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Moving over the road is a big deal. Not only will
it take you away from your loved ones, but it's also an opportunity for you to
see the country in which you live! Whether you're moving across town or around
the state, moving can be difficult and tiring, but it doesn't have to be if you
know what you're doing. One of the main ways to make moving easier is by
actually planning your trip and knowing what you need to do along the way!
If you're planning on taking a big truck, such as a rental or commercial moving truck, then there's something that needs to be discussed- weigh stations. Weigh stations are what they sound like- stations used to check the weight of vehicles on the road. They're generally located on major highway junctions, but some are just outside of cities. If you're not sure whether or not your moving truck will have to stop at a weigh station, then read below to figure out if you need to stop at a weigh station.
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It's not always necessary for you to stop at weigh
stations because, technically, your truck is not a commercial goods truck to be
weighed. However, it's a rule followed in some states where even non-commercial
trucks need to stop at a weigh station. There is a limit for the truck's
weight, the number of axles, and hours driven. If you're moving your goods in
an oversize or overweight load, then you'll need to stop at a weigh station.
If you look on google maps (or whatever map service
you use) for highways near you, it will give traffic bulletins, including
whether or not there is a weigh station ahead. However, if it is a distance
away from you and you're not able to stop at the next one or too far away from
a weigh station, then don't worry about it! You will most likely get stopped by
law enforcement officers who patrol the area.
You should rent a moving truck if you move to a
different place for a living or a job. You should also rent a moving truck if
you have lots of things so that you can fit everything in one truck.
Now, if you're planning on renting a moving truck,
you need to be aware of the weight limit for your vehicle. However, most public
moving trucks are generally 12 tons, holding up to 2000lbs. If you are
traveling by car or something too heavy, make sure that it's within the truck's
Usually, commercial trucks would need to stop at
weigh stations. But it's not the same for non-commercial trucks, except for a
few states. If your truck weighs more than 10,000lbs, they will stop you at the
weigh station. Some states are very strict, so they'll stop you even if you
have a permit.
Alaska - They stop trucks here. Suppose the weight of your truck is more than 10,000lbs. Then they will stop you at the weigh station.
Arizona - If your truck weighs more than 10,000lbs, they may stop you at the weigh station. But if it weighs less than 50,000lbs and it doesn't exceed the manufacturers' weight rating (GVW), then you will be okay.
However, they will stop you if there is any
overweight moment on your goods.
Some states will fine you if they stop your truck
and realize that you have been carrying overweight goods. It's important to
know the laws of each state, so it'll be easier for you to drive from place to
The driver can bypass a weigh legally only if a sign indicates that it's okay to pass. If you don't stop at the weigh station, roadside cameras will take a picture of your vehicle and send you a fine of $300.
Also See: How to Drive a Rental Moving Truck | Tips to Unload a Moving Truck | How to Move a Boat When Relocating
Moving trucks are helpful when moving from one
place to another. However, some states will require a permit for you to cross
their borders with a moving truck because they're very strict. If you have a
U-Haul rental, it's pretty safe to drive through all the weigh stations without
getting stopped because if your weight is within the range of what it can
carry, you won't have any issues. However, if you do get stopped and the goods
exceed the weight of a U-Haul rental truck, then they will charge extra
according to the excess weight.
Good luck moving!
Do I need a permit to drive a
No, you don't need a moving permit as long as you
have the U-Haul rental and your goods are within the weight limit of your
Do I have to stop at a weigh
If you're driving with a Uhaul rental, then in most
cases, it'll be okay to drive through the weigh station without having to stop.
However, if they do suspect that you're carrying overweight goods on your
truck, then they will stop you and ask for permits before letting you carry on.
What happens if I don't stop
at a weigh station?
If you get stopped by the police or the highway
patrol, your car will be taken to the nearest scales and weighed. If you're
carrying overweight goods, then they'll find you according to how much you
What happens if the truck gets
If your truck weighs more than what it can carry,
they might ask you for extra permits or take away your permit to drive through
the state. In most cases, you'll have to get everything off of your truck and
only carry what it can hold.
Where should I check before
It's best to know where the weigh stations are in
the state that you're moving into so that you're prepared for any obstacles on
your road trip.
Is there any way to know if my
truck needs to stop?
Some weigh stations will make it obvious that
they'll stop vehicles for inspection. When you see these signs, you're best off
to slow down and check your speedometer because the police officer might come
up after you very soon. Also, trucks or license plates that don't seem like
they're from the state that you're in will most likely get stopped.
Is my car required to stop at
a weigh station?
No, cars and motorcycles don't need to stop unless
you see a sign indicating that every vehicle needs to pull over and stop.
Can big trucks bypass a weigh
Yes, only if there's a sign that says you're allowed to pass without stopping. If it doesn't say, then no trucks can go through the weigh station. Do not drive past any signs because there might be cops set up on the other side ready to stop you. Also, even if you do see a sign that says you're allowed to go through without stopping, there are still cameras on the other side that will take your picture and find you.
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