Plant Hauling With A 1-ton Truck

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Chris B.'s Comment
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Just a quick question for anyone out there that can help with this.

I am pulling a gooseneck trailer with my personal 1 ton truck. It doesn't have any numbers on the side. When do I have to go across scales, when I'm just loaded or unloaded also?

Thank you in advance for any help with this matter.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Susan D. 's Comment
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If you are operating this truck and trailer (a hotshot rig, if you will) as a "for hire" business enterprise, you are subject to all DOT and FMCSA regulations.

Those "numbers on the side" that you say you don't have.. that is your MCC# which is the permits, insurance, and everything else that you are required to apply for. So basically, if you're already operating said rig, you are breaking all sorts of federal regulations.

I'd recommend you either make arrangements to run under someone else's authority or obtain your own, ASAP.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Roanpony's Comment
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Regulations get pretty confusing with those types of trucks and will depend on what weight your truck/trailer are registered, the type of operation you are involved in and what state you are operating in, if you are not doing interstate. If your registered GVW, or GCVW is 10000 lbs. or more, and I'm assuming it is, you have to, at a minimum, have a DOT number. For instance, if you are growing plants and taking them somewhere to plant them, like a landscaping business, you would need a DOT number. The DOT number is a fairly simple deal and doesn't cost anything. If someone is paying you to transport their plants, you are acting as a motor carrier and you need an MC number. That requires an application fee, insurance requirements, BOC-3 filings, etc.

Regarding your original question... "When do I have to go across scales" ... I believe the correct answer is whenever they are open. If I were you, I'd check out the FMCSA website https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration . From what I'm envisioning, the DOT might have some fun at your expense if you get caught.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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