Hazmat Loads And Scales

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Seth's Comment
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Hello, if your hauling a hazmat load, are you required to stop at every scale regardless if you get the bypass or not? Thanks!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Only if it says "all Hazmat loads must enter scale" like Ohio does or something similar. Otherwise green means go!

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

PJ's Comment
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Ohio, Arkansas and Arizona are mandatory that I’m aware of. They will have signs if they require it. Many major cities have bypass’s for hazmat. Make sure you follow them. Maryland has special lane restrictions for hazmat as well.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Rick S.'s Comment
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This is going to vary from state to state. AND SIGNS WILL BE POSTED.

Pre-pass doesn't know what kind of load you have on - so even if you get a bypass, that states regs may require you to pull in.

Here's a document from pre-pass that has bypass restrictions listed by state.

Rick

Pete B.'s Comment
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All of the “A” states, plus Ohio. If your in-cab device gives you the ‘bypass’ signal, you still must pull into the weigh station.

Dan67's Comment
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Short answer is Yes. If you have any doubt, just remember, there is no fine for going into a weight station but there is if you skip it.

ChrisEMT's Comment
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I agree with Dan67, when in doubt, enter an open weigh station. The only thing it will cost is a little bit of time to go through the scales instead of the headache of getting pulled over, a fine for bypassing a scale, and a possible inspection.

I had an instance in the midwest where my prepass gave me a red light, and the sign told me to bypass the scale (weigh in motion scale). I went into the scale, and the inspector smiled, and I told him that I got conflicting messages, and he told me I did the right thing because I wasn't 100% sure if I should bypass or not, and he told me to have a good day....

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

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