Trucks are a vital part of the traffic in California because they carry
food and other necessary supplies. However, if you are a truck driver
and expect to be driving on I-5 or elsewhere in the state, be sure to
check your load’s weight so you can avoid getting issued a weight
limit ticket or you risk losing your commercial driver’s license (CDL).
This violation is almost unforgivable, as each truck has a panel that shows
the manufacturer’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). That rating
is applied after factoring the trucks brakes, powertrain, axles, and suspension.
Furthermore, there are many weigh stations along major highways that a
driver could use to weigh the truck and take preventive measures not to
drive any further if overloaded. Your absolute best option other than
not driving an overloaded truck is to contact Bigger & Harman for
a consultation immediately after being ticketed for this offense.
Weight Limit Ticket Causes CDL Woes
Trucks are known to cause damage to the roadways and cost the state of
California millions in repairs. Although many believe the state’s
concern about weight limits is political and they are just out to save
the taxpayer’s dollars, the real reason behind the weight limits
is safety. Think about it, what is a few thousands or even millions in
tickets compared to the hundreds of billions of dollars of products these
Many truckers claim to know their truck’s limits, how fast it can
stop on which inclines or hill downgrades, but do they really know how
much the extra weight affects those same limits? When a trucker sees an
obstacle ahead such as a traffic jam and he’s coming down a 5 or
6% grade, how long will it take him to stop that more than 80,000-pound
loose cannon? The trucker should have known the truck was overloaded if
he or she had stopped at any of those weigh stations. That’s why
they are so strict on issuing weight limit tickets to truck drivers with
overweight loads. That’s right, it is a criminal misdemeanor charge,
you could do jail time, or get probation, $1000s in fines, depending on
how many tickets you received (the record is around $40,000 as of this
writing, though in Texas not California), and suspension or revocation
of your CDL.
You are also required to tell your boss within 30 days of getting any ticket
with your CDL. That means you could lose your job, and then you won’t
be able to pay your bills or take care of your family. Plus, future employers
will see the weight limit ticket and may not want to take the risk of
hiring you at all. Insurance companies will put you in a “high-risk”
category and raise your rates, so even if you have your own rig, you will
still need insurance. There are no laws that say an insurance company
must insure you.
Commercial Drivers on I-5 in Los Angeles, CA
Interstate 5 or I-5, is the main highway running north and south through
the state of California, from Mexico to Canada. It is a vital roadway
for trucks carrying all the fruits, nuts, and other crops from the Central
Valley to other areas to be sold in all three countries’ market
places. Without the trucks doing this job, many people in other areas
would not have access to healthy fruits and vegetables. In the United
States, these products account for nearly one-half of all America’s
exports and one-third of all imports flowing through California’s ports.
An Attorney Can Help with Weight Limit Tickets
Truckers who have gotten a ticket for having an overweight load should
speak with an attorney who specializes in traffic cases. Lawyers can go
to court for you and may be able to help you get a smaller fine or fewer
points on your license, which can help save your career. If your need
help with a weight limit ticket in Los Angeles, CA or anywhere in SoCal.
We also provide traffic ticket defense for other traffic violations! Call
the law office of Bigger & Harman today, 661-349-9300. Or, send us
En español, llame al 661-349-9755.