Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 20, 2009

03-20-09 BPD Officers to Educate Motorists about Proper Truck Registrations

03-20-09 BPD Officers to Educate Motorists about Proper Truck Registrations

    Boise, March 20, 2009 - Boise Police are teaming up with the Ada County Sheriff's Office and the Idaho Transportation Department to hold an education day for motorists regarding proper vehicle weights and registration. The goal is to educate citizens on proper vehicle registration to avoid tickets for vehicles being overweight. Citizens affected are those who regularly pull boat or livestock trailers, landscape, or other personal or commercial trailers or cargo.

    For Who: Citizens who regularly haul trailers or cargo, either personal or professional use (RV's are exempt under Idaho law).

    What: Free weight check by officers trained and certified in state and federal registration and licensing requirements.

    When, Where: Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

            8:00 a.m. - 11:00 northwest corner of Glenwood & Chinden, across from the fairgrounds

            1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. southwest corner of Eagle Rd. & Commerical, just below the railroad tracks

    Purpose: to help citizens make sure their vehicles are properly registered for the total amount of weight, vehicle and cargo, put on Idaho roads.

 

    Officers say many citizens who drive trucks for personal or commercial use are risking a citation because their truck is registered as a passenger car, but is pulling much more weight over the roads.

    “The most common violations I see are pickups hauling trailers, like boat trailers and horse trailers, commercial vehicles hauling trailers and just vehicles hauling cargo that is overweight in general," said Officer TJ Harms of the Boise Police Department Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit.

    “Because we pay fees for our vehicles to use the roadways, the heavier the vehicle the more wear and tear it causes on the roadways," said Officers Harms. "These heavier vehicles should be paying more in fees to help maintain the roads everyone uses on a daily basis.“

    Boise PD, Ada County Sheriff's Office,  and ITD invite citizens to bring their trucks and trailers, from boats to garden and landscape equipment, to one of two educational sessions being held Tuesday, March 24th. Officers will evaluate the truck and trailer weight for free and advise citizens as to the proper state registration requirements.

    “Our emphasis will be to educate the public, to have them take a second look at their registration, to make sure that they are registered for the proper weight for what they are doing with their vehicle on the roadways in the State of Idaho.“ said Officer Harms.

    About Weights & Legal Registration:

  • Fines for vehicles hauling heavier weights than their registration allows begin at $46 and go up, depending on how much overweight the vehicle is. Driving a vehicle more than 4,000 lbs over registered weight is a misdemeanor.
  • Passenger license plates allow the vehicle to weigh 8,000 lbs. or less.
  • Most weight registration violations are for vehicles (including trailers and cargo) weighing between 8,000 and 16,000 pounds, but registered for only 8,000 lbs.
  • In many cases, costs for registering a vehicle to weigh up to 16,000 lbs. are just slightly higher than normal passenger registration.

    With questions, call the Idaho Transportation Department at 334-8000

    Idaho State Code regarding vehicle weights: 49-434, 49-438