Avoid Bridge Law Tickets

Truck Drivers need to weigh loads and make sure they are not overweight but also must slide trailers tandems to be legal according to each state’s bridge laws. Bridge Laws determine which hole the driver will use when sliding the trailer tandems.  



USA LENGTH LAWS for 53’ TRAILERS WITH DUAL AXLES: These are maximum distances allowed except Michigan which is gives maximum and minimum. Rear axle group means more than 1 trailer axle.


  • California 40’  from kingpin to center of rear axle
  • Florida 41’  from kingpin to center of rear axle group
  • Illinois 42’6” from kingpin to rear axle
  • Maine 43’ from kingpin to rear trailer axle
  • Maryland 41’  from kingpin to center of rear tandem axles, “Title 24”
  • Michigan 37’-41’  from kingpin to center of rear tandem axle group 
  • Minnesota 43’  from kingpin to center of rear axle group
  • Rhode Island 41’  from kingpin to center of rear axle group
  • Tennessee 41’  from kingpin to center of rear axle group 
  • Vermont 41’ from kingpin to center of rear axle group 
  • Virginia 41’  from kingpin to center of rear axle group
  • West Virginia 37’  from center of rear tractor axle to center of front trailer axle
  • Wisconsin 41’  from kingpin to center of rear axle

*This is what I understand to be legal and what I use on a regular basis. I have never had a bridge law ticket in 25 years driving a truck over-the-road. Please verify with each state yourself to make sure there have not been any changes since we have obtained this information


 *Article Written by LeRoy Clemmer - Founder of ParkMyRig