Conestoga trailer lighting violations and citations question

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by WadeH, Feb 26, 2021.

  1. WadeH

    WadeH Bobtail Member

    42
    13
    Apr 1, 2019
    0
    My boss wants me to pull a 48 foot Conestoga flatbed trailer (leased) that has only two marker lights on each side. It is one of the old style trailers that has, in the front, a marker light on the side and a clearance light in the front, rather than the newer style that has a combination marker and clearance light at a 45° angle.
    When I asked him about the missing lights he texted to me not to worry about it, that the load has got to go out and if it gets written up he will pay the fine.
    So my question is, if it does by chance get caught on a roadside inspection, does the company get issued the citation or do I get issued the citation personally? Or both?
    If if I get cited personally, is it on my permanent record? Are there points involved?
    I think I read that the roadside inspection emphasis this year is on lighting, so maybe I'm just overly concerned about it?
     
  2. Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  3. WadeH

    WadeH Bobtail Member

    42
    13
    Apr 1, 2019
    0
    Here's a photo of where the marker light should be but is missing.
     

    Attached Files:

  4. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

    4,287
    6,616
    Mar 30, 2014
    0
    So it has 2 marker lights on the side and this clearance light on the bulkhead?
     
  5. WadeH

    WadeH Bobtail Member

    42
    13
    Apr 1, 2019
    0
    Yes. It has one marker light at the rear and one marker light in the middle of the trailer...and this clearance light on the front of the bulkhead. It does have weld marks underneath the frame at the front-side of the trailer where the original front marker lights were attached.
     
  6. WadeH

    WadeH Bobtail Member

    42
    13
    Apr 1, 2019
    0
    I should add that the combination marker and clearance lights at the top of the Conestoga bulkhead do not work, so they can't count as the front marker light either. here's a photo 511784 passenger side broken clearance light cover.jpg
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2021
    Reason for edit: clarity
  7. GreenPete359

    GreenPete359 Road Train Member

    1,717
    2,804
    Oct 21, 2017
    Driving my recliner
    0
    Who cares? Run the load. If you spend all your time worrying about the small stuff, you’ll never leave the yard.
     
  8. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    16,885
    70,886
    Dec 18, 2011
    Michigan
    0
    Serious question, how long have you been driving?

    seriously.

    see here is how it works, if you get pulled over for a roadside or get dinged in a scale, you are the driver and you MAY get violation for it but if you don’t act like an *****, scream and yell at the inspection officer, chances are you will be told to get it fixed. However if you do get a violation, it is painless. You will sign the inspection paperwork, told to send it to the company and they have to deal with it, it goes in one of your records and it is forgotten quickly, it isn’t a big deal.

    what is if you have no lights or flickering lights or if your trailer is damaged that it can’t maintain integrity for safety. So far that looks like an average cheap owners trailer and gets by.
     
    Badmon and Bean Jr. Thank this.
  9. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    8,231
    15,751
    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    0
    You can surely tell the uncareing fleet owners in this thread.
    If it is, in fact, not legal to drive then simply don't run it till it's legal. I don't care what it said that the odds are you getting caught or whatever, If the owner is too cheap to make something legal then that's their problem not yours. It is, however, your CDL on the line.
    After all it doesn't take that much time to get a mobile guy out to fix lights on a trailer.
     
    WadeH, GYPSY65 and Speed_Drums Thank this.
  10. Bean Jr.

    Bean Jr. Road Train Member

    4,287
    6,616
    Mar 30, 2014
    0
    Most of the time I agree with you and most of this post I agree with you, but moving violations affect your CDL, equipment violations affect CSA and your PSP. So if he has a problem, it will affect his job, but not his license.
     
    WadeH and ZVar Thank this.
  11. skallagrime

    skallagrime Medium Load Member

    459
    652
    Apr 10, 2012
    Indiana
    0
    Thats the answer there.
    Just go replace the pigtail/light up high, and tell him hes reimbursing you 50$

    Takes 20 minutes, 20$ a milk crate or two to stand on and some cursing.
     
  • Truckers Report Jobs

    Trucking Jobs in 30 seconds

    Every month 400 people find a job with the help of TruckersReport.

  • Draft saved Draft deleted