I want my 400 pounds! – road transport, APU and aids

Nowadays there are a lot of fun Gomonov device (auxiliary power units – generators). Thus, the federal government allows you to receive up to 400 pounds for trucks with APU – and any device that is used to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. It's part of a strategy to reduce idling – to encourage trucks and truckers to APU installation. But this does not mean that you can always get it.

The wording of the law states that any vehicle with APU "may be allowed up to 400 liters in total weight, axes, tandem or bridge, the maximum limit" – the generator mounted on the tractor, would not allow to change the law on the bridge.

The problem is that while the federal government can increase the weight of the state is necessary not afford. This means that in one state may allow you to work up to 80 400 pounds. but in this state, you can confine 80,000 pounds. despite the ruling of the federal government. Many states already have weight tolerances exceeding the weight of 400 pounds, so the decision does not affect the enforcement procedures.

In theory this is great, but in practice it is almost worthless.

What we are faced with the fact that many of the officers are not aware of the Federal Union of the decision, and therefore, when the legislature can take an allowance of 400 pounds, law enforcement officers may not know about it. All of the following information may change, and, as always, the right hand can not know that the left hand is doing. Be ready to show as much of the documentation every time you run into a roadblock!

Below is a list of states and their exempt status weight is 400 pounds. We appeal directly with government officials – none of this is not being used. All information is subject to change.

States that have adopted a bonus of 400 pounds (officers at the weigh stations may not know):


Arkansas allow an additional 400 pounds per axle, to take account of the APU, but will not allow more than 80,000 pounds of gross weight.






Michigan allows DOU 400 pounds for the version. The problem that you may encounter is the fact that the staff of the weighing station, with whom we talked were not aware of a federal decree, and the Michigan Truck Safety Center was formed under the impression that Michigan did not accept the ruling, but could not say for sure. According to Lieutenant Dave Ford, Michigan is actually performing a resolution of 400 pounds. Drivers must have documented weight APU, documented by the manufacturer, and have evidence that documented APU was installed on the device (as opposed to another APU).

North Dakota


Oregon Senate bill 223 officially allows trucks with APU (auxiliary power units) extra 400 pounds by limiting their total mass. Oregon performs the decision of the federation and requires written certification of the weight of the APU. Employees of the Oregon law enforcement agencies allow the release 400-kilogram weight with February 2006. APU has to be in working condition.


Exemption weight of 400 pounds is permitted only on interstate highways. Drivers on routes subject to state of Virginia, and the standard weight weight weight.


States that have not adopted the liberation of the weight of 400 pounds, and:

* Have weight tolerances (for deviations from the scale)

* Low amount of fees, and it will not make you unload 400 pounds overweight

* And the states, whose officers are unlikely to give you a ticket if you do not provoke them – rate officer with & # 39 is a factor (the officers in many of these states are not aware of the release of the weight of 400 pounds, but said that 400 pounds is too little to worry) for them:


Station employees in Greenwich did not know about the federal ruling, but said that the probability of writing quotes on such a small amount is unlikely. This stretch is limited to 95, I 80000 pounds, regardless of whether that will allow the driver, so limit – 80 000 pounds. 80001 pounds can result in a ticket, but it is not likely until the truck reaches 81,000 pounds, depending on the officer's opinion. The official word from the implementation of commercial vehicles headquarters – that Connecticut has not received relief from the weight of 400 pounds.






Totally dependent on the opinions of officers – you probably will not get a ticket for 400 pounds.






Station employees in North Carolina, which we called, were unaware of the federal assistance to 400 pounds, but was told that they have a tolerance of 500 pounds, which they will allow before you start writing tickets.

South Dakota

The officers did not disclose the allowable tolerance, but they say that their admission exceeds 400 pounds, so, despite the fact that legilatura has not yet adopted the federal standard, their current standards allow you to increase the weight.


POE Henefer employees say that they will give up to 500 pounds for the APU. Employees of other state-owned enterprises have been hesitant in the law.

West Virginia


Employees of 25 pounds sterling station say they will allow up to 500 pounds without a ticket.

States that do not provide 400 pounds to the APU (based on our request – subject to change):

Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, New Jersey

The list lacks several states. We still appeal to the states from which we have not received a response and will provide updated information when it becomes available! Do not hesitate to contact us about the incarnation and experience.

To get help 400 pounds, you will need to provide:

* In writing certified APU weight (if your APU weighs only 380 pounds, you are allowed only 380 pounds)

* Certified confirmation (or opportunity to demonstrate) that the function of the WWW (works)

You also want to take a copy of the federal regulations. You can find it in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/,) in the title 23 (Roads), 658.17 parts (you'll find it in the section n).

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