[Tagging] Specifying maxweight, when different weight limits are signed
colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Thu Dec 31 14:26:15 UTC 2015
The Florida Trucking Manual  (page 10) explains the categories thus:
_The maximum allowable weight is listed in tons beside the silhouette
for each of the three classes of vehicles._
_The SINGLE-UNIT TRUCK silhouette includes all straight trucks, cranes,
and other single-unit special mobile equipment regardless of the number
_The TRUCK TRACTOR SEMI-TRAILER silhouette includes all truck tractor
combinations regardless of the number of axles._
_The SINGLE-UNIT TRUCK WITH ONE TRAILER includes all MAXI-CUBE and
TANDEM TRAILER combinations regardless of the number of axles._
So it is about the configuration of the vehicle and not about the number
As was mentioned by another poster, a ton here seems to be a "short
ton", i.e. 2000 pounds (907kg), which is not the normal imperial ton of
2240 pounds (1016kg) or the metric ton of 1000kg. Perhaps the unit
should be explicitly mentioned in the value (irrespective of which tag
is used), e.g. "25 st".
On 2015-12-31 14:51, Colin Smale wrote:
> Looking at the photo in the original post, it looks like the categories are a bit more specific than "hgv" - possibly articulated/semitrailers vs. drawbar trailers, possibly based on the number of axles. What is the proper/legal defintion of the vehicle categories that the symbols represent?
> Don't know if such a thing exists in the US but in Europe we sometimes see a limit on the weight-per-axle. Close-coupled axles (with minimal distance between the wheels/axles) are counted as a single axle.
> On 2015-12-31 14:30, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> sent from a phone
> Am 30.12.2015 um 19:26 schrieb Jack Burke <burkejf3 at gmail.com>:
> What's the right way to specify maxweight when the weight limit sign has different values for different vehicles? Just use the highest value shown?
> you should specify the maxweight for all vehicles distinctly, e.g. maxweight:hgv=
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