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Fines for oversize violations in Connecticut

  • Overweight trucks in Connecticut are subject to an incremental fine schedule outlined in CGS § 14-267a.

  • Citations for overweight violations may be issued by designated state police, local police, and Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) inspectors, as per CGS § 14-267a(g).

  • Enforcement of overweight fines falls under the jurisdiction of criminal courts, with prosecutors handling legal proceedings.

  • Connecticut's Penal Code permits charging the owner or operator of an overweight truck with reckless endangerment.

  • First-degree reckless endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor, carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison, a fine of up to $2,000, or both.

  • Second-degree reckless endangerment, a Class B misdemeanor, is punishable by a maximum of six months in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.

  • Fines for weight violations are calculated based on the percentage by which a vehicle exceeds the legal weight limit.

  • These fines apply to both gross vehicle weight and axle weight violations.

  • The amount of the fine depends on the extent to which the truck surpasses the legal weight limit, with fines increasing as the degree of overweight increases.



Less than 5%






More than 30%

Dollar Fine per Hundred Pounds








Minimum Fine








Escort vehicle requirements can vary widely from state to state, encompassing mandatory driver qualifications, training, certifications, vehicle weights, mandatory signage, flags, lighting specifications, essential onboard equipment, and other factors. The SafeGuard team is well-equipped to furnish you with comprehensive information on any additional requirements specific to your designated route.


Connecticut DOT

Bureau of Highway Operations
Oversize & Overweight Permits
P.O. Box 317546
Newington, Connecticut, 06131-7546
T: (860) 594-2880

Hours of Business

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern time)

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