Florida ticket for distance between axles

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  1. GGE

    GGE Bobtail Member

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    Our driver was ticketed in Florida for a 316.515 violation. I looked it up and this is what I found,
    "A. Florida State Statute 316.515(3) (b) 2a states the distance between the kingpin or other peg that locks into the fifth wheel of a truck tractor and the center of the rear axle or rear group of axles does not exceed 41 feet."
    Has anyone ever been ticketed for this? And is this common knowledge? I'm not a CDL driver and am not familiar with how the trailers, tandems or axles work--I am strictly in the office. I'm just wondering if it would be worth it to fight this and if this is standard across all states. The driver said he had never heard of it, either.
     
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  3. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    I am thinking that you driver had the tandems on the trailer slid too far back.
     
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    silverspur Heavy Load Member

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    Nine feet from the rear of a 53' trailer
     
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  6. mpd240

    mpd240 Road Train Member

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    It’s all in a commercial vehicle atlas
     
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  7. Long FLD

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    Get a Rand McNally truck atlas. It has all the kingpin rules for each state. It’s not really worth fighting the ticket because your driver was in the wrong.
     
  8. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    That's a great example, I am not familiar with the citation the OP's driver got. I have seen drivers rolling down the highway with the tandems slid all the way to the rear. They get a citation for being too long under the bridge law
     
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  10. Concorde

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    Common knowledge your driver should have known. Tell your driver to pay the ticket and move on.
     
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  11. bad-luck

    bad-luck Road Train Member

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    I am guessing he has the wheels all the way back
     
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  12. Long FLD

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    It’s not a bridge law, bridge laws deal with weight. It’s a KPRA regulation. Florida sells an annual permit for trailers that can’t meet the KPRA (stationary axles for example). I had to buy one every year for the 52ft spread axle cattle trailer I pulled.
     
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