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

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Navypoppop's Comment
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I agree with Rainy. If the states or the Feds want to keep 13'6" trailers clean of snow and ice they could very easily install the flexible blades at rest areas entering the truck parking areas. It is more conceivable to do that off the highway and to prevent serious injuries or deaths to drivers falling from their trucks trying to clean them. I'm sure most drivers out here have experienced snow or ice falling off their roofs but I for one will not go up there to clean it off.

G-Town's Comment
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Walmart DCs definitely have snow blades. We are required to clear even the slightest accumulation of snow and ice before security will allow an outbound Walmart store load to leave the property.

However I have never seen a truck run under the snowblade that wasn’t coupled to Walmart dry van or reefer.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Walmart DCs definitely have snow blades. We are required to clear even the slightest accumulation of snow and ice before security will allow an outbound Walmart store load to leave the property.

I think they're a great idea however how is cleanup handled? I'd assume they just have a pickup with a plow that cleans it up as needed but I see the cleanup aspect being an issue if they were placed in rest areas or weigh stations. If not plowed after every couple trucks I'd think it would create another hazard.

One option we were given at my job was go to a truck wash. However that doesn't seem feasible either as it costs our companies money and the lines would be outrageously long if every driver in a snow affected area did it.

G-Town's Comment
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During the operation there is a small front end loader used to clear snow before the next truck passes under the blade.

If I think of it I’ll record the next time I have to clear snow off the trailer roof and post the video in this thread. Good chance that will happen sooner than later...

Kurt G.'s Comment
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This sucks. I can see that it's a safety issue, but they're making drivers responsible for something they can't control, except by refusing to move a trailer with snow on it.

Our company got a new Yeti snow remover, which is like one of those blades you drive under except that it has something like a snowblower on top. But it's been out of service a lot. You have to drive under it *very* slowly, and after having it a while they decided that it needs someone plowing the snow away from the bottom after each use, just like the blade kind.

Someone needs to come up with a good solution for this. Maybe there's some money to be made there.

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Marc Lee's Comment
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No attached article from CDL Life....

Yeah... sorry. That was all I could find.

Thought it was enough to get a good tread going.

Looks like it worked!

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  • 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.
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  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
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Bruce K.'s Comment
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I thought that’s why the potholes never get fixed, to get that snow off

Jrod's Comment
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I live in, and work for a company out of, Nebraska. So I get it.

But also having had my windshield crushed from a huge chunk of ice that flew off a dry van , its something that needs to happen. I have no idea who it was, and I chose to give the benefit of the doubt and say they probably didn't notice. But I was stuck on the side of the interstate , in winter, at night, in a car with 1/4 of a windshield trying to figure out what to do (This was before cell phones). I eventually just drove to the next exit a few miles down the road, but my eyes were basically somewhere between frozen and on fire - hard to describe. (And then I had to pay for the repairs which SUCKED!)

I was just thinking how cold it was and how brutal that would have been if I had my kids with me. The fact that there is a law with a name in it makes me think that a little girl named Jessica was killed in a situation like that.

In any case, its just another thing that sucks for truck drivers, costs them money, etc...but HAS to be done. There is no way you would pull a trailer that you knew had pieces that could fly off and cause accidents, so you have to treat the snow the same way. The snow is one thing, it can blind people and cover windshields, but those big crusty chunks of dried-out frozen snow that has sat on the trailer for days... those chunks can do serious damage. (Plus, they can make your load overweight if you need a "WIIFM?")

It might be a rare instance, but I know for sure it's happened to me & a girl named Jessica. Don't let it happen to you.

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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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jamie's Comment
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The fact that there is a law with a name in it makes me think that a little girl named Jessica was killed in a situation like that.

Jessica's Law was passed after Jessica Smith was killed when ice from a tractor-trailer hit a box truck that ended up hitting her car.

Found the information online. All of these type of laws are normally made after someone has been killed, of course I'm sure there has been countless people who has died from ice and what not falling off of vehicles.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I thought that’s why the potholes never get fixed, to get that snow off

My trainer has me hitting as many as possible last night to try to get it off.

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