The law that the ITD board says it's implementing with this morning's rule change is HB 228, which says that oversize farm tractors and other agricultural implements can be on the roads when they're being moved to repair shops or to or from sale, rather than just when being moved from farm to farm. It was sponsored by acting Rep. Gayle Batt, R-Wilder. It contains no references to the 10-minute traffic delay rule that's been at issue in the megaloads debate.
A draft resolution the board will consider in a few minutes says, “The Idaho Transportation Board has authority to approve required changes to Department rules; and … the Idaho Transportation Board finds the required changes … necessary due to Legislative changes and for the industry within Idaho.”
If approved by the board this morning, the rule changes would take effect July 1 as temporary rules; they'd then go to the Legislature next year for review.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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