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Avoid Fines With This New Weight Monitoring Technology

Fleet owners, carriers and individual truckers are all governed by federal restrictions when it comes to the weight of vehicles that operate on the Interstate Highway System, which covers roughly 50,000 miles of limited access, divided highways that traverse the country. States also set their own commercial vehicle weight standards and limits. Currently, federal standards allow for 20,000 pounds on a single axle, 34,000 pounds on a tandem axle and 80,000 gross vehicle weight. Failure to comply with these limits results in fines and unnecessary delays. Heavy duty and semi-truck technology helps keep drivers and carriers out of trouble and in compliance with the restrictions.


CAT Scale Locators


The only way to comply with federal weight restrictions for trucks is to weigh the vehicle to assure it's compliant. This is done via a certified CAT scale where the truck and trailer drive over a scale and the axle weight and total vehicle weight are calculated. Locating a CAT scale nearby is a simple matter with an app that can be downloaded and used from any smartphone. One app, called Weigh My Truck, provided by CAT Scale, provides information about official scale locations as well as the ability to weigh and pay without the driver having to leave the vehicle. It helps streamline the process and assures the same high quality and weight guarantee as all CAT Scales do.

On-Board Wireless Truck Scales

Another technology that helps drivers is an on-board wireless truck scale, such as the one offered by a company called Truck Weight. These scales are easy to install and can be used on any type of tractor and trailer, either individually or in tandem. This small device is equipped with state-of-the-art sensors that provide weights that are within 1% of the its actual weight. Additionally, the monitor will calculate the number of lifts, weight of each lift, and keeps a complete lift history for later access. The benefit of this technology is that it allows the driver to check the weight of his, or her, load anytime it's convenient from the security and comfort of the cabin.

Air-Weigh also offers an on-board scale that can be used to determine a load's weight before it ever leaves the loading dock, thus avoiding issues down the road. The weight is measured using sensors that are applied to the trailer, in effect making it self-weighing. The beauty of this system is that it can be used on tractors and trailers, and can be combined for truly accurate measurements. What's more, the data that is collected can be printed, or sent to the truck's computer instantly, saving time on manual record keeping. The company also offers a scale that can be used on front-end loaders, which avoids costly overloading of trucks at the loading facility.

Complying with weight restrictions is not an option for trucking companies, fleet owners or drivers, it's the law. Trucks that are overweight can cause damage to roadways, bridges and other motorists. Therefore, it's vitally important that every load of cargo is properly weighed and reported. With the help of these innovative technological advances, that process has become simpler and more accurate for drivers and the companies they work for.