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Old 07-16-2014, 02:25 PM   #21
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Gotta agree with Turbs on this one. Just because they didn't bother putting barricades up, doesn't mean it's open for business. Most of the ones around here have signs that either say "Weigh station Open" or "Weigh Station Closed". Closed, means closed. If a store has a closed sign, but forgot to lock the doors, it doesn't mean I can just go in and shop.
Essentially, not the same thing. Public road vs. private property. Look at it this way, you are legally allowed to drive on a public road unless a physical obstruction is in place (i.e. baaracade, gate, etc.). Entering a private premise, with "closed sign" is called tresspass, because it is construed by the average person that a private premisis, where a closed sign is displayed, should be construed as a place of non entry.
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I think they leave the monitors facing out to encourage responsible, law abiding citizens/truckers to voluntarily meet the legal guidelines. With a fresh load, you may not know you're over weight. But learning that at a non-enforced scale may motivate a trucker to offload a little before rolling across an enforced one and paying a fine. As a society, we save road repair dollars at the expense of a little electricity. Think of it as one of those radar trailers near a construction zone saying "Your speed is..." Better to slow down at that sign than get chased down by the trooper around the next bend.
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:28 PM   #23
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Cat scales are different then state highway truck scales to begin with. If you can not afford $10.00 at a cat scale which is divided to 3 selection, all your going to get is a total weight. If someone can't afford the cost then how do you buy fuel? Why would you even want to do it? If you do not know your total weight, then I guess you have a problem.
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:51 PM   #24
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The scales around here are used all the time by truckers etc when they are closed. Heck the truckers use them for rest stops as well when they are closed.
I have never seen any trucks parked at a closed weight station here in the U.S.

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As always I would check with the local state police before I used a state scale in some states when it says closed it means, closed / no trespassing. Here most of the scale pull offs for portable scales are also marked no trespassing barricades or not.

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I have never seen any trucks parked at a closed weight station here in the U.S.

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I have. Maybe it's just a Louisiana thing. (shrug)
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I have never seen any trucks parked at a closed weight station here in the U.S.

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Then you must not be paying attention. I see them all the time.

BTW cat scales are less than $10 and give you 3 axle weight.
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I'd rather see them parked at scales than use the on/off ramps of I-20.
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Then you must not be paying attention. I see them all the time.

BTW cat scales are less than $10 and give you 3 axle weight.
Perhaps I'm not - that's why I said YMMV.
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