Legality of running with another company's graphics?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Audiomaker, May 22, 2016.

  1. Audiomaker

    Audiomaker Light Load Member

    May 25, 2014
    Portland, Oregon
    If that question is directed at me, then the reason is because the trailer is rarely used, makes no money, and the time/budget to change it aren't there right now.
    That said, it does get moved and since I hadn't read anything about it, I was curious if there were any laws prohibiting using a trailer with someone else's brand for your own purposes.
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  3. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    and they are still in business too.
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  4. Pepper24

    Pepper24 Road Train Member

    Apr 19, 2016
    I don't know of any legal problems. It's running it with a different dot or mc #s then yours could be a problem. Just the name tho shouldn't be
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  5. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    Park it in the "hood" overnight. By morning nobody will recognize the old logo.
  6. justa_driver

    justa_driver Road Train Member

    Apr 2, 2014
    Actually they came out with something called Rolling Billboards in the 90s and companies could actually rent the side of your trailer to advertize on. Company I used to pull for had several trailers advertizing for CMT TV and The Grand Ole Opry was painted on a couple of them. Even had Tracy Byrd on one I pulled.
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  7. inandoutoftrouble

    inandoutoftrouble Road Train Member

    Sep 20, 2012
    In Wichita KS, there are Coca-Cola trucks that pull Swift trailers. Coca-Cola purchased those Swift trailers from Swift.
    The only complaints are from some of the Coca-Cola truck drivers that resent pulling Swift trailers. The other Coca-Cola truck drivers really don't care.

    I personally talked to a Coca-Cola truck driver about the Swift trailer that he has been pulling every night. It is a 53' trailer vs. a 48' Coca-Cola trailer. He doesn't mind as long as he is working and has a paycheck coming in.

    The driver also reached a point in which he no longer has to unload his own trailer anymore, by getting a route that is all driving, 450 miles round trip. He backs his trailer into the loading docks, the forklift operators remove all his Coca-Cola products, reloads his trailer with Coca-Cola products, and heads back to Wichita KS. After returning to Wichita KS, the driver heads home. The Coca-Cola driver starts out at 5:00 P.M. and is usually done by 5:00 A.M., all 5 nights a week.

    Per the Coca-Cola truck driver, it was cheaper for Coca-Cola to purchase the Swift trailers vs. purchasing new ones with their own logos on them.
    Last edited: May 23, 2016
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  8. silver dollar

    silver dollar Medium Load Member

    Jan 31, 2009
    Central North Carolina
    I currently pull an old Emerson Electric Co trailer. I purchased it with name and logos from a driver in PA, who purchased it from Penske with the logos on it. I got him to knock $300 off the price for logo removal. I just removed them a month ago after the weather warmed up. In the six months that I have owned it, I've had two level 1's, and they noticed it but nothing done concerning it.
    But the problem I did have a lot was checking in at guard shacks, and alike, at shippers and receivers, they never look at the name on my tractor, they wanted to check me in as Emerson. I have removed the lettering, all but a small name high up on the nose, but left the giant logo on the sides. Since then, no more problems.
    What did concern me around the Christmas holidays was someone thinking it was loaded with electronics, and steal my rig, and its loaded with non high dollar freight.
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  9. Hick

    Hick Heavy Load Member

    Dec 4, 2014
    West Virginia
    So I guess that means an NSA logo with the words "OFFICIAL BUSINESS - DO NOT STOP" painted on both sides and a random 2-digit number painted on the doors is out of the question?
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  10. Audiomaker

    Audiomaker Light Load Member

    May 25, 2014
    Portland, Oregon
    I guess the entertaining question then becomes:

    "if there's no rules on trailer graphics, then what would be the graphics least likely to cause a DOT inspection or theft from the trailer?".
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  11. stlvance

    stlvance Medium Load Member

    Dec 20, 2011
    st louis MO
    Anything with the name meat rendering or liquid chicken would be one that won't be bothered
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