Troopers Force Truckers To Climb On Top Of Trailers During Snow Removal Enforcement Blitz.

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Marc Lee's Comment
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Troopers force truckers to climb on top of trailers during snow removal enforcement blitz

Troopers say that they are enforcing "Jessica's Law," which requires drivers to remove all snow from their vehicles before they begin driving.

PackRat's Comment
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No attached article from CDL Life....

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.
Rob D.'s Comment
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CDL Life; Snow Removal

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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Great idea for a law. They left out the part requiring all the shippers and receivers in the state to install snow removal devices and keep them maintained and working.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I thought it was a part of the pre-trip “the top of the trailer shall be free from oil, grease, snow and ice” . I have been thankful that I have a 19 foot vertical leap so I can do this pre and post trip without much bother.

Solo's Comment
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Thankfully I flatbed and through my training, only 1 load was 13'6"....but I often do think about this when I see snow drifts atop of trailers that crash into low bridges into a glorious explosion of white powder.

But yesterday in Frederick, MD my exposed trailer and my load of shingles were covered in 2" of ice, so I got onto the deck w/ an edge protector and broke up and removed all ice from the deck and top of each pallet of shingles.

I was close to or slightly overweight, so I didn't want the added weight of ice on the deck, but more importantly, I didn't want stuff flying off and hitting cars, as I hate it as a 4-wheel driver.

That being said, it's a bit easier for me to address than you box haulers.

What can we do about it? What tools/tricks of the trade do you guys/gals have to aid you in doing the best to clear your truck/trailer of this godforsaken white stuff that WON'T GO AWAY!

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Solo, there is a post by Wanderer on the board right now and he’s found the perfect solution which is to get a job driving only in places without snow and ice. Why didn’t we think of that?????

Solo's Comment
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Solo, there is a post by Wanderer on the board right now and he’s found the perfect solution which is to get a job driving only in places without snow and ice. Why didn’t we think of that?????

I did request that my FM keeps me in the south during the winter and the north during the summer.

I'm only a week into this and I'm already down here in SC. Hopefully, this trend will continue.

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.
Army 's Comment
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Yes I live in NH and that is where Jessica's Law and this article is from. The fine is 250 for the first offense, and the troopers wont let you leave until the top of the vehicle or trailer is cleared off. Like mentioned above some shippers and receivers do have the snow removal devices, but for many I imagine don't pay attention if they are at a truck stop of something like that. Its a good law as my vehicle has been hit by flying ice, but definitely a challenge to clear it off a big rig.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Rainy 's Comment
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The smart thing to do would be to place the blades at resr area off ramps, weigh stations, or other places that make sense.

VERY few.of my customers have these blades. For the most part, I see them at Walmarts, and although i have seen more over the years elsewhere, they are not as common as the article led to believe. Also "at the customers" doesn't matter when driving from ME to Chicago. So when I shutdown in OH, then what?

I dont even see these at trucking terminals I pass.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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