TUNNEL HEIGHT VIOLATION

If you drive a tractor trailer, you need to be careful not to violate Virginia’s height restrictions on your truck.

 Virginia Code § 46.2-1110 states that:

No loaded or unloaded vehicle shall exceed a height of 13 feet, six inches.

The penalties for violating this statute are harsh. You can be charged with a misdemeanor for an over-height violation on your truck! For example, you may find yourself facing a criminal charge if the load on your truck shifts inadvertently as you drive your 18 wheeler for your employer.  Protect your CDL and your livelihood! 

Penalties:

Penalties for a height violation are harsh. A conviction would be a misdemeanor and the mandatory minimum fine is $1,000 for a first offense!

Any person who drives or attempts to drive any vehicle or combination of vehicles into or through any tunnel when the height of such vehicle, any vehicle in a combination of vehicles, or any load on any such vehicle exceeds that permitted for such tunnel, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, in addition, shall be assessed three driver demerit points. In addition, the driver of any such vehicle shall be fined $1,000, of which $1,000 shall be a mandatory minimum. For subsequent offenses, the owner of any such vehicle shall be fined $2,500, of which $2,500 shall be a mandatory minimum.

In cities such as Hampton, optical sensors may be installed at tunnel entrances to identify vehicles that exceed Virginia’s overhead clearance regulation.

If you are facing a tunnel height violation charge, it may be possible to avoid a criminal record and escape the harshness of Virginia’s traffic code. It may also be possible to have your case tried in your absence.