Us Dot

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by PLM-1, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Reading another thread got me thinking. I know some other lawn companies around here have DOT numbers on their 3/4 trucks. According to FMCSA, I am not required, I don't think. Any opinions?? Who has numbers who doesn't???
     
  2. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thats a good question, one that I have been curious about as well. I thought someone on here metiuoned a specific weight, can not remember what it was though. I am also curious about trailers and when they actually need to be licensed. Any ideas on that one? Like I said before, I THINK they both have to do with the weight. I'm sure someone will know.
     
  3. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    if your truck, trailer and equipment exceed 10,000 lbs, you need to register.
     
  4. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    See, that's what I thought. But i went through the form and answered the questions (correctly I think), then it said it wasn't necessary. .. hmmm
     
  5. Mike Fronczak

    Mike Fronczak LawnSite Senior Member
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    In NY it's 10,000 as of July 5 you must be registered. Was 18,000 in 2005. I'm looking at the sheet right here. Easy to do about half hour online no charge. Instantly get number. I belive each state is different. Check your DOT website.
     
  6. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    oop's double post
     
  7. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    the correct answer to this is: combined gross rating, that means if your trailer is rated at 5000 and your truck is rated at 6000 (most all except s10 should be) that puts you up to 11000, yes you need the number for the most part anyone that has a truck and trailer that is commercial use is required to have it.
     
  8. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So my next question, are we talking STATE DOT or US DOT??
     
  9. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i did mine as a US DOT number, never know when you might run out of state to pick up a machine or something from e-bay.
    Don't cost anything other than the required safety equipment
     
  10. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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