In the overweight trucks section, we talked about what constitutes an overweight truck. In this section, we will cover the penalties for trucking violations.

Penalties

Percent OverweightDollar Fine per Hundred PoundsMinimumFine
<5%$3
5-10%5$50
10-15%6100
15-20%7200
20-25%10300
25-30%12500
>30%151,000

The most common penalty for an overweight trucking violation is a fine. This chart breaks down the fines for different amounts of overweight trucks.

Note: this chart provided by: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/rpt/2007-R-0214.htm

In addition, you can face criminal charges for driving an overweight truck if the overweight truck causes an accident. Criminal penalties include:

  • Assault. For assault with an overweight truck, you face several penalties. You face a prison sentence of up to 20 years and/or a fine of $15,000 (for first degree assault). For second degree assault, you face a prison sentence of up to 5 years. Also, you face a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Manslaughter: For manslaughter with a vehicle carrying excessive weight, you face a prison sentence of 20 years and a fine of $15,000 for first degree manslaughter. For manslaughter in the second degree with an overweight vehicle, you face a fine of $10,000 and a prison sentence of as much as 10 years.
  • Reckless endangerment: If you are found guilty of first degree reckless endangerment with an overweight vehicle, you face a jail sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $2,000. For reckless endangerment in the second degree, you face a fine of $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to 6 months.