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8/21/2014

CA Codes (veh:35550-35558)

VEHICLE CODE
SECTION 35550-35558

35550. (a) The gross weight imposed upon the highway by the wheels
on any one axle of a vehicle shall not exceed 20,000 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 10,500 pounds.
(b) The gross weight limit provided for weight bearing upon any
one wheel, or wheels, supporting one end of an axle shall not apply
to vehicles the loads of which consist of livestock.
(c) The maximum wheel load is the lesser of the following:
(1) The load limit established by the tire manufacturer, as molded
on at least one sidewall of the tire.
(2) A load of 620 pounds per lateral inch of tire width, as
determined by the manufacturer's rated tire width as molded on at
least one sidewall of the tire for all axles except the steering
axle, in which case paragraph (1) applies.

35551. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section or Section
35551.5, the total gross weight in pounds imposed on the highway by
any group of two or more consecutive axles shall not exceed that
given for the respective distance in the following table:
Distance
in feet
between
the
extremes
of any
group
of 2 or
more
consecutive __________________________________________
3
4
5
6
axles
2 axles
axles axles axles axles
4 .........
34,000
34,000 34,000 34,000 34,000
5 .........
34,000
34,000 34,000 34,000 34,000
6 .........
34,000
34,000 34,000 34,000 34,000
7 .........
34,000
34,000 34,000 34,000 34,000
8 .........
34,000
34,000 34,000 34,000 34,000
9..........
39,000
42,500 42,500 42,500 42,500
10 ........
40,000
43,500 43,500 43,500 43,500
11 ........
40,000
44,000 44,000 44,000 44,000
12 ........
40,000
45,000 50,000 50,000 50,000
13 ........
40,000
45,500 50,500 50,500 50,500
14 ........
40,000
46,500 51,500 51,500 51,500
15 ........
40,000
47,000 52,000 52,000 52,000
16 ........
40,000
48,000 52,500 52,500 52,500
17 ........
40,000
48,500 53,500 53,500 53,500
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.000 68...500 60.000 78..000 40..500 60..000 70...500 64..500 63.000 80. 20 .000 80.000 40. CA Codes (veh:35550-35558) 40.000 40..000 40....500 56.500 60..000 64.000 pounds each if the overall distance between the first and last axles of the consecutive sets of tandem axles is 36 feet or more..000 40.000 pounds and the gross weight of the two consecutive sets of tandem axles shall not exceed 68..000 59.000 79.500 59....000 52. 46 ..... 23 ..500 80....500 57.280 73.000 80......500 73...500 51..000 66.500 59..000 66.000 40..leginfo..000 40.000 64. 29 .500 67..000 80.........280 60...000 60.000 60..500 59.......280 73.000 54.. 19 .000 40.000 40..000 80.500 65... two consecutive sets of tandem axles may carry a gross weight of 34.500 56...000 80....500 60.500 58..000 74.. 21 ...500 80...280 73. 33 ..000 60..000 40...000 60.....000 80.000 50.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=veh&group=35001-36000&file=35550-35558 2/8 ..500 58. 25 ...000 70. 24 .000 49..000 60.500 54.280 60....000 60....000 40. 57 .. 59 .....500 80.. 27 ..000 60. 58 .000 72.000 57. 48 ....000 73.....000 60.500 55.....000 40...500 54.500 61. 40 .....000 40. When a fraction is exactly six inches....000 40..000 75..... 43 ....000 40..500 56.500 60.000 80...000 55.. 22 ...500 66.. 28 .000 60..000 40.000 80.000 40....000 56.000 40...000 71.000 80.000 80.000 40.... 38 ..000 40.000 40..000 60. 47 .000 80..000 60....000 78.. 35 ...500 66..500 62.000 78.500 80...500 60...500 80...500 54.000 60.000 80. the next larger whole foot shall be used.000 68.... 49 ...000 60.. 32 .000 80..ca.000 80.000 80.....500 61.000 40..000 60...500 55... 39 .000 74.000 60.. 42 .000 72.000 58. 30 .000 40. 31 .000 40.000 54...000 76....000 60..000 80... 36 ....000 40.000 40.000 40..500 57.....500 58.000 80.000 60.500 70..500 56.500 60.....000 pounds..000 64... 51 .000 63..500 60.....000 60.500 72.500 80.000 76. The gross weight of each set of tandem axles shall not exceed 34. 44 .500 62.000 68.280 60... 54 ...500 56.500 77.. 56 . 53 ...........500 76...000 40..000 40. 52 ..500 65..500 63..000 40...500 67.000 (b) In addition to the weights specified in subdivision (a).000 56... 41 .500 51...000 62..000 60.000 40..000 40.500 61.. (d) Nothing contained 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 http://www....000 69.000 66.000 62...000 73....500 62.... 34 ...000 77..500 78.000 72.000 60...000 40...000 65.000 80.000 58. 26 ...000 54.500 54....000 80...000 66..000 80..000 40.500 53.500 64..... 60 .500 80.000 54....000 40.. 55 .000 40..000 40.500 58.000 80.000 60.000 60......000 62.000 40.000 70..000 67. 37 ...000 60..000 57.. 45 ... 50 .....8/21/2014 18 .000 60.000 58....500 73....000 40.500 55.000 80...000 40.....000 68....000 40... (c) The distance between axles shall be measured to the nearest whole foot.000 76.000 40.500 79.500 57.000 64.

