Madison, WI - Legislation authored by Representative Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) that creates width and weight exemptions for certain logging equipment, passed the state Assembly on a voice vote.
"This is a simple bill that will make a significant difference for our logging industry," said Mursau. "Requiring these businesses to obtain a permit for what is often times an act of crossing the street is burdensome and just another obstacle for this industry."
Currently, no person may operate any vehicle that exceeds certain statutory size or weight limits without a proper permit. This legislation would allow skidders, forwarders, harvesters, and wheeled feller bunchers operating for logging purposes to travel on a highway without a permit for up to a half mile. The vehicle would also have to be under 12ft. wide and unladen.
"This legislation extends some of the same exemptions to logging equipment that we provide to agricultural vehicles," expressed Mursau. "The forestry industry is important to Wisconsin's economy and this is one small way we can help them get their work done in a safe and efficient manner without the threat of unnecessary fines."
A senate committee passed an identical bill last week. The legislation can now move on to the Senate floor for debate.