ORS 818.020¹
Violating maximum weight limits
  • civil liability
  • penalties

Violating maximum weight limits; civil liability;

penalties. (1) A person commits the offense of violating maximum weight limits if the person does any of the following:

(a) Drives or moves on a highway any vehicle or combination of vehicles that exceed the weight limits established under ORS 818.010 (Maximum allowable weight).

(b) Owns a vehicle or combination of vehicles and causes or permits the vehicle or combination of vehicles to be driven or moved on a highway when the vehicle or combination of vehicles exceeds the weight limits established under ORS 818.010 (Maximum allowable weight). Operation of any vehicle or combination of vehicles in violation of this section is prima facie evidence that the owner of the vehicle or combination caused or permitted the vehicle or combination to be so operated and the owner shall be liable for any penalties imposed under subsection (4) of this section as a result of the operation.

(2) The application of this section is subject to the exemptions from this section established under ORS 818.030 (Exemptions from weight limitations).

(3) Violation of the offense described in this section is subject to civil liability under ORS 818.410 (Civil liability for certain violations).

(4) The offense described in this section, violating maximum weight limits, is:

(a) A Class A traffic violation if, at the time of the offense, an enforcement officer determines the vehicle was eligible for a variance permit under ORS 818.200 (Authority to issue variance permits); and

(b) In circumstances not described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, punishable by penalties established in Schedule I of the schedules of penalties under ORS 818.430 (Penalties for violation of weight requirements). [1983 c.338 §507; 2007 c.380 §1]

Chapter 818

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Under Former Similar Statute

County crim­i­nal liability for oversized county road maintenance vehicles operating on county road only, (1981) Vol 42, p 98

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 818—Vehicle Limits, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors818.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 818, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano818.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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