Out of gauge cargo is referred to situations when the dimensions of cargo being carried in a large commercial truck exceed the standard container internal dimensions. Due to the size of the cargo being carried being either wider or higher than a standard container, the cargo must be carried either open side, on top, or on flat rack containers. Out of gauge cargo is often referred to as over-dimensional loads or oversize trucks. Being aware of these large structures as they travel along the roads and highways of North Carolina is crucial.
The International Registration Plan (IRP) currently authorizes approximately 1.7 million commercial vehicles in the United States, the District of Columbia, and ten Canadian Provinces. When a carrier maintains a combined gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more and has two or more axles, travels through two or more Member Jurisdictions carrying passengers or goods, then the vehicle is required to register with the IRP. As an Apportioned Vehicle, the commercial truck must operate under the compliance’s mandated by the IRP.
When transporting large pieces of cargo, the truckers accountable for the transfer of goods and products have a serious responsibility to the company which employs them, the receiver of the goods, and the other vehicles on the roads in which they travel. Some of the most common examples of out of gauge cargo include:
- Large pipes
- Concrete construction pipes
- Metal coils
Based upon the enormous weight and atypically large dimensions of cargo, out of gauge commercial vehicles are commonly involved in motor vehicle collisions during their travels. When a traffic crash occurs with these types of large trucks, the damages and injuries associated with them can be massive. If you or a loved one has been injured by an out of gauge cargo truck, you may be entitled tom compensation for the losses in which you have suffered.
Lewis & Keller has handled an extensive number of commercial vehicle accident cases. With years of experience in truck litigation throughout the state of North Carolina, we understand the complex rules and regulations associated with the trucking industry. This knowledge is imperative to building a strong case that will achieve the maximum compensation possible for the injured accident victim.
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Rules and Regulations for Out of Gauge Cargo Transport
In the state of North Carolina, there are a number of strict rules and regulations that must be followed by all commercial truck drivers. In order to keep the highways across the United States and into Canada as safe as possible, out of gauge cargo vehicles must be monitored and managed appropriately. Registering with the IRP requires these vehicles to register as an “Apportioned Vehicle”. An Apportioned Vehicle is one in which is a Power Unit used or anticipated for use in two or more Member Jurisdictions. These vehicles must also be used for the transport persons for hire or primarily used for transporting property.
The following are the requirements, as stated by the IRP, for an Apportioned Vehicle:
- Power unit which has at least three axles or more (regardless of weight)
- Power unit which has only two axles, but a gross weight of 26,000 pounds or more
- A combination of traveling to two of more jurisdictions and also exceeding 26,000 pounds in gross vehicle weight
While these large out of gauge cargo trucks have a number of regulations to abide by, a number of potential motor vehicle accidents are still possible, especially due to standard cars’ inability to travel safely near these enormous trucks. When it comes to highway travel, North Carolina motorists must be on hyper-alert while driving near an out of gauge cargo vehicle. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck collision, contact our Winston-Salem personal injury lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation today.
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