New Illinois Laws 2018: Transportation and Vehicle Regulation

Review the new laws that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018

Illinois recently updated existing laws and created several new laws regarding transportation. Here are a few new Illinois laws that could affect trucking in the state.

  • Vehicle Safety Test (HB 3172): Requires a truck tractor in combination with a semitrailer to be submitted to safety inspection every 12 months.
  • Mandatory Vehicle Insurance (HB 3874): Clarifies that no person shall operate, register, or maintain registration of a motor vehicle anywhere in the state (including on private property) unless the vehicle is covered by a liability insurance policy.
  • Accident Report and Data (SB 1580): Establishes that IDOT will collect electronic crash data and allows IDOT to make motor vehicle accident data available to the public for a fee.
  • Carrier Insurance (SB 1681): Requires every rail carrier that contracts with a carrier for the transportation of its employees to verify that the contract carrier has hit and run, uninsured, and underinsured motor vehicle coverage.
  • Semi-Trailer and Semi-Tractor Length (HB 683): Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code. Provides that the maximum length of a truck tractor in combination with a semi-trailer may not exceed 65 feet (rather than 55 feet) overall dimension on all non-State highways. Removes the requirement that truck tractor-semitrailer combinations must have no more than a maximum 55 feet overall wheelbase on Class III roadways and other non-designated State highways.
  • Human Trafficking Notification (HB 1677): Requires the Secretary of State to include information on human trafficking in its commercial driver’s license curriculum and study guide information.