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Tips for a Successful Weigh Station Visit

Thursday, April 7th, 2022
Tips for a Successful Weigh Station Visit

With these tips, your weigh station visit can be a breeze.

In the trucking industry, you will need to pull through a weigh station whenever one passes your way. Weigh stations are DOT-run sites that can be on the side of a highway, in a highway median, or at a rest stop. Often, they are located near state borders. Their ultimate goal is to ensure that every truck on the road is meeting safety requirements. These tips below can help you have a successful weigh station visit.


Understanding Transportation Weigh Stations

Thursday, May 20th, 2021
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Transportation weigh centers are an essential part of trucking on highways.

Whether you are a brand new truck driver or a well-experienced one, you are likely familiar with transportation weigh stations. These off road areas are found all over the American highway system and play a very important role in keeping roads safe for all vehicle drivers. Whether you’re a trucking professional or are just curious about the stations you see scattered across American highways, here’s what happens at transportation weigh stations.  (more…)

Why Truckers Need To Stop At Weigh Stations

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
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Learn why truckers need to stop at weigh stations.

Everyone on the road has seen signs for weigh stations, often signaling for truckers to stop when the lights are flashing. Stopping at a weigh station is required for trucks, as it is a stop where the Department of Transportation (DOT) inspects the weight of a vehicle to ensure truckers are traveling with a safe load. In addition to following weight regulations, there are many more reasons why commercial trucks should always be weighed. (more…)

Freight Trucking Tips to Avoid Overweight Fines

Friday, May 13th, 2016
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Uh-oh, weigh station ahead?? Are you safe from overweight fines?

When it comes to transporting materials and goods, there are a number of important responsibilities and truck owner or operator must take on. One of the most important ones is making sure that their trucks are not overloaded. This not only gives a company a bad reputation, but can negatively affect their bottom line through hefty fines. If you want to maintain your image and avoid overweight fines, follow these steps. (more…)

Trucking Basics: What to Expect at Weigh Stations

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
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Weigh station ahead! What’re you going to do?

So you’re cruisin’ down the highway on your first trip as a long haul freight trucker. Things are smooth sailing — you’ve added some personal touches to your cabin, your spring truck cleaning went off without a hitch, and you even made it through a couple of construction zones safely already. But what’s that sign in the distance? A weigh station is coming up and you forgot everything you learned in your trucking class? Good thing you found this blog post! (more…)

Weigh Stations: How do they Work?

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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Anyone who has ever traveled any significant distance on a major highway has probably passed by a weigh station. While weigh stations are commonly found throughout the nation, many aren’t familiar with how they operate or what their purpose is.


Maryland: The Top Motor Vehicle Enforcement State

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Motor Vehicle EnforcementMotor vehicle enforcement along with truck inspections are an important part of vehicle and road safety across the nation. Without motor vehicle enforcement, truck drivers would have the ability to ignore safety codes and traffic laws, making the road dangerous. Recently, the American Transportation Research Institute released a report entitled “Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement- Top 10 High-Performance States.” The report ranks the states on a point system spanning over eleven main criteria areas. Maryland was proudly ranked number 1 in this report, while also ranking number 1 in the level of inspection intensity, a report made by Overdrive Magazine. Maryland received such a ranking from Overdrive because of their rate of inspection per lane-mile of interstate within their state borders. The Maryland inspection rate was three times that of the national average of state inspections.

Motor Vehicle Enforcement Criteria

The following criteria areas were used by the American Transportation Research Institute to determine the ranking of states in motor vehicle enforcement. All criteria are based per million vehicle miles traveled.

  1. Fatal Crashes
  2. Overall Crashes
  3. Roadside Inspections
  4. Clean Inspections- Inspections without violation
  5. Overall Violations
  6. Out of Service Violations
  7. Red Flag Violations
  8. Traffic Enforcement Stops
  9. Violations During Traffic Enforcement Stops
  10. Crash Predictor Violations
  11. State Funds Expended per Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program Funds


Evan Transportation: A Trucking Company within the Top Motor Vehicle Enforcement State

Evan Transportation was founded in 1992 by Jerry Wolfarth, who at the time had over 25 years of experience in the trucking and transportation industry. The initial operation consisted of a few trucks and drivers who were dedicated and professional. The goal of the company was, and remains, to provide excellent, dependable service.

Contact us today for all of your freight shipment needs or call us at 443-673-3365. We will discuss your tractor trailer options for the freight you wish to ship.

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Weighing In on Weigh Stations

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Weigh stations are common sights along the sides of highways, but for as common as they are they are often easy to miss. Many times the long line of trucks waiting for their turn on the scale simply don’t exist because the weigh station is closed. So what purpose do weigh stations serve? And why do many of them seem to be closed much of the time?

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Weigh stations originally served the purpose of collecting fuel taxes that commercial trucks owed to the states for using their roads. Stations were commonly found near state borders to enforce the tax. Now, the fuel tax is administered via the International Fuel Tax Agreement, which applies to trucking companies that operate in more than one jurisdiction (the international component includes the lower 48 states as well as Canadian provinces, but not territories). Truckers keep a log of their fuel purchases and file a quarterly report. They are taxed on this report and the revenue is distributed among the states where the fuel was purchased.


Now weigh stations are used only to enforce weight restrictions. The federal maximum weight limit is 80,000 pounds, and any truck carrying a load larger than this must obtain a permit, or face a fine at the weigh station.


There are several reasons weigh stations might be closed. A common one is budget shortfalls in states’ Department’s of Transportation. Another is that state police departments are often taking weighing operations into their own hands and going mobile in an effort to catch trucks that dodge weigh stations when they see an “open” sign. In Massachusetts, the state police truck team operates an average of five weigh operations each week, weighing about 100,000 trucks a year and collecting $500,000 in fines.



Evan Transportation was founded in 1992 by Jerry Wolfarth, who at the time had over 25 years of experience in the trucking and transportation industry. The initial operation consisted of a few trucks and drivers who were dedicated and professional. The goal of the company was to provide excellent, dependable service.

If you need materials and products moved in the Mid-Atlantic region, contact Evan Transportation. We hire professional drivers with excellent driving records, and maintain a fleet of trailers and vehicles that are reliable and ready to roll.

Contact us today for all of your freight shipment needs or call us at 443-673-3365

Before you hit the road, check us out on FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedIn and YouTube!