Truck Number Placement, is there a regulation I need to follow?

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  1. T.Rucker

    T.Rucker Medium Load Member

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    I’m in the process of lettering my truck. Got the name, DOT number etc. My question is about the placement of the truck number. As in 01, or 23 etc. Is there a regulation that says where I need to place that? I can’t seem to find one. Most people I understand put them on the side of the hood, I was wondering if that’s a rule I have to follow.

    Any help is appreciated. Thanks
     
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  3. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    You don't have to display that number at all. The only things you have to display is company name, and USDOT number.
     
  4. MacLean

    MacLean Light Load Member

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    Unless if you haul into Canada then I believe it’s a requirement. I seen a guy getting yelled at for that (not having it) in New Brunswick one day.
     
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  5. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    I'm also pretty sure you have to display VIN if you're based out of CO. But barring specific situations like that, 99.99% of the time, you just need company name and USDOT.
     
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  6. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    I thought a “unit” # was required. Along with Name and USDOT#. Nothing else.
     
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  7. T.Rucker

    T.Rucker Medium Load Member

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    Thanks. I was thinking that, I just wanted to make sure. I’ve searched around and can’t find anything about having a visible truck number. I’m trying to keep lettering to a minimum lol
     
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  8. T.Rucker

    T.Rucker Medium Load Member

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    I know it’s required for registration purposes, but I can’t find where it’s required to display on the truck…
     
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  9. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    That’s probably where I got the idea. Sounds about right. Trailer doesn’t need a number. Probably same for Truck. I have the minimum, name, USDOT# and unit #. That’s all. I’ve heard “ fire extinguisher inside” is a requirement. Maybe. I’ve had them measure the size of my numbers in Ohio. They were 1/2” over minimum. I see some Big Megas with tiny Lettering. But Noooo, I get harassed.
     
  10. T.Rucker

    T.Rucker Medium Load Member

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    Haha yup….mine are 2” exactly…but I sure have seen many companies with much smaller lettering. They like to harass the little guys I guess. I’ll put the unit # on if I have to but for now I’m waiting till DOT says otherwise…
     
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    The fire extinguisher thing is if you have it mounted in a box . You need that signage on the box…….
    If it’s mounted next to drivers seat you don’t need it
     
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