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What ARE the rules?

KS_Grasscutter

LawnSite Gold Member
Ok, been hearing on here and also locally that people are getting pulled over by the DOT, and getting lots of fines, or lots of warnings that could be fines. I guess I havent been looking in the right places, but I CANT find a list of exactly WHAT we HAVE TO HAVE to be legal. Anyone know where I can find this? I want PROOF, not just someone's opinion on what is legal in their state. Maybe there is a website out there that outlines what the rules are in every state?
 
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KS_Grasscutter

LawnSite Gold Member
try your state D O T website.
I did. My state's DOT website kinda SUCKS if you want to find anything...maybe I just didnt look hard enough, will check it again.
 

racer56

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Kansas
http://www.kansashighwaypatrol.org/faqs/trailers.html
Here is some I found. I used to do work in Kansas and the cops would wait down at the dump and bust everyone. They took the trailers into impound on the spot. A good friend of mine that worked for the city told me a local trailer company kept turning everyone in to get a ton of work.
I also know they had written tickets for not having break-away brakes, tires (wrong rating), too heavy of a load, and incorrect drivers license. I think they just made up stuff to increase cash flow:rolleyes: .
I work in Missouri but close to Kansas and really couldn't find much about Missouri. I called the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Highway Patrol and none of them had a clue so I guess if you have a drivers license and think the thing will make it down the road you are in good shape here:clapping: .
 

racer56

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Kansas
GCWR has to be over 10,000 lbs. to do much in Missouri and looks like Kansas uses that same weight for some of the laws.
 

topsites

LawnSite Fanatic
In virginia it's 26,000 lbs. gcvwr, but one thing worthy of mention is that it is the RATING, whatever your truck + trailers gcvwr is, that is what counts.
 

bigbone

LawnSite Member
Location
Hutchinson, KS
KS Grasscutter, what is your truck + trailer GCWR? Also, do you have to register your trailer?
 
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