ELDs For Rental Trucks?

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Steven E.'s Comment
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In other words, I would be required to stop at a weigh station?

G-Town's Comment
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In other words, I would be required to stop at a weigh station?

The signs always read “All Trucks Must Enter” if open. So yes, you must enter if they are open. Doesn’t mean you will be required to stop, just follow the electronic signs instructing your action. More than likely you’ll receive a green light.

Steven E.'s Comment
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That's good to know. The truck we're renting supposedly has a payload of 10,000lb. so I should be more than all right.

G-Town's Comment
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That's good to know. The truck we're renting supposedly has a payload of 10,000lb. so I should be more than all right.

If the lading weight is less than that, “yes”.

Steven E.'s Comment
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Thank you. One other question. When you say "lading weight," are you referring to the weight of the cargo? I have never before heard that term and can find no reference to it elsewhere on the Web.

Steven E.'s Comment
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Let me see if I understand. In order to be sure that the truck, when loaded with cargo, does not exceed 26,000 pounds, I need to know the tare weight of the truck - then I know how much I have to work with as far as cargo weight. Is this correct?

Old School's Comment
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That is correct.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Before starting your trip, find a local Cat scale and weigh the truck. It costs $11.50 to weigh the truck. You could weigh the truck empty and/or loaded.

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

Steven E.'s Comment
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No need to apologize. You do not need to log anything. Just be smart, if you are tired, take a break.

At a California weigh station, heading back from my trip, I was told by a CHP officer that logs are required even on a Class C vehicle if the the " vehicle is being operated in furtherance of a business." He didn't cite me for not having them ($1000 fine), but he advised me to get a log book and fill it out for the past 7 days in case I'm stopped again, which I have done. The replies I received seemed to indicate that logs are not required on a non-CDL truck. Did I misunderstand something?

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.
Sid V.'s Comment
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It's California. You probably need a log book to go out and check your mail.

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