New Jersey state Senate has passed amendments to S1399 that would
allow sheriffs to weigh, measure and inspect commercial vehicles.
current law relegates weighing and inspections to the State Police.
The new bills allows sheriff’s officers to require a truckdriver
to take his or her rig to a weigh station or other location to be
weighed, but only if the officer has probable cause to think the
rig is in violation of state weight limits.
addition, only an officer certified by the state as a weighmaster
can weigh the trucks, and only on scales approved by the State Superintendent
of Weights and Measures.
the State Patrol retains the right, according to the Legislature’s
Web site, to “establish and operate locations for the measurement
and weighing of vehicles.”
addition, the State Police kept the sole authority to conduct random
roadside weight checks.
identical bill – A1702 – is before the full Assembly.