Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 515-16-6-.13 - Certified Scales, Weighing Procedures, and Weight Tickets

Current through Rules and Regulations filed through December 14, 2021

(1) Carriers transporting household goods shipments shall determine the weight of each shipment transported under the Weight and Distance Section of their tariffs prior to the assessment of any charges depending on the shipment weight. Except as otherwise provided in this item the weight shall be obtained on a certified scale designed for weighing motor vehicles, including trailers or semi-trailers not attached to the tractor, and certified by an authorized scale inspection and licensing authority. A certified scale may also be a platform or warehouse type scale properly inspected and certified.
(2) Except as otherwise provided in this rule, the weight of each shipment shall be obtained by determining the difference between the tare weight of the vehicle on which the shipment is to be loaded prior to the loading and the gross weight of this same vehicle after the shipment is loaded; or, the gross weight of the vehicle with the shipment loaded and the tare weight of the same vehicle after the shipment is unloaded.
(3) At the time of both weigh-ins the vehicle shall have installed or loaded all pads, dollies, hand trucks, ramps and other equipment required in the transportation of such shipments. Neither the driver nor any other persons shall be on the vehicle at the time of either weighing.
(4) The fuel tanks on the vehicle shall be full at the time of each weighing or, in the alternative, no fuel may be added between the two weigh-ins when the tare weighing is the first weighing performed.
(5) The trailer of a tractor-trailer vehicle combination may be detached from the tractor and the trailer weighed separately at each weighing provided the length of the scale platform is adequate to accommodate and support the entire trailer at one time.
(6) Shipments weighing 1,000 pounds or less may be weighed on a certified platform or warehouse scale prior to loading for transportation or subsequent to unloading.
(7) The net weight of shipments transported in containers shall be the difference between the tare weight of the container, including all pads, blocking and bracing used or to be used in the transportation of the shipment and the gross weight of the container with the shipments loaded therein.
(8) The shipper or any other person responsible for payment of the freight charges shall have the right to observe all weighing of the shipment. The carrier must advise the shipper or any other person entitled to observe the weighing of the time and specific location where each weighing will be performed and must give that person a reasonable opportunity to be present to observe the weighing. Waiver by a shipper of the right to observe any weighing or reweighing is permitted and does not affect any rights of the shipper under these regulations or otherwise.
(9) The carrier shall obtain a separate weight ticket for each weighing required under this item except when both weighs are performed on the same scale, one weight ticket may be used to record both weighs. Every weight ticket must be signed by the person performing the weighing and must contain the following minimum information:
(a) The complete name and location of the scale,
(b) The date of each weighing,
(c) Identification of the weight entries thereon as being the tare, gross and/or net weight,
(d) The company or carrier identification of the vehicle,
(e) The last name of the shipper as it appears on the bill of lading, and
(f) The carrier's shipment registration or bill of lading number.
(10) The original weight ticket or tickets relating to the determination of the weight of a shipment must be retained by the carrier as part of the file on the shipment. All freight bills presented to collect any shipment charges dependent on the weight transported must be accompanied by true copies of all weight tickets obtained in the determination of the shipment weight.
(11) Reweighing of shipments. Before the actual commencement of the unloading of a shipment weighed at origin and after the shipper is informed of the billing weight and total charges, the shipper may request a reweigh. The charges shall be based on the reweigh weight.

Notes

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 515-16-6-.13
Authority O.C.G.A. Secs. 46-7-24, 46-7-26, 46-7-27.
Original Rule entitled "Certified Scales, Weighing Procedures, and Weight Tickets" adopted. F. June 10, 2008; eff. June 30, 2008.

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