DOT Compliance Question- mainly for KS guys

tyler_mott85

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Wichita, KS
I know there are getting to be a lot of us Central Kansas guys on here. Anyone use Corporate Safety Compliance, Inc in Maize for DOT compliance? A couple people in town had mentioned using them, but they are the same people you can never get a straight answer out of when it comes to details. I was able to get a DOT number, for free, by myself, directly from the FMSCA last fall, and set up what I think I need for my files. But I am now realizing that these files need updated quite often, and would almost rather just pay them up to a couple hundred dollars a year to just mail me whatever I need to add to my files.
I don't know of that company but browsing their website it sure leaves a lot of questions to be answered. Would be nice to know a bit more information about their services. If you contact them I'd be interested in knowing more about how their pricing works, etc. I'm not big on the idea of outsourcing a lot of stuff but things that can get you shut down may be well worth the expense up front.
 

DA Quality Lawn & YS

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Rochester, MN
To me, if you are trying to follow DOT rules honestly yourself, DOT should be understanding of that if you are inspected and just point out what addl needs done instead of nailing you to the wall.
 

grassman177

LawnSite Fanatic
they are hassling and pulling over tons of lcos. most are in servere violations.
 

DA Quality Lawn & YS

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Rochester, MN
what are the specific violations that guys are getting nailed on?
Helps all of us to know this:)
 

Jason Rose

LawnSite Fanatic
The big things they are shutting people down for are the obvious things. Tire tread, brakes on the trailers (not working), break-away controller on the trailer (missing or not working), lights out, etc. Things they are giving warnings for, lacking extinguisher, triangles, etc., cracked glass

I've yet to hear of anyone getting stopped and asked for their daily logs or getting shut down because they lack papers. (not greencards, lol) Running under 26,000 with no need for a CDL.

Ask 10 people and get 10 different answers, that's the biggest problem. Anyone answering questions from out of Kansas and the answers don't always apply to US. DOT is supposed to be federal laws, enforced equally across all 50 states. Do they? F no. Every state enforces a different number of the rules, and in Kansas I swear they give every inspector a different set of rules to enforce. One can tell you that you are legal and the next may find half a dozen things you are in violation for.

My truck is inspected and "up to DOT regulations", my trailer has good tires and functioning brakes, break-away control, and lights. I carry a medical card now, as required. Anything beyond that they feel they need to enforce that day they will just have to write me a ticket for to educate me.
 

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