how many of you break cdl laws.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by deerewashed, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    And yearly inspection. Make sure you have current registration and insurance card as well. Yes they can look it up on the computer, but the law requires it to be in vehicle.
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    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    Federal covers interstate, if you are intrastate only then follow the rules of the state you are in.
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  3. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
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    I get my trailers inspected every year but I don't get a dot inspection like the big trucks.

    Luckily, I carry really high insurance and keep everything tight and up to date. Though they could pick on me, sure, but there are a lot of trucks on the roads in Texas and a lot unsafe things I see every day.
    With the oil boom, there are a lot of other fish to catch and overweight, unsafe vehicles that are probably higher on the radar than some guy like me hauling a clean bobcat with a clean truck, clean trailer, and sufficient tie-downs and good tires.

    The last time I did get pulled over it was the local sheriff's dept. they were giving me a courtesy warning about not being able to see my license plate. The trailer was a DOT certified trailer, inspected, etc., The deputy called DPS on the spot and he was told that I was legal though not seeing the license plate could be probable cause to pull over and look for other violations.
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Our truck looks very professional and clean...still pulled me over. It coul have been a really bad day.
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  5. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
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    wanna copy of the paperwork that says so?

  6. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's a Federal Law, doesn't matter what state you're in
  7. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
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    There are so many ways they can get you. For instance if you have older chains and they are not marked what Grade they are they defer back to the lowest strength grade? Same with your binders.

    They will fine you for chaining your skid steer down by the bucket since it is removable yet you can chain down your excavator to the track shoes?

    How many of you have actually loaded your trucks and scaled the axles?

    Are all loads secured with the same standards?

    Me I just stay as far away from the DOT officers as possible.LOL
  8. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It just infuriates me. Some companies around here switched from isuzu nprs to half ton trucks pulling single axle trailers JUST to avoid dot inspections.

    My sub for hauling dirt, NEVER goes on the highway loaded.

    Another landscaping company's will not drive their isuzu's on the highway because of dot.

    And then some guy in a 1/2 ton pickup will haul scaffolding 8' above the cab without any straps and dot can't touch him.
  9. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    AND I will see government dot construction crews hauling a back hoe without a 4 point chain tie down.

    And I will see the local government water authority haul their kubota mini-x with one chain.

    It is not about safety, it is about robbing small business of their money.
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is correct.
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