Current as of: 2010
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title and subject to subsections (b), (c), and (d) of this section, a person may operate a semitrailer (single) in combination with a truck tractor that exceeds 48 feet in length up to a length not to exceed 53 feet.
(b) (1) A vehicle combination described under subsection (a) of this section may be operated only on:
(i) Those parts of the national interstate highway system and those State highways that are designated by the Secretary, after consultation with either the county executive, the county commissioners, the County Council of Talbot County or Wicomico County, or the Mayor of Baltimore City, or their designees, as appropriate;
(ii) Except in Baltimore City, a highway, authorized by the Secretary, that is the shortest practical access route between a highway designated under item (i) of this paragraph and:
1. A truck terminal;
2. A port;
3. A point of origin or destination; or
4. For a distance not to exceed one-half mile, facilities for food, fuel, repairs, or rest; or
(iii) In Baltimore City, a street authorized by the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee in conjunction with the Secretary that is the safest practical route between a highway designated under item (i) of this paragraph and:
1. A truck terminal;
2. A port facility;
3. A point of origin; or
4. A point of destination.
(2) The Secretary shall adopt regulations establishing designated highways, a method for approving access routes, and other criteria necessary to implement this subsection.
(c) A vehicle combination operating under this section may operate in this State only under the following conditions:
(1) The wheelbase of the semitrailer, measured as the distance from the kingpin to the center of the rear tandem axles, may not exceed 41 feet in length.
(2) The kingpin setback, measured as the distance from the kingpin to the front of the semitrailer, may not exceed 4 feet in length.
(3) The rear overhang, measured as the distance from the center of the rear tandem axles to the rear of the semitrailer, may not exceed 35 percent of the wheelbase of the semitrailer.
(4) (i) The width of the semitrailer shall be at least 96 inches and not more than 102 inches.
(ii) The distance between the outside edges of the semitrailer’s tires shall be equal to the width of the semitrailer.
(5) The semitrailer shall be equipped with:
(i) Vehicle lights which comply with or exceed federal standards; and
(ii) After December 31, 1993, or a date established by the Secretary that is at least 6 months after the effective date of the applicable federal standards, whichever is later, reflective material that is consistent with the standards for conspicuity promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
(6) The semitrailer shall be equipped with a rear underride guard of sufficient strength to prevent a motor vehicle from penetrating underneath the semitrailer. The rear underride guard shall extend across the rear of the Prev
Questions & Answers: Transportation
U.S. Code Provisions: Transportation
Federal Regulations: Transportation