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Re: D.O.T.

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Posted by Bret4207 on December 06, 2012 at 04:33:16 from (

In Reply to: D.O.T. posted by Mike Genrich on December 05, 2012 at 19:19:37:

Okay, retired NYSP DOT Trooper here. It all depends on what you are doing, where you are doing it and what your State law says. NYS foolishly adopted the FMCSA regs in their entirety. Dumb,dumb, dumb. Most state haven't done that. But, in simple terms, licensing and DOT rules are 2 different things that don't always work together until you get into interstate hauling in a CMV. Also, even the DOT regs have exemptions for farm operations and you'd need to look into your states specifics to be sure of what you are doing.

To really know for sure what you need you need to first off determine if your state looks at your rig and what you are doing as a "Commmercial Motor Vehicle". And then you need to differentiate between state DOT laws and Federal DOT laws, IOW- Interastate vs Interstate. You may not be under Federal DOT jurisdiction at all. But, in my state, if you were hauling with a rig with a combined GVWR to go to an antique tractor pull where the possibility of a prize for placing was awarded, you'd be under DOT rules.

I very strongly suggest if you want to get the straight scoop you trya nd sit down with one of your states DOT officers and explain the whole set up. Your county sheriff may mean well, but unless he's cross trained as a DOT inspector he's not very likely to be up to snuff on the applicability and rules. And then remember that once you cross state lines it all changes. Also, tractor pulls are not an agricultural operation. I had a guy try that line of reasoning once.


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