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Weight of an empty truck without occupants or load

Common clues: Weight of an empty truck; Weight allowance; Weigh station factor; Wrapper weight; Gross minus net, to a trucker; Shipping deduction; Scale button

Crossword puzzle frequency: 3 times a year

Video: Trucking Tips: Missing a weigh station Q and A

Trucks entering weigh station for weight compliance check.

Authorization of the “Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways” (the Interstate Highway System) in the 1950s created an interest in preserving the integrity of highways built with federal funds. Federal interest in the nation's highway system also extends to ensuring the safety, productivity, and mobility of freight commerce.

The national Vehicle Size and Weight Team, a part of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations, oversees state enforcement of heavy truck and bus size and weight standards in the United States. The Vehicle Size and Weight Team is assisted by FHWA's policy and legal staff. Additionally, staff in each of FHWA's 52 Division Offices provide one-on-one support to individual states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Washington Headquarters and Division Office staff also assist with policy questions, clarifications, reporting requirements, training, and other related program and administrative issues.

[Source: Federal Highway Administration]