CA Vehicle Code (CVC)
35550 – 35558,
Axle Limits, basically prescribes that no more than 20,000 pounds shall rest on any
axle and no more than 10,500 on any tire. Additionally, two sets of tandem
axles shall not carry more than 34,000 pounds each. These are gross vehicle
weight rating (GVWR) limits, meaning every portion of the truck, cargo,
passengers, and driver included. At times, you will hear some people refer
to curb weight, which is the vehicle only, without the driver, passengers,
or cargo. In this article we will discuss GVW, not curb weight. An overweight
truck can cost $1.00 per pound in fines for convicted violators. Although
it is not exact, it is a good way to estimate your fine. And, after you
estimate the fine, you should contact a traffic ticket attorney.
Exceptions for an Overweight Truck
According to CVC 35551.5, there are exceptions to the axle weights for
overweight trucks, such as for livestock loads since it would be too difficult
to ensure the animals don’t huddle together to put more weight one
wheel. Other exceptions include:
· Vehicle transports
· Dump trucks
· Concrete mix trucks
· Non-commercial vehicles
· Public utility vehicles
· Waste management or garbage trucks
· Tank trucks with a 1,500-gallon capacity
· Trucks that transport bulk grains or livestock feed
You can also refer to CVC 35551.5 to figure the maximum GVW for vehicles
with consecutive axles 18 feet or less apart, or those more than 18 feet
apart and the exceptions, such as
fire trucks and some
The exceptions in CVC 35553 are for vehicles preparing for loading and
unloading, or near a loading platform if there is no intent to deceive
law enforcement. And, CVC 35700.5 allows International shipping containers
up to 95,000 pounds GVW. CVC 35701 speaks to the authority of municipalities
to prohibit vehicles over a certain GVWR on their roads and highways if
signs are posted, except licensed contractors required for construction
and public utilities.
Why Fine Overweight Trucks that Haul Our Goods to Market?
Well, the first consideration is safety, if too much weight is placed on
one tire, it could force the tire to blow. The second is the condition
of state roads. Too much weight wears the road’s surface causing
degradation to the pavement. Therefore, how the weight is distributed
becomes very important. The number of axles and the length between axles
or groups of axles helps in that regard and preserves the state roadways.
In addition, when you drive an overweight truck on an Interstate highway,
you are subject to Federal regulations as well. If you are ticketed for
being overweight, it is a criminal offense, and the fines can be horrendous.
You should consult with a traffic ticket attorney immediately. Your financial
situation and career could depend on it.
Consult a Central Valley Ticket Attorney
A ticket and conviction for an overweight truck at $1.00 per pound can
be expensive when you’re talking about possibly thousands of pounds
overweight. Call Bigger & Harman for a free consultation, 661-349-9300,
or send an email:
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