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Re: Another DOT horror story

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09-17-2012 06:33:16

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Revenue? That $168 ticket probably cost the DOT $300 to process! Between the DOT officer's time inspecting the truck and doing the paperwork, plus all the backoffice personnel and computers and mailings and judges and lawyers...
When are people going to wake up and realize that it is NOT a revenue generator?

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Secret Squirrell

09-22-2012 18:59:14

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 Re: Another DOT horror story in reply to mkirsch, 09-17-2012 06:33:16  
If it is not a revenue builder, I don"t know what is. Think for a minute, how else are they getting money? They are already out there, so it costs very little extra to write tickets. Our shop services trucks, and went on a dot out of service call last week. This was practically a new truck used by a reliable carrier in our area. The driver told us that he was detained at the spot where we found him for an hour and a half. He stated they climbed all over it. He was there an extra hour plus waiting for us to secure the parts and make the repair. So the truck was idle for roughly three hours along a busy 4 lane highway at the point of the on ramp to said 4 lane. Drivers entering the 4 lane did not have a clear view. On top of this, the truck was put out of service because of an air line from the tractor protector valve and the trailer. The cop told the driver the air line had a bad spot. The lines were perfect. I bet in court that same dot officer could not pick out the "bad" line out of a pile. We all want safe highways no doubt, but if this practice persists, we will all pay through the nose in high freight costs.

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willie in mn

09-23-2012 03:15:43

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 Re: Another DOT horror story in reply to Secret Squirrell, 09-22-2012 18:59:14  
That has to be a new one for me. Over the years, travelled in 48 states, have never seen a roadside inspection, mostly at scale station/port of entry, or sometimes set up in rest area. In that case trooper was stupid, didn't care about his own safety doing it beside busy highway. Have seen some other stupid things when a breakdown required towing. Plan should be to clear things up as quick as possible. Follow up on this later

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The tractor vet

09-27-2012 07:47:49

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 Re: Another DOT horror story in reply to willie in mn, 09-23-2012 03:15:43  
Oh then don't come to Ohio and travel US 30 as they are thick out thru there from Canton Ohio to the west end of the state.

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Dave Sherburne NY

09-20-2012 04:51:17

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 Re: Another DOT horror story in reply to mkirsch, 09-17-2012 06:33:16  
Sounds like a politicians reply. The DOT officer is going to get his pay whether he is in the coffee shop or inspecting the truck. All the office personnel will get their pay whether processing the ticket or leaning on the copier drinking coffee. The judges will get there pay and the only loser will be the lawyer who won't need to be hired to defend against a stupid ticket which raises $168 in revenue.

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Brian Jasper co. Ia

09-19-2012 21:15:44

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 Re: Another DOT horror story in reply to mkirsch, 09-17-2012 06:33:16  
Ok maybe not revenue generation, you're contributing directly to deficit reduction....

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Dean Olson

09-17-2012 18:15:41

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 Re: Another DOT horror story in reply to mkirsch, 09-17-2012 06:33:16  
Here in Harris and Fort bend counties, Houston TX, the LEO's generate an operating profit above and beyond the cost of services. It's all public records.

Do some looking around on the web. It may cost money in rural areas but around here it's about the money.

Fort Bend County has a 4% solve rate for burglaries. That means 96% go unsolved. There's no profit involved in catching burglars.

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09-17-2012 17:33:14

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 Re: Another DOT horror story in reply to mkirsch, 09-17-2012 06:33:16  
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$300.00 Are you serious? that would be if it were private enterprise handling the whole thing. With gov't. workers doing the whole job the cost would have to be more like double.

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