More "Hot Shot" Truck Drivers Cited for Driving without CDL's 02/21/14
CBS 7 News
February 21, 2014
MIDLAND—Law enforcement agencies throughout the Permian Basin are seeing more “hot shot” truck drivers who haul large trailers without having the proper commercial driver’s license.
Officer Ray Miller and his partner say they pull over several drivers everyday who should be driving with a commercial driver’s license, but fail to have one.
Today, a driver who was using his personal truck to haul equipment for his company was pulled over by Officer Miller for an inspection and did not know he needed a CDL.
Officer Miller says often time this is the case with many drivers—they think since they’re not driving a big rig or if they’re towing lighter equipment, then it’s ok not to obtain a CDL, but learn that isn’t the case.
"Anytime you see a trailer with dual tandem wheels being pulled by a truck, it is going to be a CDL vehicle, because that trailer is going to have a gross weight rating of somewhere between 20,000 to 25,000 pounds. And you have to explain to them it’s not just the actual weight, it’s what the vehicles are rated to do," Miller said.
Miller says the vehicles manufacturers gross vehicle weight for both the truck and trailer combined cannot exceed 26,001 pounds.
One way drivers can add up these weights is by looking at the manufacture stickers that are posted on the vehicle and trailer.
To check that your vehicle is regulated properly or if you have any questions regarding CDL’s, feel free to contact the Midland Police Department at 432-685-7108.