reply to post by Zaphod58
Absolutely correct! The transponder on our windshield reports our company and their history of bad inspections after we cross the Interstate mounted
scales. The weigh station computer sees this and determines whether we need to be inspected or not and gives us a red, yellow, or green light and
audible tone. If the light and tone are green, we proceed down the Interstate. Yellow or red lights mean that we pull thru and go across the scales.
As long as we appear to be legal in weight and pass a quick visual inspection, we are sent back to the Interstate. A light that is out may force a
stop and closer inspection, but mostly, we go right thru. It is like the paperwork reduction act for big trucks. If this company usually inspects
clean, then they will inspect fewer of those trucks. It is a numbers game.
If you are pulled over for inspection, you may get a level 1, 2, or 3 inspection in most cases--they go up to level 5, I believe. !-3 are the most
common. After about 18 months of driving, I have gotten only one level three inspection and the trooper was stopping every other truck. He looked at
my insurance card, my license, and my bills. Then he returned to the truck 5 minutes later and told me to be safe and have a nice day.
We get all green lights at scales during these loads...I cannot say whether this is planned or just our dumb luck...I do not think anyone really
Also some questions about our "escorts". There are usually two unmarked vehicles that enter the Interstate from the shoulder near larger cities.
On this trip, that means Dallas, Texarkana, Little Rock, and Memphis. They may be any year, make or model and any color. I have seen older Escapes,
Taurus, Malibu, Impalas....in silver, red, black, blue, etc. They usually take up positions about 1/2 a mile ahead of and behind us but may speed up,
slow down, or change positions randomly during our passage through these cities. They join about 20 miles out, one mile apart and exit after we are
twenty miles passed the city. They appear to be normal traffic except for their GOV'T plates and the fact that they are never out of site of this
A considerable amount of effort is put into us "looking" like a legitimate, normal truck load with NO escort. And we know NOTHING of our load,
etc. It begins to become quite suspicious after you witness it from our perspective.