Yard jockey

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  1. Fsm7171

    Fsm7171 Bobtail Member

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    My employer has a set of RR tracks that separates a lot on the property where we park trailers that is bound by fencing and has automatic opening gates on both sides when you pull up to it..My question is does the Yard Jockey need to posses a CDL A to cross over the tracks to the other lot? And also if the yard has continuous traffic as far as outside carriers making deliveries or if there is constuction going on in the yard or anything else of the sort is the Yard Jockey required to have a CDL A? Our Yard Jockeys don't leave the property.
     
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  2. CrappieJunkie

    CrappieJunkie Wishin' I was fishin'

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    I'm a yard jockey. We leave the property so we have to have a CDL. If your jockeys dont go on the road, then according to the government, then they do not have to have one, but your company may still require it.
     
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  3. Fsm7171

    Fsm7171 Bobtail Member

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    Even with the RR tracks?
     
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  4. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

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    Pretty sure RR tracks aren't a public right of way enforced by DOT.
     
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  5. w.h.o

    w.h.o Road Train Member

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    I believe RR tracks are not property of the government. The freight company owns it. (CSX, BNSF, CN etc etc) Even amtrak have to rent rail lines.

    If the yard jockey stays on private property, he doesn't need a CDL nor does he/she have to follow DOT rules, he can work all day long. Once they touch the road, they need to follow all of dot laws
     
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  6. Fsm7171

    Fsm7171 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks
     
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    Fsm7171 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks
     
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  8. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Your best bet is simply flag down or call the local officer. They are, after all, the ones that would write the citation. See what their policy would be. My guess is no one will care even if it's not strictly legal.

    Not that I think it's illegal, but with 35,000 towns in the US, it's impossible to know what each town will claim as roadway and subject to DOT or not.
     
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  9. Fsm7171

    Fsm7171 Bobtail Member

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    You mean call the police department and ask them?
     
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  10. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Exactly. After all they are the ones who will write any possible citation. Really you can ask 10,000 strangers and everyone gives the same answer. Unless the officer writing the citation agrees it becomes a fight in court. And if the court agrees with the officer, doesn't matter what those 10,000 people think.

    Now even if it's illegal, if the officer writing the citation doesn't care, well an unenforced law is the same as no law.
     
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