Originally Posted by ependydad
I have communication with the Maryland State Highway Administration that confirmed what you found. You are supposed to adhere to the actual sign, e.g. "All Trucks Over 5T GVWR". Which means, that technically with just your truck alone since it's likely over 10,000 lbs.
To this day, I always thought it was a spirit of the law vs. the letter of the law. The letter of the law is you're supposed to pull in vs. the spirit of the law is that it's only for commercial drivers.
The MSP inspector focused on the fact that my Ram 3500 GVWR was over 14K pounds. The MSHA official quoted above also focuses on GVWR. However, as the photo I posted shows, the requirement to weigh specifies GVW, not GVWR. The best definition I could find of GVW is as follows:
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) - This is base curb weight plus passengers, cargo, dealer or aftermarket installed equipment. GVW is not a limit or specification, it is merely the weight of your vehicle at a given point in time. Note, when a trailer is attached this weight would be PLUS the tongue weight.
Notwithstanding all of the nuances of weight measurements, MD state troopers and administrators are certainly making a nuisance of themselves with this issue.