.. and (d) of this section.. (10) Trucks transporting garbage......... or wheels. 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....leginfo....... (7) Motor vehicles that are not commercial vehicles. The gross weight limit provided for weight bearing upon any one wheel........ (3) Dump trucks.... a jobsite... (a) The provisions of this section shall apply only to combinations of vehicles which contain a trailer or semitrailer.. (2) Trucks transporting livestock...........300 http://www. or wheels.....000 6 ..500 pounds.... or adjacent to..600 9 ..gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=veh&group=35001-36000&file=35550-35558 3/8 .. (b) The gross weight imposed upon the highway by the wheels on any one axle of a vehicle shall not exceed 18... (11) Trucks equipped with a fifth wheel when towing a semitrailer.. and every such combination of vehicles....... 35551.. shall not exceed 9. (5) Buses.8/21/2014 CA Codes (veh:35550-35558) (commencing with Section 35700) and Article 5 (commencing with Section 35750) of this chapter.... The following vehicles are exempt from the front axle weight limits specified in this subdivision: (1) Trucks transporting vehicles.. 32.. (c)... (8) Vehicles operated by any public utility furnishing electricity.000 5 . Each vehicle in such combination of vehicles...... (12) Tank trucks which have a cargo capacity of at least 1..... 34.......000 pounds and the gross weight upon any one wheel......... water..... 32...500 pounds.......... supporting one end of an axle and resting upon the roadway......... 33.... 32..5....... or refuse... (6) Transit mix concrete or cement trucks...200 7 .... gas... and trucks that mix concrete or cement at.... (13) Trucks transporting bulk grains or bulk livestock feed. (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... or telephone service.... (c) The total gross weight with load imposed on 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: Distance in feet Allowed load in between first and pounds on group last axles of group of axles 4 .. (e) The gross weight limits expressed by this section and Section 35550 shall include all enforcement tolerances. rubbish........ca..900 8 .. 32........ shall comply with either Section 35551 or with subdivisions (b)...500 gallons.... (4) Cranes. supporting one end of an axle shall not apply to vehicles the loads of which consist of livestock....

..000 73.....200 44.............. 17 ..... 31 ..... 51 ............................. 43 ....600 46.................... 53 .....................000 72.....250 56.. 21 .............. 44 ......................... 13 .....................000 48....................................... CA Codes (veh:35550-35558) 35...........................280 73... 12 ......000 35. 20 ...............280 73..... 14...... Allowed load in pounds 47............................600 50.. 16 ................280 73............000 76..................................... 54 ....................... 39 ........ 27 ................gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=veh&group=35001-36000&file=35550-35558 4/8 .............................. 47 ....................800 http://www...................... 42 ................leginfo........ 52 ....600 74..............900 63.............800 58...............350 61......................280 73. 34 ........................ 50 ... 25 .....................280 73.............800 45.......100 56......................650 59..... 46 . 37 ................... 55 ..... 35 ... 33 .... 48 ...280 73..200 48.............280 73........ 15 .... 32 ... 49 ........ 11 .........200 55.....200 76.................400 75.......................... 45................. 29 .............000 70....... 36 .....ca............ 41 .............. 28 ...... 18 ....................280 73....450 66......... 23 ........ 26 ............................................000 44...........8/21/2014 10 ....................................050 62.......................................... 24 .... 56 or over .......................800 49.............200 62.......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: Distance in feet 19 .................... 30.280 73.................. 22 ...........................................................400 37...600 65................... 38 ..750 64..........300 68............................................................................................700 36.....100 43....500 60.....950 57...... 40 ...................................280 73......400 51.......................

