more dot cdl questions

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Funfunfun, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
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    No, I did it to avoid DOT compliance laws. We operate intrastate only and are not required to have DOT #'s/fuel tax tracking/truck logs/IFTA registration/random drug pooling/training other driver who do not have a CDL etc.... That's why we purchased another trailer Thumbs Up

    What part was I incorrect about CDL requirements?
     
  2. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,193

    Telling Clark to study. :hammerhead:
     
  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,716


    :laugh: :drinkup:

    Got me on that one.
     
  4. david bailey

    david bailey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    thats a lot of money to get around a license. My CDL-A was pretty cheap compared to a change in equipment or a fine for being improper.

    Plus side-I can haul/drive anything I might need to do a job. downside-.04 all the time so drinking is done carefully
     
  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,716

    So you'd pay to train 3 other drivers to get a CDL, or limit the truck trailer combo to one driver in place of buying a trailer anyone in the company can operate? If I was hauling a 10/20 ton tag I would agree, but hauling an extra 5k lbs? The money was well spent on the new trailer.
     
  6. david bailey

    david bailey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    I have trained some guys to get their CDL and let them use my 750 and 10 ton deck over to do the driving exam. I don't really have employees so my situation is different but I would rather have qualified people than taking a chance. The guys I share my lot with got busted because of a trailer with no tail lights. Once the officer dug a little he found a bunch of other infractions to fine them for. One being no CDL driving a 650 pulling a 7t trailer that was overweight(gross and axle) with defective equipment.
    My bizz is a little different and I guess the costs is there but I see as a way to get and keep qualified help. If they have a CDL they prolly already know how to operate equipment and drive a dump truck
     
  7. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,716

    We really only run two setups, a 16' utility trailer and a 20' deckover. They are hooked to either a 350 or 450. I know where you're coming from, if we had an install crew who were moving equipment all the time I would have done things differently.
     

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