moving from WA to KY--weigh station regulations
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Asked by Serge

August 6, 2016 under Others

Hello, I will be moving from WA to KY. I will have my personal flat bed truck 26000 GW loaded with custom 8x20x8 box. Box will be loaded with personal belongings. Will i need to enter weigh stations? if so what states? Will i need a log book? Thank you for your time.

Answered by Nicole La Capria

August 8, 2016
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Weigh stations are highway checkpoints used to inspect truck weights to ensure the vehicles meet state regulations. Whether or not you will have to stop at a weigh station while driving your rental truck will depend on the weight of the vehicle and the laws in that state.

Laws by state

Each state has its own laws determining what vehicles must stop at weigh stations. Some states require all commercial trucks to stop, but others only require trucks exceeding a certain weight.

Normally, rental trucks transporting the driver's own household goods are not required to stop at weight stations. However, if your truck is over a certain weight, it is better to be cautious and stop and avoid being pulled over later and given a costly ticket. Most weigh stations have a designated lane for moving trucks to avoid delays. If it turns out you were not required to stop, you will simply be waved through.

To find out more about the specific laws regarding weigh stations in the states you will be passing through, visit the state's Department of Transportation website.

Follow signs
While traveling, there will be signs notifying you of the distance to the next weigh station. The signs will also indicate the weight your truck must exceed to be required to stop. For example, the sign may read, "All vehicles with GVW of 26,001 lbs. must enter". This means all trucks over 26,000 pounds are required to stop and weigh in. Some signs may also simply read "All Commercial Trucks" without posting a weight.

For more information about weigh stations, please read our informative guide on the topic!

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