Information Guide

Identifying Information:MCS-68
Tax Type:Vehicles
Brief Description:Travel Through Kansas
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Published by

The Kansas Department of Revenue
John LaFaver
Secretary of Revenue
Betty McBride
Director of Vehicles
Al Gerstner
Motor Carrier Services Bureau
Central Permit


The Kansas Department of Transportation
E. Dean Carlson
Secretary of Transportation
Stephen C. Zimmerman
Special Permit Section
Bureau of Traffic Engineering







MCS-68 (Rev. 10/97)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Address and Phone Numbers 1 - 5

International Registration Plan (IRP) 6

Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) 7

Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) 9

Motor Fuel Tax (IFTA) 11

Livestock 12

Safety 12

Kansas Turnpike Authority 13

Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) 16

Oversize - Overweight Permits 8-1911 16

Legal Size and Weights 18

Definitions 20

Size and Weight Chart 27-28

Examples of Overall Internal Measurements 29-30

Maximum dimensions and gross weights 31

Maximum gross weight spacing table 32

Special mobilized equipment 33

Types of permits 34

Special Vehicle Combinations (SVC) 36

How and Where to Obtain OS/OW Permits 42

Motor Carrier Inspection Stations 42

Custom Harvesting Information 43

Sharing The Road With Large Trucks 44





Motor Carriers . . .


As part of a continuing effort by the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Kansas Department of Transportation to consolidate the regulatory requirements of the trucking industry in Kansas, we are providing this booklet as a guide to help in your travel through Kansas. However, it does not contain every rule; if you need more detailed information, please contact the agencies shown on the inside of this cover page. All Kansas permits are available through the Central Permit Office by phoning (785) 296-2356 or the Special Permit Section of KDOT at (785) 296-7400.

We hope this information helps simplify and clarify our requirements. Please help us help you — give us a call, and . . .

WELCOME TO KANSAS!




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Kansas Department of Revenue

Ad Valorem or Property Tax

For information on Ad Valorem or Property Tax filings or payments contact:

Division of Property Valuation
Docking State Office Building
915 SW Harrison St.
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1585
(785) 296-2365 Fax (785) 296-2320


Auditors IRP/IFTA

Compliance audits for IRP and IFTA accounts contact:

Audit Services Bureau
Docking State Office Building
PO Box 12001
Topeka, Kansas 66612
(785) 296-7719


Central Permit

For questions on temporary permits: Issue permits for KCC, 72 Hour Registration, Motor Fuel, Liquid Fuel Carriers License (LFCL), Oversize/Overweight, 30 day intrastate registration, 60 day harvest and Multi-State permits for IA, MO, OK, PA, WI, MN.

Central Permit Office
3718 SW Burlingame Rd.
Topeka, Kansas 66609-1217
(785) 296-2356 Fax (785) 296-7872
Open 7 am to 5 pm
Monday through Friday


Commercial Driver License (CDL)

Kansas Department of Revenue
Division of Vehicles
Docking State Office Building, 1st Floor
Topeka, Kansas 66626

(785) 296-3963
Topeka CDL & Driver License Station

3722 SW Burlingame Rd.
Topeka, KS 66609-1217
(785) 266-7380



International Registration Plan (IRP)

For questions concerning: registration of trucks that are based in Kansas and operate interstate, Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, Special Titles (out of state carriers leased to Kansas apportioned carriers) contact:

Motor Carrier Services Bureau
3718 SW Burlingame Rd.
Topeka, Kansas 66609-1217
(785) 291-3384


Motor Fuel/ International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA)

For information and Motor Fuel cab cards contact:

Registration Section, Business Tax Bureau
Kansas Department of Revenue
Topeka, Kansas 66625-0001
(785) 296-4458


For Quarterly Reports

Motor Fuel Tax Section, Business Tax Bureau
Kansas Department of Revenue
Topeka, Kansas 66625-0001
(785) 296-4168


Sales Tax

To obtain a sales tax exemption for an interstate for hire carrier, the carrier must own the vehicle.

Kansas Department of Revenue
Business Tax Bureau
Docking State Office Bldg., 3rd Floor
Topeka, Kansas 66625-0001
Sales Tax (785) 296-2461
OTHER STATE AGENCIES

Animal Health

For information concerning the movement of livestock into or through Kansas and for health certificates contact:

Kansas Department of Animal Health
Anchor Savings Bldg.
712 Kansas Avenue, Suite 4-B
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3808
(785) 296-2326 For telephone clearance of livestock day or night call (785) 296-2328 for cattle and (785) 296-2329 for hogs.

Division of Environment-Hazardous Waste

The Division of Environment of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment administers the Kansas Hazardous Waste Transportation Registration program. Hazardous Waste Transporter must pay an annual monitoring fee of $250.00 and must also obtain an EPA identification number.

Kansas Health and Environment
Forbes Field
Building 740
Topeka, Kansas 66620
(785) 296-6898

Insurance Department

The Insurance Department maintains a list of insurance companies authorized to conduct business in Kansas.

Commissioner of Insurance
420 SW 9th
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1678
(785) 296-3071

Kansas Board of Agriculture

They regulate the handling, storage, and transportation of anhydrous ammonia. Their inspectors inspect anhydrous ammonia facilities and equipment annually. Transport trucks are also inspected for safety compliance if they are present when a facility is being inspected.

Kansas Board of Agriculture
901 Kansas Avenue, 7th Floor
Topeka, Kansas 66612
(785) 296-3786

Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC)

For Common, Contract, Private Carrier authority and information on safety requirements contact:

Kansas Corporation Commission
1500 SW Arrowhead
Topeka, Kansas 66604-4027
(785) 271-3100

Kansas Department of Transportation
Special Permits (KDOT)

For questions concerning moving Oversize/Overweight loads, large structures and superloads greater than 120,000 pounds contact:

Kansas Department of Transportation
Bureau of Traffic Engineering
Docking State Office Bldg.
Topeka, Kansas 66603

Attn: Special Permits
(785) 296-7400 (for permits)


Kansas Division of Emergency Preparedness

The Kansas Division of Emergency Preparedness regulates the moving of “Hi-Level” radioactive waste. Motor carriers must file prior notice when they plan to move such waste.

Kansas Division of Emergency Preparedness
2800 S. Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, Kansas 66601
(785) 266-1409
Emergency (785) 296-3176 for Hazardous Material and Radioactive spills.


Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) & Motor Carrier Inspection

For questions concerning: overweight citations, truck inspections, equipment required on trucks, and safety requirements contact:

Kansas Highway Patrol
122 SW Seventh Street
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3847
(785) 296-6800 Fax (785) 296-5956
State Fire Marshal

The Kansas State Fire Marshal regulates the transportation, storage, and use of explosive materials.

State Fire Marshal
700 SW Jackson, Suite 600
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3714
(785) 296-3401
FEDERAL AGENCIES

For ICC Registration

Federal Highway Administration
PO Box 100147
Atlanta GA 30384-0147
(202) 358-7106 or 7108
Insurance Filing (202) 358-7028
Automated Response (202) 358-7000

Office of Motor Carrier Safety

Contact for Federal DOT number and for information on federal safety rules and regulations.
(785) 267-7288

Federal Highway Administration
3300 S. Topeka Blvd.
Suite One
Topeka, KS 66611

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Heavy Vehicle Use Tax
Any vehicle that is to be registered for a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more must show proof of payment of the Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, Form 2290. For questions that can not be answered by the Motor Carrier Services Bureau contact:
(785) 295-2951
Other

Kansas Motor Carrier Association Kansas Turnpike Authority Box 1673 9401 East Kellogg
Topeka, Kansas 66601 Wichita, Kansas 67207-1804

(785) 267-1641 (316) 682-4537
Fax (785) 266-6551 Fax (316) 682-1201


MOTOR CARRIER SERVICES BUREAU

Where Do I Go To License My Trucks or Trailers?

If you are a Kansas resident, license your vehicles at your county courthouse or contact Motor Carrier Services Bureau in Topeka if you intend to apportion.

If you are a non-resident and your vehicles move intrastate you must obtain a Kansas 30-Day registration, unless you are apportioned. This can be purchased at a Motor Carrier Inspection Station along the Kansas border, or by contacting the Central Permit Office at (785) 296-2356.

