Illinois law requires truck lengths on local roads to be no longer than 55 feet. Don Schaefer, Executive Vice President of Midwest Truckers Association, says today’s equipment is longer than the legal length. He adds that for years they have tried to change Illinois law to reflect today’s equipment.
Both House Bill 683 and Senate Bill 51 would increase truck lengths on local roads to 65 feet. Schaefer says since existing equipment is already of that length, changing the law will not lead to safety concerns.
Schaefer says both bills have advanced through their respective chambers. He hopes final legislation will be approved within a couple of weeks.