Pulled over driving bobtail on Non-Truck route

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by ipogsd, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. dude6710

    dude6710 Road Train Member

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    It has 774k on it when he sold it 4 years ago, still hauls today. Me and him both have modded cummins trucks, best thing ever!
     
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  3. Marquis31408

    Marquis31408 Bobtail Member

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    A bobtail weighs 30k lbs less than an empty garbage truck, yet they still allow them to operate on roads that restrict CMV travel.
     
  4. zaroba

    zaroba Medium Load Member

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    Same with moving trucks, fire engines, and possibly school busses.
    But there are exceptions to every law, one being that trucks ARE allowed down the road if they have a legitimate business reason for being on the road.

    Like that school or hospital mentioned, if the truck had a delivery at that school or hospital than they can go down the road. Even that mayor's house, if he was having a pool installed then the trucks delivering the stuff to dig and build the pool would be legally allowed down the road.

    Cruising around in a bobtail doesn't fall into that category.
     
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  5. Espressolane

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    His is exactly why a 3 mile section of road from the industrial complex to the interstate is truck restricted. The mayor and a city council member live along the road. Because the guard/reserve unit was built before the housing, they are exempted from the restrictions.
     
  6. Moose1958

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    Yes, the largest amount of time a CMV restricted road is because of weight! One VERY important thing to consider though is the R/M "Truckers" Atlas DOES NOT have ALL the low clearance bridges etc listed. Yes, on the primary roads it does. Just as you have to be careful with GPS you must also be careful with the R/M "Truckers" Atlas once you get off the main roads. Sometimes an urban area has a low bridge and they throw up restrictions to keep CMV's out and they don't sign why. All across the nation, you will find restricted roads. These restrictions can be because of things already discussed and also because of noise. Not long ago some jackleg with an unmuffled jake jarred me out of bed about 2:30 one morning. Dang thing was so loud it almost shook my walls. Now if I wanted to open another can of worms I could discuss why truckers today are prevented from doing some things we used to do many years ago.
     
  7. Farmerbob1

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    Depends on the wording of the route restriction.

    If the route simply states no CMV, then you can't be on it. If it is based on GVW less than your truck's GVW, then you can't be on it.

    If the restriction is purely based on actual weight, then you might be allowed, depending on the limit and the weight of your bobtail.

    There are other restrictions that might be considered grey areas. For example, around Atlanta there is a restriction for access inside the 285 loop that is based on number of tires. Through traffic trucks over 6 tires are not allowed. You might try to take a bobtail with supersingles through there, but I would not try it because I don't particularly care to make a court appearance to poke Georgia in the eye with regards to the difference between the wording and the intent of signs.
     
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  8. Marquis31408

    Marquis31408 Bobtail Member

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    They should maintain the same integrity for RVs. You shouldn't be considered a cargo vehicle if you aren't attached to a trailer and or a hitch. A thru truck that weighs less than 12k isn't gonna do much damage passing through
     
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  9. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    A class 7 day cab 2 axle tractor may weigh less than 12k. Maybe. A class 8 3 axle sleeper tractor would be close to that just one the steers. Maybe 17k to 20 k overall depending on the setup and the gear carried.
    Either way they are easy pickings for some of the cities for producing revenue.
     
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  10. Dockbumper

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    I got a "parking ticket" in Backwater Texas about 6 weeks ago from the Town Constable. There was a big NO PARKING sign in front of the Valero. I needed to use the men's room in the worst way. Parked, went inside, came out 5 minutes later and Barney Fife was parked in front of my truck in an unmarked F-150. Just getting out with his clip board. He asked "Didn't you see the sign?" I told him, "Yes I did, didn't matter to me. I had to go to the bathroom before I crapped my pants" He wrote me a $200.00 parking ticket. My bad. Called the court house and paid it with my credit card 2 weeks later. The most expensive parking I have ever paid for in my life. $40.00 per minute!! Lol.:D:(:mad:o_O
     
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  11. Espressolane

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    Rancho Dominguez, Ca. Has a number of no parking zones for commercial vehicles. A number of them are for 7AM to 7PM, yes thats right. Most are in or near industrial areas. Figure that out.

    long story short.
    Waiting for the company to open their gates to get in/on the property to deliver, a city revenue officer drove down the street, where about 6 or 7 of had been waiting, and started handing out parking tickets. This revenue officer knew exactly what he was doing. According to people at the delivery location, was a common occurrence. Did call on this, they would not budge, all they clerk had to say was sorry to hear that, the totals for fines, fees and charges is $273.00.
     
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