DOT Reflective Tape Questions

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Not I.'s Comment
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I drive CDL B box trucks, we lease them from Ryder. They never come with front or rear dot tape, hell not a front tag with my state being a front tag required. Aren't these things all violations? Or do these not apply for B stuff? Cause I always hear the A guys saying you need the dot tape on trailers etc etc.

Just confused to if so, why is Ryder releasing these things to us like this?

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.

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.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I drive CDL B box trucks, we lease them from Ryder. They never come with front or rear dot tape, hell not a front tag with my state being a front tag required. Aren't these things all violations? Or do these not apply for B stuff? Cause I always hear the A guys saying you need the dot tape on trailers etc etc.

Just confused to if so, why is Ryder releasing these things to us like this?

Howdy, Not I ~!! (Not You!!)

I'm not sure 'why' Ryder does as they do; perhaps they don't know the weight and/or the product the folks renting, plan to haul. Sailboat fuel (and corrugated/boxes, as my hubby does in a 53') doesn't weigh much!

Here's what I've found:

Showing results for do cdl box trucks need dot reflective tape on trailers Search instead for do cdlb box trucks need dot reflective tape on trailers

The rear of each trailer and semitrailer must be equipped with retroreflective sheeting (or reflex reflectors). To help curb accidents and increase driver safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), requires all box, semi-trucks and big rigs to be fitted with retro-reflective tape. The tape must be placed along the bottom and sides of any trailer weighing more than 4,536 kg.

That's about 10K lbs, in U.S. measure. I'm not sure if y'all somehow 'circumvent' this, but... I'd be wary, personally!

How'd you get hired on to Ryder? CDLA or B? A member is looking for a CDLB job; perhaps you can help?

Hope this helped you,

Drive safe!

~ Anne ~

ps: Here's the 'legal lingo' ... DOT Reflective Tape Requirements.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I do not believe it is needed on a box truck.

Infact after seeing this question I followed a box truck home and he didn't have any.

As for the front plate where is the truck registered? If it registered in a state that doesn't require front plates then you should be fine.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Like U-Haul 26 ft trucks and the others ALL, ONLY have rear plates. For the most part they are all registered in Arizona to skirt the smog laws....I'm"Thinking" semi's have front plates, since the scales/toll roads, in some places, have cameras, to capture the plates etc passing thru them.

Not I.'s Comment
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I was told straight/solid style box trucks do not need dot tape on the front or back.... supposedly it's stated in the article rules somewhere. Any truth to this? Just want to cover my butt and not get dot violations.

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.

Not I.'s Comment
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Supposedly stated here that straight trucks do not require dot reflective tape ...maybe I overlooked it I don't see it yet.

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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.

G-Town's Comment
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The FMCSA language requiring reflective striping on straight trucks does not exist. It’s only specific for trailers and tractors.

That said; I’ve rarely seen a relatively new straight truck without the striping, including Penske’s.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.
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