Weighing Station Law and Legal Definition
A weighing station is an area along the road wherein vehicular weights are inspected. Weigh stations consist of weighing scales, and permit the vehicles to continue moving while being weighed. All jurisdictions employ the use of portable scales, allowing weigh stations to be set up at any point. Portable scales are set up at purpose built locations that are not normally manned. A common reason for setting up portable scales is to monitor trucks during harvest season. Weighing stations were created to collect road use taxes.
Weighing stations are regulated by individual state governments and therefore the requirements differ from state to state. Many states are now using electronic bypass systems to reduce some of the truck traffic through the weigh station. Weigh stations are also known as Pre pass or Nor pass. Many states under a federal requirement also check freight paperwork, vehicle paperwork, and logbooks to ensure that fuel taxes have been paid and that truck drivers are obeying the hours of service .