One of the joys of truck driving is being inspected at a weigh station or scale. No problem, here’s a few tips. Len Dubois Trucking is a Winnipeg trucking company with opportunities for owner operators. Contact John to see if we’re a good fit for your career.

DOT, Weigh Stations, and Truck Drivers

weigh scalesFar too often truck drivers look at DOT and scale officers as rivals. We all have a job to do, and they too have an important job.

Enforcement of laws and regulations is vital to the trucking industry and safety on the roads. Drivers and companies should strive for safety and be in compliance at all times. So there shouldn’t be a conflict of interests.

With that said, a big part DOT’s job is to look for drivers out of compliance or operating defective equipment. Even when we’re in compliance we often get pulled in and that costs us time.

Here’s a few tips to make your life easier at the scales.

Don’t Tail Gate

Part of not getting pulled in is not giving them a reason to pull you in. Stay at least 100 feet from the truck in front of you. It’s not a race. If you look like you have bad habits, say like tailgating, they may want to see what other bad or unsafe habits you have. Most scales have the signs instructing drivers stay 100 ft apart and obeying all signs, posted at a scale, is a good idea.

Don’t Speed Through the Scales

Every scale has posted speed limits. Obviously your not going to tear over the scale. But if your in the bypass lane, or on the approach to the scale, you may get a little careless if no one is in front of you.

Be Polite and Professional

When you do get pulled in, be polite and professional. No matter what – be polite and professional.

Most of the time DOT officers are professional and if you have a positive attitude everything will be fine. If they are less than professional, and you return the attitude, they can waste a lot of your time.

Many times if they look hard enough, they can find little things wrong with your log book or truck. It doesn’t take much, so don’t motivate them to show you who’s boss.

We should always be in compliance and legal; scales shouldn’t be a big deal. DOT officers will see hundreds of trucks – they’ll pull in the ones which they notice or stand out. Just blend in and act normal.

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