Commercial Overweight Violations
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Illinois Statutory Weight Restrictions for Commercial Vehicles
See page 68 of this
Report to Congress as reference.
Single Axle: 20,000 lbs.
Tandem Axle: 34,000 lbs.*
Tridem Axle: 42,500 lbs.**
Gross Weight: 80,000 lbs.
Other: 800 lbs. per inch of non-pneumatic tire when any axle exceeds 16,000 pounds.
* If the distance between two axles is 96 inches or less, the two axles
are tandem axles (Ill Rev Stat. Ch. 15 § 15-111).
** Tridem is not defined in statute. This number, with spacing of between
nine and 10 feet. came from the State weight table in a chart in Ill Rev
Stat. Ch. 15 § 15-111(a).
Damages Caused by Overweight Vehicles
Illinois has strict traffic laws regarding overweight vehicles. In an effort
to protect the roadways from severe wear and tear, vehicles that weigh
over a certain amount are restricted from driving on certain roads that
are not equipped to handle the load.
Overweight commercial vehicles can cause significant damage on roads that
are not designed to handle the weight of the truck or other vehicle. On
hot days, the asphalt can become soft enough that it displaces under the
weight of a commercial truck, causing grooves and bumps in the road. Heavy
commercial vehicles can also cause cracks in the pavement that quickly
escalate to potholes when combined with additional traffic and inclement weather.
The damage caused by commercial overweight violations requires expensive
repairs and—in extreme cases—can cause damage to other vehicles
or persons on the road. As a result, there are heavy fines in place for
drivers ticketed for commercial overweight violations.
Fines for Commercial Overweight Violations in Chicago
Truck drivers can also be fined for putting too much weight on one or more
axles, or on the truck as a whole, since this can cause breakdowns and
sometimes even accidents. These types of overweight violations place the
driver and everyone else on the road in danger should the axle(s), brakes,
or some other part fail under the strain.
Tickets and fines for these violations occur when a truck or other commercial
vehicles weighs in at a weighing station or a portable police scale and
exceeds the statutory limit. The amount of the fine depends on the number
of pounds that the vehicle exceeded the limit. Fines for petty traffic
offenses and misdemeanor traffic offenses can reach as high as $1,000
or even $2,500.
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