Problems with Bad Equipment
What might not be an infraction in CA, could be a problem that leads to
a bad equipment ticket in another state or on an interstate highway in
CA. When driving highways such as I-5, 10, and 15 among others, you must
meet Federal the
North American (NA) Cargo Securement Standard Model Regulations. Even though the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) regulations, the
Cargo Securement Rules for securing loads and which equipment must be kept on hand are quite
specific, it might take a physics or math professor to figure out exactly what is
It is imperative to use the proper securing equipment, so the shifting
of loads within or falling off from a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) does
not happen and to decrease the occurrence of traffic accidents due to
improperly secured cargo. The essential factor in securing a load is what
act of acceleration or deceleration (braking) will compromise your load.
The force of gravity on the cargo during these actions and in a curve,
must be considered when properly securing a load, except in tanks, boxes,
and similar setups for bulk transport of goods that lack structure, such
as grains, liquids, and sand, gravel, or concrete.
The CHP, however, may not see it that way. If you don’t meet the
requirements for a secure load or another driver borrowed one of your
warning triangles, you could get a bad equipment ticket. Likewise, tie-downs
and other damaged or worn securing equipment must be replaced. All equipment
must function correctly with serviceable components and parts. Otherwise,
the driver might be forced to defend their actions or face a fine and
a lower Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) score.
Flatbeds, Step Decks, and Removable Goose Neck (RGN) Trucking
Those truckers known as flatbedders are a different breed than many truckers.
Much of the reason for that is the load and the requirements for securement.
Their load and how they secured it is are frequently apparent to law enforcement
officers (LEO) at a glance. Although each type of load and trailer has
specific requirements, when a tarp is flapping, or a synthetic rope is
flying in the breeze, an LEO might become suspicious of the load and might
pull you over for an inspection. That’s the last thing any trucker
wants short of a ticket.
A roadside inspection can produce many types of bad equipment violations.
Most truckers do not need to be reminded to be polite and compliant with
LEO, but this too bears repeating. If a violation is noted that could
get corrected on the spot, many LEOs will allow it, but if the driver
was hostile to the LEO, they might just start writing the ticket.
A Past Bad Equipment Ticket
Are old bad equipment or oversized load ticket holding you back? Chances
are if you have a traffic ticket on your ten-year driving history, it
could be keeping you from getting a better job and cheaper insurance.
CSA scores and insurance are only tracked for three years, except major
infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. However, what is a minor infraction
for most drivers, for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder,
it could hold you back from advancement or getting a job with a higher
paying trucking outfit.
The FMSCA continually change the regulations, and often the CA Vehicle
Codes (CVC) change as well. Those old tickets that might be holding you
back might get removed from your motor vehicle driving record (MVR) and
your Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores by a good traffic
While most commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders are aware of
this, it bears repeating; whenever you get a traffic ticket, you must
consult a local traffic ticket lawyer. Why local? It’s simple, these
attorneys represent clients all the time in traffic court and know what
works to get charges reduced or dismissed.
Kings County Traffic Lawyer
Hanford Courthouse sees a lot of truckers come and go. Many of them ticketed
out on I-5 for bad equipment get to face off against the traffic court
judge because they know any traffic ticket for a CDL holder spells trouble.
Even an otherwise minor thing like a missing triangle can result in a
lower CSA score. Call Bigger & Harman and “keep on trucking.”
Bigger & Harman offer a free phone consultation for truckers, so call
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