Oklahoma bill advances; would increase fines for overweight trucks

| 3/12/2008

Drivers of overweight vehicles would face escalating fines depending on just how heavy the trucks are loaded, under a bill endorsed by the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate unanimously approved a bill that would establish seven stages of penalties for vehicles or combinations of vehicles in excess of the gross weight limitations. It now moves to the House for further consideration.

Trucks found to be overloaded between 700 pounds and 2,000 pounds would face fines of 3 cents for every pound overweight. Violations for trucks weighing between 2,001 pounds and 5,000 pounds more than allowed would face fines of 5 cents per pound.

Fines for trucks found 5,001 pounds to 7,500 pounds overweight would increase to 7 cents per pound. Trucks weighing between 7,501 pounds and 10,000 pounds in excess would face fines of 9 cents per pound.

Violations for trucks weighing between 10,001 pounds and 12,500 pounds more than allowed would be fined 11 cents per pound. Fines would increase to 13 cents per pound for weight violations ranging from 12,501 pounds to 15,000 pounds.

Any trucks found to be 15,001 pounds or more in excess would face fines of 15 cents per pound.

Sponsored by Sen. Susan Paddack, D-Ada, the bill – SB1416 – is in the House General Government and Transportation Committee.

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