Prepass Vs Scale Sign

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PlanB's Comment
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When passing the scales that have signs saying to obey in cab signals but also have those large signs that flash "Truck ok to bypass" or "Truck must enter scale", what do you do when your prepass and the scale sign conflict?

For example your prepass lights up green, but the scale sign lights up "Truck must enter scale"

Does one override the other?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Charlie Mac's Comment
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If there's ever any doubt...pull in.

PlanB's Comment
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That's what I've been doing to stay the safe route.

I'm asking to learn what the correct route is.

Old School's Comment
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I always go with the prepass. Never had any problem that way.

PackRat's Comment
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Always pull in if the sign reads so. You Will still need to scale occasionally. It's better to be safe than risk a high-dollar ticket, and/or put Out Of Service.

If there's ever any doubt...pull in.

Mr. Smith's Comment
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The whole purpose of the prepass is to bypass the scale to save time

When you get the green light or the cool calm beep that’s the color of money cha Ching keep going brother.

If it’s the red light and the sound like you got the answer wrong on the game show time to get in line.

If you get nothing at all get in line.

Green Light cool beep keep going Red Light failure beep pull in No light no beep pull in (unless scales are closed)

PackRat's Comment
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So if the message board signs reads Pull In To Scale, and a driver ignores it, bypasses, gets pulled over a mile down the road, then what? Tell the officer that PrePass told me it's okay because I had a green light and a soothing tone?

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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When in doubt, pull in. Sometimes, I'm pulled in just to go through the bypass lane in weigh station.

PJ's Comment
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Local signs always trump electronic indicators. The prepass activation is done by computer and is triggered by the sensors in the road. The lighted signs that are going in are being watched by an official. I know here in GA once every scale house is equipped with the lighted signs they are planning on doing away with the electronic bypassing system. I’m not sure if they have gotten that far yet or not.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I got the green light in AZ but the signs said to pull in. i got yelled at by the DOT official..."Didn't you get the prepass? That means go past!"

and yes, if you have rhe green light and a cop pulls you over, the green light blinks for quite some time and proves you were to bypass. that is what DOT told me.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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