Who Stops at Weigh Scales?


In the United States, regulations and policies vary from state to state regarding weigh scales, also known as weigh stations. Typically, commercial vehicles must stop at weigh stations.

Commercial Vehicles

  • Tractor-trailers, empty or with a load, most vehicles with three axles or more, and most vehicles pulling a trailer are required to stop at weigh scales, says retired California Highway Patrol Officer Phil Konstantin.

Pickup Trucks

  • Regulations are different for each state. For example, according to Coops are Open, in Florida, all commercial vehicles must stop at the scales, no matter how small the vehicle. In Montana, all vehicles except passenger cars and pickup trucks under 14,000 lb. need to pull into the weigh stations.


  • If a vehicle is overweight, a ticket can cost hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.

Avoiding Weigh Stations

  • Coops are Open reports that in some states it is legal to use an alternate route to avoid stopping at a weigh station. On the other hand, in other states using an alternate route could cost more than an overweight fine.


  • Since rules vary from state to state, read and follow the signs as you approach a weigh station to determine if it is necessary to stop.

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