Oregon Bulletin

December 1, 2011


Department of Transportation,
Highway Division
Chapter 734

Rule Caption: Fee for Issuance of Sno-Park Parking Permits.

Adm. Order No.: HWD 11-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 10-26-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-26-11

Notice Publication Date: 9-1-2011

Rules Amended: 734-020-0070

Subject: This rule establishes the fee for parking permits issued for winter recreation parking (Sno-Park) areas. Revenue generated from the sale of Sno-Park permits is accounted for separately in the Highway Fund. Funds in the account are primarily used for enforcement of the permit requirement and snow removal in the designated areas. There are three types of permits available to users of Sno-Parks: an annual permit required from November 1 through April 30, a three-day permit valid for three consecutive days, and a one-day permit valid for a specific calendar day.

      In order to adequately fund the Sno-Park program, to keep up with increasing costs, and to provide service to the recreation community, an increase in the permit fees was recommended by the Winter Recreation Advisory Committee in 2010. The committee was established in ORS 802.350 to advise the Department on matters relating to the Sno-Park program. Based on that recommendation the Department amended the parking permit fees by rule. However, the 2011 Legislature did not ratify the increase in the permit fees. This rule amendment returns the Sno-Park permit fees to their previous amounts.

Rules Coordinator: Lauri Kunze—(503) 986-3171


Fee for Issuance of Parking Permits

(1) The fee for parking permits in winter recreation parking areas (Sno-Parks) shall be as follows:

(a) One day — $3;

(b) Three consecutive days — $7;

(c) Annual, beginning each November — $20.

(2) Sno-Park permits may be issued by the Department or persons appointed by the Department as provided in ORS 811.595.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616, 811.595 & 811.600

Stats. Implemented: ORS 811.600

Hist.: 1 OTC 23-1979(Temp), f. & ef. 9-24-79; 1 OTC 28-1979, f. & ef. 11-26-79; 2HD 4-1982, f. & ef. 10-5-82; 2HD 17-1983, f. & ef. 9-23-83; HWY 13-1992, f. & cert. ef. 10-20-92; HWY 7-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-27-93; HWY 9-1997, f. & cert. ef. 9-22-97; TO 2-1999(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-3-99 thru 2-29-00; TO 1-2000, f. & cert. ef. 1-19-00; HWD 7-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-17-07; HWD 7-2010, f. 7-30-10, cert. ef. 8-1-10; HWD 11-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-26-11


Rule Caption: Requirements for oversized load signs.

Adm. Order No.: HWD 12-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 10-26-2011

Certified to be Effective: 10-26-11

Notice Publication Date: 9-1-2011

Rules Amended: 734-082-0037

Subject: These rules describe sign requirements for over-dimension vehicles or loads. Many types of self-propelled cranes do not have enough space on the front or rear of the vehicle to accommodate a sign the size required by rule without blocking headlights, turn signals, license plate, brake lights or taillights. The amended rule provides carriers an additional method to meet the rule requirements by allowing a vehicle’s bumpers to be painted yellow and bear the words “OVERSIZE LOAD” painted or decaled in black. Such signage must meet lettering size, visibility, and reflective requirements in the rule. Self-propelled cranes that are registered in another jurisdiction may meet signage requirements on the bumper if the signage meets visibility and reflective rule provisions and the sign is in compliance with the vehicle’s base state rules governing warning signs.

Rules Coordinator: Lauri Kunze—(503) 986-3171


Warning Signs and Flags Required

(1) Over-length or over-width vehicles, or vehicles transporting over-length or over-width loads are required to display to the front and rear standard signs bearing the words “OVERSIZE LOAD”:

(a) Signs must be seven feet wide by 18 inches high with black letters 10 inches high with 1-5/8 inch brush stroke in accordance with Federal Highway Administration series C on highway yellow background;

(b) The highway yellow background of the sign must be made of reflectorized material when operating between one half hour after sunset and one half hour before sunrise;

(c) Signs must be kept clean, legible and mounted horizontally with adequate support to provide full visibility at all times when in use;

(d) Signs may have a border with not more than 1-5/8 inch brush stroke around the edge of the sign;

(e) Signs must not cover or interfere with the visibility of the vehicle’s registration plates. To meet this requirement, plates may be mounted to cover a portion of the sign’s background, as long as the sign’s legend remains readable; and

(f) All such signs must be removed or retracted when not required.

(2) Warning signs for vehicles transporting loads which are overwidth and under 80 feet in overall length may bear the words “WIDE LOAD” provided the sign meets the standards described in section (1) of this rule.

(3) Warning signs for vehicles transporting loads which are not over eight feet six inches wide may bear the words “LONG LOAD” when the vehicle and overhang are over 80 feet in overall length provided the sign meets the standards described in section (1) of this rule.

(4) The outermost extremities of any overwidth load must be marked during daylight hours with red flags not less than 18 inches square. Flags must be kept clean and must be clearly visible to the front and rear. The attachment device must not extend beyond the widest extremity by more than three inches on either side.

(5) When a load extends beyond the rear of the load carrying part of the vehicle four feet or more, the outermost extremity of the load must be visibly marked as described in ORS 815.275. When a red flag or cloth is used, it must be not less than 18 inches square, kept clean and must be clearly visible. The attachment device must not extend beyond the rear of the load more than three inches.

(6) If placement of the sign described in section (1) on a self-propelled mobile crane obscures the vehicles headlights, turn signals, license plates, brake lights or taillights, the requirements of this rule may be met if the vehicle’s front and rear bumpers are constructed or painted with a highway yellow background and the words “OVERSIZE LOAD” are painted, or applied by decal, on the bumper. Visibility of the sign may not be obscured by any other part of the vehicle, including but not limited to an auxiliary axle or jeep axle. The sign requirements in subsection (1)(a) through (1)(e) apply to this section.

(7) The provisions of subsection (1)(a), (1)(c) or (1)(d) of this rule regarding the warning sign size, color, lettering and border do not apply to operations of vehicles described in section (6) if conducted in compliance with regulations from the state in which the vehicle is registered. However, nothing in this subsection relieves a person from displaying a warning sign, visibility of sign, or using reflective material when required.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616 & 184.619

Stats. Implemented: ORS 815.275, 818.220 & 818.225

Hist.: HWY 11-1992, f. & cert. ef. 9-16-92; HWY 5-1997, f. & cert. ef. 5-9-97; TO 7-1998, f. & cert. ef. 8-20-98; TO 3-2000, f. & cert. ef. 2-11-00; TO 8-2002, f. & cert. ef. 10-14-02; HWD 5-2006, f. 10-19-06, cert. ef. 1-1-07; HWD 12-2011, f. & cert. ef. 10-26-11

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