low wires

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  1. fedexfrank

    fedexfrank New Member

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    Hello to all. Just wondering if anyone knows the laws as far as power lines are concerned. What is the height requirement and who would be at fault if one is taken down by a truck driver on a public street?
     
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  2. fedexfrank

    fedexfrank New Member

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  3. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    In PA the law is 14 ft on public right of ways, if you're on private property there obviously are no laws. The residents don't know that for the most part and will chase you down the street wanting your insurance information when you rip out their cable. Power companies have never been a problem with me but old phone lines and cable are yuuuuuuge violators. BTW, if your truck has a wind deflector on it and you can hit 15 MPH it will kick those lines up over the trailer.
     
  4. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    as a "general rule", they are "supposed to be", 14'0"

    however, when i was younger, i drove city residential garbage trucks. we had a massive hurricane here.

    the tree branches were resting on the wires

    need i tell you i took done peoples phone and electrical lines.>??

    (there was also no electricity in the area for about a week...)

    be minded too, city home garbage routes are done after midnight, till a bit after sunrise..

    no way for anyone one to see the low wires....

    i was never charged with anything.

    in fact, many of my co-workers took down many lines that week......!!

    however, if YOU drive a city street, clearly marked...NO TRUCKS, that is an indication those wires ARE NOT 14'0" off the ground, and IT WILL BE AN ACCIDENT all day long on you....
     
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  5. SpeedcoPM

    SpeedcoPM New Member

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    The height requirement for power lines that hang above a public street is dependent on the voltage of those lines. If the voltage of a power line is 150 volts or lower, a minimum of 12 feet clearance is required. For 300-600 volts, a minimum of 15 feet clearance is required. If the voltage is at 600, then a minimum of 18 feet is required. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask! – The Speedco Team
     
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  6. othertrucker2001

    othertrucker2001 Professional Flummoxer

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    And if you don't have one, that cable will come whipping around and take your mirror, mounts, and quite possibly your arm off, should you have it hanging out the window.
     
  7. fedexfrank

    fedexfrank New Member

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    Thank you all for the answers. There were no markings or warning of low wires. It was on a small street, but city street nonetheless. Turns out some roadwork was done recently and one of the power poles had sunk into the ground. One of the businesses on the block had been in contact with the power company to warn them that the lines were lower than b4. They came out and inspected but nothing was done. The officer that came out said no citation would be issued but I'm still worried because the place I work at always finds a way to blame the driver
     
  8. mud

    mud Wonderin'

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    On public property, and in alleys power lines are to be high enough for a 13' 6" trailer to pass through. The information concerning a wind deflecter should not be followed.
     
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  9. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Why not? Have you ever tried it?
     
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  10. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Why do people run their mouths when they don't know what they're talking about?
     
  11. seabreeze

    seabreeze Not Well Known Member, 60 Year Teamster Member

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    I wouldn't bet the outhouse on this!
     
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  12. mud

    mud Wonderin'

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    Safety first.
     
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  13. fedexfrank

    fedexfrank New Member

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    Well I'm gonna wait and see what happens. Thanks again for the advice and answers
     
  14. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Minimum line height is regulated by the individual state and will vary from state to state. Here's a tidbit about PA. If you search 'utility line height' for your state you will find what you need to know about your state.


     
  15. jimmy g

    jimmy g Kook

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    Yes I have. Didn't work. Tore off the same tv cable at Jifffy Lube, West Lafayette, Indiana 3 months in a row when I worked at Preston.
     
  16. jimmy g

    jimmy g Kook

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    It's an opinion board. We ALL Do. Including/ especially you...
     
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  17. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks for the report jimmy g, it always worked for me with the wind deflectors on the ABF trucks.
     
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  18. BIG R GUY

    BIG R GUY Part time Coop Dispatch driver

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    I am wondering why someone has not made a video on the proper technique of bouncing a wire over the nose of the trailer? Searched You tube, but could not locate one....bet if you could make one, you could sell it nationwide at Love's Truck Stops!!! Make a ton of money too...
     
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  19. Big Dave

    Big Dave Dispatcher for Team BRG-Wong

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    Well, this won't help the rest of you, but I can bounce low wires off the top of my hat and clear the whole trailer....
     
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  20. BIG R GUY

    BIG R GUY Part time Coop Dispatch driver

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    Show off!!!
     
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