If you are an Interstate operator, contact the Kansas Division of Vehicles, Motor Carrier Services Bureau, 3718 SW Burlingame Rd., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1217, (785) 291-3384.

Do All Interstate Vehicles Need a Kansas License?

No. It depends on the state in which you are based licensed and the weight of your truck. Kansas has three types of licensing agreements with other states:

1. International Registration Plan (IRP) Apportioned Registration:

All 48 states within the United States are members and the District of Columbia.

Carriers from these jurisdictions that enter Kansas with vehicles that gross over 26,000 pounds, or have three axles on the power unit need to apportion their vehicles. Vehicles less than 26,000 that haul intrastate within Kansas also need to apportion or purchase 30 day temporary registration.

Kansas carriers must contact the Motor Carrier Services Bureau. Carriers from the other states should contact their appropriate state offices.

2. Reciprocity
Manitoba, Quebec and Ontario are the only Canadian provinces that have a reciprocity agreement with Kansas. Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan are members of the IRP. Motor vehicles based or registered in any other province cannot be extended reciprocity.
Are There Alternatives to Apportioning?

Yes. If you travel infrequently in Kansas, you may purchase a trip permit which costs $26 for each power unit and is good for 72 hours.

Once My Vehicle is Licensed for Use in Kansas, May I Operate Legally?

Not yet. You must also comply with weight, measurement, fuel tax, and possibly Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) requirements.


KANSAS CORPORATION COMMISSION (KCC) AUTHORITY

What is KCC Authority?

This authority indicates what you haul, where you can pick up and deliver, and the route you may travel.

Who Needs This Authority?

Any commercial vehicle who hauls for hire or compensation needs authority or a permit. These permits can be obtained at any open Motor Carrier Inspection Station along the Kansas borders or from the Central Permit Office by calling (785) 296-2356. Permits must be obtained before entering or traveling through Kansas which is noted in Kansas Statute K.S.A. 66–1324.

If I Operate Only in Kansas, What Must I Do?

You must have authority to operate for hire in Kansas. Submit all requested material to the Kansas Corporation Commission.

1. Certified Carrier (Common)

If you wish to operate over regular routes between fixed terminals, you must:

a. be able to, and agree to, serve the general public;

b. file an application plus a hearing fee, the hearing will establish fitness;

c. pay equipment fees annually;
d. have your insurance company’s home office file proof of insurance (minimum $100,000/$300,000/$50,000);

e. combined single unit of $350,000 liability, and $3,000 cargo insurance per vehicle;

f. file a financial statement;

g. carry your authority cards. ICC regulated carriers do not have to carry authority cards.

2. Contract Carrier

If you wish to haul only for selected shippers, and not for the general public, you must:

a. apply to the Kansas Corporation Commission;

b. pay equipment fees annually;

c. have your insurance company’s home office file proof of insurance (maximum $100,000/$300,000/$50,000);

d. carry your cab cards or letter of authority, except ICC regulated carriers do not have to carry authority cards;

e. a hearing is also required.

3. Private Carrier

If you wish to haul commodities sold or to be sold, or for the furtherance of any commercial enterprise, or transport property for someone else, not necessarily for hire, you must:

a. apply to the Kansas Corporation Commission;

b. pay equipment fees annually;

c. provide a financial statement to the Kansas Corporation Commission;

d. if a partnership is involved, provide a copy of the agreement showing each partner’s interest in the partnership and each partner’s signature.

e. if a corporation is applying, articles of incorporation must be included in the application;

f. have your insurance company’s home office file proof of insurance (maximum $100,000/$300,000/$50,000);

g. carry your cab cards in vehicles.


What Must I Do To Transport Freight Interstate?

Contact: Federal Highway Administration
(202) 358-7106 or 7108


The ICC will determine your eligibility for interstate operations, and will classify you as exempt or non-exempt from federal regulations.


If I Am Classified As An ICC Regulated Motor Carrier, Do I Need To Do Anything In Kansas?

Yes, submit all requested material to the Kansas Corporation Commission; if your principal place of business is in Kansas.

1. File a Single State Registration application to operate as an STB carrier in the state where you maintain the principal place of business;

2. File proof of insurance, process agent, and a copy of the STB order;

3. Pay by cashiers’ check, money order, cash or electronic transfer after receiving invoice;

4. Mark your equipment with your STB authority number.



If I Am Classified As An Interstate Exempt Carrier, Do I Need To Do Anything In Kansas?

Yes, submit all requested material to the Kansas Corporation Commission.

1. File an application to operate as a carrier or exempt commodities;

2. Pay a one-time filing fee and annual fees on each power unit;

3. Have your insurance company’s home office file proof of insurance.

Am I Required To Carry Additional Insurance If I Haul Hazardous Materials?

Hazardous materials carriers should contact the Federal Highway Administration, Office of Motor Carrier Safety, for your minimum liability requirements.








MOTOR FUEL TAX - IFTA

International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA)

1. If you own a truck that:

Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle
weight exceeding 26,000 pounds or;

Has three or more axles regardless of weight or;

Is used in combination with another vehicle and the combined weight exceeds 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

Note: The IFTA program does not apply to recreational vehicles, such as motor homes or pickups with campers.

2. and travels from Kansas into or through:

Any jurisdiction within the United States and most Canadian Provinces.

You must be licensed with the Kansas Department of Revenue for IFTA or you must purchase fuel trip permits each time you enter one of the IFTA states and when you return to Kansas.

Where May I Get an IFTA License?

Carriers based in Kansas should contact the Registration Section, Business Tax Bureau, Kansas Department of Revenue, Topeka, Kansas 66625–0001, (785) 296–4458. Carriers based in one of the states listed above should contact their base jurisdiction for licensing.

If I am Based in Kansas or Another IFTA Jurisdiction Must I Obtain an IFTA License From My Base State?

If you are operating a qualified vehicle interstate you may, in lieu of obtaining an IFTA license, purchase a Temporary Fuel Permit at any Motor Carrier Inspection Station along the Kansas border or through the Central Permit Office (785) 296-2356.




Must I Reapply Each Year For an IFTA License?

Yes. You will be mailed a renewal application prior to the expiration of your current credentials. This application must be completed and returned in order to receive the next year’s IFTA credentials.





LIVESTOCK

What do I need, beside the usual permits, to haul livestock into, or through Kansas?

All that is required for bringing livestock into Kansas the present time is a health paper written by an accredited veterinarian. Breeding animals require an individual identification on the health paper.

Orphan baby calves less than two months of age require a permit and a health paper from any state.

There is no requirement for the Motor Carrier Stations to write a livestock declaration. They are only required to check the health certificate. If they have no health certificate, they can be cited by the Highway Patrol.

All animals, including birds and fowl require a health paper to enter Kansas.

There is no need to call the Animal Health Department unless the load does not have health papers. Clearance can be obtained by calling (785) 296-2328 for cattle and (785) 296- 2329 for swine.

SAFETY

What safety requirements will I encounter as a truck driver?

You will encounter regulations governing minimum driving qualifications, equipment, driving time, and on-duty time limits. In general, Kansas requires motor carriers to comply with the same safety regulations specified by the ICC and the Federal Highway Administration.
KANSAS TURNPIKE AUTHORITY
9401 East Kellogg
Wichita, KS 67207-1804
(316) 682-4537
Policy on the Movement of Oversize Loads

Written permits are not required for the movement of oversize loads on the Kansas Turnpike. However, due to the size and configuration of some loads, prior approval is required from the Chief Engineer/General Manager or the Turnpike Highway Patrol Commander before such vehicles and/or loads can be moved or transported on the Kansas Turnpike.

The following guidelines indicate the maximum vehicle and/or payload sizes allowable and when prior approval is required.

1. Tractor-Trailer Combination Units
The Kansas Turnpike presently allows single, tandem and triple trailer combinations to operate day or night.

2. Length Restrictions
Any vehicle, or combination of vehicles, trailer(s), or load exceeding 119 feet in overall length must obtain authorization from the Chief Engineer/General Manager, or Turnpike Highway Patrol Commander prior to moving such vehicle on the Kansas Turnpike. Authorization will not be granted for night operation, except in extreme emergency, or disaster conditions.

