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03-30-2012 17:00:16

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Bob, bad news. You may not need a CDL, but according to WI statute you need a USDOT number. The number is free, but the "other stuff" is far far far from free. Commercial insurance, drivers log, inspections, etc etc.

Here's a WI link on the need for the USDOT number. Look at page #3 closely. As it reads, it does NOT matter if you are "commercial" or private. If the truck and trailer with load is 10,001 pounds or more -- you NEED it. The only exclusion is for intrastate travel only IF you have farm plates on the truck AND trailer. This is a WI statute -- not federal.

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John in La

04-03-2012 15:19:02

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 Re: REQUIREMENTS FOR DRIVING IN THE USA in reply to john_Bud, 03-30-2012 17:00:16  
Can you copy a paste the line that says private trucks need a DOT # because I can not find it anywhere except for 15 or more passengers.

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04-02-2012 18:52:30

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 Re: REQUIREMENTS FOR DRIVING IN THE USA in reply to john_Bud, 03-30-2012 17:00:16  
John thanks for the link. On page 3 the last paragraph under who needs a DOT number it says WHEN YOU REG. YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU CANNOT PRODUCE A NUMBER YOUR APPILICATION WILL NOT BE PROSSESED. I reg. both the truck and the trailer at the same time and no one asked any ?. I also was telling my son about this and he said the state patrol stoped him and told him he needed the DOT number, so he got one and he started getting all kinds of letters with forms to fill out. He found out later that he didn't need a DOT number anyway. He has the same size rig as I have and also lives in Wi. We both only haul our own things and never for hire.


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730d se

04-03-2012 05:04:53

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 Re: REQUIREMENTS FOR DRIVING IN THE USA in reply to S2710, 04-02-2012 18:52:30  
Once again, there is confusion about WHY the laws are what they are. Your rig does not know or care who ownes what is on it when you have an accident.
The laws are there for everyone's safety. Based on what we know about experience, my thinking is that a "farmer" with farmer tags to skirt the laws is more dangerous than a seasoned veteran truck driver hauling for hire.
If your rig weights is over 10,000 LBS, you are required by law to have a DOT number. It is a way for us to track legal versus illegal hauls. It has nothing to do with the fact that you may be hauling your own toys to a show, or going to pick up the next project.
It has nothing to do with who ownes the load. Those laws are to collect taxes and protect us from 911 issues.

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06-09-2012 12:02:41

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 Re: REQUIREMENTS FOR DRIVING IN THE USA in reply to 730d se, 04-03-2012 05:04:53  
I think you need to get a clue "IT's ALL ABOUT THE MONEY" not safety! you are brainwashed thinking everyone out there is a hazard. Some of us still have a brain, and common sense.

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