What Would You Do? (Flatbed Edition™)

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Bud A.'s Comment
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I ended up spreading the axles and running all the way to the receiver that way. I figured it was better to get there earlier and risk a kingpin ticket in Indiana than risking a weight ticket in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. As it turned out, the only weigh station I passed in Indiana was closed. I did go past five or six state troopers, but they were all busy with trucks and four wheelers they had pulled over.

I didn't even really consider asking the shipper to rework the load. I could make it legal for most of the trip just by sliding the axles, and I was on local streets for only 1/2 mile in Indiana where the kingpin law might have hurt me with a sharp turn onto a narrow street. The receiver was located in an industrial park just off the interstate with lots of maneuvering room.

To deal with the late issue, I called the receiver and let them know what time I would be there. Their response? "No problem, we unload 0700-1500." I let my dispatcher know and he changed the appointment time in the system so it wouldn't show me late.

After I got empty, I slid the axle back up and drove to my next appointment in Illinois completely legal. I dropped it there and picked up a preloaded flatbed heading to Denver and California.


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.


Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).


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.
Mr. Smith's Comment
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Safety vs. Time (your already late)

State Law vs. Logic (leaving em spreads going to hurt what?) I don't know...

Price of spread citation vs. Price of weight citation

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