3. Height Restrictions
Vehicles and/or loads activating high load detectors when entering the Kansas Turnpike are required to stop, and cannot proceed until authorized by a Turnpike Highway Patrol Trooper.

All overhead structures on the Kansas Turnpike will allow movement of loads not exceeding 14 feet in height. All vehicles and/or loads over 14 feet in height will be denied entry until a Turnpike Highway Patrol Trooper has measured the load. The trooper will then authorize or prohibit entry onto the Kansas Turnpike based on the measured height of the vehicle and/or load and the destination of the vehicle and/or load.

4. Width Restrictions
Vehicles and/or loads up to, but not exceeding 12 feet - 6 inches in width may use the Kansas Turnpike without special authorization both day and night. They must, however, be properly lighted during the hours of darkness.
Loads wider than 12 feet - 6 inches, but not exceeding 14 feet in width may use the Kansas Turnpike without authorization, but can only operate during daylight hours.

Vehicles and/or loads exceeding 14 feet wide are required to obtain authorization from the Chief Engineer/General Manager or the Turnpike Highway Patrol Commander prior to using the Kansas Turnpike. Movement of such vehicles and/or loads is limited to Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.. At least one escort vehicle is required to accompany the movement of loads over 14 feet in width on the Kansas Turnpike. Authorization will not be granted for night operation, except in extreme emergency, or disaster conditions.

Vehicle and/or loads exceeding 16 feet in width will rarely be authorized for any operation on the Kansas Turnpike.

5. Weight Restrictions
All vehicle axle weights must comply with Kansas Law (KSA 8-1908 and 8-1909).

“Single Axle” shall not exceed 20,000 pounds, including any axle of a group of axles.

“Tandem Axles” shall not exceed 34,000 pounds, when axles spaced not less than 40 inches and not more than 96 inches apart.

“Triple Axles” shall not exceed 42,000 pounds, when such three or more consecutive axles are spaced more than 96 inches and not more than 120 inches apart.

“Quad Axles” shall not exceed 50,000 pounds when such four or more consecutive axles, arranged in tandem, are spaced more than 120 inches and not more than 150 inches apart.

No authorization is required for vehicles and/or loads up to and including 120,000 pounds if legal axle weights are not exceeded.

Any vehicle and or load exceeding the above weight limitations cannot legally use the Kansas Turnpike without advance authorization from the Chief Engineer/General Manager, the Division I Engineer, or the Division II Engineer. Such authorization will be unlikely except in extreme emergency, or disaster situations.


6. Mobile Homes
a. Mobile homes up to 12 feet - 6 inches in width may be moved day or night.
b. Mobile homes over 12 feet - 6 inches in width, and up to and including 14 feet in width may be moved only during daylight hours.
c. The movement of mobile homes over 14 feet in width will be limited to daylight hours, Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.. Additionally, the movement of such mobile homes on the Kansas Turnpike must be concluded by noon on any day preceding a legal holiday. At least one escort vehicle is required to accompany the movement of mobile homes over 14 feet in width on the Kansas Turnpike.
d. Overall length will be allowed up to and including 119 feet.
e. All mobile homes must be towed by a truck-tractor specifically designed and equipped to tow mobile homes. Towing of more than one mobile home at any one time will not be permitted.
f. All movement of mobile homes must comply with the Kansas Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations regarding flags, lights, signing, and insurance requirements.

7. Other Information
Special permits from the Kansas Department of Transportation are not required to move oversize loads on the Kansas Turnpike. Movement of any oversize loads, however, must comply with Kansas laws governing authority, insurance, lights, flags, signs, placards and safety equipment. It is the responsibility of the driver of any oversize vehicle and/or load entering or exiting the Kansas Turnpike to determine if the toll plaza has adequate space for the safe entry or exiting of the vehicle and/or load.

Restrictions on the movement of some or all oversize vehicles or combinations of vehicles may be temporarily implemented due to wind, weather, road or construction conditions.

Daylight hours are those hours between sunrise and sunset.
KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (KDOT)
OVERSIZE/OVERWEIGHT SPECIAL PERMITS
STATUTORY AUTHORITY
For
The Secretary of Transportation
to issue oversize/overweight permits.

8-1911. Permits for oversize or overweight vehicles.
(a) The secretary of transportation with respect to highways under the secretary’s jurisdiction and local authorities with respect to highways under their jurisdiction, in their discretion, upon may issue a special permit which term shall include an authorization number, to the owner or operator of an oversize or overweight vehicle. The special permit shall authorize the special permit holder to operate or move a vehicle or combination of vehicles which exceed the limitations of this act, on a route, or routes, designated in the special permit and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the special permit.
(b) The application for the permit shall describe the vehicle, or combination of vehicles and all loads or cargo for which the special permit is requested, the route or routes on which operation is sought and whether a single trip or annual operation is requested. One special permit may be issued for a vehicle or combination of vehicles, that are both oversize and overweight. A special permit under this section may be for a single trip or for annual operation. The special permit shall designate the route or routes that may be used and any other terms, conditions or restrictions deemed necessary. The secretary of transportation shall charge a fee for each permit or authorization number issued as provided for in subsection (f). No permit shall be required to authorize the moving or operating upon any highway of farm tractors, combines, fertilizer dispensing equipment or other farm machinery, or machinery being transported to be used for terracing or soil or water conservation work upon farms, or vehicles owned by counties, cities and other political subdivisions of the state, except that this sentence shall not: (1) Exempt trucks owned by counties, cities and other political subdivisions specifically designed and equipped and used exclusively for garbage, refuse or solid waste disposal operations from the maximum gross weight limitations contained in the table in K.S.A. 8-1909, and amendments thereto; or (2) authorize travel on interstate highways.
(c) A permit shall be valid only when the registration on the power unit is equal to or exceeds the total gross weight of the vehicle. When the gross weight of the vehicle exceeds the upper limit of the available registration, the maximum amount of registration must be purchased.
(d) The secretary or local authority may issue or withhold the permit at the secretary’s or local authority’s discretion or may limit the number of trips, or establish seasonal or other time limitations within which the vehicles described may be operated on the highways, or may otherwise limit or prescribe conditions of operations of such vehicle or combination of vehicles, when necessary to assure against undue damage to the road. The secretary or local authority may require such undertaking or other security as may be deemed necessary to compensate for any injury to the roadway or road structure.
(e) Every permit shall be carried in the vehicle or combination of vehicles to which it refers and shall be open to inspection by any police officer or authorized agent of any authority granting the permit. It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any of the terms or conditions of special permit.
(f) The secretary of transportation shall charge and collect fees as follows:
(1) Five dollars for each single-trip permit;
(2) one hundred and twenty-five dollars for each annual permit; or
(3) two thousand dollars per year for each qualified company for special vehicle combination permits authorized under K.S.A. 8-1915, and amendments thereto, plus $50 per year for each power unit operating under such annual permit.
No fees shall be charged for permits issued for vehicles owned by counties, cities and other political subdivisions of the state. All permit fees received under this section shall be remitted to the state treasurer who shall deposit the same in the state treasury and shall be credited to the state highway fund. The secretary may adopt rules and regulations for payment and collection of all fees. The secretary may adopt rules and regulations implementing the provisions of this section to prescribe standards for any permit program to enhance highway safety.
(g) If any local authority does not desire to exercise the powers conferred on it by this section to issue or deny permits then such a permit from the local authority shall not be required to operate any such vehicle or combination of vehicles on highways under the jurisdiction of such local authority, but in no event shall the jurisdiction of the local authority be construed as extending to any portion of any state highway, any city street designated by the secretary as a connecting link in the state highway system or any highway within the national system of interstate and defense highways, which highways and streets, for the purpose of this section, shall be under the jurisdiction of the secretary.
(h) A housetrailer, manufactured home or mobile home which exceeds the width as provided in subsection (a) of K.S.A. 8-1902, and amendments thereto, may be moved on the highways of this state by obtaining a permit as provided in this section, if:
(1) The width of such housetrailer, manufactured home or mobile home does not exceed 16 feet, 6 inches;
(2) the driver of the vehicle pulling the housetrailer, manufactured home or mobile home has a valid driver’s license; and
(3) the driver carries evidence that the housetrailer, manufactured home or mobile home, and the vehicle pulling it, are covered by motor vehicle liability insurance with limits of not less than $100,000 for injury to any one person, and $300,000 for injury to persons in any one accident, and $25,000 for injury to property.
For the purposes of this subsection, the terms “manufactured home” and “mobile home” shall have the meanings ascribed to them by K.S.A. 58-4202, and amendments thereto.
(i) Upon proper application stating the description and registration of each power unit, the secretary of transportation shall issue permits for a period, from May 1 to November 15, for custom combine operators to tow custom-combine equipment on a trailer within legal dimensions or a trailer especially designed for the transportation of combines or combine equipment at the rate of $10 per power unit. Each application shall be accompanied by information as required by the secretary. The permit shall allow custom combine operators to haul two combine headers on designated interstate highways provided:
(1) The vehicle plus the load do not exceed 14 feet in width;
(2) the move is completed during the period beginning 30 minutes before sunrise and ending 30 minutes after sunset; and
(3) the vehicle plus the load are not overweight.

