Florida Senate - 2016                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for CS for SB 1392
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                 Floor: NC/2R          .                                
             03/10/2016 05:28 PM       .                                

       Senator Simpson moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Between lines 293 and 294
    4  insert:
    5         Section 7. Paragraph (b) of subsection (3) of section
    6  316.515, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         316.515 Maximum width, height, length.—
    8         (3) LENGTH LIMITATION.—Except as otherwise provided in this
    9  section, length limitations apply solely to a semitrailer or
   10  trailer, and not to a truck tractor or to the overall length of
   11  a combination of vehicles. No combination of commercial motor
   12  vehicles coupled together and operating on the public roads may
   13  consist of more than one truck tractor and two trailing units.
   14  Unless otherwise specifically provided for in this section, a
   15  combination of vehicles not qualifying as commercial motor
   16  vehicles may consist of no more than two units coupled together;
   17  such nonqualifying combination of vehicles may not exceed a
   18  total length of 65 feet, inclusive of the load carried thereon,
   19  but exclusive of safety and energy conservation devices approved
   20  by the department for use on vehicles using public roads.
   21  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a truck
   22  tractor-semitrailer combination engaged in the transportation of
   23  automobiles or boats may transport motor vehicles or boats on
   24  part of the power unit; and, except as may otherwise be mandated
   25  under federal law, an automobile or boat transporter semitrailer
   26  may not exceed 50 feet in length, exclusive of the load;
   27  however, the load may extend up to an additional 6 feet beyond
   28  the rear of the trailer. The 50-feet length limitation does not
   29  apply to non-stinger-steered automobile or boat transporters
   30  that are 65 feet or less in overall length, exclusive of the
   31  load carried thereon, or to stinger-steered automobile or boat
   32  transporters that are 75 feet or less in overall length,
   33  exclusive of the load carried thereon. For purposes of this
   34  subsection, a “stinger-steered automobile or boat transporter”
   35  is an automobile or boat transporter configured as a semitrailer
   36  combination wherein the fifth wheel is located on a drop frame
   37  located behind and below the rearmost axle of the power unit.
   38  Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) and (b), any straight truck or
   39  truck tractor-semitrailer combination engaged in the
   40  transportation of horticultural trees may allow the load to
   41  extend up to an additional 10 feet beyond the rear of the
   42  vehicle, provided said trees are resting against a retaining bar
   43  mounted above the truck bed so that the root balls of the trees
   44  rest on the floor and to the front of the truck bed and the tops
   45  of the trees extend up over and to the rear of the truck bed,
   46  and provided the overhanging portion of the load is covered with
   47  protective fabric.
   48         (b) Semitrailers.—
   49         1. A semitrailer operating in a truck tractor-semitrailer
   50  combination may not exceed 48 feet in extreme overall outside
   51  dimension, measured from the front of the unit to the rear of
   52  the unit and the load carried thereon, exclusive of safety and
   53  energy conservation devices approved by the department for use
   54  on vehicles using public roads, unless it complies with
   55  subparagraph 2. A semitrailer which exceeds 48 feet in length
   56  and is used to transport divisible loads may operate in this
   57  state only if issued a permit under s. 316.550 and if such
   58  trailer meets the requirements of this chapter relating to
   59  vehicle equipment and safety. Except for highways on the tandem
   60  trailer truck highway network, public roads deemed unsafe for
   61  longer semitrailer vehicles or those roads on which such longer
   62  vehicles are determined not to be in the interest of public
   63  convenience shall, in conformance with s. 316.006, be restricted
   64  by the Department of Transportation or by the local authority to
   65  use by semitrailers not exceeding a length of 48 feet, inclusive
   66  of the load carried thereon but exclusive of safety and energy
   67  conservation devices approved by the department for use on
   68  vehicles using public roads. Truck tractor-semitrailer
   69  combinations shall be afforded reasonable access to terminals;
   70  facilities for food, fuel, repairs, and rest; and points of
   71  loading and unloading.
   72         2. A semitrailer which is more than 48 feet but not more
   73  than 57 53 feet in extreme overall outside dimension, as
   74  measured pursuant to subparagraph 1., may operate on public
   75  roads, except roads on the State Highway System which are
   76  restricted by the Department of Transportation or other roads
   77  restricted by local authorities, if:
   78         a. The distance between the kingpin or other peg that locks
   79  into the fifth wheel of a truck tractor and the center of the
   80  rear axle or rear group of axles does not exceed 41 feet, or, in
   81  the case of a semitrailer used exclusively or primarily to
   82  transport vehicles in connection with motorsports competition
   83  events, the distance does not exceed 46 feet from the kingpin to
   84  the center of the rear axles; and
   85         b. It is equipped with a substantial rear-end underride
   86  protection device meeting the requirements of 49 C.F.R. s.
   87  393.86, “Rear End Protection.”
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   90  And the title is amended as follows:
   91         Delete line 33
   92  and insert:
   93         in vehicles; amending s. 316.515, F.S.; extending the
   94         allowable length of certain semitrailers authorized to
   95         operate on public roads under certain conditions;
   96         amending s. 316.640, F.S.; expanding the