Oregon Triples

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  1. Who Cares

    Who Cares Member

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    There has been a few cases of drivers pulling triples in Oregon that have gotten tickets for various things that they have tried to plead ignorance to but still have had to cough up money to pay their stupid tax.

    The state reserves the right to cancel the fleet wide permit, so violations could easily lead to termination. I personally think that it is due to a lack of triples training by Big Bird Martin, Portland’s safety manager and well-known waste of good air, but I am also sure that some is caused by indifference and lack of knowledge by the driver.

    Trust me, OHFL will not pick up the tab for most of this. It is in your best interest to know the laws. There is a nutshell rules Special Transportation Attachment 74-A that covers most of what you should know.

    Make sure that your permit as well as a current insurance card is in the truck. Even though the state knows you have a permit they will want to see a hard copy. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the basic rules and maps, which must be attached to the permit.

    Know how long you are. There is known problem with those that drive 3-axle tractors. You have to slide under enough to get to 105 feet or less. If there are no hash marks on the ground for you to measure, slide up as much as you can with out hooking the landing gear on the frame while turning. If there is an old CF box in the lead there is no way that you can get to 105 feet. OHFL will try to get you to pull the set like that but it isn’t legal and that is what started the State watching us more closely. If you get caught they are going to stick you with the ticket. And when you are shortened up watch the turns into some of the terminals as the driveway approaches will cause the lead trailer to hit the stack or hook the frame. And surprise…Oak will blame you for the fact that they can’t spec their equipment correctly. Map 1 and Map 1 Reverse

    Watch the weight. Make sure that the rear box is not more that 1500 pounds heavier than the middle box. You are only allowed 80,000 pounds gross in the first two trailers; same as doubles, unless you have a 3-axle tractor then you are allowed 90,000 pounds but the axle weight limit doesn’t change

    Know about holiday restrictions. Some routes you are not allowed to operate on Friday after 1600 hours and during the holiday. See Holiday Restrictions and Route Map 5 Triples Map
    Watch the permit weight. Some, if not all of the single-axle, triples permitted tractors have 105,500 GVW on the door but the permit is only good for 102,000. Make sure you are not over gross. Again they will say you are full of crap but don’t do it.

    All of the above maps and information should be, and are required to be, attached to the permit.
     
  2. truckchick1

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    You have provided an incredable amount of information for the guys iut there. I just find it hard to believe that a company would purposely send you down the road illegile. Can't the union or some agency stop this pratice? Just not right when a line driver shows up at night just thinking he is gonna go down the road and the company has screwed him with over lenght or over weight.
     
  3. Who Cares

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    This was posted in hopes that some of the nons from California would see this, so as far as Union help they are on their own.

    As far as an agency-well the State comes to mind. If they catch with guys sneaking around overlength enough times they will jerk the triples permit for the fleet. Hopefully a few of the drivers domiciled in the Mid-Vally who think they walk on water will get caught one time too many and they will loose the permit. If only Woodburn was open more often.

    They won't send a guy if they call them out. Dispatch will make them switch trucks if a different one is available. It is only with some of their equipment that there is a problem or if a driver fails to slide the fifth wheel to the proper setting.

    Then there is the brain surgeons who insist on pushing the speed limit and get stopped for that plus anything else that can be found.

    But you can't fix stupid and OHFL's management proves that daily.
     
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    truckchick1 Active Member

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    they have repeatedly replaced the guys who know what they are doing with people they can hire for half price. You get what you pay for.
     

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