SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – Trucks will be able to travel at 65 mph on more roads, under a new Illinois law.
Trucks can already go 65 on Downstate Interstate highways where cars can go 65. The new law allows trucks to go 65 on four-lane divided highways that are not interstates.
Stretches of the following highways are specified in the statute:
U.S. 20, U.S. 24, U.S. 34, U.S. 45, U.S. 50, U.S. 51, U.S. 67, U.S. 136, Illinois Route 2, Route 6, Route 13, Route 92, Route 104, Route 255 and Route 336. The speed limit change is part of a package of laws that update truck regulations, some of which needed clarification, says state Trooper Lance Bonney.
Another law will give truckers a 400-pound weight allowance if they have an auxiliary power unit, which weight about 400 pounds. The auxiliary power unit runs power for the sleeping compartment, allowing a driver to get the required sleep while using a lot less diesel fuel.
The laws, signed by the governor in Quincy, take effect Jan. 1. They were sponsored by State Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville), State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) and State Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Pecatonica).