Average, ordinary flatbed. Essentially a box trailer with no sides, roof, or doors. Often used to haul construction equipment or materials and steel products and machinery.
Typically used to haul over-height freight. Step-decks have a bed that drops lower than standard flatbed trailers after the point it clears the tractor, allowing for up to 2 feet of extra overhead clearance.
Similar to single-drop trailers, double-drops have a center portion that drops lower than both ends, creating a "well" and allowing for even taller freight to be carried. These have much lower ground clearance than usual. The well also shortens the usable length of the trailer considerably. Often used to carry freight that requires a crane to load and unload.
Flatbeds that are exceptionally low to the ground and often used to haul unusually large, tall, or heavy loads.
For loads too long to fit on a standard 48-foot trailer. Can extend up to 80 feet. May require special permits and routing depending on the size and tye of freight. Stretch trailers can be found in all varieties of flatbeds.
Simply a regular flatbed trailer fitted with stakes and panels to enclose it, and covered with a tarp. It then resembles an Old West covered wagon.
Similar to covered wagon , but tarp opens along one side to better facilitate loading and unloading.
Recent changes in FMCSA regulations mean that drivers pulling liquid freight over 1,000 gallons, regardless of trailer type, hazardous or otherwise, will be required to have a tanker endorsement:
"Tank vehicle means any commercial motor vehicle that is designed to transport any liquid or gaseous materials within a tank or tanks having an individual rated capacity of more than 119 gallons and an aggregate rated capacity of 1,000 gallons or more that is either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or the chassis." Hauling more than 1,000 gallons of liquid, regardless of trailer type, will require a driver to have a tanker endorsement.
A flatbed with specially fitted side plates and curved ribs supporting a tarp covering, commonly referred to as a "side kit". Named for the resemblance to horse-drawn covered wagons.
A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:
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
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?
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.
A stepdeck , also referred to as "dropdeck", is a type of flatbed trailer that has one built in step to the deck to provide the capabilities of loading higher dimensional freight on the lower deck.
Operating While Intoxicated
When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.