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What do Weigh-in-Motion Scale Systems Mean for Trucking Enforcement?

Nov 9, 2022 3:15:04 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Overloaded, Overweight ticket, Fines, DOT

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Weigh-in-motion (WIM) scales are embedded scales that can weigh vehicles while they are in motion on interstate roadways. This type of scale works by using sensors in the road and imaging technology to tell what kind of vehicle is currently on the scale and how much each axle weighs. Some of the more sophisticated systems can tell which tires are low on pressure as well. The accuracy of weigh in motion systems are continuing to improve and can provide weights with 3% error or less.

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The Hazardous Materials BASIC

Nov 2, 2022 3:05:08 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Safety, Fines, FMCSA, DOT

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The Hazardous Materials Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) is one of seven categories that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety events (i.e., inspections, violations, or crashes). This is used to determine a carrier's CSA score.

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The Controlled Substance and Alcohol BASIC

Nov 2, 2022 12:51:02 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Safety, Fines, FMCSA, DOT

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The Controlled Substance and Alcohol Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) is one of seven categories that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety events (i.e., inspections, violations, or crashes). This is used to determine a carrier's CSA score.

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What You Need to Know About Obtaining an Overweight Permit

Oct 28, 2022 2:37:27 PM / by Jacquelyn Pack posted in Air Scale, Overloaded, BIT Air Scale, Gross vehicle weight, Fines

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What is the maximum axle weight for trucks?

By federal regulations, a load is overweight when it is: 

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DOT Violations Issued by State in September 2022

Oct 23, 2022 2:46:04 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Fines, FMCSA, DOT

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In September 2022 the DOT executed 262,785 inspections and issued 137,212 violations across the US. We take a look at the numbers of inspections and violations that were held in each state and see which FMCSA BASIC measure they enforced the most.

The violations are grouped together based on which BASIC category that they fall under. Some violations do not fall under a specific BASIC category and were not counted in the tables.

The "Vehicle Maintenance" category took the largest share of overall violations with 84,705 violations accounting for over 60% of the total violations issued in the US.

Read below to see how many inspections your state started and and how many of those inspections turned into violations.

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