HELP!!! FUEL TANK STRAP BROKE

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Christopher Y.'s Comment
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So, while running down 80 , me and the wife pull into the rest stop and I realize my fuel tank strap broke. Not having another fuel tank strap (cause seriously who the **** carries one of those) I secured it using straps that can hold 3333 around the frame and I used two of them my question is if I get dot'd can I get an out of service or a ticket or am I legal to run the rest of the week? Any help would be appreciated Thanks!!!!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Is it a Company Truck? Either way, I do not think DOT will look kindly upon it. I would call Road Service and get it repaired before I drove it another mile. If that sucker breaks loose you will have much BIGGER problems than a DOT violation. You could KILL someone with a 100 gallon fuel tank going through their windshield!

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.

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.

Kevin H.'s Comment
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Well, I'm sure everyone is going to agree that the smart thing to do would be to get it fixed asap.

But to answer your question, I have no idea what an officer doing an inspection would think, but looking at the regs, it just says that a fuel tank has to be attached in a "workmanlike manner". Apparently that's a legal term basically meaning that it has to be done right. So I'm guessing that what you have doesn't qualify. Does that put you out of service? I don't know.

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.

Christopher Y.'s Comment
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Is it a Company Truck? Either way, I do not think DOT will look kindly upon it. I would call Road Service and get it repaired before I drove it another mile. If that sucker breaks loose you will have much BIGGER problems than a DOT violation. You could KILL someone with a 100 gallon fuel tank going through their windshield!

Whats the difference between two yellow nylon straps that ate rated for 6,666 lbs together securing the tank or a shiny metal scrap??? Is it cause the metal looks safer!! Secured is secured correct???

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.

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.

Christopher Y.'s Comment
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Well, I'm sure everyone is going to agree that the smart thing to do would be to get it fixed asap.

But to answer your question, I have no idea what an officer doing an inspection would think, but looking at the regs, it just says that a fuel tank has to be attached in a "workmanlike manner". Apparently that's a legal term basically meaning that it has to be done right. So I'm guessing that what you have doesn't qualify. Does that put you out of service? I don't know.

Its strapped tight isn't that workman like Lol it's not like I tied a bow or something: )

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.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I would imagine it will hold, but........a violation, or worse will cost you more than a shiny new mounting strap. Just my $.02

Christopher Y.'s Comment
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I would imagine it will hold, but........a violation, or worse will cost you more than a shiny new mounting strap. Just my $.02

Well with a 500$ well 608$ ticket after my fairy tale loose leave log book wasn't current I may take your advicevi just don't see why it's not legal

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.

Kevin H.'s Comment
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Well, I'm sure everyone is going to agree that the smart thing to do would be to get it fixed asap.

But to answer your question, I have no idea what an officer doing an inspection would think, but looking at the regs, it just says that a fuel tank has to be attached in a "workmanlike manner". Apparently that's a legal term basically meaning that it has to be done right. So I'm guessing that what you have doesn't qualify. Does that put you out of service? I don't know.

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Its strapped tight isn't that workman like Lol it's not like I tied a bow or something: )

Yeah, you're looking for someone with experience or some knowledge to tell you if it's legal, and that's not me. But like I said above, "workmanlike manner" seems to mean the way you would expect it to be done if you took it in to be repaired. You wouldn't expect to pay to have it repaired then come out and find nylon straps, so it probably doesn't qualify, IMHO. But maybe as a temporary repair that's secure it would be ok, I don't know.

In any case, I hope it works out.

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.

Pianoman's Comment
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This probably isn't what you want to hear, but I wouldn't risk it. I don't know for certain, but I'm willing to bet DOT would place you out of service for that. If I were you, I'd get it fixed properly first and THEN go argue with the DOT about it if you feel so inclined.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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My codriver with over 20 years experience said since a full fuel tank would weigh about 800 pounds and you have straps rated to hold over 6k pounds on it, you wouldnt get a ticket or be put out of service, however they would tell you to get it fixed quickly as they roll their eyes lol. I think you are okay to get down the road and have it fixed. Our shop mechanics said the same thing.

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