Do I Need To Stop At Weigh Stations With A Rental Truck?
If you're moving long distance and have decided to rent a truck you may be wondering,
Weigh Stations and Rental Trucks
To make a very confusing answer to this question as simple as possible we abide by a single rule:
- Some states have 'agriculture inspection' stations at the state border. This is notably true in Florida. Agricultural inspections almost always require all trucks, trailers and explicitly "rental trucks" to stop
- In several parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California rental trucks are required to stop for immigration checkpoints
State by State Regulations
If you'd like to know more about the individual states that you will be passing through you had better be prepared for a lot of work. As previously mentioned, there is a lot of confusion surrounding this topic because there is rarely an official answer. If you call an individual state's Department of Transportation you may get varying answers from different people. We've published a summary and links for the state's which have officially published information on this topic.
[How much does your rental truck weigh?] [What is the height clearance of my rental truck?]
|Arkansas||Sometimes||Only commercial vehicles. This includes truck rentals hauling commercial goods.|
|California||Always||All truck rentals must stop.|
|Florida||Sometimes||If a rental truck is being used to move personal property (not commercial) it does not need to stop. This does not apply to Agricultural Inspection Stations, all trucks and trailers, including rental trucks, are required to stop.|
|Georgia||Over 10,000lbs||All truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.|
|Indiana||Yes||All trucks are required to enter open weigh stations|
|Kansas||Over 10,000lbs||All truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.|
|Maryland||Over 10,000lbs||All truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.|
|Nebraska||Yes||All truck rentals must stop.|
|Ohio||Over 10,000lbs||All truck rentals hauling more than 10,000 pounds in personal property must stop.|
|Oregon||No||Truck rentals hauling personal property do not have to stop.|
|South Carolina||Yes||Truck rentals hauling personal property must stop but will likely be waived through.|
|Washington||No||Rental trucks carrying personal property do not have to stop.|
Although these links point to the government website that oversees weigh stations in their state, many do not have a published response. Most of the information we have provided is directly from responses received by an e-mail or phone call with a state official authorized to speak about this matter.
What do you think?
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