Emergency Vehicle Weight Limit????

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by O.Henry, Sep 16, 2022.

  1. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    Not here either.
    Even farm trucks are exempt - any 16 year old kid can run a grain truck to town.
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  3. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Marion Texas
    It would be tough on a vfd if they couldn’t move a truck to a fire or rescue because Jack or Jill the truckers in the group are out running routes hours away when Marty the plumber is just a block away.
  4. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    i was a CDL instructor at 2 schools in my state. we had fire firefighters that were going to be "engineers" of the trucks, they had to have a CDL for what they were going to be driving.

    here, the driver of a fire truck, is called an "engineer" as he/she operates the pumping equipment and the aerial ladders.

    we do have a "few" volunteer fire depts here, but, i am not sure if the operators/engineers are CDL holders or not, as there aren't high numbers of volunteers.

    so suffice it to say, each state is different.
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  5. JolliRoger

    JolliRoger Road Train Member

    May 8, 2007
    My water truck would have been "down" for any specified excuse I could think of, that I thought I could substantiate if litigated later. My Karma is a Xitch to those people of that mind set. I not only get my knife in when the opportunity arises, I twist..... So, down me for my attitude... BUT, I always go the extra mile and a half to try to explain my position or help someone who just can't handle a situation. After I have tried to help in my way, or suggested a solution, and they are "obtuse", it is their boat that floats or sinks, while I go on about my rat killing...
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  6. Yousername

    Yousername Light Load Member

    Aug 30, 2022
    Those signs are prevalent around here. They are almost always placed at bridges. It’s because the bridges are deteriorating and have reduced load capacity. Emergency vehicle weights are lower than a normal cmv. That is because of the speed at which the emergency vehicle hits the bridge.
  7. zodiacflyer

    zodiacflyer Medium Load Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Generally, Gov't vehicles in use for strictly non commercial purposes do not require a CDL. (Some exceptions are things like USPS tractor trailers, and county/city utility crew equipment haulers) but Fire/Military, etc... operating Gov't owned vehicles on Gov't business are not always operated by a CDL holder.
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  8. Mototom

    Mototom Road Train Member

    May 7, 2019
    Yeah I’m not aware of a state that requires someone to have a cdl to operate an emergency vehicle…
  9. 201773

    201773 Light Load Member

    Dec 14, 2020
    I thought those Emergency Vehicle Weight Limit signs were about them stopping on overpasses.

    Basically, if an accident had occurred on an overpass the emergency vehicle cant stop directly on the overpass.
  10. Animosus

    Animosus Medium Load Member

    Dec 7, 2015
    SE Wyoming
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