Paying fine before allowed to leave

Discussion in 'Trucker Legal Advice' started by ReliabletransitInc, Jan 5, 2021.

  1. ReliabletransitInc

    ReliabletransitInc Bobtail Member

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    My driver stopped at a Oklahoma weight station and was issued a citation for not having the current (2021) IFTA paperwork and UCR in the truck. We were told the fine had to be paid before he could leave. If he was issued a citation why would we have to pay the fine before he could leave? Wouldn't we have to go to court? I have the current IFTA but the "inspector" at the station said it wouldn't matter we still have to pay the fine before they would release my truck and driver? Is this correct/normal?
     
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  3. 062

    062 Road Train Member

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    IFTA DECALS
    You’re supposed to have a grace period as long as you were in good standing with the base state and filed for 2021 before 1/1/21.
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  4. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    You still gotta have paper license in the truck
     
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    062 Road Train Member

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    Yes. I should have asked what the ticket was for since they mentioned ucr also.
     
  6. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Most likely you are not paying a fine. You are paying a bond to make sure you show up to court.
     
  7. ReliabletransitInc

    ReliabletransitInc Bobtail Member

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    I know the paperwork is suppose to be in the truck, I'm not arguing that. It was my mistake for not making sure the driver had it. I am more concerned about why I had to pay right now before they would release the truck.
    Isn't signing the citation a promise to appear?
     
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  8. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    In some jurisdictions yes. In some no. What I've seen normally is when the person refuses to sign the notice to appear they can do a bond instead. I don't know the criteria in OK and you should call the court that has jurisdiction over the citation.
     
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  9. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Heavy Load Member

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    If the deadline is extended why do you need the paperwork?
     
  10. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    What deadline is extended?
     
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  11. ReliabletransitInc

    ReliabletransitInc Bobtail Member

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    I believe enforcement of UCR started 01/01/2021, I do not think there is a grace period for that.
     
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