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Pat M.'s Comment
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Thanks Bud

Now for a teaching moment.... I found this photo on another site. What can you find that makes this load illegal in EVERY state in the union? 1485306805.6627.jpg

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Is it because it's hanging off the back by so many feet without an oversized banner? I drag a box so take it easy on me.

Nope, that is not it. It has nothing to do with flagging.

Cwc's Comment
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Other than it looks like someone just put whatever wherever and not really stacking it with any ryhme or reason. Like having sheets of plates steel on top of I-beams..

Cwc's Comment
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Mix bag of steel loads like that get my attention going down the road.. I tend to try and steer clear... Although I've had more syrophom fly at me then anything.

Cwc's Comment
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One more last guess from a van guy... If that is steel plate and it looks to be an inch or better thick. If I recall correctly 1/2in plate weighs 50lb per square so 1 should be 100lb per square. And I counted 5-6 I-beams at 1/2inch. Is it a weight issue?

Big Scott's Comment
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I can't tell for sure but in addition to the huge overhang off the tail, it looks like the load might not be secured well.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Those are some good guesses. It is not securement or flagging.

The issue is the amber light. It is illegal to run with a rear amber light that is not a beacon or blinker. The amber light is on the beams. Here is the rule..

No. §393.11 requires that lighting devices on Commercial Motor Vehicle CMVs placed in operation after March 7, 1989, meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 108 in effect at the time of manufacture. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued interpretations which indicate that the use of amber tail lamps impairs the effectiveness of the required lighting equipment and as such is prohibited by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (developed and issued by the NationalHighway Traffic Safety Administration) (FMVSS) No. 108 (S5.1.3). Since National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not allow vehicle manufacturers to install amber tail lamps, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has concluded that the use of amber tail lamps on vehicles placed in operation after March 7, 1989, is prohibited by §393.11.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • CMV:

    Commercial Motor Vehicle

    A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

    • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
    • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
    • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
    • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
    • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

    Dm:

    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.

    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.
Old School's Comment
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Hehe! It's tricky guys, but I spotted it right off the bat...

I'm hoping some more of you will take a shot at it. We're not gonna make fun at any one's ideas. Like Pat said it's a teaching moment. Look a little closer and I think you'll figure it out.

Cwc's Comment
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I drag a box. If I see flashing lights on my truck I get it checked outsmile.gif

C T.'s Comment
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Maybe the tail lights are kinda blocked? I can't see the pic that we'll but it's a guess

Old School's Comment
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Oh geez, Pat gave out the answer while I was thumbing my phone! That amber light stood out like a sore thumb when I looked at the photo.

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