000 pounds.000 pounds. such a truck and vehicle combination that has two consecutive sets of tandem axles shall be deemed to be in compliance with Section 35551 if such consecutive sets of tandem axles do not carry a combined total gross weight of more than 69. the allowed weight on the two consecutive sets shall be 68. the next larger whole foot shall be used. (e) This section shall have no application to highways which are a part of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (as referred to in subdivision (a) of Section 108 of the Federal-aid Highway Act of 1956). except that. 1976. and if the overall distance between the first and last axle of such consecutive sets of tandem axles is 34 feet or more.000 pounds on such a set that is permitted by Section 35551 is not exceeded by more than 1.ca. and if the overall distance between the first and last axle of such sets is 34 feet or more. 35553. This section may be cited as the Christensen-Belotti Act.500 pounds.leginfo. (d) If any total gross weight permitted by this section is exceeded.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=veh&group=35001-36000&file=35550-35558 5/8 . whenever the violation is for exceeding the total gross weight for two consecutive sets of tandem axles. statutory weights any greater than existed prior to January 1. 35552. In addition. (a) This section applies only to trucks and vehicle combinations while transporting loads composed solely of logs. (c) The gross weight limits expressed in this section shall include all enforcement tolerances. (h) The Legislature. if the total gross weight on any one such set does not exceed 35. When a fraction is exactly six inches. does not intend to increase. in enacting this section. provided any overload is incidental to and necessitated by http://www. and this section shall not be construed to allow. (b) One set of tandem axles of such a truck or vehicle combination shall be deemed to be in compliance with Section 35551 if the total gross weight of 34. (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 15.500 pounds.8/21/2014 CA Codes (veh:35550-35558) (e) The distance between axles shall be measured to the nearest whole foot. (f) The gross weight limits expressed by this section shall include all enforcement tolerances. The provisions of this article shall not apply to any vehicle in the immediate vicinity of an unloading or loading area while actually preparing for or in the process of unloading or loading. the allowed weight in pounds set forth in subdivision (a) of Section 35551 shall be the maximum permitted weight for purposes of determining the amount of fine for such violation as specified in the table in Section 42030. All such truck and vehicle combinations shall be subject to all other provisions of Section 35551 or any other provision made applicable to the total gross weight of such a truck or vehicle combination in lieu of Section 35551.

500 pounds. if the transit buses have a combination of two or more of the following similar defining characteristics: (A) Length. This section shall have no application to highways which are a part of the national system of interstate and defense highways (as referred to in subdivision (a) of Section 108 of the Federal-aid Highway Act of 1956). unless a later enacted http://www.500 pounds except as follows: (A) It may procure and operate a new bus exceeding 20. 35554. (c) A transit bus shall not operate on the Dwight D. (E) Width. (a) (1) Notwithstanding Section 35550.500 pounds that is of the same or lesser weight than the bus it is replacing. (B) It may procure and operate a new transit bus exceeding 20. the board shall provide written notice to those cities and counties on whose roads the bus would travel of the public hearing at which this procurement is to be considered and shall place in the public record any comment of concern the board receives about the procurement. the gross weight on any one axle of a bus shall not exceed 20.8/21/2014 CA Codes (veh:35550-35558) such action. a transit bus whose weight on any single axle exceeds 20. (D) Fuel or power system. (2) A transit bus procured through a solicitation process pursuant to which a solicitation was issued before January 1. 2013. (b) A transit bus is not subject to Section 35550. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways in excess of the weight limitation for transit buses specified in federal law. or regional statutory or regulatory requirement.leginfo. (F) Structure. 2013. through a solicitation process pursuant to which a solicitation is issued on or after January 1. and as of that date is repealed. (C) Number of axles. (3) For purposes of this subdivision "fleet class" means a group of transit buses designated by a publicly owned or operated transit system or an operator under contract with a publicly owned or operated transit system that owns those transit buses.500 pounds in order to incorporate a new fleet class into its inventory if its governing board adopts a finding at a public hearing that the fleet class expansion or change in fleet classes is necessary to address a need to serve a new or existing market pursuant to its most recently adopted short-range transit plan. and includes a consideration of vehicle needs and fleet size. state. (d) (1) A publicly owned or operated transit system or an operator of a transit system under contract with a publicly owned or operated transit system shall not procure. (G) Equipment package. or to meet a federal. and provided that such action does not occur on a bridge or highway structure.ca. (e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1. or though a solicitation process pursuant to subdivision (d) is not subject to this subdivision.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=veh&group=35001-36000&file=35550-35558 6/8 . 2015. (2) If the governing board of the publicly owned or operated transit system holds a public hearing to consider a procurement made pursuant to subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1). (B) Seating capacity.

