Wisconsin DOT issuing COVID-19 Relief Permits for CMVs Supplying Grocery Stores

Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has begun issuing permits for the transportation of “emergency relief” inventory to supply grocery retailers impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

COVID-19 Relief Effort Supply Permits, as they are called, allow for additional supplies to be efficiently transported over Wisconsin interstates and most highways and local roadways by increasing weight limits and waiving truck driver hours of service limitations, WisDOT says.

As part of these permits, WisDOT says overweight permits may be issued and fees will be waived for commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on Wisconsin highways involved in direct assistance of transporting inventory to supply grocery retailers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Wisconsin highways” includes the National Defense Highway System, WisDOT noted.

The relief permits issued by WisDOT authorize the operation of “any vehicle combination at a maximum gross weight up to of 88,000 pounds.”

Also, WisDOT says it is waiving fees for CMVs traveling into Wisconsin that are not registered in Wisconsin nor enrolled in the International Registration Plan (IRP) or the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA).

Under the terms of the relief permits, CMVs not registered in Wisconsin are allowed a 72-hour trip.

However, a permit may only authorize weights “not more than 10 percent greater than the gross axle, gross axle combination, or gross vehicle weight limitations.”


Additionally, the relief permits do not apply to class II highways, posted bridges, and local highways with special and seasonal weight limit postings.

Class II highways are judged to have unstable conditions of the roadway subgrade and constitute only 12% of state highways.

These permits expire on March 28, 2020.

WisDOT says all other applicable state and federal laws “remain in full force and effect.”

Similar measures have been adopted in a growing number of states as leaders continue to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Photo courtesy WisDOT



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