3 Things for Drivers to Know About Weigh Station Requirements

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If you’re thinking about driving a moving van, semi, or other large truck, taking notice of weigh stations will be a necessary part of your job. If you’re a long-distance mover or any other type of driver, how will you know when to stop?

1. Common Requirements

The difference in rules and requirements across state lines can make things confusing. However, most states’ laws are similar, and require trucks of 10,000 pounds or more to stop at all open weigh stations.

2. Approved Routes

Many relocation companies, long distance movers, or other companies that employ drivers have approved driving routes. Drivers will know from the start whether their vehicles meet requirements along these routes. But if you’re ever in doubt, stop at all weigh stations. Getting pulled over for disobeying any regulations will most likely result in a fine.

3. Approved Bypass Programs

There are ways for drivers of relocation companies, long distance movers, and other drivers to bypass weigh stations legally. PrePass and NORPASS are two examples; some programs also offer mobile apps. Not all states accept these programs, so it’s important to check before driving across state lines.

Weight is only one of the regulations the Department of Transportation uses to ensure the safety of truck drivers and everyone else on the road. They also consider tire-load safety, road width, bridge height and other on-the-road conditions. Width restrictions are 102 inches in general, but some states require 96 inches or less.

Fortunately, there are resources available to help drivers from relocation and other transportation companies stay on top of requirements for weight regulations.

  • eHow – A basic DOT weigh station regulations overview

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