(j) If it is determined by the secretary of transportation that a person has been granted a permit and has not complied with the applicable provisions of this section and the rules and regulations of the secretary of transportation relating thereto, the secretary may cancel the permit and may refuse to grant future permits to the individual. (effective 7-1-96)

Over-dimensional Loads

What are the maximum dimensions and weights allowed on Kansas highways?

Legal Width 8 1/2 ft.
Legal Height 14 ft.
Legal Length (Single Motor Vehicle) 42 1/2 ft.
Legal Length (Truck-Trailer Combinations) 65 ft.
Legal Length (Tractor-Trailer Combinations) No Limit
Legal Length (Single Semi Trailer) 59 1/2 ft.
Legal Length (Each Trailer when pulled in Tandem) 28 1/2 ft.

BRIEF OF LEGAL WEIGHTS

Single Axle 20,000 pounds
Tandem Axle 34,000 pounds
(Tandem axles with centers less than 40 inches apart are counted as one axle)

Maximum Gross Weight Limit
(Interstate Highway) 80,000 pounds
Maximum Gross Weight Limit
(Other Highways) 85,500 pounds
The weight on any group of axles is limited by the bridge table.


ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS

36-1-35 Definitions
(a) "Carrier" means the person, firm or company who has been authorized by the Kansas Department of Transportation to move oversize or overweight loads.

(b) "Convoy" means similar permitted loads traveling together on the same section of highway.

(c) "Critical location" means a section of highway which, because of limited maneuverability, the driver must reduce the speed of the transporting vehicle to a speed significantly less than the prevailing traffic.

(d) “Custom-harvesting operation” means a person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation engaged in custom-harvesting operations, if a truck or truck tractor is used to perform the following:
1) transport farm machinery, supplies or both, to or from a farm, for custom-harvesting operations on a farm;
2) transport custom-harvested crops only from a harvested field to initial storage or to initial market locations; or
3) transport agricultural products produced by that owner or commodities purchased by that owner for use on the farm owned or rented by the owner of that vehicle.

(e) "Daylight hours" means that span of time between one-half hour before sunrise and one-half hour after sunset.

(a) “Department” means the Kansas Department of Transportation.

(g)`"Escort Warning Sign" means a yellow sign with black lettering and with a minimum dimension of five feet long and 12 inches high. The letters "oversize load" shall be visible on the face of the sign. The letters shall be eight inches in height, with a brush stroke of not less than 1 1/8 inches.

(h) "Large structure" means loads that exceed either sixteen feet, six inches in width or 18 feet in height.

(i) "Non-divisible" means any load or vehicle exceeding the applicable dimensions or weight limitations that, if separated into smaller loads or vehicles, would result in having any of the following effects:
(1) compromise the intended use of the vehicle;
(2) destroy the value of the load or vehicle; or
(3) require more than eight work hours to dismantle, using appropriate equipment.
The applicant for a non-divisible load permit has the burden of proof as to the number of work hours required to dismantle the load.

(j) “Oversize or overweight load” or “load” means a vehicle or load exceeding the maximum sizes and weights defined in K.S.A. 8-1902, 8-1904 and 8-1909.

(k) "Oversize warning sign" means a yellow sign, with black letters having minimum dimensions of seven feet long and 18 inches high. The letters "OVERSIZE LOAD" shall be visible on the face of the sign and shall be a minimum of 10 inches high with a brush stroke of not less than 1 2/5 inches.






(l) "Permit" means a document issued by the secretary or secretary's designee and permitting the grantee to move a vehicle or load that is oversize, overweight, or both, over the highways that are under the jurisdiction of the secretary.

(m) "Secretary" means the Kansas secretary of transportation or the secretary's designee.

(a) “Special mobile equipment”, for purposes of these regulations, K.S.A. 8-1467 shall include special purpose machinery either self-propelled or towed as a trailer or semitrailer, or oil field rigging truck-tractor semitrailer combination, and the useful revenue producing service of such machinery is performed at its destination.

(o) "Superload" means either of the following:
(1) a vehicle transporting a non-divisible load which is in excess of 150,000 pounds gross weight, or
(2) a vehicle transporting a non-divisible load in which any group or groups of axles exceed the limitations of these regulations. (Authorized by and implementing K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 8-1911.)


36-1-36. Common requirements. Each applicant moving an oversize or overweight load that is non-divisible may be issued a permit by the secretary to travel on highways under the jurisdiction of the secretary. If the secretary determines that a person has been granted a permit and has not complied with any provision of these regulations, the permit may be canceled, or the issuance of future permits to the applicant may be denied by the secretary, in accordance with the Kansas administrative procedures act.

(a) Application information. The application for any permit shall be filed only by the individual or company that is doing the actual transporting or by an authorized permit service. Individuals and companies shown on the face of a permit shall be the only parties authorized to use that permit. Transferring permits to parties other than those to whom the permits were issued shall not be permitted. Permits shall be required in order for the individual or company to cross any portion of the state highway system.

(b) Bridge restrictions. Oversize loads shall not obstruct or impede traffic on any bridge for longer than five minutes.

(c) Carrier responsibility. Any applicant who accepts a permit issued by the secretary shall be deemed to have agreed to the following conditions:
(1) to be knowledgeable of the laws contained in K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 8-1911, as amended, and these regulations;
(2) to hold the secretary harmless, and to indemnify the secretary as immune from all suits, claims or damages arising from the movement of vehicles; and
(3) to pay the secretary for damages to state property caused by the permitted vehicle.

(d) Convoy information. Vehicles and loads traveling in convoy shall not have more than 1,000 feet between each transporting vehicle. A maximum of two permitted loads may travel in a convoy.

(e) Enforcement. Each holder of a permit shall make the permit or an authorized permit number readily available upon request to any law enforcement official or employee of the department.

(f) Escort information. When escorting loads or convoys more than 14 feet wide, the following conditions shall apply.
(1) On highways of fewer than four lanes, front and rear escorts shall be required. Except for superloads and large structures, the rear escort may be eliminated if a warning light is attached to the top of the towing vehicle and to the rear of each load and is mounted no less than two feet or more than eight feet above the surface of the road.
(2) On highways consisting of four lanes or more, a rear escort shall be required for superloads and large structures. All other types of loads shall not require escorting.
(3) When moving an oversize or overweight load, the driver of each escort vehicle and the person driving the permitted vehicle shall have the ability to communicate verbally with each other, using two-way equipment.
(4) Unless conditions dictate a different following distance, escorting vehicles shall travel at a distance not to exceed 300 feet in front or 300 feet to the rear of the load.

(g) Flagging. Movers of oversize loads shall attach warning flags to each side of the widest part of all overwidth loads and to the rear of all overlength loads.

(h) Implement dealers or manufacturer provisions. Implement dealers and manufacturers transporting farm machinery or farm machinery used in farming operations shall not be required to possess a permit if traveling within 100 miles of the implement dealer’s or manufacturer’s place of business. The mileage limitation shall apply only to Kansas miles. This exception shall not apply to interstate highways.

