In the state of New York, an overweight violation is issued to the driver of a truck who is operating a vehicle that weighs more than legally permitted.
In general, a truck may not weigh more than 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. How much a specific truck is permitted to weigh depends on axle spacing. Some bridges and viaducts may have lower weight limits than roadways. Truck drivers are expected to know the weight limits of any passage along their route and ensure that their trailers are loaded accordingly.
The legal weight for trucks with pneumatic tires is as follows:
- Per Inch of Tire Width – 800 pounds
- Any One Wheel – 11,200 pounds
- Any One Axle – 22,400 pounds
- Any Two Axles – 36,000 pounds
- 3 or More Axles – 80,000 pounds
Trucks that are equipped with solid rubber tires are permitted to weigh up to 80 percent of the legal weight permitted for vehicles with pneumatic tires. Drivers are expected to weigh their vehicles at specific points during their routes and can be stopped and ticketed for not doing so. It is possible to fight an overweight violation in court.
If you have been issued an overweight violation ticket in the state of New York, a traffic ticket attorney can help you fight for your rights. If you believe that you are in the right, contact a legal expert before you go to court. Being found guilty of a traffic violation can add points to your license which, in turn, can make it difficult to maintain your employment.