New Driving Laws or Just Crooked Cops?/

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  1. FLOUNDER

    FLOUNDER I am LAST

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    A friend of mine was driving a straight truck flatbed hauling grave stones thru SC today and was pulled over by SC DMV and they did a inspection. They cited him for NOT stopping every 150 miles or 3 hours and taking a 15 minute break. He had not logged it. He also told him that after 8 hours of driving he had to take a 10 hour break. This guy drives this route once a week.

    Is this BS or what? Never heard of this cause if you did there'd be trucks all over the shoulder of the road taking breaks.
     
  2. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    It sounds like there is some confusion there.

    Drivers operating a CMV with a flatbed must stop after the first 50 miles or one hour and do a load check, and then every 150 miles or 3 hours. I always just flag it, because it doesn't take more than a minute or two to do the check.

    Beginning July this year all CMV drivers must stop and take a 30 minute break at or before being on duty for 8 hours.

    If your friend is operating within 100 air miles of his home terminal (local, intrastate) he technically is not required to keep a daily log. If he crosses a state line then he must maintain a daily log of his duty status.
     
  3. Airbrakes

    Airbrakes Super trucker

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    It also depends on the local laws. While you may be exempt from federal log regs you're not exempt from the local ones. State DOT enforces both local and federal regs. Next time you get cited by DOT for a reg you never heard of, ask them to cite a reference.
     
  4. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    If a citation is issued it will have the code that was violated on it.
     
  5. Airbrakes

    Airbrakes Super trucker

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    True, it will. But, this is assuming an individual cititation was issued. Since this was caught during a level 3 (I'm assuming), it will be noted on an inspection report, which may or may not have the code attached to it. Citations and inspection reports aren't the same thing (I'm sure you knew this, just stating a fact for the record).

    This has got to be a local reg. I never seen this in the green book.
     
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  6. Jack Knife

    Jack Knife Well-Known Member

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    Not a local regulation, you sure he didn't get it mixed up. If he didn't then the cop was on crack!
     
  7. pro1driver

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    please refrain from speaking badly of Barney.....!!!

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  8. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    The load checks and 30 minute break are part of the FMCSR, the 30 minute break being new this year.

    If a violation is noted on an inspection report the section and description will be listed. DOT officers cannot arbitrarily asses violations that are not listed in the FMCSR.

    Here is the load check code:

    So a load check violation on an inspection form should look something like this:

    Or this:

     
  9. Cerberus_Kelpie

    Cerberus_Kelpie Wings Over the World!

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    So what then are the NEW REQUIREMENTS for Dry Van??
    Using these as reference (and not getting the whole bloody page):
    WE THE DRY VAN EARS, can conclude WE needn't be concerned about LOAD SECURING CHECKS except at LOAD SECURING LOCATIONS since such intermittent LOAD and SECURING checks would be impossible with SEALED LOADS, therefore ANY "required checks" would not happen until the Load is SECURELY DELIVERED, or see below.

    here WE are:
    from http://fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.aspx?reg=392.9&guidence=Y

    CHEERIOS!!
     
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