PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Transportation has extended higher weight limits for commercial trucks hauling critical supplies and goods.
In early April, in coordinating with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, the state’s DOT raised the gross weight limit for commercial vehicles to 90,000 pounds without the need for an overweight permit, up from the normal 80,000 pounds. That temporary measure was set to expire on April 30 but has been extended to the end of May.
“These temporary rules are helping ensure Arizona’s groceries, pharmacies and medical providers remain adequately supplied,” said John Halikowski, director of the Arizona DOT.
The temporary weight limits apply to commercial vehicles that are providing direct assistance to COVID-19 relief efforts as outlined in a federal emergency declaration issued in March. This includes, among other essential items, medical supplies related to the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19, supplies necessary for community safety and preventing the spread of COVID-19, and food and household items for emergency restocking of stores.
Arizona DOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division officers have implemented the new weight protocol at commercial ports of entry. Commercial vehicles will continue to be required to comply with state and federal regulations, and officers will continue to conduct safety inspections and issue permits as needed.
Ports of entry at state lines and international borders remain open and staffed by ADOT officers and other staff to screen commercial vehicles to ensure the safe flow of commodities and supplies while supporting federal guidelines to keep America’s commerce moving.
Photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Transportation.