discipline for driving an unsafe truck?

Discussion in 'Trucker Legal Advice' started by newbie driver, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. dude6710

    dude6710 Road Train Member

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    I've had it happen a few times, they always say I did better than they thought. How stupid are they? It's not hard to keep a truck in DOT.
     
  2. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

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    If you don't feel safe, then take it to get a DOT inspection at your closest scale house or look for a nearby commercial inspection site (highway/state trooper terminal). I bet anything if it passes YOU still wont drive it.
     
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    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

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    I myself enjoy driving an old truck. Back in the day I went from a late model pete 359 to a early model GMC cracker box day cab with a 6-71 jimmie(detroit for you newbies)230hp if that. I enjoy every minute driving that truck.
     
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    joseph1135 Papa Murphy

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    I drove an old hot pink Mack R model pulling carnival rides. And carnival rides really don't look cool in hot pink and purple with glitter. Jump in that truck and get on down the road. It could be worse. I've been there. And I'll bet that old truck is more reliable than the plastic we drive out here now.
     
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    CondoCruiser The Legend

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    Some of my best trucks were ugly ducklings. Like others said that is not what determines if it's mechanically sound or not. Old trucks will get you a new truck quicker.

    But if you can document real mechanical faults on an inspection report, it must be signed off by a mechanic or you as fixed or safe to drive.

    This will probably draw a confidential DOT in house inspection...
    http://nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov/


     
  7. newbie driver

    newbie driver Light Load Member

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    broken leaf springs, leaking exhaust, broken spring brakes, have to chock the tires to make it sit still, air leaks everywhere, lights not working, heat not working, holes in the cab so you get a windchill in the cab, leaks oil, electrical issues so things stop working when you are driving, how is that for a good start on the list.
     
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    old and ugly dont bother me, driving a glorified hunk of scrap iron does, listed some of the issues on a different post
     
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    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.aspx?reg=392.7

     
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    Thank you to the people that gave helpfull information, as for the judgmental comments without knowing me or the specifics of the situation, they where no help at all :biggrin_25510::biggrin_25516: