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Reasons and penalties for overweight tickets

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2024 | Traffic Violations |

America’s supply chains rely on massive vehicles hauling tons of cargo nationwide. For the sake of a smooth, efficient and safe supply chain, these haulers need to stay within safety regulations as much as possible.

Drivers facing an overweight ticket must understand why authorities issued it and how these charges may affect their future.

Reasons for an overweight ticket

The two most common reasons for receiving an overweight ticket are:

  • Operating a vehicle that exceeds the weight specified on a special permit
  • Operating a vehicle that exceeds the state’s cargo weight limit

North Carolina issues special permits to allow a vehicle to operate above the allowance, particularly for those instances when loads cannot be split into smaller, lighter portions. However, these special permits also have their own ceilings, and exceeding them may result in a violation.

Penalties for an overweight ticket

North Carolina prohibits driving an overloaded vehicle on highways or public areas. If a vehicle appears to carry more than the legal weight, a police officer may detain it until the excess load is removed. Refusing to comply with a weight check or to remove an overload may result in a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a fine ranging from $100 to $500.

That is not all. Drivers found to be operating without a special permit or those who falsify information to obtain such a permit may face additional financial penalties.

Overweight ticket violations can threaten an operator’s financial stability and career security, as well as their ability to drive. To help safeguard their jobs and licenses, drivers may wish to familiarize themselves with the scenarios that could result in a ticket and the possible ways to respond to a traffic violation.