Second DOT Inspection In 3 Weeks.

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Junkyard Dog's Comment
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My first one was in New Mexico and it was a level 2. Today entering Wyoming from Utah I had a level three. Everything was perfect except for one thing... there was no copy of the trailer registration. The inspection sheet was there. Called my compliance lady and she had it faxed to the weigh station... she asked me why I didn't catch that when I did my pre-trip? I seriously don't remember being instructed about that in CDL School and my trainer never checked it went as long as I was with him. Maybe I missed it but I even went on here to the pre-trip instructions and I didn't see it mentioned. So an honest question for all of you on here... How often do you see if the trailer registration is in the holder?


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.
PackRat's Comment
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Every single time! It better be in there, or I’m not pulling the trailer. I make it a habit of looking in the nose box for the registration, then I check the integrity of the box itself. Next, I look at the trailer inspection sticker, followed by looking at the air connector halves and the electrical coupling box. That’s the first part of my trailer pre-trip.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Never have looked as it was never mentioned at school or training. I suppose I should start. Great job passing with the exception of registration. I've been fortunate to have not been inspected in the nearly 2 years I've been driving. I thought for sure I was going to be inspected couple months ago when DOT had me sit on the scale for about 2 minutes before giving me the green light while empty.


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.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I even searched some YouTube videos and only one of the three checked for the trailer registration. I'm not making any excuses but I learned something today. I didn't post this to justify anyting, but this is a teaching lesson for new drivers. I'm not sure how my company is going to treat this, but a clean level 3 inspection is worth $200 to me. Guess I'll just have to check my paycheck to see how it goes.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I did get the quarterly sticker on my window for the next 3 months. He was putting it on my window when I brought him the trailer registration. For whatever that's worth.

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