AMENDED

Enacted 06/12/08

 

A N A C T

RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- SIZE, WEIGHT AND LOAD LIMITS

          

     Introduced By: Representative John Patrick Shanley

     Date Introduced: April 29, 2008

     

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

 

     SECTION 1. Chapter 31-25 of the General Laws entitled "Size, Weight, and Load

Limits" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:

 

     31-25-30. Axle restriction on the Pawtucket River Bridge and the Sakonnet River

Bridge. – (a) It shall be unlawful to transport or operate over or upon the Pawtucket River Bridge

or the Sakonnet River Bridge, any single vehicle equipped with more than two (2) axles or any

combination vehicle equipped with more than two (2) axles per unit except those listed in this

section.

     (b) The director of the department of transportation is directed to post signs to limit

access as prescribed in subsection (a) of this section.

     (c) The following vehicles shall be exempt from the provisions of this section: any and all

emergency vehicles, state vehicles, municipal vehicles, truck tractors as defined in section 31-1-4

and Rhode Island public transit authority vehicles.

     (d) For the purposes of this section, "carrier" means and includes any company or person

who furthers their commercial or private enterprise by use of the vehicle.

     (e) Any carrier operating a vehicle or combination of vehicles in violation of this section

shall be fined three thousand dollars ($3,000) for the first offense, not to exceed five thousand

dollars ($5,000) for each and every subsequent offense.

     (f) Nothing in this provision shall waive or modify existing weight restrictions on the

bridges as defined in section 31-25-27.

 

     SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage and shall be repealed effective three

(3) years subsequent to such date.

     

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