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Oversize and Overweight Commercial Vehicles (2014)

Published
12/16/2014

State and federal regulations set standards for the size and weight of commercial vehicles operated on public highways. A commercial vehicle is any vehicle used for commerce or that has a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more. For commercial vehicles that exceed the established size and weight standards, a state permitting process provides legal access via routes that are safe for nondivisible, oversize and overweight vehicles to travel along. Standards and policy concerning the size and weight of commercial vehicles and permitting are important for several reasons: