Motor coaches with passengers may be required to enter weight stations

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Motor coaches with passengers may be required to enter weigh stations

Aug. 1, 2018

 The Oregon Department of Transportation does not generally require loaded motor coaches to enter Oregon weigh stations. However, to assist motor coach operators in gaining compliance with the Oregon weight-mile tax and registration requirements, we will be conducting soft-enforcement operations throughout the state at various times.

We wanted to let you know that we expect to do more of these from August through the end of the year.

This will require all motor coaches with a gross vehicle weight over 20,000 pounds to enter weigh stations to determine if the motor coach/bus is operating within their declared weight.

The weigh station will be signed during these operations to notify motor coach operators to enter.

A warning rather than a citation will be issued for failure to operate within the declared weight on the first occasion. This gives operators the opportunity to adjust their declared weight and comply with Oregon requirements.

Our goal is to identify under-declared weight issues and educate motor coach operators early in the process, prior to an audit or other enforcement action. Motor coaches in violation will be processed quickly to avoid any unnecessary delay to passengers. Safety issues that pose an imminent hazard will be addressed as necessary.

These operations will allow us to verify motor coach operators are complying with the new registration requirements. Our staff will be available during these operations to answer any questions.

For more information:

(503) 378-6699 for information about registration services