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B & K Hotshots

What do I need to carry in the truck while on the road???

Hi everyone. I'm back. I've been checking back from time to time but hav'nt really posted anything. I have a question for Gary or anyone else who would be nice enough to answer. What do you need to carry in the truck with you in case you are called into the scalehouse or get hit for an inspection on the road. I know of a few things but I'm not real clear on EXACTLY what everyone carries inside the truck. Here is a list of the stuff I do know I need. What am I missing?

1. Safety Triangles
2. Fire Extinguisher
3. Log Book
4. MC Certificate
5. Daily truck inspection forms
6. FMCSA Book (Green Book)
7. BOL

I dont need a CDL just yet because I'm under 26,000 and my trailer is rated under 10,000. What am I missing????

Any help you guys could give would be great.

And could someone explain how the scales work. I've never passed one while it was open here in Oklahoma or Texas but if I do have to stop I'm not sure what the hell to do.

Thanks
David Cook
ccoop769

Re: What do I need to carry in the truck while on the road??

B & K Hotshots wrote:
Hi everyone. I'm back. I've been checking back from time to time but hav'nt really posted anything. I have a question for Gary or anyone else who would be nice enough to answer. What do you need to carry in the truck with you in case you are called into the scalehouse or get hit for an inspection on the road. I know of a few things but I'm not real clear on EXACTLY what everyone carries inside the truck. Here is a list of the stuff I do know I need. What am I missing?

1. Safety Triangles
2. Fire Extinguisher
3. Log Book
4. MC Certificate
5. Daily truck inspection forms
6. FMCSA Book (Green Book)
7. BOL

I dont need a CDL just yet because I'm under 26,000 and my trailer is rated under 10,000. What am I missing????

Any help you guys could give would be great.

And could someone explain how the scales work. I've never passed one while it was open here in Oklahoma or Texas but if I do have to stop I'm not sure what the hell to do.

Thanks
David Cook


I thought I needed the greenbook also, but when I had my audit a little while back, she said that isnt required if you carry a laptop with internet or the PDF version on a laptop.

You wont need daily truck inpections if your a solo company, if you have drivers, then you need to complete that.

You will also need to carry a medkit and fuses.

Copy of your UCR but not important as they can go online.
You will need insurance certificate, maintaince log of your truck, i know you dont have irp but if you still have a cab card, you would need that too. And dont forget your DOT med card. Make sure your fire extinguisher is auto labeled which it hink is abc.. If I think of anything else I will let you know, but my packet isnt in the office, they are in the trucks.
ccoop769

oh, just pull through the weigh stations and follow the mph signs, roll down windows and lower cb and radio. Follow the green arrows or red x. 99 percent of time you will get bypassed. If scales dont have a bypass, stop at the scale and move when you get the green.
Gary

Re: What do I need to carry in the truck while on the road??

B & K Hotshots wrote:
Hi everyone. I'm back. I've been checking back from time to time but hav'nt really posted anything. I have a question for Gary or anyone else who would be nice enough to answer. What do you need to carry in the truck with you in case you are called into the scalehouse or get hit for an inspection on the road. I know of a few things but I'm not real clear on EXACTLY what everyone carries inside the truck. Here is a list of the stuff I do know I need. What am I missing?

1. Safety Triangles
2. Fire Extinguisher
3. Log Book
4. MC Certificate
5. Daily truck inspection forms
6. FMCSA Book (Green Book)
7. BOL

I dont need a CDL just yet because I'm under 26,000 and my trailer is rated under 10,000. What am I missing????

Any help you guys could give would be great.

And could someone explain how the scales work. I've never passed one while it was open here in Oklahoma or Texas but if I do have to stop I'm not sure what the hell to do.

Thanks
David Cook


Here's a few things I noticed you missed that should be in your licensing book.

UCR

registration

Insurance

an accident kit.

a random drug testing card

A copy of your long form physical

a copy of your drivers license in case you lose your wallet on the road.

There may be something else? If I think of something I'll let you know.

As far as going into an open scale,  You'll usually see a empty lane and a loaded lane, make sure your in the right one. Some scales want you to roll across the scales slowly and others will want you to stop each set of axles on the scale, some will have long scales and want you to put the entire truck & trailer on them and stop. Take it slow and read all the sings. whatever you do don't panic stop on the scale. that can make them angry.  

