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DOT Compliance Question- mainly for KS guys

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by KS_Grasscutter, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,331

    I know there are getting to be a lot of us Central Kansas guys on here. Anyone use Corporate Safety Compliance, Inc in Maize for DOT compliance? A couple people in town had mentioned using them, but they are the same people you can never get a straight answer out of when it comes to details. I was able to get a DOT number, for free, by myself, directly from the FMSCA last fall, and set up what I think I need for my files. But I am now realizing that these files need updated quite often, and would almost rather just pay them up to a couple hundred dollars a year to just mail me whatever I need to add to my files.

    Mainly I don't want to risk being put out of service due to not having all my ducks in a row during an audit or roadside inspection.

    Are there any other companies, somewhat locally, that do the same thing? Right after registering I spent the better part of a month it seemed like on the phone with nationwide outfits wanting to do my paperwork for me, but I don't really trust anyone with all my info that isn't local.
     
  2. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    I dont know anyone that does that, but that sounds like it would be a great business opportunity for someone in the know about all that BS. We have done ok on the roadside inspections, but the BS paperwork, I wont even get started on my thoughts on that, not so confident on that.
     
  3. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Posts: 828

  4. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Posts: 828

    KS is hassling you guys with a pickup and 12' trailer???????


    WOW
     
  5. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    Any 3/4 ton or bigger truck towing any kind of trailer. I got stopped last summer in one of the F250s not even pulling a trailer, just had the spray rig in the the bed.
     
  6. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Posts: 828

    Wow, they've gone hard core.
    The state must be broke, and looking at the lawn guys as a revenue stream.


    I pull a 16' landscape trailer with F250 every day past one of the WY ports.
    No problems, I'm under 26k operating in state. They don't mess with me.
     
  7. buttaluv

    buttaluv LawnSite Senior Member
    from MidWest
    Posts: 526

    well the magic number is 10,001 lbs...it is a joke...I live right on the state line (in Missouri) of Kansas/Missouri...after I checked into what all i was going to have to do and had already spent quite a few dollars...I just use my half ton truck and single axle trailer in Kansas and use my big trailer & 3/4 ton truck in missouri....something about crossing state lines, etc....this is what the inspector told me to do in order to get away from all the crap...there's other lawn guys here that got pulled over and had to park their trailers for various safety violations and 500.00 tickets!
     
  8. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Posts: 828

    The regs are for 10,001 or more used commercially.
    Some states enforce it very strictly, others not as much.


    A friend was telling me some mileage numbers for the new Ford F150 ECO Boost engine.
    15 towing is what he had an owner tell him this week.
    I'd be getting one of those and thumbing my nose at KS DOT.
     
  9. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    If I didnt have 4 plow trucks and a bobcat to deal with in the snow I would go half tons and single axles in a heartbeat.
     
  10. BPS##

    BPS## LawnSite Senior Member
    from WY
    Posts: 828

    I hear ya.


    I'd probably put 7.6' or 8' blades on the half tons.
    Any thing to piddle in their wheaties.
     

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