Originally Posted by JIMNLIN
Just curious how different states size and weight folks work but was he a actual your state uniformed DOT officer or another type on leo (state/county/etc) ??
It was the DOT. They work the trucks and busses only.
This time of year we have the Orange harvest in progress. They check the old school busses that carry the workers to the groves. The passenger vehicles are exempt if they are configured to carry less than 16 passengers so they don’t bother the passenger vans even if they are towing a trailer that weighs less than 3,000 lbs.
All trucks used commercially are required by Federal law to operate under the commercial vehicle regulations except “personal use vehicles”. I qualified under the personal use vehicle.
We use to have a lot of the transit workers hauling Oranges in ½ and ¾ ton pickups. The DOT has pretty much put a stop to that.
One other thing.
I have been informed but haven’t read the new regulations. I am sure one of the attorney’s that I consult for will get around to asking me to read them.
I have posted several times on truck forums and RV forums about this idea people have that “RV’s are exempt” or “if no money is paid” exempts vehecles form the commercial vehicle regulations. This is not correct. The exemption is for “Personal Use” vehicles. This includes 18-wheelers that are owned / leased by the driver and all items carried are for the owner / driver’s personal use.
I have made the statement that so many of the people operating RV contrary to certain safety regulations that the states would start regulating the RV‘s.
Well Florid in the latest changes of the Uniform Traffic Codes has regulated RV’s. They pretty much have imposed all of the Commercial Vehicle regulations on RV’s except the requirement for a CDL or RV endorsement.
Now the good news is they now allows the 2-trailer tow. Previously the 2-trailer tow was only allowed for Commercial Vehicles. The 2-trailer tow is limited to the front trailer being a 5th wheel and both trailers are limited to 28.5 feet each and both trailers must have a breaks.
They now limit a single unit RV to 53 feet. This applies to Class “A” or the trailer being towed. How ever the overall length for all combination units is still 65 ft.
I would expect to see the requirement for RV’s to go thru the weight stations in Florida before much longer.
Before you all get on your high horse about this read my “DISCLAMER”
I haven’t read these new regulations yet.