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North Carolina Oversize and Overweight Fines and Penalties

The state of NC states that no person upon a highway or public vehicular area a motor vehicle which is so loaded or crowded with passengers or property, or both, is allowed to operate it (1953, c. 1233; 1967, c. 674, s. 1; 1973, c. 1143, s. 2; c. 1330, s. 4.). If the vehicle's weight exceeds the amount allowable, the officer may detain the vehicle until the overload has been removed. Any property removed from a vehicle because the vehicle was overloaded is the responsibility of the owner or operator of the vehicle. The State is not liable for damage to or loss of the removed property. Failure to permit a vehicle to be weighed or to remove an overload is a misdemeanor of the Class set in G.S. 20- 176. An officer must weigh a vehicle with a scale that has been approved by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Any person violating any of the provisions of this part shall be responsible for an infraction and may be subject to a fine not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) (2005‐ 282, s. 2.). All permit violations are assessed civil penalties due and payable at the time of inspection.

Overweight Single or Tandem Axle



0 – 1,000 lbs

$.04 per pound

1,001 – 2,000 lbs

$.06 per pound

Over 2,000 lbs

$.10 per pound

Axle Groups



0 – 2,000 lbs


2,001 – 5,000 lbs


Over 5,000 lbs


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