Employer Has Me Drive Overweight

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Papa Bear's Comment
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Looking for what my options are in this situation.

I'm driving a 56K lb GVWR dual axle dump truck (empty the scale tells me I'm 25,980lbs) for a private owner who does paving. Practically every day he sends me to get 17 ton of asphalt, which is putting me over weight. They are always using back roads and trying to avoid highways and roadways to avoid the obvious which is DOT.

I pull a trailer to the jobs before dropping it to go get asphalt, it's a dual axle trailer which I carry heavy equipment such as a milling machine, steam roller and large bobcat, all of which I am unaware of the weights and it's like a big secret. I just started here and the practices are really concerning. Looking for some veteran feedback on what my options are in this situation.

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.

GVWR:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

GVWR is the maximum operating weight of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer, minus any trailers.

PackRat's Comment
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Turn in the keys. There are way too many reputable companies that need qualified, safe drivers.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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I agree. Walk away. As a driver “you” are responsible for the equipment that you have on the road.

Turn in the keys. There are way too many reputable companies that need qualified, safe drivers.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I agree, you're in the driver's seat, it's your butt and CDL on the line. Tell them you won't work for a company that is not concerned with safety.

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.
Navypoppop's Comment
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PapaBear,

Listen to the best advice you can get from these drivers on this forum. RUN don't walk away from this company! Evidently they do not care about you or anyone else just the almighty dollar. If you get caught overweight or worse have an accident I would bet that they would "hang you out to dry" , blame you and then fire you on the spot. It's not worth your license or worse your life.

Turtle's Comment
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You just need you just need to ask yourself one simple question:

In the event you get into an accident and someone dies, even if it's their fault, are you willing to take a manslaughter charge? Because that's exactly what will happen if they find out you were overweight. The cause of death will then be shifted to you.

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