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Posted: 01/23/12 07:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Anybody ever got stopped or checked by the Weight inspector in BC? Especially on the Casiar highway down through Prince George? There was a discussion on this but we mainly read that someone know someone that was bla bla bla.
I would like to hear the original guy and the result, ticket or not?
Stories in the last 5 years, not back in the old days when laws where totally different. And, stories about normal vehicle, not commercial.

I have a F350 with a slight overweighted camper, never got stopped anywhere in North America.

I know you could allways be stopped and checked, it could be unsafe, etc, ect, Real life stories please.

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Posted: 01/23/12 07:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Like I said in another thread, I've never been stopped. The fellow working at the scales, when asked about what I could carry, told me something along the lines of, "We know what your truck can carry. Unless you look overloaded, we won't bother you."





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In BC, the law on the books references the manufacturer's GVWR as the maximum a vehicle can weigh. In BC, there are a number of weigh stations that all vehicles over a certain weight must stop at, including RV's and pickup trucks. In BC the enforcement is a little tougher based on a history of accidents with overloaded vehicles in the more rural areas, mountain roads, logging, and migratory farm workers. If you go there and are over-weight, you'll be illegal and stand a chance of being stopped, and you'll probably stand a chance of having a problem if you have to go into one of the mandatory weigh stations (there aren't that many of them). On the other hand, I doubt that every cop has a set of scales in the trunk, or that they have all the GVWR for every model and year of pickup memorized. But yes, it's true that in that province the GVRW is the max weight allowed and any modifications you may have made to your truck don't count. Just the manufacturers GVWR sticker counts.

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Posted: 01/24/12 08:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Interesting topic!
We live in Washington state and have driven our overloaded truck camper into and through BC.
Our TC is 800 lbs over GVWR. It's been to Keywest, Fl. all western and most southern states.
Through BC to Alaska. and back.
After reading this and looking at the following link I think we have pushed our luck and will not be returning to BC.

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Posted: 01/24/12 09:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The OP has asked a specific question - Who has been stopped? No one yet has answered the question or even stayed on topic.

AS for the RVer driving a known overloaded TC - I doubt that BC will miss him and I will feel safer knowing he is not on "my" roads!!

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RVs do not need to stop at weigh stations...We also have mobile enforcemennt officers that could pull you over in thier marked vehicles with all the lights and gear,usually only if you are obviously overweight or look unsafe. They do set up occasionly at remote sites with the R.C.M.P to do vehicle safety checks and driver documents.Other than commercial trucks I have never seen anyone checked unless they needed to be stopped...Mike


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The main issue is that your over weight for the Vehicle and you are knowingly doing it. There was a thread a couple weeks ago on the same topic where I said my piece about driving a vehicle especially in BC that is over loaded

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There is an active Forum member whose spouse was sidelined due to a roadside inspection. I won't name them. If they wish to contribute, they will.

As far as someone knowingly putting others at risk with an overweight or otherwise unsafe vehicle? A pox on you. You'd best have a healthy bank account because you will get your ass sued if you have a 'problem'. And yeah...if you are a visitor to BC and are knowingly unsafe? Stay away.


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Posted: 01/24/12 04:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

VintageRacer wrote:

In BC, there are a number of weigh stations that all vehicles over a certain weight must stop at, including RV's and pickup trucks.


Okay. I give up. I cannot find this written anywhere.

I can find info that says that it is illegal to drive an overloaded vehicle, but I'd sure like to know where I have to stop.

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Yes I know my truck is over GVWR when the camper is loaded.
It is also under both GAWR's

The truck is a 2003 model we bought in 2002 so it is 9 years old.
The truck has had several repairs but none related to being overloaded.
The truck has 155,000 miles on it and still has the original brake pads. They were checked a short time a go and the tech reported 70% life still on the pads.
The truck was still rear high with the camper loaded. In fact I cranked the front torsion bar adjustments up a half a turn so the truck looked level with the camper loaded.

Those who feel unsafe sharing the highway with me should not go to Washington state.
As I now realize we are illegal in BC we will stay away with the truck and camper.
We are not illegal in the US.

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