2013 Code of Virginia
Title 46.2 - MOTOR VEHICLES.
Chapter 10 - Motor Vehicle and Equipment Safety
Section 46.2-1135 - (Contingent expiration date - see Editor's notes) Liquidated damages for violation of weight limit...


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§ 46.2-1135. (Contingent expiration date - see Editor's notes) Liquidated damages for violation of weight limits.

A. Any person violating any weight limit as provided in this chapter or in any permit issued pursuant to Article 18 (§ 46.2-1139 et seq.) of this chapter by the Department or its designee or by local authorities pursuant to this chapter shall be assessed liquidated damages. The amount of those damages shall be:


   Excess weight over      Assessed        Excess weight over      Assessed
     the prescribed       amount per         the prescribed       amount per
      or permitted           pound            gross weight           pound
      axle weight            limit
         limits
2,000 pounds or less    1› per pound   2,000 pounds or less      1› per pound
2,001 to 4,000 pounds   3› per pound   2,001 to 4,000 pounds     3› per pound
4,001 to 8,000 pounds   12› per pound  4,001 to 8,000 pounds     7› per pound
8,001 to 12,000 pounds  22› per pound  8,001 to 12,000 pounds    12› per
pound
12,001 pounds or more   35› per pound  12,001 pounds or more     20› per pound

All gross permit violations shall be assessed $.20 per pound over the permitted weight limit.

In addition to all damages assessed herein, for every violation of any weight limit as provided in this chapter or in any permit issued pursuant to Article 18 (§ 46.2-1139 et seq.) of this chapter, there shall be assessed additional liquidated damages of $20.

If a person has no prior violations under the motor vehicle weight laws, and the excess weight does not exceed 1,500 pounds, the general district court may waive the liquidated damages against such person. Except as provided by § 46.2-1138, such assessment shall be entered by the court or by the Department as a judgment for the Commonwealth, the entry of which shall constitute a lien upon the overweight vehicle. Except as provided by § 46.2-1138, such sums shall be paid to the Department or collected by the attorney for the Commonwealth and forwarded to the State Treasurer and allocated to the fund appropriated for the construction and maintenance of state highways.

B. If the gross weight of the vehicle exceeds lawful limits by at least 25 percent but no more than 50 percent, the amount of the liquidated damages shall be two times the amount provided for in the foregoing provisions of this section; if the gross weight of the vehicle exceeds lawful limits by more than 50 percent, the amount of the liquidated damages shall be three times the amount provided for in the foregoing provisions of this section. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to pickup or panel trucks.

C. The increases in the liquidated damages under subsection A pursuant to enactments of the 2007 Session of the General Assembly shall not be applicable to any motor vehicle hauling forest or farm products from the place where such products are first produced, cut, harvested, or felled to the location where they are first processed. The amount of liquidated damages assessed against such motor vehicles shall be:


   Excess weight over      Assessed        Excess weight over      Assessed
     the prescribed       amount per         the prescribed       amount per
      or permitted           pound            gross weight           pound
      axle weight            limit
         limits
4,000 pounds or less    1› per pound   4,000 pounds or less      1› per pound
4,001 to 8,000 pounds   10› per pound  4,001 to 8,000 pounds     5› per pound
8,001 to 12,000 pounds  20› per pound  8,001 to 12,000 pounds    10› per
pound
12,001 pounds or more   30› per pound  12,001 pounds or more     15› per pound

(Code 1950, § 46-338.2; 1956, c. 215; 1958, cc. 541, 612, § 46.1-342; 1968, c. 184; 1974, c. 331; 1977, c. 644; 1981, c. 187; 1986, c. 588; 1987, c. 372; 1989, c. 727; 1994, c. 922; 1997, c. 479; 2001, cc. 411, 433; 2003, c. 314; 2007, c. 896.)

§ 46.2-1135. (Contingent effective date - see Editor's notes) Liquidated damages for violation of weight limits.

A. Any person violating any weight limit as provided in this chapter or in any permit issued pursuant to Article 18 (§ 46.2-1139 et seq.) of this chapter by the Department or its designee or by local authorities pursuant to this chapter shall be assessed liquidated damages. The amount of those damages shall be:


   Excess weight over      Assessed        Excess weight over      Assessed
     the prescribed       amount per         the prescribed       amount per
      or permitted           pound            gross weight           pound
      axle weight            limit
         limits
4,000 pounds or less    1› per pound   4,000 pounds or less      1› per pound
4,001 to 8,000 pounds   10› per pound  4,001 to 8,000 pounds     5› per pound
8,001 to 12,000 pounds  20› per pound  8,001 to 12,000 pounds    10› per
pound
12,001 pounds or more   30› per pound  12,001 pounds or more     15› per pound

All gross permit violations shall be assessed $.20 per pound over the permitted weight limit.

If a person has no prior violations under the motor vehicle weight laws, and the excess weight does not exceed 2,500 pounds, the general district court may waive the liquidated damages against such person. Except as provided by § 46.2-1138, such assessment shall be entered by the court or by the Department as a judgment for the Commonwealth, the entry of which shall constitute a lien upon the overweight vehicle. Except as provided by § 46.2-1138, such sums shall be paid to the Department or collected by the attorney for the Commonwealth and forwarded to the State Treasurer and allocated to the fund appropriated for the construction and maintenance of state highways.

B. If the gross weight of the vehicle exceeds lawful limits by at least 25 percent but no more than 50 percent, the amount of the liquidated damages shall be two times the amount provided for in the foregoing provisions of this section; if the gross weight of the vehicle exceeds lawful limits by more than 50 percent, the amount of the liquidated damages shall be three times the amount provided for in the foregoing provisions of this section. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to pickup or panel trucks.

(Code 1950, § 46-338.2; 1956, c. 215; 1958, cc. 541, 612, § 46.1-342; 1968, c. 184; 1974, c. 331; 1977, c. 644; 1981, c. 187; 1986, c. 588; 1987, c. 372; 1989, c. 727; 1994, c. 922; 1997, c. 479; 2001, cc. 411, 433; 2003, c. 314.)

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