Just got back from delivering a couple pallets of salt to one of my apartment accounts. On the way, I got pulled over by DOT, just thought I'd share what I learned, so a few of you might not have the headache I have right now I know this is old news to some of you, but being in my second year, I have tried to comply where I knew I needed, but didn't know some of the details I guess: -I had the triangles/ fire extinguisher in the truck, BUT, fire extinguisher has to be one with a pressure guage. (Mine didn't have the guage) -I need a medical card, b/c my GVWR of truck/ trailer is above 10,000 lbs., -AND, if I am driving down the rd. and I see the 'DOT check stop' signs, I must pull in(B/C I have DOT #'s), if not, its a hefty fine. I Didn't know this. -When I registered the truck, it was registered based on the dry weight of truck, not GVWR, DOT goes by GVWR of truck/ trailer, I could have gotten a ticket b/c I was over my registered weight, just by me being in the truck and a full tank of gas. -Also need a logbook if I work more than 12 hours in any given day (mowing, driving, anything), -When I applied for my DOT numbers, I filed under the wrong classification (something about my DOT number isn't for hauling anything???) For this I've looked online to modify my form MCS-150, but it is very vague, I've got a call into a motor carrier investigator, waiting for his return call. -ANYTHING in back of truck not secured=ticket. One for each item unsecured. This goes for trailer as well. loose fuel cans, big NO NO. -I had been told (by a local LCO), that trimmer racks weren't legal. Today I was corrected by DOT- they ARE Legal as long as trimmers cant move up/ secured. Like I said, I know some of this is old hat to most of you guys and it has been discussed to death. Since I started my business, I've tried to do things legal and moral, and this DOT stuff is really a grey area, hard to find the right answers. One thing the DOT officer informed me of, NY state is constantly changing their laws to comply with federal laws, so what is legal/ illegal today might not be legal next week. Hope it helps someone out there.