Several items have occurred during the last few years that make controlling truck weights a major part of any trucking operation.

  1. Many states have put agricultural weight tolerances in place that allow trucks hauling forestry products to pass with Gross Vehicle Weights of 84,000 lbs or more. However, exceed the tolerance and the fine starts at 80,000 lbs.
  2. Some mills have put weight control systems in place that penalize any truck that arrives weighing over an amount set by the mill.
  3. State D.O.T. agencies are stepping up gross weight enforcement to offset revenues lost as the economy has contracted.
  4. Fuel price increases have put a strong focus on the control of trucking cost.