deletes or extends that date.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=veh&group=35001-36000&file=35550-35558 7/8 . all of the following are available for inspection by district attorneys and are subject to legal process for admission in any http://www. San Benito. (a) Only upon request to. Article 1 (commencing with Section 24250) of. Riverside. Merced. Article 3 (commencing with Section 24600) of. Yolo. (3) The mover does not exceed the maximum allowable gross axle weight for tandem axles set forth in Section 35551 by more than 6. Tehama. (2) A transit bus procured through a solicitation process pursuant to which a solicitation was issued before January 1. 35554. Article 11 (commencing with 25450) of. (4) The operator of a mover that exceeds the maximum allowable gross axle weight for tandem axle vehicles as set forth in Section 35551 shall possess a commercial driver's license as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 15210. and approval by. the weight limitations of Section 35551 do not apply to any cotton module mover or any truck tractor pulling a semitrailer that is a cotton module mover. Article 4 (commencing with Section 24800) of. (2) Upon any county highway within the Counties of Butte. (2) The mover is operated in compliance with Sections 24002 and 24012. Chapter 2 of Division 12. Article 5 (commencing with Section 24950) of. (c) This section does not apply to those highways designated by the United States Department of Transportation as national network routes. San Joaquin. 35557. Article 6 (commencing with 25100) of. (c) This section shall become operative on January 1. and Yuba. Imperial. Kings. and in accordance with regulations adopted by. (a) (1) Notwithstanding Section 35550. the Director of Food and Agriculture.500 pounds. Madera.8/21/2014 CA Codes (veh:35550-35558) statute. the gross weight on any one axle of a bus shall not exceed 20. that is enacted before January 1. Sacramento. except as prohibited or limited on county highways or portions thereof by resolution of the county board of supervisors having jurisdiction. is not subject to this subdivision. Article 9 (commencing with 25350) of. (a) During the period commencing September 15 of each year and ending March 15 of the following year. Stanislaus. 2015. when operated as follows: (1) Laterally across a state highway at grade of the state highway. Sutter. San Bernardino. Fresno. Tulare. 35555. (b) A cotton module mover may be operated upon a state highway within the counties and during the period set forth in subdivision (a) if all of the following are met: (1) The operator is in possession of a driver's license of the class required for operation of the mover. 2015. Glenn.ca.leginfo. Kern. 2013. (b) A transit bus is not subject to Section 35550.000 pounds. and Article 2 (commencing with 26450) and Article 3 (commencing with 26502) of Chapter 3 of Division 12. Colusa.

and Chapter 7. 35558.7 (commencing with Section 12770) of Division 5 of the Business and Professions Code.ca. upon the request of the driver. records. 1984.leginfo. In a port facility. (b) All certificates.3 (commencing with Section 12740). The request to weigh shall be based upon a reasonable assumption that the load is overweight. weigh any load being transported for that person or business before the vehicle leaves the loading facility. issued before January 1. 1984. http://www. Any person or business which has an axle weight scale at its loading facilities shall.8/21/2014 CA Codes (veh:35550-35558) criminal or civil proceeding arising out of a violation of this chapter: (1) Vehicle weight certificates issued on or after January 1. and copies thereof. this requirement only applies if the scale is located in outbound lanes. Chapter 7. shall not be available for inspection and are not admissible in any criminal or civil proceedings arising out of a violation of this chapter. (3) Copies of those certificates and records. (2) Other records of vehicle weight relating to those certificates.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=veh&group=35001-36000&file=35550-35558 8/8 . pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 12700).