Need Help With Your Traffic Ticket?

Get your FREE attorney consultation from Rosenblum Law.
888-883-5529
Call now for a free consultation

CDL: Failure to Stop at Weigh Station Tickets in New York State

Trusted Content

Editorial Standards

Rosenblum Law is committed to delivering informative content of the highest quality. All content is subject to our rigorous editorial standards for relevance, accuracy, sourcing, and objectivity. Everything is fact-checked by an editor and reviewed for legal soundness by one of our practicing attorneys prior to being published.

Read our full editorial policy here

Written By 
Last updated 
July 5, 2021

New York State requires all vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000+ pounds to stop at designated inspection and weigh stations. There are 18 such weigh stations throughout the state. CDL holders who miss weigh stations can be pulled over by state troopers or other law enforcement officers and ticketed.

What Are the Penalties for Failing to Stop at a Weigh Station in New York?

weigh station

Fines: New York State does not have a fixed fine for missing a weigh station; the amount is determined by the courts and can range between $50 and $300, according to New York State Police.

Points: A conviction means 2 points on one’s CDL. This is assuming the officer does not ticket the driver for other offenses (e.g. speeding, failure to obey traffic control device), which can often happen.  

Inspection: Officers who pull over a trucker or other CDL holder for missing a weigh station are more likely to conduct a roadside inspection.

Lost time: A CDL holder who is pulled over for not stopping at a weigh station could be ordered to turn around and go back to it. This can result is a lot of lost time. Even worse, a truck that might have otherwise been subject to a Level 6 inspection could be ordered to undergo a Level 1, which takes more time and is more likely to result in an out-of-service order.

Suspension: CDL holders who reach 11 points on their license can find their driving privileges in New York State suspended. Those whose license was issued outside NY will no longer be allowed to drive in the state (personal or CMV); those who are licensed by NY will not be able to drive at all!

Fleet SMS: Whenever a driver for a fleet is convicted of skipping a weigh station, is can affect the carrier’s (and driver’s) FMCSA’s Safety Measure System (SMS) score. The SMS is part of the CSA that measures the safety record of commercial motor carriers.

Where Are Weigh Stations in New York State?

NY has 18 weigh stations as indicated by the chart below:

Weigh StationHighway / RouteMile
BathI 86 (Westbound)147
Bedford HillsI 684 (Northbound)25.5
Bedford HillsI 684 (Southbound)15.5
CampbellI 86 (Eastbound)160
Cannan Toll BoothI 90 (Westbound) 
Clifton Park (Albany North)I 87 (Northbound)14
Lake Katrine (Kingston)I 87 (Northbound)99
Laphams Mills (Plattsburgh)I 87 (Northbound)146
Ludingtonville I 84 (Eastbound)55
LudingtonvilleI 84 (Westbound)55
MedfordI 495 (Eastbound)125.5
MedfordI 495 (Westbound)125.5
MiddletownI 84 (Eastbound)16
Mount MorrisI 390 (Northbound)38
Mount MorrisI 390 (Southbound)38
N. Hudson (Underwood)I 87 (Northbound)99
PlainviewI 495 (Eastbound)77.3
Wallkill Inspection (Maybrook)I 84 (Westbound)23.5

Defending Against a NY Missed Weigh Station Ticket

CDL holders are held to a higher standard than most other drivers. In addition, CDL holders rely entirely on their license to earn a living. As such, it is critical that a driver ticketed for failing to stop at a weigh station in New York State defend themselves against the charges. Exactly how to defeat a charge of skipping a weigh station will depend on the circumstances of the case. In many instances, it is possible to plea the ticket down to a no-point offense such as a parking ticket, which will not affect the CDL status or the fleet’s SMS score.

Common Questions 

Do I have to stop at every weigh station in New York?

All commercial vehicles with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or more must stop at any open weigh station in NYS. Drivers or fleets that use a weigh station bypass system such as PrePass or Drivewyze may be allowed to skip the station; however, even with these services drivers will be expected to stop and get weighed periodically and failing to do so can result in a ticket.

Do I have to stop at a weigh station with a trailer or U-Haul?

No. Cars with loaded trailers or those drivers renting moving trucks are not required to stop at weigh stations in New York since they are not hauling commercial goods.

Can I stop at a weigh station in my car?

No. Weigh stations are not for personal vehicles and casual drivers should not pull into one or attempt to get their vehicle weighed.

Who Should I Contact About My NY Missed Weigh Station Ticket?

CDL holders should contact the attorneys of the Rosenblum Law right away for help with a missed weigh station or any other traffic ticket. Our lawyers have helped many truckers and commercial drivers mitigate or avoid the consequences of a traffic ticket in New York and New Jersey. Email or call 888-883-5529 for a free consultation about your case.

Author Bio

Adam H. Rosenblum

Founding Attorney Of Rosenblum Law

Adam H. Rosenblum is an experienced and skilled traffic violations and criminal defense attorney. Mr. Rosenblum provides expert and aggressive representation to those facing points on their drivers’ licenses and the associated fines and surcharges.

Read Full Bio

No Comments

Free Consultation

Call us now for a quick, free, and no obligation colustion with one of our attorneys.
888-883-5529

Featured Experts

Kent Ng

NYPD (Ret.)
Read More

Mike Gheller

NYPD Officer
Read More

Travis Hall

NY State Police
Read More

News & Updates

Learn more about traffic tickets and criminal matters in New York and New Jersey.
When I Let a Driver Off With a Warning and Why
Every driver who gets pulled over hopes to avoid getting a traffic ticket. As police officers, we understand there is...
Continue reading
Learn More
NY DWI Crackdown in Effect Through Labor Day Weekend
Drivers looking to kick back and enjoy some beers this Labor Day weekend should be careful before getting behind the...
Continue reading
Learn More
What NOT to Do When Pulled Over by Police
Nearly everyone is pulled over by police at some point in their life. The flashing red-and-blue lights are hardwired into...
Continue reading
Learn More

We've Fought Over 50,000 Traffic Ticket Cases

Call us now for a quick, free, and no-obligation consultation.
888-883-5529
Call Now ButtonFree Consult Call Now crosschevron-down linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram