New Texas truck weight enforcement rule in effect Sept. 1

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 8/27/2015

A new law in Texas set to take effect on Tuesday, Sept. 1, sets uniform weighing procedures for truck weight enforcement officers.

The Department of Public Safety will be required to have in place uniform procedures that all motor vehicle weight enforcement officers must follow.

The new law also authorizes the agency to revoke or rescind the authority of any weight enforcement officers – including a weight enforcement officer of a municipal police department, sheriff’s department or constable’s office – that fail to comply with the established weighing procedures.

Texas law authorizes penalties for overweight vehicles in excess of several thousand dollars based on the type of offense and whether the violator is a repeat offender.

Supporters said the new law will help ensure that citations for overweight vehicles are issued appropriately and consistently.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports the new uniform procedures.

Mike Matousek, OOIDA director of state legislative affairs, said that due to the severity of overweight penalties, it is important that those responsible for weighing trucks are doing it correctly using uniform procedures.

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