Originally Posted by elind
With all the talk about over loaded, if I'm driving long distance and come across a weight station am I required to drive through it? I'm at a total of 20,000 lbs which isn't small peanuts. Would the DOT want to see if I'm legal running down the highway?
Crap, I lost a post. So here's what I said:
I don't stop. Never have, likely never will. In VA, I was headed for a truck rest area, but you had to go past scales first- their signage indicated that I should bypass the scales and go straight to the rest area.
That said, there's a difference between the letter of the law and the reality/intent of the law. The letter of the law in Maryland is that anyone
over a 5T GVWR is required
to stop. The insanity of that in my truck alone (no camper), I'm supposed to stop. I emailed with someone from the MD State Highway Administration (SHA) and he confirmed that I'm supposed to stop- even if I'm non-commercial. If I'm non-commercial, they'll wave me through but I'm technically supposed to stop.
The SHA guy did indicate that they were looking that my driver's license and vehicles registration was appropriate for the gross weights of my combination (not actual weights, the posted gross weights). He did not say anything about looking at the truck's weight to the MFR stickers nor even axle ratings.