(i) Insurance information. The following insurance requirements apply to movers of oversize or overweight loads.
(1) Vehicles and loads traveling under the authority of any permit authorized by the secretary shall have in effect all motor vehicle liability insurance coverage as required by federal, state, and local law for the type of vehicle for which the permit is sought.
(2) All insurance requirements shall be in force as of the date when the permit is requested and shall be maintained for the duration of the permit.
(3) As a minimum prerequisite to obtaining any permit, the applicant shall obtain general liability insurance in the amount of $500,000 and auto liability insurance in the amount of $500,000 to cover bodily injury that occurs to any person and property damage liability that occurs to any structure or roadway on which the permitted vehicle and load travel. The insuring company shall be duly authorized to conduct business in Kansas.
(4) Except for vehicles registered by the Kansas corporation commission (KCC), each permittee shall keep proof of insurance in the permitted vehicle at all times and shall present this proof to any employee of the department or law enforcement personnel upon request. At a minimum, proof of insurance shall include the date the insurance was purchased, the amount of the insurance, the expiration date of the insurance, the name of the insuring company, and the signature of the person authorized to issue the insurance.
(j) Loading restrictions. These loading restrictions shall apply to all oversize or overweight loads.
(1) When any permit is granted, it shall be for the maximum dimension and weight of the component being transported. Identical components may be transported, provided that no additional dimension is exceeded.
(2) Multiple-item loads shall not exceed legal axle or gross weights as stated in K.S.A. 8-1908 and K.S.A. 8-1909.
(3) Except as provided in K.A.R. 36-1-28 through 36-1-34, articles transported beside each other shall not be permitted if more than one article makes the load overwidth or overlength.
(4) Every article or unit shall be loaded with the smallest dimension as its width.
(5) Vehicles shall be loaded in a manner that does not exceed the manufacturer's recommended weight-carrying capacity rating of any axle, trailer, or other equipment when transporting oversize or overweight loads under an authorized oversize or overweight permit.

(k) Manufactured homes. Movement of manufactured homes or modular sections of buildings shall be halted when the ground wind exceeds a sustained velocity of 30 miles per hour, as measured and reported by the nearest weather reporting facility.

(l) Size limitations. These general size limitations apply to all oversize or overweight loads.

(1) Overheight permits shall allow a height that is limited only by the constraints existing on the route to be traveled.
(2) Carriers of loads more than 17 feet high shall notify all appropriate utilities before moving the load.
(3) Carriers of overweight loads shall abide by all restrictions on posted bridges and shall not enter the structure if the weight of any group of axles or the gross vehicle weight exceeds the posted limit.
(4) Carriers transporting structural items including poles, pipe, bridge girders, or double derricks used in oil or gas drilling operations not to exceed 140 feet in length may be issued permits.

(m) Time restrictions. The following time restrictions shall apply to all types of permits.
(1) Night movements shall be allowed for loads that are only overweight.
(2) Permits for over-dimensional loads shall be restricted to daylight movement unless the secretary finds that an emergency exists, in which case a permit for nighttime movement may be issued for the special condition, as the secretary deems advisable. Special conditions shall be noted on the permit.
(3) Carriers transporting oversize or overweight loads may move every day of the year, including holidays.

(n) Transporting requirements. The following transporting requirements shall apply to oversize or overweight loads.

(1) Loads in excess of one-half of the width of the traveled portion of the highway shall be transported in a manner so that no part of the load extends across the centerline of the road, except when necessary to avoid a collision with objects located near the edge of the road.
(2) Farm tractors shall not be used to tow oversize or overweight loads, except in rare circumstances where the secretary, or an appointed designee finds that an emergency exists, in which case, a permit for the emergency move may be issued to the customer. Special conditions shall be noted on the permit.
(3) All permitted loads shall be secured according to provisions established by the federal motor carrier safety regulations, part 393, “parts and accessories necessary for safe operation,” subpart I, sections 393.100 through 393.106, including all charts, figures and appendices regarding these sections, as in effect on August 1996, which are adopted by reference.
(4) Transporting vehicles operating under the authorization of a permit shall follow no closer than 300 hundred feet behind another vehicle, except when attempting to overtake and pass another vehicle.
(5) Except for incidental movements, all oversize or overweight construction machinery or equipment shall be transported on a truck-tractor trailer, truck-tractor semi-trailer, or truck combination. Incidental driving of construction machinery on state highways shall be allowed, provided that the section of highway to be used is adjacent to or entirely within the project limits or the distance traveled is less than or equal to one mile and no bridge structures are being crossed.
(6) Derricks used in oil or gas drilling that, when erected, stand more than two connected joints of rotary tubular pipe shall be dismantled before being transported on state highways.

(o) Validity. All movements of oversize or overweight loads are subject to the requirements set forth on the permit. Once a permit has been approved, it shall not be altered.

(p) Visibility. Oversize or overweight loads shall not be transported when visibility is less than one-half mile, or when conditions of moderate to heavy rain, sleet, snow, fog, or smoke exist, or when highway surfaces are slippery due to ice, packed snow, or rain.

(q) Warning flags. Each warning flag shall be a piece of red or orange material that is not less than 12 inches square and is clean and free of lettering.

(r) Warning lights. Warning lights shall be installed on the top of each escort vehicle. Each warning light shall be in good operating condition, emit a rotating or flashing amber light, be mounted on top of the towing vehicle, and be readily visible at a distance of not less than 1,000 feet.

(s) Warning signs. A warning sign shall be used by movers of oversize or overweight loads in the following manner and circumstances.
(1) Each vehicle transporting oversize manufactured houses or modular sections of buildings shall have an oversize warning sign attached to the rear of the manufactured home or modular section being transported.
(2) Oversize loads shall have attached to the front of the transporting vehicle and to the rear of the load an oversize warning sign.
(3) Warning signs shall be readily visible from a distance of 500 feet from one- half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset and shall be removed from the vehicle when the load being transported does not exceed legal dimensions.
(4) An escort warning sign or oversize warning sign shall be attached the front or to the top of each vehicle preceding the load being transported, and a similar sign shall be attached to the top or to the rear of the vehicle trailing the load being transported. (Authorized by and implementing K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 8-1911)




36-1-37 Maximum dimensions and gross weights. (a) The following maximum dimensions and weights shall apply to annual permits.
Dimensions
Width 16 feet 6 inches
Length 126 feet
Height 15 feet
Gross weight 120,000 pounds

(b) The following maximum dimensions and axle weights shall apply to standard permits.
Width 16 feet 6 inches
Length 126 feet
Height 18 feet
Gross Weight 150,000 pounds

(c ) Maximum axle weights for both annual and standard permits are:

Single, non-drive axle 22,000 pounds
Single, drive axle 24,000 pounds
Tandem 45,000 pounds
Triple 60,000 pounds
Quad 65,000 pounds

(d) Maximum weights for extra wide axle groups both standard and annual permits:
Width Single Single
(Feet) N-drive Drive Tandem Tridem Quad

Less than (LT) 8' - 07" 22,000 24,000 45,000 60,000 65,000
8' - 07" LT 9' - 00" 22,500 24,500 46,000 61,500 67,000
9' - 00" LT 9' - 06" 23,000 25,000 47,000 63,000 69,000
9' - 06" LT 10' - 00" 23,500 25,500 48,000 64,500 71,000
10' - 00" and greater 24,000 26,000 49,000 66,000 73,000


Maximum gross weight spacing table. The external spacing shall be determined by measuring the distance between the center of the steering axle and the center of the last axle of the combination. This chart shall apply to both standard and annual permits.




















