What is a Truck Scale?
A truck scale is a large set of scales that is used to weigh entire road vehicles and their contents. They are usually permanently mounted to a concrete base, however, portable truck scales can be just as accurate as stationary ones. By measuring the weight placed on the individual axles of the truck, as well as its overall weight, the scale can determine whether or not the vehicle falls within legal limits for safe travel. Truck scales are used frequently by those moving large quantities of items, or items which are particularly heavy.
Do I Need To Use A Truck Scale?
Each State has different laws and requirements regarding the operation of large motor vehicles. Some states require any motor vehicle, not just commercial ones, to pass through weigh stations while driving in that state. Here is the law in Colorado regarding weigh stations according to AAA:
Every owner or operator of a motor vehicle having a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of over 26,000 lbs. shall secure a valid clearance from an office of the DOR, from an officer of the Colorado State Patrol, or from a port of entry weigh station before operating such vehicle or combination of vehicles in the state. – See more at drivinglaws.aaa.com
Regardless of whether you foresee your RV, boat or truck falling into this category, we believe it is better to be safe than sorry. Having an overloaded vehicle or a vehicle that is too heavy, can result in heavy fines, as can failing to pass through a weigh station.
Colorado Certified Truck Scale.
One of the most unique services we offer at Metro Moving & Storage is our State of Colorado certified truck scale. There’s no need for a truck stop visit before your move when you choose Metro Moving & Storage, we are a one-stop shop for convenience and peace of mind during your move. Our moving experts can help save you from overloading and possible fines. Every move is different, so whether you need to know the weight of a truck, camper or boat, we will use our state-certified truck scale to help ensure you have a safe moving experience.