HB 1195 – FINAL VERSION
HOUSE BILL 1195
I. Establishes size restrictions for tow trucks and towed vehicles.
II. Exempts from height, length, width, and weight limits damaged, disabled, or abandoned vehicles while being towed by a tow truck.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [
in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Ten
AN ACT relative to height, length, width, and weight limits for trucks.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
211:1 New Section; Exception for Vehicles Being Towed. Amend RSA 266 by inserting after section 13-b the following new section:
266:13-c Exception for Vehicles Being Towed.
I. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to damaged, disabled, or abandoned vehicles or combinations of vehicles being towed by a tow truck for a reasonable distance to the nearest safe haven off the highway. These provisions may be further waived for towing longer distances on a case-by-case basis by special permit.
II. For towing beyond the nearest practicable safe haven as provided in paragraph I, a special overwidth permit shall not be required if the unit, including load, complies with the following conditions:
(a) The unit shall not exceed 13 feet 6 inches in height and 102 inches in width except that where an accident or collision has caused a disfigurement of the disabled unit the width may not exceed 120 inches. Rear view mirrors may extend to a point not in excess of that which affords the driver of the tow truck a view to the rear along both sides of the vehicle.
(b) During daylight hours the disabled unit shall carry warning flags indicating its maximum width. During the hours of darkness the maximum width shall be indicated by lighted clearance lamps.
(c) The combined overall length of the tow truck and disabled, damaged, or abandoned vehicles in tow shall not exceed 150 feet. No single unit tow truck shall exceed 45 feet in overall length. No disabled unit shall exceed the maximum legal or permitted length for each such unit under this subdivision.
211:2 New Section; Exception for Vehicle Being Towed. Amend RSA 266 by inserting after section 21 the following new section:
266:21-a Exception for Vehicles Being Towed. The provisions regarding maximum weight shall not apply to damaged, disabled, or abandoned vehicles being towed by a tow truck for a reasonable distance to the nearest safe haven off the highway, where the weight of each such individual unit does not exceed the maximum legal or permitted weight for the unit under this subdivision. The weight provisions of this subdivision may be further waived for vehicles being towed on a case-by-case basis by special overweight permit.
211:3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.
Approved: June 28, 2010
Effective Date: August 27, 2010