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Letters: Size, Weight in Texas, Stormy Weather, Pilot, Double Brokering

Size, Weight in Texas

Dear Motor Carriers and Shippers:

In an effort to keep you informed of state legislative changes in Texas that could potentially affect your business, I am sending you this letter as a courtesy. On Sept. 1, 2013, weight violation penalties were increased by the passage of House Bill 2741 during the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature.

Both motor carriers and shippers face stiff penalties for weight violations under the new law that aims to encourage compliance and prevent damage to Texas roads. It is strongly suggested that shippers provide a Certificate of Weight for motor carriers to keep in their cab for all overweight loads.

The penalties will be assessed depending upon the size of the weight violation, as well as the number of times the offender has been convicted of a weight violation.

Although the above violations are enforced by the Texas Department of Public Safety, citations may trigger an administrative audit of a motor carrier or a shipper by the TxDMV’s Enforcement Division and result in civil penalties and other sanctions. Please ensure that your shippers are aware of Transportation Code 623.274, which requires them to provide you with a Certificate of Weight prior to your seeking an overweight permit.

Should you need additional information regarding commercial vehicle size and weight regulations or permitting requirements, I encourage you to learn more by visiting our Motor Carrier Web Portal at

Whitney Brewster

Executive Director

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Austin, Texas

Stormy Weather

In the Oct. 21 issue of Transport Topics, an article appeared with the headline “Brokers’ Margins Decline as Competition Increases.” As the title suggests, the article discusses how brokers’ profit margins are currently falling because of increased competition. This may be a storm for brokers, but a hurricane is on its way that will soon flip the tide on carriers if the storm stays on its current course.

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