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Old 09-02-2004, 12:19 AM
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Question Is this law true????

In Ohio, the height limit allowed for a vehicle is based GVWR, the higher the GVWR, the higher from the ground to your bumper. This I know is true. However, I was told, by a friend, that to enforce this law, the truck must be fully weighed down to its registered capabilities before any measurements can be taken from the bumper to the ground. This is a very hard feat for any law enforcement officer to do out of his cruiser, therefore rendering this a basically unenforceable law......Fact or fiction????
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http://bmv.ohio.gov/EngDigest.pdf

Bumper Height: Maximum and minimum allowable height determined by gross vehicle weight rating. http://www.brown.twp.franklin.oh.us/traffic_laws.htm

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This state keeps an eye on the GVWR for bumper height. For 4,500 pounds and under, 24 inches is the max at front, 26 at the rear, and 4,501 to 7,500 is 27 to 29. For 7,501 to 10,000, it's 28 and 31 inches. If the body or truck-bed height is altered, the difference in height between the body floor and/or the bed floor to the top of the framerail can be no more than 4 inches.
http://www.customtruckshowcase.com/laws/StateLaws.html
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Thanks for the info peppy, unfortunately that wasn't exactly what I was looking for...I know the laws well, what I was asking was does the truck have to be loaded to GVWR when tested for bumper height, this would be difficult but I've heard that's how it is....
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I'd feel confident in saying the law does not say the vehicle is to be measured while loaded to maximum capacity.
So measure your vehicle as it sits. They are saying a vehicles GVWR. Meaning your vehicle is rated to weigh that much.....not that it does weigh that much.

This is the next place I'd try. Its your only hope.......I'm damn sure the cop that checks you is likely to say its the way best suited to get you a fine.
http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/registrar_email.html
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Hay man, if ya do end up with an offical answer, I sure would like to hear what they say. Good Luck.
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here's an idea, why not stop by the local hwy patrol post and ask? if i get a chance this week i'll stop in and see what they say...
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good idea! Guess I never thought of that!
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but then again may be a bad idea also...ha ha!
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Yeah- I'm kinda asking for it there...I have 3 tagged trucks right now and a total of 0 mufflers on them....maybe I should borrow my dad's jeep to go over there.....
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