Partial placards ?

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  1. localintermodalsni

    localintermodalsni Bobtail Member

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    If 1/4 of the placard remains from the previous load, isn't this some kind of ticket if you don't remove it ? My company was trying to tell me that if you couldn't see the numbers it's not a big deal. I refused the load due to mine and their uncertainty.

    One guy was telling me to tape it, the other to spray paint it, and the other to run it. However if I were to get a ticket, they'd tell me it was my ticket. I know it's probably "unlikely" to get a ticket for such a thing, however if it's illegal I'd rather not gamble. DOT sits outside of the railyards all the time, I've been pulled over numerous times, but this partial placard thing is a new one to me, normally if the rail mechanic is in the area I have him scrape them off.

    I was always under the impression all previous hazmat placards in their entirety had to be removed when the hazmat load was off of the trailer. Maybe i'm mistaken though.
     
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  3. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    I personally would remove it.
     
  4. localintermodalsni

    localintermodalsni Bobtail Member

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    Can't climb on anything to remove it though. on containers the placards are way up there, so it can be seen even when it's in the well of a rail car.
     
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  5. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    How about unhooking the trailer and parking near the stickers?

    It may not even be an issue, I don't know. But my OCD would demand it.
     
  6. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    Today's driver: Look for a reason not to work vs look for a solution.
     
  7. localintermodalsni

    localintermodalsni Bobtail Member

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    Should've thought better than to ask other drivers my bad
     
  8. JoeyJunk

    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

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    I’d do whatever I could to be able to reach it. I’m the same way with OCD. Most guys at my company can reach them and just cover the remaining with duct tape. They won’t use the placard holders.

    Helpful hint. If you dont have tape or plastic sheets to hold placards in holders, you can jam a little sliver of a pallet in along an edge and it will hold well.
     
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  9. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

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    It is a violation, but maybe less likely to attract scrutiny with no numbers showing. I'd likely have accepted it and informed your company there might be a delay while you figure it out. Maybe drive to the first TA/Petro, step into the shop and ask to borrow their ladder. If you're stopped on the way, inform the officer up front of your awareness and intention. Or maybe the railyard's chassis repair corner has a ladder you or they can use. Or maybe lay some duct tape on a broom and reach up there with it.
     
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  10. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

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    There ya go OP.
    Analytical thinking and it's not even his problem
     
  11. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Medium Load Member

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    Had something like this a few years back. Had half a flamable placcard on a tanker we had cleaned out to move fresh water in an aquard place i couldn't reach without a ladder. So i dropped the trailer and bobbed to the home depot about 15 mins down the road and got one of those bug sprayer extensions you stick on a pole like this one https://www.homedepot.com/p/DocaPol...ns-Pole-Not-Included-DP-TreeSprayer/314616562 and a can of white spray paint. Stuck it onto the end of my dipstick and used it to paint over the placcard remains.

    Sometimes a little problem solveing goes a long way to getting a load.
     
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