Weighted Tag Cost

71chevytruckguy

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Picked this up while I was at the DMV today. Figured it might be helpful since I've never been able to find it on their website. Weighted Tag cost in 1000lb increments. Left side is everybody except Farm Use, Right is Farm Use.

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Loganwayne

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this reminded me that mine is due.... i looked and its over 200 once the taxes are added in that is a tough pill to swallow to be able to toe my jeep around, time for a farm tag.
 

336wheeler

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What does Farm Use technically imply?
 

jeepinmatt

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Tim C

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Yea unfortunately I weigh in at 18500 so I run 19000 lbs. No farm tag either. Add in taxes for a 16 f250 and August is a painful month.

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jeepinmatt

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Yea unfortunately I weigh in at 18500 so I run 19000 lbs. No farm tag either. Add in taxes for a 16 f250 and August is a painful month.

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Don't they allow a 10% variance over your weight? If so, you could drop down to 17k and save some money. Just don't pick up any fat girls along the way.
 

BigClay

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Here is a question, if you get pulled, and weighed, and you are over your tagged weight; is the ticket based on how far off you are or is it a flat fee no matter if you are 2k pounds or 8k pounds over?
 

RHSCTJ

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There is a someone near every place I go that has a horse for sale. Sometimes they want to trade for a jeep. Damndest thing...
Ive heard theyre a lot tougher on yall northerners though
 

Tim C

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Don't they allow a 10% variance over your weight? If so, you could drop down to 17k and save some money. Just don't pick up any fat girls along the way.
You get a 500 lb leeway. I could buy 18000 and be ok at 18500, but if I hit 18501 because I packed an extra can of Coke in my cooler, I get a ticket. When I weighed my rig it was actually 18490 at the cat scale. I'm already over the big jump at 17k by too much so I just went ahead and got the right amount.

I've seen an s10 pickup with first in flight tag loaded full in the bed with scrap hauling a full-size c1500 with a scetchy looking homemade tow dolly before and no officer bats an eye, but I've been messed with several times. A few years back I left ure on memorial day and got pulled in Carthage headed home to Fayetteville. I passed the troopers in a Tahoe as I was entering Carthage where the speed limit drops to 35. They pulled a u turn and lit me up on the other side of the court house. Once they saw my registration he said he pulled me to check my weight but he decided I was ok so he wasn't going to scale me.

Literally every time I've gone to the Flats I've had a trooper pull up in my blind spot between the truck and trailer and pace me for 2-3 miles on I 40 on the other side of Burlington. I assume they're running my tags and see the weight number and decide it's not worth their time, after 2-3 nervous miles they'll speed up and disappear. To me I'd rather just be legal than have to deal with a headache.

I can't get a farm tag since I don't have 10 acres, but with my luck I'd be pulled and theyd get me for not hauling farm equipment, no matter how shitty my old rockcrawler truck looks.

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Chris_Keziah

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Here is a question, if you get pulled, and weighed, and you are over your tagged weight; is the ticket based on how far off you are or is it a flat fee no matter if you are 2k pounds or 8k pounds over?
It's a bracket scale of I remember correctly. There's a fee/lb for less than a 1k over, then a different fee/lb over that. The shit can add up rather quick and I wouldn't always count on the leo having leeway.

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Tim C

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It's a bracket scale of I remember correctly. There's a fee/lb for less than a 1k over, then a different fee/lb over that. The shit can add up rather quick and I wouldn't always count on the leo having leeway.

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I just did a half ass search. Nearest I can tell trying to decipher the nc law legalese it's 4¢/# less than 1000# over, 6¢ 1000-2000 over and 10¢/# more than 2000 over. They can also make you unload to a legal weight, or make you leave it until you either get legal or find a legal truck to pull it on top of the fine plus court costs.

