Rhode Island Truck Driver Fines for Axle and Weight Restrictions

March 31, 2010
By Joseph Lamy on March 31, 2010 12:10 PM | | Comments (0)

If you are a commercial truck driver, or the owner of a commercial trucking company levied with a $3000 fine for axle and weight restrictions on the Pawtucket River Bridge, you need to hire a Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal Attorney who has experience fighting these axle restriction tickets. My office has helped resolve dozens and dozens of Pawtucket River Bridge tickets at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

There may be no more common sight for Rhode Island drivers than that of a commercial truck pulled over on Route 95 in Pawtucket for a weight and/or axle violation. It was back in 2007 with the approval of Rhode Island General Law - 31-25-30 - that weight and axle restrictions were placed on commercial trucks driving over the Pawtucket River Bridge and since that time the State of Rhode Island has levied millions... that's right... millions of dollars in fines against truckers and trucking companies. You and your company can fight back! Do not pay this ticket right away - contact your Rhode Island axle restriction attorney today for advice.

In 2007 the State imposed a 22-ton weight limit on the Pawtucket River Bridge due to excessive wear and disrepair. This effectively prohibited large commercial trucks from traversing this section of Route 95. Rhode Island General Law 31-25-30 is responsible for creating an axle restriction over the Pawtucket bridge. A first offense is charged at $3000.00 and each subsequent offense will amount to a $5000.00 fine.

Most commercial trucks are required to detour onto Route 295 or Route 146 through the northern part of Rhode Island. Nevertheless, thousands of trucks are stopped each year and penalized with stiff fines. The fines which are often thousands of dollars have made millions of dollars for the State which might add some insight as to why this "temporary" problem has not yet been corrected.

Commercial truckers driving through Rhode Island should look to avoid Pawtucket at all costs, but if you find yourself stuck with one of these heavy fines, you can call my office right away for help. Furthermore, if the ticket is issued to an out of state trucking company, my office is able to appear on your behalf at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal to avoid the need of coming to Rhode Island for a hearing.

If you are a commercial trucker facing large fines, whether received on the Pawtucket River Bridge, or not, contact my office right away for help in resolving your fines. In most cases we can have the matter dismissed or have the fine heavily reduced.

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