Pickup Trucks, Trailers,& DOT

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by MDLawn, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Here in KY, you could drive around town using a Ford Ranger to tow a backhoe on a dual tire dovetail trailer(if this was possible) and the police would not even stop you!! Ive seen a guy towing a backhoe on one of those huge dual tire gooseneck equipment trailers with a f250, I have no idea how that truck was pulling it, but he does it quite often and I assume he never gets stopped? It is only certain states that enforce towing laws.
     
  2. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Its funny too that Joe non-business can hook up almost anything but as soon as the business sign and DOT# goes on trouble starts. I mean how many 70+ year olds do you see driving those massive motor homes with no requirements but towing a small trailer holding 2 mowers gets you in all sorts of trouble. Plus with all of NYS fiscal problems they will be going after every penny they can get! Oh well I will try and stay low profile the best I can.
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  3. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
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    DOT is very lax on checking light duty trucks and trailers here in Ontario. The DOT equivalent here is the MTO (Ministry of Transporation). Anything with dual axles has to enter a truck scale when they call for it along the highway, but around town, they hardly pull anyone over these days. Here, Police in all branches don't have the authority unless they notice something obvious, to write you a ticket for an offense. Something like running a flat bed load that's not secured they can stop you on, but for not having two 5K rated straps on a 10K load is up to the MTO whether or not to ticket you.
     
  4. Stonewellmark

    Stonewellmark LawnSite Member
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    Here in NY its crazy, I think we all know to use heavy enough straps or chains, here the DOT will write you a ticket if the (heavy enough) strap is not DOT approved. Same goes for gas cans,light lens', mirrors, etc. Hell they can even write you for unsecured articles in the cab....Hats, gloves, coats, hand tools, trash etc. its just crazy. If they cant find something easy to write you on then you usually get a "stupid" ticket like mentioned above.
     
  5. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
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    Unsecured PILLOW! Ack!
     

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