Senate Bill No. 95
(By Senators Ross, Love and Sharpe)
[Passed March 8, 2003; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact sections two, three and four, article
seventeen, chapter seventeen-c of the code of West Virginia,
one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, all relating
to the size, weight and load of vehicles; increasing the
maximum length and width of certain vehicles; increasing the
maximum length of the combination of certain vehicles coupled
together; allowing commissioner to increase combination
vehicle length; and mandating that the commissioner annually
publish a map designating state highways and various maximum
vehicle lengths pertinent thereto.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That sections two, three and four, article seventeen, chapter
seventeen-c of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred
thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as
ARTICLE 17. SIZE, WEIGHT AND LOAD.
§17C-17-2. Width of vehicles.
(a) The total outside width, exclusive of safety equipment authorized by the United States department of transportation, of
any vehicle or the load thereon may not exceed ninety-six inches
except as otherwise provided in this article: Provided,
vehicle with a total outside width of one hundred two inches,
exclusive of safety equipment authorized by the United States
department of transportation, may be operated on any highway within
the state designated by the United States department of
transportation or the commissioner of the department of highways or
on any highway having a minimum lane width of ten feet.
(b) Motor homes, travel trailers, truck campers, motor buses
and trackless trolley coaches with a total outside width of one
hundred two inches, excluding safety equipment authorized by the
United States department of transportation, may operate on any
§17C-17-3. Projecting loads on passenger vehicles.
(a) No passenger-type vehicle shall be operated on any highway
with any load carried thereon extending beyond the line of the
fenders of the left side of such vehicle nor extending more than
six inches beyond the line of the fenders on the right side
(b) A motor home, travel trailer or truck camper may exceed
the maximum width prescribed section two of this article, if the
excess width is attributable to an appurtenance that does not
exceed more than six inches
beyond the body of the vehicle.
§17C-17-4. Height and length of vehicles and loads.
(a) A vehicle, including any load thereon, may not exceed a
height of thirteen feet six inches, but the owner or owners of such
vehicles shall be responsible for damage to any bridge or highway
structure and to municipalities for any damage to traffic control
devices or other highway structures where such bridges, devices or
structures have a vehicle clearance of less than thirteen feet six
(b) A motor vehicle, including any load thereon, may not
exceed a length of forty feet extreme overall dimension, inclusive
of front and rear bumpers, except that a motor home may not exceed
a length of forty-five feet, exclusive of front and rear bumpers.
(c) Except as hereinafter provided in this subsection or in
subsection (d) of this section, a combination of vehicles coupled
together may not consist of more than two units and no combination
of vehicles including any load thereon shall have an overall
length, inclusive of front and rear bumpers, in excess of fifty-
five feet except as provided in section eleven-b of this article
and except as otherwise provided in respect to the use of a pole
trailer as authorized in section five of this article. The
limitation that a combination of vehicles coupled together may not
consist of more than two units may not apply to: (1) A combination
of vehicles coupled together by a saddle-mount device used to
transport motor vehicles in a drive-away service when no more than
three saddle mounts are used, if equipment used in the combination
meets the requirements of the safety regulations of the United States department of transportation and may not exceed an overall
length of more than seventy-five feet; or (2) a combination of
vehicles coupled together, one of which is a travel trailer or
folding camping trailer having an overall length, exclusive of
front and rear bumpers, not exceeding sixty-five feet.
(d) A combination of two vehicles coupled together, one of
which is a motor home, or a combination of vehicles coupled
together, one of which is a travel trailer or folding camping
trailer, may not exceed an overall length, exclusive of front and
rear bumpers of sixty-five feet.
(e) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a), (b),
(c) and (d) of this section, the commissioner may designate, upon
his own motion or upon the petition of an interested party, a
combination vehicle length not to exceed seventy feet.
(f) The length limitations for truck tractor-semitrailer
combinations and truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer combinations
operating on the national system of interstate and defense highways
and those classes of qualifying federal-aid primary system highways
so designated by the United States secretary of transportation and
those highways providing reasonable access to and from terminals,
facilities for food, fuel, repairs and rest and points of loading
and unloading for household goods carriers from such highways and
further, as to other highways so designated by the West Virginia
commissioner of highways, shall be as follows: The maximum length
of a semitrailer unit operating in a truck tractor-semitrailer combination shall not exceed forty-eight feet in length except
where semitrailers have an axle spacing of not more than
thirty-seven feet between the rear axle of the truck tractor and
the front axle of the semitrailer, such semitrailer shall be
allowed to be not more than fifty-three feet in length and the
maximum length of any semitrailer or trailer operating in a truck
tractor-semitrailer-trailer combination may not exceed twenty-eight
feet in length and in no event shall any combinations exceed three
units, including the truck tractor: Provided, That nothing herein
contained shall impose an overall length limitation as to
commercial motor vehicles operating in truck tractor-semitrailer or
truck tractor-semitrailer-trailer combinations.
(g) The commissioner shall publish annually an official map
designating the highways of the state and the various maximum
vehicle lengths relating thereto.