by G. Spencer Mynko, Esq.
Everybody knows that truck drivers are responsible for making sure the weight of their truck and cargo do not exceed the limits set by California law. Pursuant to Vehicle Code section 42030, The fines seem modest: only $20 for being overweight up to 1000 pounds. However, that only applies to single axle trucks. Typical fines range from several hundred to thousands of dollars.
If the driver works for a company, the company may pay the fine. Owner operators however, have to pay the fines themselves. In either situation, the truck driver is the one who is cited, and the ticket goes on the drivers record. This puts the drivers’ CDL and job in jeopardy.