You have probably seen a commercial tractor-trailer weigh station along the side of a Pennsylvania Turnpike or highway over the course of your life. These seldom noticed, yet important facilities are vital to protecting public safety and reducing the numbers of unsafe tractor-trailers and their drivers from our roads.
In accordance with state and federal regulations, commercial tractor-trailers that operate in Pennsylvania must submit to periodic vehicle and driver inspections. During these stops, inspectors trained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration look for discrepancies in both the drivers and their vehicles. They hope to identify hazardous situations and remove them from the roadways before they become life-threatening.