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Overweight Driving Violations in Illinois

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Overweight driving violations can lead to serious consequences for both drivers and the company. Under Illinois law 625 ILCS 5/15-113, there are strict regulations governing vehicle weight limits and penalties for exceeding them.


Drivers can face significant penalties, if caught driving a vehicle that exceeds the weight limits. These penalties may include:

  1. Fines: Violators can be subject to fines based on the degree of the overweight violation. The fines can range from hundreds dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.
  2. Points on CDL: Overweight violations may result in points added to your CDL record. Accumulating too many points can lead to the suspension or revocation of the CDL. This affects the driver’s ability to work in commercial driving.

Companies that own or operate vehicles involved in overweight driving violations also face consequences. These consequences may include:

  1. Increased Insurance Premiums: Overweight violations can lead to higher insurance premiums for the company.
  2. Financial Penalties: Companies can be fined for allowing vehicles to operate above the legal weight limits.
  3. Loss of Operating Permits: Repeated violations can result in the loss of operating permits, impacting the company’s ability to conduct business.

Given the complexities and potential consequences of overweight driving violations, you should consult with an attorney specializing in traffic laws. An attorney can explain the legal options available and provide guidance on how to navigate the situation. A skilled attorney may negotiate reduced fines or penalties on behalf of the driver or company. Legal counsel can ensure that the rights of the driver or company are protected throughout the legal process. For CDL holders, attorneys can assist in minimizing the impact on their licenses and employment.

Overweight driving violations in Illinois carry serious penalties for drivers and companies alike. Understanding these consequences and seeking appropriate legal counsel can be crucial in mitigating the impact of such violations on individuals and businesses operating in the transportation industry. Contact the knowledgeable attorneys at Lafata Law at 630-481-6633 to schedule a free consultation.

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