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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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About a law to make any vehicle pulling a trailer enter a scale? The amount of improperly loaded, over loaded, over weight, improperly hooked, improperly maintained trailers on the road is shocking. They should have to scale and pass inspections just like us imo.

Same for rental trucks, you take someone who has never driven anything larger than a Honda Civic and hand them keys to a 26 foot box truck and tell them "good luck".

Steve L.'s Comment
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How I would feel is (in my opinion) less important than whatever this would, or wouldn't accomplish.

So, what would be the objective?

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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So, what would be the objective

Hopefully to get them off the road.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Some states already do that. I went through Boise City Oklahoma and there's no pre pass so I had to cross the scale. There were two cars (OHP or ODOT?) inspecting two pickups hauling trailers. One had four cars on it and the other had flat oversized pallets. I saw paperwork being passed back and forth when I parked for a minute to grab water out of the bunk. They left shortly before I did

Laura

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.

PackRat's Comment
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I would rather see the authorities pass a law making it a felony to text and drive. I have far more unsafe interactions with these idiots than towed vehicles, rentals, or RVs.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I would rather have all licensed drivers educated on big rigs and motorcycles.

I think every trailer should read "if you can see my mirrors, I can't see you" and be educated on safe following and passing distance on trucks. A real "doing this could kill you" type of thing.

I still remember the movie Mechanized Death from high school drivers Ed. Go watch it on YouTube. I only got 1 ticket my whole life.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ryan B.'s Comment
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About a law to make any vehicle pulling a trailer enter a scale? The amount of improperly loaded, over loaded, over weight, improperly hooked, improperly maintained trailers on the road is shocking. They should have to scale and pass inspections just like us imo.

Same for rental trucks, you take someone who has never driven anything larger than a Honda Civic and hand them keys to a 26 foot box truck and tell them "good luck".

Won't accomplish anything because scales are closed too often and there are not enough personnel to handle all of the vehicles already coming through. It's one of those, "looks good on paper," but practically speaking, it would create more issues than it solves.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dave T.'s Comment
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Can you imagine the backups at the scales that would cause too? It’s already bad enough we have to pull in empty, why add 4wheelers to the mix? When I moved back up here from Florida, I was driving a 26’ Penske truck and I had to pull in and the officers actually came out and inspected the truck and the contents to make sure I wasn’t moving any kind of fruit (I think) or anything else on their list across state lines. I still agree with the drivers ed program needing a “day with a trucker” to get a first hand experience in what it’s like when someone cuts us off or does something stupid around us.

Bill M.'s Comment
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I would rather have all licensed drivers educated on big rigs and motorcycles.

Agreed.

I think every trailer should read "if you can see my mirrors, I can't see you" and be educated on safe following and passing distance on trucks. A real "doing this could kill you" type of thing.

Agreed

I still remember the movie Mechanized Death from high school drivers Ed. Go watch it on YouTube. I only got 1 ticket my whole life.

If it's the same film I watched in high school, I remember it being very graphic. It certainly got my attention.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bill M.'s Comment
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I feel what you are saying. What we see out there is terrifying. Accidents just waiting to happen. But, like someone just mentioned; I'd hate to see the backup at the scales.

I live in Western PA. There is a stretch on route 19 near 80 where I often see state troopers will have a pickup truck pulling a trailer, pulled over on the side of the road. Usually a landscaper or a local driveway asphalt operation. I do believe they've made it their mission to educate these drivers and help get them in line. That, or it's a new revenue stream for them. lol

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