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D.o.t Numbers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kleankutslawn, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    I see some trucks have dot nubers on them,just curious,what is this for and when do you need to have it?
  2. Paulup

    Paulup LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    i think its gross vehicle weight over 10k lbs must be registered with the DoT and given a number. If i'm wrong, one of the bigger outfits will come school us both shortly.
  3. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    thanks.i was just wondering.i have a F250 x cab and 20 ft enclosed and was trying to see if i needed it.
  4. Paulup

    Paulup LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

    You can bet that any "Consumer" automobile does not require DoT numbers.
  5. d&rlawncare

    d&rlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    GCWR over 10,001. rating of your truck and trailer combined.
  6. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    Thats right. I was just pulled over about 2 weeks ago by a DOT inspector and slapped with almost $1000 in fines.

    kleankut, your truck and trailer alone would be well over 10,001.

    Getting a DOT #is free. You can put it on yourself. The only thing that costs is getting a medical card.
  7. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    Just curious but how do you know his truck and trailer will be over 10000 pounds? Our truck and 6X12 with 2 ZTR mowers is not over 10000 pounds.
  8. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    In Illinois, if the Gross Combined Weight Rating is over 10,001 pounds and you are crossing state lines being over that weight, you need a DOT number. Otherwise, your good to go.
  9. Indy Kyle

    Indy Kyle LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    What were you fined for? Was it for not having #'s?
  10. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    It doesn't matter what yours weighs. What counts is what it is rated for. Most 2500/F250s will be rated for 8000+. Your trailer will be rated for 5000 or more. Bingo!! 13K+ combined weight rating. Cross the stateline and the 10,001 rule comes in. Some states also get you for over 18K intrastate. That is only an 3500/F350 and most 6X16 open landscape trailers. 11000+ truck GVWR and 7000 GVWR trailer.

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