In Texas, there are limits on how much weight a trucker can carry. If these limits are breached, overweight permits are required.
According to USA Today, more than 500,000 overweight trucks are permitted each year in the United States. Texas allows the limit to be exceeded by as much as two tons, but if you are going to be hauling cargo that exceeds the state’s legal weight limit, you must have an overweight permit bond on file.
A record 58,514 overweight permits were issued in January 2012, according to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2011, 590,980 oversize/overweight permits were issued to trucks in the state. These permits are generally required for trucks carrying more than 80,000 pounds.
Before you hit the road, you need to be certain that your overweight load is legal. Failure to properly permit your load could result in shipping delays or even having your vehicle impounded. At Jeffers Insurance we have been helping trucking companies and owner-operators obtain overweight permit bonds for years. Our staff only deals with the trucking industry, so we know the laws inside and out.
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