As you drive down the interstate, you’ll often see many weight stations sprinkled along your path. If you’ve ever wondered why tractor-trailers have to be weighed, there are various reasons why that’s the case.
One reason is that overweight trucks can cause significant damage to bridges and roads. Another reason is government officials in some jurisdictions impose a tax depending on a trucker’s load. Weighing trucks is also done for safety-oriented reasons, which we’ll unpack below.