DOT Required Reflective Tape?

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Patrick M.'s Comment
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Good afternoon gentleman, and ladies! I am 25 and have about 6 years of driving experience but I recently started a new company and I now am not simply just delivering food to restaurants in Philadelphia I'm Venturing into North Jersey and also New York and I have a question about the requirements for the reflective tape. I drive a '05 hino 17,000 straight truck no cdl or endorsements but I keep having this same (in my opinion) uneducated township officer break my stones everyday and reflectors and reflective tape and how much I should have etcc. Now with me only driving a straight truck and what are the requirements for how much reflective I need to use and where does it need to be out. I tried reading the official rules multiple times and I cannot decider it and we recently just got a new "transportation manager" who doesn't quite know any rules at all. Thanks in advance for any help that can be provided, I'm tired of dealing with this township officer!!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Pat M.'s Comment
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Good afternoon gentleman, and ladies! I am 25 and have about 6 years of driving experience but I recently started a new company and I now am not simply just delivering food to restaurants in Philadelphia I'm Venturing into North Jersey and also New York and I have a question about the requirements for the reflective tape. I drive a '05 hino 17,000 straight truck no cdl or endorsements but I keep having this same (in my opinion) uneducated township officer break my stones everyday and reflectors and reflective tape and how much I should have etcc. Now with me only driving a straight truck and what are the requirements for how much reflective I need to use and where does it need to be out. I tried reading the official rules multiple times and I cannot decider it and we recently just got a new "transportation manager" who doesn't quite know any rules at all. Thanks in advance for any help that can be provided, I'm tired of dealing with this township officer!!

The tape is cheap if you buy it off of places like ebay. I would go all down the side of the box on both sides. Then I would go across the back. If you have a DOT bumper then go across that also. You also need white reflective tape in the top corners of the box. One piece horizontal on the top of both sides and then one piece vertical on both sides at the top. Then you will have enough tape to cover what ever that officer wants. I think we bought an 80 foot roll for like $80.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

Turbo Dan's Comment
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"05 Hino,, 17,000 lbs straight truck, no CDL required" ? I'd have to get the book out, but I thought over 16,000 lbs in business requires a CDL C, also 10,001 requires a Medical , CDL or not. I was told by a NTSB guy once, that over 10,001 in business depending on distance requires a log book CDL or not.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Keith W.'s Comment
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DOT reflective tape should cover 50% down the sides, 100% across the back, and white tape 12 inches X 12 inches at the top corners.

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.

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