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Old 01-27-2014, 11:32 PM
Tim Kay
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Does anyone have information on over length truck and trailer exceptions in the California Vehicle Codes. I was told that the CHP will allow over length vehicles if for "MOTORSPORTS" and traveling from point A to B ("B" being a race track destination).

1) any truth to that?
2) does it have to be a "race team" ?
3) is there a vehicle code section number for this exception?
4) necessary to display "not for hire" on tow vehicle?
5) carrier i.d. required on tow vehicle?
6) have to be a tractor tow vehicle or just any kind of tow vehicle?

I heard a story that once the CHP looked in the trailer and saw a race car (obvious because of numbers and decals) he let the party go without a citation. He told the driver since it's motorsports related he's allowed to exceed the 65' limit.

Other stories I've heard, trailer with recreational vehicles inside, the CHP has the party drop the trailer until a legal vehicle can come tow it.

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Old 04-10-2014, 01:54 AM
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You can look up the vehicle code at its a handy place to know about.

A quick search turns up 35401.5 (g)
(1) Notwithstanding Sections 35400 and 35401, a combination of
vehicles consisting of a truck tractor semitrailer combination with
a kingpin to rearmost axle measurement limit of not more than 46
feet, a trailer length of not more than 56 feet, and used exclusively
or primarily in connection with motorsports, may operate on the
routes identified in subdivision (a) as well as on any other routes
authorized for that purpose by the Department of Transportation in
consultation with the Department of the California Highway Patrol. As
used in this subdivision, "motorsports" means an event, and all
activities leading up to that event, including, but not limited to,
administration, testing, practice, promotion, and merchandising, that
is sanctioned under the auspices of the member organizations of the
Automobile Competition Committee for the United States.
(2) (A) The Department of Transportation shall conduct a field
test of the tractor truck semitrailer combination authorized under
paragraph (1) for motorsport trucks with a trailer length of 56 feet
to evaluate their performance on various segments of the National
Network and transition routes. The Department of Transportation
shall, no later than January 1, 2014, submit a report to the
Legislature in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code
that includes the results of the field test and a recommendation, in
consultation with the Department of the California Highway Patrol, as
to whether the 56 foot trailer length should be reauthorized.
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