Step 1: What to do before you start to move the load.
Have all permits signed and available for inspection in the cabin of the vehicle. Double check the terms and conditions of the State and Local permits to ensure that you are in compliance (I.E. make sure you have front and rear certified escorts if required). Take photographs of the load before moving it to its location.
Step 2: What to do when you are stopped.
Be cooperative and courteous to the officer. If the place where the vehicle is stopped is ten miles or less from a permanent weighing station the driver should request to have the vehicle weighted at the nearest station in lieu of being weight by portable scales. See Virginia Code A? 46.2-1137
If the load is within its gross limits but over on axle weight ask the officer for the opportunity to shift the load to avoid the citation. See Virginia Code A? 46.2-1137
Step 3: Be sure to contest the fine
On the overweight citation is a box you check to elect to contest the overweight charge and have a civil proceeding on the merits. You must check the box, sign the citation and mail it to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles within 21 days after the citation is served on the driver. Failure to contest the citation will result in a default judgment against you in the full amount. See Virginia Code A? 46.2-1133
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