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DOT Regulations

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by memac259, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. memac259

    memac259 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    I started a new business this year and have tried to get all the proper permits, tax #'s etc. Now I hearing that in Maryland, where I'm from that I need DOT numbers, etc if I'm pulling a trailer for use in a commercial business. I can't find any info.......does anyone know if this is true and what the details are??
  2. desii

    desii LawnSite Member
    Messages: 193

    I don't think it's just because you live in Maryland... DOT numbers are Federally controlled, as I understand it. You can get an Intrastate (Maryland only) or Interstate (Entire US).

    I don't know too much more than that, but I believe you can go online and have one in like 10 minutes. Try Goolgle for more info or search this site. I'm sure someone will come here and help you out more, soon.
  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    In KY, you must have a DOT# and business name on the truck if it is used for commercial use and has a GVWR of 10,000 lbs or more. This includes a trailer that is over 10,000 lbs. or more also.... So basically, if you have a 3/4 ton or over and are out making cash, you need one. It's easy- sorta....

    GO HERE-- http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/
  4. Breezmeister

    Breezmeister LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from South Jersey
    Messages: 1,784


    Hope this link helps
  5. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    search for maryland dot laws. All you will get here is people telling you how it is everywehre but maryland. And it isnt universal in every state.
  6. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    Call 1-410-582-5734 or 1-800-543-4564 for maryland #s. Maryland #s you can't cross state lines. federal #s i can't help you
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    These are the federal guidelines for all 50 states:

    Commercial Motor Vehicle (49 CFR Part 390.5)

    Commercial motor vehicle means any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle:

    1. Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more, whichever is greater; or
    2. Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation; or
    3. Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or
    4. Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and transported in a quantity requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary under 49 CFR, subtitle B, chapter I, subchapter C.

    GREENTIMEJG LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 33

    I worked for several companies in neb not just doing landscaping but it seems that in that state they go with gross weight. we needed dot numbers on almost all trucks. I think it is just a way for the state to make money somehow but any way thats how it was. Not sure how it is in your state.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It is kind of a funny thing, because in Michigan, while the law was adopted in 1990, it is now going to be enforced. We are required to have applied for it by Jan.1 2008, and must be displayed on the vehicles by Jan.1 2009.
  10. cutbetterthanyou

    cutbetterthanyou LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,178

    In maryland the state #s are free. But the fed #s aren't.

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