External Maximum External Maximum
Spacing Gross Wt. Spacing Gross Wt.
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08 58,800 50 117,600
09 60,200 51 119,000
10 61,600 52 120,400
11 63,000 53 121,800
12 64,400 54 123,200
13 65,800 55 124,600
14 67,200 56 126,000
15 68,600 57 126,700
16 70,000 58 127,400
17 71,400 59 128,100
18 72,800 60 128,800
19 74,200 61 129,500
20 75,600 62 130,200
21 77,000 63 130,900
22 78,400 64 131,600
23 79,800 65 132,300
24 81,200 66 133,000
25 82,600 67 133,700
26 84,000 68 134,400
27 85,400 69 135,100
28 86,800 70 135,800
29 88,200 71 136,500
30 89,600 72 137,200
31 91,000 73 137,900
32 92,400 74 138,600
33 93,800 75 139,300
34 95,200 76 140,000
35 96,600 77 140,700
36 98,000 78 141,400
37 99,400 79 142,100
38 100,800 80 142,800
39 102,200 81 143,500
40 103,600 82 144,200
41 105,000 83 144,900
42 106,400 84 145,600
43 107,800 85 146,300
44 109,200 86 147,000
45 110,600 87 147,700
46 112,000 88 148,400
47 113,400 89 149,100
48 114,800 90 149,800
49 116,200 91 or more 150,000



Maximum axle weights for special mobile equipment are:

Single, non-drive axle 22,000 pounds
Single, drive axle 24,000 pounds
Tandem 49,000 pounds
Triple 60,000 pounds
Quad 65,000 pounds

Maximum weights for extra wide axle groups on special mobile equipment:


Width Single Single
(Feet) N-drive Drive Tandem Tridem Quad

Less than (LT) 8' - 07" 22,000 24,000 49,000 60,000 65,000
8' - 07" LT 9' - 00" 22,500 24,500 50,000 61,500 67,000
9' - 00" LT 9' - 06" 23,000 25,000 51,000 63,000 69,000
9' - 06" LT 10' - 00" 23,500 25,500 52,000 64,500 71,000
10' - 00" and greater 24,000 26,000 53,000 66,000 73,000

(Authorized by K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 8-1911: implementing K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 8-1904, 8-1908, 8-1909.)

Maximum gross weight and external spacing table for special mobile equipment. The external spacing shall be determined by measuring the distance between the center of the steering axle and the center of the last axle of the combination.
















External Maximum External Maximum
Spacing Gross Wt. Spacing Gross Wt.
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08 67,200 37 113,600
09 68,800 38 115,200
10 70,400 39 116,800
11 72,000 40 118,400
12 73,600 41 120,000
13 75,200 42 121,600
14 76,800 43 123,200
15 78,400 44 124,800
16 80,000 45 126,400
17 81,600 46 128,000
18 83,200 47 129,600
19 84,800 48 131,200
20 86,400 49 132,800
21 88,000 50 134,400
22 89,600 51 136,000
23 91,200 52 137,600
24 92,800 53 139,200
25 94,400 54 140,800
26 96,000 55 142,400
27 97,600 56 144,000
28 99,200 57 144,800
29 100,800 58 145,600
30 102,400 59 146,400
31 104,000 60 147,200
32 105,000 61 148,000
33 107,200 62 148,800
34 108,800 63 149,600
35 110,400 64 or more 150,000
36 112,000

36-1-38 Types of permits. (a) Annual permits. This permit allow for continuous movement of oversize or overweight loads, special mobile equipment, manufactured houses or modular section of buildings during daylight hours.
(1) The annual permit is assigned to a specific power unit.
(2) This permit shall be valid for a period of one year, beginning and ending as specified on the permit.
(3) The annual permit is not transferable to any other company or vehicle.
(4) Movers operating with an annual permit may deviate from the routes approved by the secretary only at the origin and destination of their trip. Such a deviation shall be limited to using the safest, shortest, and most direct roadways.

(b) Standard permits. This permit allows for single-trip movements in those circumstances where another permit is not appropriate.
(1) Standard permits may be issued for the movement of oversize or overweight vehicles and loads on a multiple-trip or single-trip basis if implementation of another type of permit is not appropriate.
(2) Each standard permit shall be good for a period of seven days.
(3) Standard permits shall be issued only from point of origin to final destination on routes designated by the secretary.
(4) Movers of oversize or overweight loads may make multiple trips, provided that the mover uses the same route and hauls similar loads, trips can be made within the original period of validity, and the information on the standard permit does not change.

(c) Superload permits. These permits shall allow movement of overweight loads that exceed 150,000 pounds of gross weight.
(1) Movers of superloads shall pay for all damages caused by the movement of the superload.
(2) Movers of superloads shall have a valid superload permit that includes a bridge analysis, which must be completed by the department before traveling on any highway within Kansas.
(3) Superload permits shall be issued only for single-trip movements.
(4) Before escorting superloads within Kansas, escorting companies shall obtain certification in a manner approved by the secretary.


(d) Large structure permits. This permit shall allow for movement of oversize loads that exceed the size limitations of the standard permit.
(1) Large structure permits shall be valid for a period of 30 calendar days.
(2) When alternate routes are available, movers of large structures shall reduce the use of state highways to a minimum. Movers of large structures shall contact all appropriate departmental personnel before moving.
(3) Large structure permits shall not be granted to transport loads on interstate highways, except in extreme circumstances. In such cases, prior approval shall be obtained from the secretary, and local enforcement authorities shall accompany the movement to provide traffic control. The transporting vehicle shall be the only vehicle traveling on the applicable section of the interstate.
(4) Movers of large structures shall not park any transporting vehicle on any part of the traveled portion of the highway. Vehicles having to be parked on the right-of-way shall have at least 30 feet of clearance from the traveled portion of the highway.
(5) Movers of large structures shall notify all appropriate utilities and railroads before moving any large structure.
(6) Movers of large structures shall contact all appropriate district engineers before any trees are cut or trimmed.
(7) Movers of large structures shall also make arrangements with the district engineer before removing or relocating signs, hazard markers, or other property of the department.
(8) The final decision with regard to the movement of the large structure, the time of day, date, and the routes to be used shall be approved by a departmental employee of the district in whose area the load travels or by an appointed representative.
(9) An escort vehicle shall be stationed at side road intersections during the movement of large structures in order to hold all vehicles at those intersections until the structure has been moved through the section of road being blocked.
(10) Drivers of escorting vehicles shall not allow large structures to cross a bridge or critical location until all traffic has been stopped at both sides of bridges or before and after a critical location. (Authorized by and implementing K.S.A. 1996 Supp. 8-1911)


36-1-28. Special Vehicle Combinations.
(a) Notwithstanding any other regulation, special vehicle combination permits may be issued for a combination of vehicles which exceeds the size and length restriction requirements of K.S.A. 8-1904 and amendments thereto.
(b) A “special vehicle combination” for the purposes of these regulations means a truck-tractor semitrailer-trailer-trailer combination of vehicles. A trailer may consist of a converter dolly and a semitrailer. No converter dolly shall be pulled behind the third trailer. A “special vehicle combination” shall hereby be referred to as “SVC” and the Kansas department of transportation shall hereby be referred to as “KDOT”.
(c) Any applicant/owner who applies for an annual SVC permit shall furnish the following before the permit may be issued:
(1) a description of the applicant/owner’s training and supervisory programs for drivers;
(2) a description of the applicant/owner’s shop facilities and maintenance programs for equipment;
(3) a description of the applicant/owner’s compliance with driver qualification standards;
(4) a description of the applicant/owner’s safety program;
(5) a list of vehicles for which permits are being applied for including model and vehicle identification numbers;
(6) a list showing the names of drivers to be certified; and
(7) the necessary maps showing all route information to and from the applicant/owner’s terminal.
(d) Annual certification shall be required for every SVC. All requests for certification or rectification shall be submitted:
(1) in writing to KDOT, special permit section;
(2) at least one month prior to the expiration of the current permit.
(e) Once certification is approved, the applicant/owner may apply for an annual SVC permit. The application shall include all applicable fees.
(f) Upon approval of the application and payment of associated fees, KDOT will issue annual SVC permits showing the model and vehicle identification numbers (VIN) of the vehicles being certified and provide the applicant/owner with driver certification cards both of which shall be carried in the SVC whenever it is operating. Permits and VIN information shall be displayed to any law enforcement officer, Kansas Highway Patrol officer or employee of KDOT upon request.
(g) In addition to the annual SVC permit, the applicant/owner must obtain all other necessary permits for travel in Kansas.
(h) SVC permits shall be $2000.00 per year for each qualified applicant/owner company plus $50.00 per year for each special vehicle combination power unit operating under such annual SVC permit. Lost or destroyed SVC permits may be reissued upon request to KDOT.
(i) Access routes to terminals will be designated on each annual SVC permit. Such terminal shall be within five miles of the interstate. The applicant/owner shall ensure that the SVC can safely maneuver through any construction work zones or detours. Any deviation from this route must be authorized by a representative of the special permit section of KDOT.
(j) SVC travel may be prohibited or restricted to specific routes, hours of operation, specific days, or seasonal periods, when adverse conditions, traffic, weather or safety considerations make such travel unsafe or inadvisable. A SVC shall not be dispatched during adverse weather conditions, such as high winds, snow, ice, sleet, hail, fog, mist, rain, dust, smog, or smoke. If adverse weather or road conditions are encountered during operation, the driver of the SVC shall:
(1) proceed to the next available exit and wait for conditions to improve; or
(2) proceed to the next available exit and detach a trailer.
(k) No movement of a SVC is allowed on holidays or holiday weekends.
(l) Every applicant/owner approved to operate an SVC shall provide the KDOT special permit section all information relating to accidents, operational costs, safety inspections, equipment, maintenance, Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) out-of-service reports or other pertinent operational information.
(m) Notwithstanding other state and federal requirements for reporting motor vehicle accidents, a copy of any accident report involving the SVC being operated under an annual SVC permit shall be delivered or mailed to KDOT, special permit section, within 10 days of the accident. If the accident involves a death, within 24 hours the carrier must provide the information specified in section 394.7 (b) of the federal motor carrier safety regulations manual, as in effect April 1, 1990 and adopted herein by reference, to KDOT, special permit section. (amended 3-4-91)