A licensing book with everything in order will give them the impression you've been at it for awhile and they'll be less likely to mess with you. We go through all the guys licensing books here that are inexperienced before they hit the road to make sure they're set up right. I've seen guys walk into scale house's with all their paperwork waded up in a ball like they scraped it up off the floor board or something. You don't want to show them your MC permit with your boot print on it. LOL Thats not the way you want to go in to a scale.

If I can think of anything else I'll get back to you.
Brisco

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I've seen guys walk into scale house's with all their paperwork waded up in a ball like they scraped it up off the floor board or something. You don't want to show them your MC permit with your boot print on it. LOL Thats not the way you want to go in to a scale.


It wouldn't hurt to buy a nice vinyl or leather type of noteboook to keep all your paperwork in also. In that notebook have everything in neat and perfect order with possible colored marked tabs of what and where such paperwork is located. AND, keep it in order too so that when you walked up to that counter and fold it open and that officer asks for so & so, you'll have it right there within a seconds time.

One afternoon I walked into the New Mexico scale house there on I-40 heading west into New Mexico and the line was about 4 deep. There was one guy up there at the counter with this stack of crumpled papers about the size of a phone book trying to find the registration to the truck he was driving. THE REGISTRATION of all things!!! I stood there for about 5 minutes watching this moron tear thru all that paperwork in disbelief. Finally the NMDOT guy opens the side door and yells at one the 2 troopers sitting outside smoking and joking to come see this. He says "I got one for ya", and one of the troopers walked the guy outside. Me and the 2 other guys got thru there pretty quick. As a matter of fact, when I walked up there with my little mini-briefcase type of binder and opened it up there on the counter, the dot guy was like "Go On.............Next".

As I was walking out to my truck, BOTH of those troopers were inside that other morons cab digging thru this and that. Bet that guy didn't have a nice visit there in New Mexico!!
Brisco

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And could someone explain how the scales work. I've never passed one while it was open here in Oklahoma or Texas


And about this..................

Be careful running between Texas and Oklahoma. Oklahoma DOT has those little green 4 door unmarked Cierra's that will set up stop points on all the little side roads coming into and leaving Oklahoma right at the Red River.

I ran an auto parts logistical delivery route with my 1 ton dually pulling 20 to 24 foot enclosed cargo trailers all over Texas and Oklahoma (also NM, Arkansas & Louisiana) for quite a while. The company I contracted with did have all their Authorities and the works, but I was running independant of their authority. My truck was not marked, nor was any of my trailers, so I never pulled over at these stop points. I did get stopped once running down OK283 in far west OK coming from Altus, OK going down to Vernon, Texas. OKDOT had a check point set-up there but only this time they had orange cones up where I had to come to a complete stop. The lady looked at my truck, looked at my trailer and asked "what's in the trailer", I said "Auto Parts", and she said, OK. That was it. Now, if she would've asked more, like if I was running commercially, or for hire, or anything like that, I would've been screwed. But hell, all I was doing was delivering body parts to small town body shops and dealerships, so I'm sure they wouldn't have made a federal case out of it. Know what I mean.

So, watch the side roads too while you're running. Oklahoma not only has Scale Houses and Toll Roads, they also have very mobile revenue producers too!
Gary

B&K will have all his ducks in a row so he shouldn't have to worry about being stopped by an officer or at a check point.
B & K Hotshots

Thanks everyone. You guys are a LOT of help. Thank you
DRAGON

Stuff for truck

Gary,
What is BOL? What is a accident kit? I am sure its paper work?, but what does it involve?
Rick
Dragon
Gary

Re: Stuff for truck

DRAGON wrote:
Gary,
What is BOL? What is a accident kit? I am sure its paper work?, but what does it involve?
Rick
Dragon


BOL stands for Bill Of Laden. It's a document you need to have in the truck for every piece of freight you haul. It needs to be signed by the receiver. It's also referred to as proof of delivery.

An accident kit is something your insurance company gives you incase your in an accident. It has steps you need to take required by the DOT (Department Of Transportation) and allows to to make a record of what happened for your insurance company. You should also have a cheap camera for taking picture's in the event of an accident.
DRAGON

Thanks Gary
Rick

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