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Avoid DOT and State Police in Maryland!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ProLockers, Jul 12, 2006.

  1. ProLockers

    ProLockers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    We just got information from a reliable source that state police and DOT in the state of Maryland for the next six months are going to be targeting landscape contractors and trash haulers for proper tarp loads and properly secured equipment. Make sure your debris is tarped, your equipment is properly secured and that your trucks and trailers are up to snuff on all regs to avoid hefty fines. This is not a marketing ploy, this is fact. Being landscape contractors ourselves, we don't want to see anyone out there facing huge tickets.

    Mark Kenny
    ProLawn Equipment/ProLockers
  2. AlleganyLawnCare

    AlleganyLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 180

    Thanks for the tip! I appreciate the headsup.

    Allegany Lawncare Services
    Western Maryland
  3. Aaron's Lawn Care

    Aaron's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    Thanks for the warning!
  4. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Yes, I've driven truck thru there. Your first name has to be Barney to even apply for a DOT or Trooper job. They made me sweep mud off my trailer that was under a load of steel (must have come off fork lift forks when loaded). I only had 3" of clearence under the load on an 8' flatbed. Took about 2 hours with a broom handle to get it out.
  5. Gumby

    Gumby LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    Thanks for the heads up. I travel a very heavily patrolled section on route 301 (DOT patrols) and will probably notice the additional attention.
  6. Potomac Lawns Inc.

    Potomac Lawns Inc. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    They have ben out for some time around me-SOUTHERN MARYLAND- area
    normally have the ford expedition or the ford or chevy 2500 pick up
  7. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    I aggree with that NH is after the landscapers as well...
  8. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    where in NH are you from?
  9. jsbmaine

    jsbmaine LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    hmmm, probably should be doing all those things anyway. I don't mind the DOT checking for properly secured and tarped loads, that's a saftey issue. It's when I have 1 marker light out on a 48' flatbed and get a ticket that I get annoyed.
  10. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    last week a piece of debris flew from an untarped trailer into my windshield. Guy hit and ran, we found him, he denied it and now I must sue his sorry azz to collect.

    Also, sick of all the scrubs and big companies with unsecure mowers. You can hang my truck upside down with a crane and everything will stay on board.

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