View Full Version : What ARE the rules?

05-15-2007, 12:18 AM
Ok, been hearing on here and also locally that people are getting pulled over by the DOT, and getting lots of fines, or lots of warnings that could be fines. I guess I havent been looking in the right places, but I CANT find a list of exactly WHAT we HAVE TO HAVE to be legal. Anyone know where I can find this? I want PROOF, not just someone's opinion on what is legal in their state. Maybe there is a website out there that outlines what the rules are in every state?

05-15-2007, 12:29 AM
try your state D O T website.

05-15-2007, 12:35 AM
try your state D O T website.

I did. My state's DOT website kinda SUCKS if you want to find anything...maybe I just didnt look hard enough, will check it again.

05-15-2007, 12:40 AM
State DOT or state patrol (Highway Patrol - motor carrier division.


05-15-2007, 12:56 AM
Here is some I found. I used to do work in Kansas and the cops would wait down at the dump and bust everyone. They took the trailers into impound on the spot. A good friend of mine that worked for the city told me a local trailer company kept turning everyone in to get a ton of work.
I also know they had written tickets for not having break-away brakes, tires (wrong rating), too heavy of a load, and incorrect drivers license. I think they just made up stuff to increase cash flow:rolleyes: .
I work in Missouri but close to Kansas and really couldn't find much about Missouri. I called the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Highway Patrol and none of them had a clue so I guess if you have a drivers license and think the thing will make it down the road you are in good shape here:clapping: .

05-15-2007, 01:21 AM
GCWR has to be over 10,000 lbs. to do much in Missouri and looks like Kansas uses that same weight for some of the laws.

05-15-2007, 02:25 AM
In virginia it's 26,000 lbs. gcvwr, but one thing worthy of mention is that it is the RATING, whatever your truck + trailers gcvwr is, that is what counts.

05-15-2007, 04:29 AM
KS Grasscutter, what is your truck + trailer GCWR? Also, do you have to register your trailer?