V C Section 35551.5 Alternate Method of Computing Allowable Gross Weight

Alternate Method of Computing Allowable Gross Weight

35551.5.  (a) The provisions of this section shall apply only to combinations of vehicles which contain a trailer or semitrailer. Each vehicle in such combination of vehicles, and every such combination of vehicles, shall comply with either Section 35551 or with subdivisions (b), (c), and (d) of this section.

(b) The gross weight imposed upon the highway by the wheels on any one axle of a vehicle shall not exceed 18,000 pounds and the gross weight upon any one wheel, or wheels, supporting one end of an axle and resting upon the roadway, shall not exceed 9,500 pounds, except that the gross weight imposed upon the highway by the wheels on any front steering axle of a motor vehicle shall not exceed 12,500 pounds. The gross weight limit provided for weight bearing upon any wheel, or wheels, supporting one end of an axle shall not apply to vehicles the loads of which consist of livestock. The following vehicles are exempt from the front axle weight limits specified in this subdivision:

(1) Trucks transporting vehicles.

(2) Trucks transporting livestock.

(3) Dump trucks.

(4) Cranes

(5) Buses

(6) Transit mix concrete or cement trucks, and trucks that mix concrete or cement at, or adjacent to, a jobsite.

(7) Motor vehicles that are not commercial vehicles.

(8) Vehicle operated by any public utility furnishing electricity, gas, water, or telephone service.

(9) Trucks or truck tractors with a front axle at least four feet to the rear of the foremost part of the truck or truck tractor, not including the front bumper.

(10) Trucks transporting garbage, rubbish, or refuse.

(11) Trucks equipped with a fifth wheel when towing a semitrailer.

(12) Tank trucks which have a cargo capacity of at least 1,500 gallons.

(13) Trucks transporting bulk grains or bulk livestock feed.

(c) The total gross weight with load imposed on the the highway by any group of two or more consecutive axles of a vehicle in such combination of vehicles or of such combination of vehicles where the distance between the first and last axles of the two or more consecutive axles is 18 feet or less shall not exceed that given for the respective distance in the following table:


[Table showing maximum allowed load in pounds for groups of axles with varying distance between first and last axles of group where the distance is 18 feet or less.] *
Distance in feet between first and last axles of group Allowed load in pounds of group of axles
432,000
532,000
632,200
732,900
833,600
934,300
1035,000
1135,700
1236,400
1337,100
1443,200
1544,000
1644,800
1745,600
1846,400

(d) The total gross weight with load imposed on the highway by any vehicle in such combination of vehicles or of such combination of vehicles where the distance between the first and last axles is more than 18 feet shall not exceed that given for the respective distances in the following table:


[Table showing maximum allowed load in pounds for groups of axles with varying distance between first and last axles of group where the distance is 19 feet or more.] *
Distance in feet Allowed load in pounds
1947,200
2048,000
2148,800
2249,600
2350,400
2451,200
2555,250
2656,100
2756,950
2857,800
2958,650
3059,500
3160,350
3261,200
3362,050
3462,900
3563,750
3664,600
3765,450
3866,300
3968,000
4070,000
4172,000
4273,280
4373,280
4473,280
4573,280
4673,280
4773,280
4873,280
4973,280
5073,280
5173,280
5273,600
5374,400
5475,200
5576,000
56 or over76,800

(e) The distance between axles shall be measured to the nearest whole foot. When a fraction is exactly six inches, the next larger whole foot shall be used.

(f) The gross weight limits expressed by this section shall include all enforcement tolerances.

(g) Nothing in this section shall affect the right to prohibit the use of any highway or any bridge or other structure thereon in the manner and to the extent specified in Article 4 (commencing with Section 35700) and Article 5 (commencing with Section 35750) of Chapter 5 of Division 15.

(h) The Legislature, in enacting this section, does not intend to increase, and this section shall not be construed to allow, statutory weights any greater than existed prior to January 1, 1976.

*The bracketed information has been added editorially to meet accessibility requirements and is not part of statute.

Added Ch. 784, Stats. 1980. Effective January 1, 1981.