Motor Vehicle Enforcement

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Propane Carrier proclamation

Regulatory provisions of Iowa law pertaining to hours of service for crews and drivers delivering propane used for residential, agricultural and commercial heating have been temporarily suspended. High demand, long wait times at terminals, and hazardous driving conditions in the Midwest have created challenges to timely access of propane products in the state.

This proclamation expires on Feb. 6, 2022.

Harvest Proclamation

The harvest proclamation allows vehicles transporting corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage and stover to be overweight (not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight) without a permit through Jan. 29, 2022.

This proclamation applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa (excluding the interstate system) and those which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code § 321.463 (6) (b), by more than 12.5 percent, do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, and comply with posted limits on roads and bridges.


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Motor Vehicle Enforcement, sometimes known as MVE, is a dynamic, progressive, and professional statewide law enforcement organization dedicated to highway safety. Our officers serve and protect the public by patrolling Iowa’s highways and operating our state-of-the-art weigh station facilities. We are Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) certified peace officers. While we enforce all state law (traffic and criminal) our core mission is in the enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), vehicle size, weight, registration, and travel authority of commercial motor vehicles.

COVID-19 Information

Motor carriers transporting livestock and livestock feed; medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants; and food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores, are temporarily waived from following hours of service requirements both in Iowa and the United States by declaration from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration until February 28, 2021.

The weight exemption previously in place for non-interstate roads expired on July 25, 2021.