Legal to nearest scale even when crossing state scales?

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  1. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

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    Neither was what I posted. Read the last sentence of the first paragraph again.

    If you suspect a load is heavy and you can't scale before hitting a weigh station, it's up to the driver to find a place to scale before getting there. States don't give waivers on overweight loads because you can't find an open scale. For the cost of this single fine, you can have onboard scales installed on a truck and trailer and avoid this problem.
     
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  3. BrandonCDLdriver

    BrandonCDLdriver Road Train Member

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    Drive to the nearest scale and find out. There are also options of installing scales on the truck itself.

    On-Board Wireless Truck Scales | TruckWeight

    But that doesn't excuse driving over weight.

    Sorry I didn't make these rules, I'm just telling you whats up.
     
  4. gokiddogo

    gokiddogo Road Train Member

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    You're supposed to eyeball it and be able to tell.
    Aren't you a professional?
     
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  5. x1Heavy

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    YOU can go off the air suspension gauge. It's right about 48,49 or 50 PSI when 34000 on drives. ANY other number is a indication of a problem.

    Then again many companies are dumbing down trucks by not buying gauges.
     
  6. Pmracing

    Pmracing Road Train Member

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    Company truck. No axle weights in the freightliners.

    Mikeeee
     
  7. Happily Retired

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    When in doubt, go around the scale. What kind of doofus would go over a state scale not knowing the weight? Rookies,,:dontknow:
     
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  8. REO6205

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    If you're going to be hauling from that same place and there isn't any way to scale your load before you hit the state scales you might want to look into on-board scales.
    They'll pay for themselves in very little time.
    All of our trucks have either air or electronic scales. We haven't had an overload ticket since 1990. That's pretty good for running primarily in California.
     
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  9. x1Heavy

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    I second the onboard scales. Why we don't have them industry wide I don't know.

    I once incurred a 3000 dollar fine in Virginia for 130K plus which was where the scales last measured before it died under me.
     
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  10. Roberts450

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    By the sounds of the price of the ticket they where pretty heavy. I run 98-105,500 gross and I can tell when Im 2-4,000 pounds heavy pretty easy. Even if you normally run 75-80,000 if to take off at 83,000 you should kinda know by feel.
     
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  11. Happily Retired

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    Hello, that's how the states make money. Most of the offenders probably are trying to get to a scale. Like I say, only a doofus would volunteer not knowing their weight. I had air pressure gauges on the drives, and mine, 62 lbs. was pretty close to 34. Since the steer axle never really changed, I had a pretty good idea what was on the back. Enough to know not to go over a scale, anyway. Years ago, every once in a while, Chicago would set up portables at the rail yards, catching drivers as they left. Thanks to the CB radio, we knew all about it, and went to bed until they left.
     
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