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SF 3248

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/11/2020 04:20pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; amending requirements for number and location of escort
vehicles for overdimensional loads; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 169; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 169.86,
subdivision 3b.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [169.812] ESCORT VEHICLES FOR OVERDIMENSIONAL LOADS;
DEFINITIONS; REQUIREMENTS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.
new text end

new text begin (b) "Licensed peace officer" means a law enforcement officer licensed under sections
626.84 to 626.863, who holds a certificate under section 299D.085, and who may operate
an authorized emergency vehicle and direct and control traffic and require traffic to yield
to an overdimensional load.
new text end

new text begin (c) "Escort driver" means an individual who holds a certificate under section 299D.085,
and is authorized to control and direct traffic as a flagger during the movement of an
overdimensional load following the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices standards
as defined by the Federal Highway Administration and section 169.06, subdivision 4.
new text end

new text begin (d) "Flagger" means a person who actively controls the flow of vehicular traffic into,
through, or into and through a temporary traffic control zone using hand-signaling devices
or an automated flagger assistance device.
new text end

new text begin (e) "Overdimensional load" is a vehicle or combination of vehicles of a size or weight
of vehicle or load exceeding the maximum specified in this chapter, or otherwise not in
conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Escort vehicles required; width. new text end

new text begin (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (d) and
(e), no escort vehicle is required if the width of an overdimensional load is 15 feet or less
as measured at the bottom of the load or is 16 feet or less as measured at the top of the load.
new text end

new text begin (b) Only one rear escort vehicle is required on a multilane divided roadway if the width
of an overdimensional load is more than 15 feet as measured at the bottom of the load or is
more than 16 feet as measured at the top of the load.
new text end

new text begin (c) Only one lead escort vehicle and one rear escort vehicle is required on any undivided
roadway if the width of an overdimensional load is more than 15 feet as measured at the
bottom of the load or is more than 16 feet as measured at the top of the load.
new text end

new text begin (d) Only one lead licensed peace officer is required when any part of an overdimensional
load or a vehicle transporting an overdimensional load extends beyond the left of the
centerline on an undivided roadway.
new text end

new text begin (e) The commissioner may require additional escorts when deemed necessary to protect
public safety or to assure against undue damage to the road foundations, surfaces, or
structures. The commissioner shall specify in the permit (1) the number of additional escorts
required; and (2) whether the operators of the escort vehicles must be licensed peace officers
or may be escort drivers, as defined in subdivision 1.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Escort vehicles required; length. new text end

new text begin (a) When a vehicle transporting an
overdimensional load is operated on a multilane divided roadway:
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new text begin (1) only one rear escort vehicle is required if the overdimensional load has an overall
length exceeding 110 feet; or
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new text begin (2) only one lead escort vehicle and one rear escort vehicle is required if the
overdimensional load has an overall length exceeding 150 feet.
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new text begin (b) One lead escort vehicle and one rear escort vehicle is required on any undivided
roadway if the overall length of the overdimensional load exceeds 110 feet.
new text end

new text begin (c) Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) and (b), the commissioner may require additional
escorts when deemed necessary to protect public safety or to assure against undue damage
to the road foundations, surfaces, or structures. The commissioner shall specify in the permit
(1) the number of additional escorts required; and (2) whether the operators of the escort
vehicles must be licensed peace officers or may be escort drivers, as defined in subdivision
1.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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Sec. 2. new text beginREPEALER.
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new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 169.86, subdivision 3b, new text end new text begin is repealed.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Statutes: S3248-1

169.86 SPECIAL PERMIT TO EXCEED HEIGHT, WIDTH, OR LOAD; FEES.

Subd. 3b.

Escort vehicles.

The commissioner or local authority shall specify in the permit:

(1) the minimum number of escort vehicles required to escort the overdimensional load; and

(2) whether the operators of the escort vehicles must be certified licensed peace officers or may be overdimensional load escort drivers who hold a current certificate under section 299D.085.