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a_kelley

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Crap, I forgot pickups required weighted tags.. guess I'll probably have to tag poor ol'ford @ 13k that should cover a service body, trailer and a 5k vehicle. Right? 6k for truck, 7k for trailer and vehicle.. it'll be close I think.. don't have that problem with a suv/xj
 

shawn

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I doubt the service body only weighs 6k. My Bronco weighed almost that much.
 

jeepinmatt

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http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/statutes/statutelookup.pl?statute=20-118
I believe part (e) section (3) is the relevant one for this scenario:
NCGS 20-118 said:
(e) Penalties. -

(3) If an axle-group weight of a vehicle exceeds the weight limit set in subdivision (b)(3) {jeepinmatt: 38,000lbs for 2 axles, so generally irrelevant for us} of this section plus any tolerance allowed in subsection (h) of this section or axle-group weights or gross weights authorized by special permit under G.S. 20-119(a), the Department of Public Safety shall assess a civil penalty against the owner or registrant of the motor vehicle. The penalty shall be assessed on the number of pounds by which the axle-group weight exceeds the limit set in subdivision (b)(3) of this section, or by a special permit issued pursuant to G.S. 20-119, as follows: for the first 2,000 pounds or any part thereof, two cents (2¢) per pound; for the next 3,000 pounds or any part thereof, four cents (4¢) per pound; for each pound in excess of 5,000 pounds, ten cents (10¢) per pound. Tolerance pounds in excess of the limit set in subdivision (b)(3) are subject to the penalty if the vehicle exceeds the tolerance allowed in subsection (h) of this section. These penalties apply separately to each axle-group weight limit violated. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, a vehicle with a special permit that is subject to additional penalties under this subsection based on a violation of any of the permit restrictions set out in G.S. 20-119(d1) shall be assessed a civil penalty, not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000), based on the number of pounds by which the axle-group weight exceeds the limit set in subdivision (b)(3) of this section.

(h) Tolerance. - A vehicle may exceed maximum and the inner axle-group weight limitations set forth in subdivision (b)(3) of this section by a tolerance of ten percent (10%). This exception does not authorize a vehicle to exceed either the single-axle or tandem-axle weight limitations set forth in subdivisions (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this section, or the maximum gross weight limit of 80,000 pounds. This exception does not apply to a vehicle exceeding posted bridge weight limitations as posted under G.S. 136-72 or to vehicles operating on interstate highways. The tolerance allowed under this subsection does not authorize the weight of a vehicle to exceed the weight for which that vehicle is licensed under G.S. 20-88. No tolerance on the single-axle weight or the tandem-axle weight provided for in subdivisions (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this section shall be granted administratively or otherwise. The Department of Transportation shall report back to the Transportation Oversight Committee and to the General Assembly on the effects of the tolerance granted under this section, any abuses of this tolerance, and any suggested revisions to this section by that Department on or before May 1, 1998.


I highly recommend you read the full text, especially section (c)(4 thru 18) so that you can know what groups and industries were lobbying heaviest when this bill was written or modified.
 
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jeepinmatt

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To summarize, if I'm tagged for 10,000lbs ($134/yr), the fines would be as follows for the gross combined weight (assuming no pair of axles exceeded 38,000lbs, and not counting other fees/fines a.k.a. the reason you got pulled over in the first place ;)):
Tagged GCW Fine
10000 10000 $0
10000 11000 $20
10000 12000 $40
10000 13000 $80
10000 14000 $120
10000 15000 $160
10000 16000 $260
Its $100 for each additional 1000lbs, so do your own math there.

I'm tagged for 17k ($304.90/yr), so the math is still the same:
Tagged GCW Fine
17000 17000 $0
17000 18000 $20
17000 19000 $40
17000 20000 $80
17000 21000 $120
17000 22000 $160
17000 23000 $260

The smart money is probably a 13k tag ($173/yr) for most of us.
Tagged GCW Fine
13000 13000 $0
13000 14000 $20
13000 15000 $40
13000 16000 $80
13000 17000 $120
13000 18000 $160
13000 19000 $260

If I dropped down from 17k ($305/yr) to 13k ($173), I would save $132/year, so as long as I only get pulled over and weighed once a year when overweight. Its a gamble though, so you have to put a price on your comfort level, the likelihood of it happening, and the inconvenience it would cause. Since nothing about your vehicle is physically different, its not a safety issue. It pains me to pay $305/yr for weight that I probably only have on the truck 5 days a year, but I also like being completely legal with all the t's dotted and i's crossed o_O
 
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shawn

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That 22k tag hurts.

You can go back and forth on it, too. For example, if your tag renews in November, you renew for 13k. Then when the following September rolls around and you need more tag weight to cover a big trip, you go back to the DMV and pay the difference on however many months are left to renewal. It could save you a couple hundred bucks.
 
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