36-1-29. Violations
(a) The Kansas Highway Patrol and any local law enforcement agency (enforcement agency) have the authority to enforce the provisions of these SVC regulations.
(b) In the event any SVC does not comply with the restrictions as specified in K.S.A. 1989 Supp. 8-1908, the enforcement agency has the discretionary authority to request the driver to shift or remove any portion of the load or to adjust the configuration in order to bring the SVC into compliance.
(c) The enforcement agency may require the detaching of a trailer if the SVC or driver is in violation of these rules and regulations. If one of the trailers is to be detached:
(1) the SVC shall be driven to an appropriate location as determined by the enforcement agency;
(2) provisions by the applicant/owner of the SVC shall be made to have another truck-tractor sent to retrieve the detached trailer; and
(3) all related expenses and labor costs shall be the responsibility of the applicant/owner.
(d) The responsibility for strict compliance with the requirements shown in this section and the payment of fines shall be the responsibility of the applicant/owner of the SVC.
(e) Noncompliance with these rules and regulations can result in the suspension or the cancellation of the annual SVC permit.
(f) In accordance with the hearing procedures found in K.A.R. 36-1-30, an annual SVC permit may be suspended, canceled or withheld for any violation of these regulations until such violation is rectified. Repeated or serious violations may result in suspension or cancellation of the applicant/owner’s SVC certification. (amended 3-4-91)

36-1-30. Cancellation of Permit, Hearing.
(a) Whenever the secretary cancels an annual SVC permit, the applicant/owner shall be notified by certified mail, return receipt requested, at the address on the application, of the following:
(1) the right of hearing;
(2) the right to be represented by counsel of the applicant’s own choosing at the hearing;
(3) that a written request for a hearing must be filed with the secretary within 15 days of the date of mailing of the order of cancellation to the applicant/owner; and
(4) that the timely filing of the request shall suspend the operation of the order of cancellation pending a hearing.
(b) After receipt by KDOT of a request for a hearing, the applicant/owner of the SVC and any person who has made a complaint as to the operation of the SVC shall be given not less than 10 days written notice by the secretary of the time and place of hearing by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, provided an address is available. If available, the letter will be addressed to the persons at their last known address, as shown by the files of the secretary.
(c) The owner of the SVC and other interested parties may appear at the hearing in person or by counsel and present their reasons for and against cancellation of the permit. Corporations may be represented by an officer or other agent or by an attorney duly authorized to practice law in Kansas.
(d) At the conclusion of the hearing, the order canceling and a final ruling will be issued within 10 days.
(1) If the order is vacated, the permit shall be reinstated and the SVC allowed to operate.
(2) If the order is affirmed, the applicant/owner may not apply for a new annual SVC permit for a period of one year from the date of the final ruling.
(e) If a hearing is not requested, the applicant/owner may not apply for a new annual SVC permit for a period of one year from the date of the original order of cancellation. (amended 3-4-91)

36-1-31. Equipment
(a) All equipment on the SVC must conform with these regulations and those of the federal motor carrier safety regulations, 49 C.F.R. 390-399, as in effect on April 1, 1990 and adopted herein by reference. All equipment operated under the annual SVC permit is subject to periodic field inspection to ensure continued compliance with all equipment requirements.
(b) Power. All truck-tractors shall be powered to provide adequate acceleration ability and hill climbing under normal operating conditions, and to operate on level grades at speeds compatible with other traffic. The ability to maintain a minimum speed of 40 miles per hour under normal operating conditions on any grade and to be able to resume a speed of 40 miles per hour upon any grade which the SVC is stopped is required.
(c) Tires. All tires shall be of the same size and construction (radial or non-radial). Tires must be properly inflated for the load being carried. Each axle must have two tires t each end of the axle, except for the steering axle.
(d) Fifth wheels. Every fifth wheel shall be:
(1) clean and lubricated with a light-duty grease.
(2) located in a position which provides adequate stability.
(e) King pins. Every king pin shall be solid-type and permanently fastened to the semitrailer. Screw-out or folding king pins are prohibited.
(f) Pick-up plates. Pick-up plates shall be of equal strength to the fifth wheel.
(g) Hitch connections. All hitch connections shall be no-slack air-actuated ram-type and isolated from the primary air transmission system.
(h) Pressure controlling devices. All pressure controlling devices shall be located outside the cab of the tractor and not accessible to the driver while in the cab.
(i) Drawbars. The drawbar length shall be the practical minimum consistent with clearances required between trailers for turning and backing maneuvers.
(j) Axles. All axles permanently attached to the trailer and/or semitrailer shall be designed for the width of the trailer. Drop or lift axles shall not be permitted. An SVC shall have a minimum of six and a maximum of nine axles.
(1) The total weight on any single axle shall not exceed 20,000 pounds. The total weight on any tandem axle shall not exceed 34,000 pounds. Only single and tandem groupings shall be permitted. The total gross weight of the SVC shall not exceed 110,000 pounds.
(2) The total weight on any group of two or more consecutive axles shall not exceed the bridge formula as set out in 23 U.S.C. 127 as in effect on December 22, 1987 and adopted herein by reference. Compliance with height and length restriction requirements is required.
(k) Brakes. Fast air transmission and release valves shall be provided on all semitrailer and trailer axles. Brakes shall be installed to apply consecutively beginning with the rear axle and proceeding to the front axle. The use of engine-retarder brakes shall be prohibited.
(l) Antispray devices. Antispray mud flaps shall be attached to the rear of each axle except the steering axle. Mud flaps shall have a surface designed to absorb and deflect excess moisture to the road surface.
(m) Trailers/semitrailers. All trailers/semitrailers shall conform as follows:
(1) The heaviest trailer or semitrailer shall be placed in front and the lightest at the rear;
(2) The length of a semitrailer or trailer in SVC shall not exceed 28 1/2 feet in length; and
(3) A semitrailer used with a converter dolly shall be considered to be a trailer.
(n) Convex mirrors. In addition to the standard mirrors, each SVC shall be equipped with convex mirrors (minimum 6 inches in diameter) on the left and right sides of the truck-tractor. Such mirrors shall be visible by the driver while operating the SVC. (amended 3-4-91)

36-1-32. Operational Procedure.
(a) Following Distance. A minimum distance of 100 feet for every 10 miles per hour of speed shall be maintained between an SVC and other vehicles except when overtaking and passing.
(b) Lane of Travel. An SVC must remain in the right hand lane except when passing another vehicle traveling in the same direction or when emergency conditions exist.
(c) Disabled SVC. If an SVC is disabled for any reason other than an accident, it should be parked as far off the traveled way as possible. The KHP shall be notified as soon as possible, and the SVC shall be removed from the roadway. All expenses and labor costs shall be assumed by the applicant/owner.
(d) Cargo.
(1) All cargo shall be loaded to restrict any movement or shifting of the contents during routine delivery, sudden braking and other emergency maneuvers.
(2) Transportation of the following specified hazardous material types and quantities are prohibited: (e) Stability. Any SVC shall be stable at all times during normal braking and normal operation. When traveling on a level, smooth, paved surface, any SVC shall follow the towing vehicle without shifting or swerving beyond the restraints of the lane of travel.
(f) Bridges. No SVC shall cross any structure if the SVC is over the posted limit. (amended 3-4-91)

36-1-33. Insurance.
Every SVC operated under an annual SVC permit shall be covered by insurance of not less than $500,000.00 general liability and $50,000.00 property damage.


