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South Carolina Oversize and Overweight Fines and Penalties

A person who operates a vehicle on a public highway whose axle weight is in excess of the limits imposed by Section 56-5-4130 or 56-5-4140 is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined five cents per pound or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both. If a vehicle does not exceed the gross weight limits provided for by this article, and the axle weight limits are not exceeded by more than five percent including enforcement tolerances, the fine imposed is reduced by fifty percent with a minimum fine of twenty-five dollars. A person who operates a vehicle found to exceed the excess gross weight limitations imposed by Section 56-5-4130 or 56-5-4140 is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall pay to the Department of Public Safety a fine based on the following scale:

WEIGHT

FINE

500 – 3,500 lbs

$.04 per pound overweight

3,501 – 6,000 lbs

$.06 per pound overweight

6,001 pounds and over

$.10 per pound overweight

Any person violating the provisions of this chapter is deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction must be fined: (a) Not less than one hundred dollars for a first offense; (b) Not less than five hundred dollars for a second offense; (c) Not less than one thousand dollars for a third or subsequent offense.

http://www.scdps.gov/scstp/docs/size-weight-limits.pdf

http://www.scdot.org/business/pdf/osow/OSOW_Guidelinesfor_movement.pdf

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/state-south-carolina-executive-order-no-2017-19

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