36-1-34. Driver Qualification Standards.
(a) Each SVC driver shall:
(1) possess a class A chauffeur’s or commercial driver’s license (CDL) with all appropriate endorsements.
(2) have a minimum of two years combined experience driving a truck-tractor-semitrailer combination;
(3) have at least one year of experience in driving multiple trailer combinations; and
(4) have completed:
(A) a supervised SVC driver training program; and
(B) a road test provided by the employer company.
(b) No more than one year may have elapsed between a driver’s certification to these standards and the last time the driver was employed to operate truck-tractor-semitrailer combinations. (amended 3-4-91)

How and Where to Obtain Oversize Permits.

Oversize permits may be obtained at a Motor Carrier Inspection Station along the Kansas border during normal working hours; or by calling the Central Permit Office (785) 296-2356. Oversize permits may also be obtained from the Special Permits Section of the Kansas Department of Transportation at (785) 296-7400. MOTOR CARRIER INSPECTION STATIONS
STATION LOCATION PHONE NO.
#5A Kansas City East Toll Gate of Turnpike, I-70 913-299-4761
#17A Crestline K-96 @ Jct U69 Alt 316-389-7232
#21W *Wabaunsee (scales) I-70, 1 mile west of McFarland Exit 785-765-3365
#22W *Wabaunsee (scales) I-70, 1 mile west of McFarland Exit 785-765-3360
#23 Caney (scales) US-75 at state line 316-879-5352
#23W *Olathe (scales) I-35, 5 miles south of Olathe, MP 11 913-782-6773
#24W Olathe (scales) I-35, 5 miles south of Olathe, MP 11 913-782-4125
#26A South Haven (scales) South end of Turnpike, I-35 316-892-5249
#37A Liberal US-54, 5 miles east of Liberal 316-624-4431
#46 Kanorado (scales) I-70 near Colorado State Line 785-399-2772
#58 Belleville (scales) US-81, 1 mile south of Jct. US-36 785-527-5159




CUSTOM HARVESTING INFORMATION

1. Oversize permits are not required for farm implements transported during daylight hours on KS & U.S. Highways, only on the interstate system. 8-1911(a)
2. Overwidth permits ($10.00) can be purchased that are valid from May 1 to November 15, for use on designated Interstate Highways with a maximum width of 14 feet, and can be included with the harvest permits. (8-1911(c) 8-1902
3. Custom harvesters are required warning flags, 12 inches square, on overwidth loads. 8-1715 & 36-1-36
4. Two combine headers may be transported side by side. Permits are required for Interstate travel. OVERSIZE LOAD sign, and flags required at all times. 36-1-36 8-1902(e)
5. It is a moving violation if cited for no flags and will go on your driving record. 8-1715
6. Commercial Drivers License (CDL) is required for drivers of vehicles with GVWR or registered gross weight in excess of 26,000 lbs.. These are available at age 18 for custom harvesters.
7. Slow moving vehicle emblems must be covered when equipment is being transported if traveling at speeds in excess of 25 M.P.H. 8-1717(h)
8. Kansas farm registered vehicles are required 30 day permits for custom harvesting operations and the fee is $26.00 regardless of registered gross weight.. 8-143h
9. Kansas registered vehicles may only purchase a 30 day permit for the gross weight which they are registered. They can raise the gross weight in the county they are registered.
10. Vehicles towing trailers must have enough gross weight registration to cover everything hauled or towed. 8-142(7)
11. Trucks used in custom harvesting operations are required fuel permits ($10) if they meet certain requirements.
12. If not using a Harvest Permit or having Apportioned Registration, you are required:
A. Out of state custom harvesters traveling through Kansas are subject to 72 hr. permits ($26.00) and a fuel permit ($10.00). 8-127(b) & 70-34-122(b)
B. Kansas custom harvesters returning to Kansas are subject to a fuel permits. 79-34,122(b)
C. Service vehicles with farm registration are required a 30 day permit and fuel permit (if applicable). 8-143h & 79-34,122(b)
13. County Courthouses can only sell 30 & 60 day permits. Fuel and oversize permits are available only at Motor Carrier Inspection Stations located along the Kansas borders and through Central Permit office. (785) 296-2356 Permits can be faxed or mailed to you before you enter Kansas. If you are in doubt, cannot find a station, or will not be going near one you need to contact Central Permit at (785) 296-2356. Drivers can be cited for not having proper permits and fined up to $500.00. 66-1324
14. When two trailers are towed the rear one must be equipped with lights and brakes.
15. Overwidth permits will not be issued for towing implements of husbandry on the Interstate system. (Grain carts, etc.) K.D.O.T. Oversize policy.

Sharing The Road With Large Trucks

A tractor-trailer loaded with freight, safe-rated tires, and properly adjusted brakes, traveling at 55 miles per hour on a clear, dry roadway requires a minimum of 290 feet to come to a complete stop. Mindful of this, it is important to be attentive and drive defensively when sharing the road with large trucks. In 8 out of 10 fatal crashes between cars and trucks, the occupants of the passenger vehicles are killed.

Many of these crashes could be avoided if motorists knew about truck limitations and how to steer clear of unsafe situations involving trucks. For example; because it takes trucks much longer to stop, enter roadways carefully, never cutting right in front of them - always leave several car lengths between your vehicle and the truck.
Avoid changing lanes directly in front of trucks then slowing down immediately after passing them. Large trucks need lots of room and time to stop.

Don't hang out in the NO-Zone! No Zones are areas around trucks where cars (1) "disappear" into blindspots, or (2) are so close that they restrict the truck driver's ability to stop or maneuver safely. Both types of No-Zones greatly increase the potential for a crash.

Points to Remember -- Know the No-Zone!

Backing Up
When a truck is backing up, it sometimes must temporarily block the street to maneuver its trailer accurately. Never pass close behind a truck that is preparing to back up or is in the process of backing up. Remember, most trailers are 8 1/2 feet wide and can completely hide objects that suddenly come between them and a loading area. So if you try to pass behind the truck, you enter a (NO-ZONE) blindspot for you and the truck driver.
Passing
Another NO-ZONE is just in front of trucks. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to cut in too soon and slow down after passing a big truck. Because of their size and weight, trucks need a much greater distance to stop than cars. If you don't give them enough space, you run the risk of being hit from behind. So be sure to maintain a consistent speed when passing and don't pull in front of the truck unless you can see the entire front of the truck in your rear-view mirror.
Rear Blindspots
Unlike automobiles, trucks have deep blindspots directly behind them. If you tailgate, not only do you make it impossible for the truck driver to see you, but you also cut off your own view of traffic flow. So staying in this NO-ZONE is almost like inviting a collision.
Side Blindspots
Trucks have much larger blindspots on both sides than cars do. When you travel in these blindspots for any length of time, you can't be seen by the truck driver. If the truck driver needs to make an emergency maneuver or change lanes, they won't be able to see you and a crash could result.
Wide Turns
Because of their vehicles' size, truck drivers sometimes need to swing wide to manage their turns. When they do, they can't see cars directly behind or beside them. So give them plenty of room and Never try to squeeze around them.



Date Composed: 11/24/1997 Date Modified: 10/09/2001