I think possibly, cause your truck has 4 sides (assuming you don’t have a flat deck) they likely didn’t care Because the only way something is coming out of the back of your truck is if you go upside down. However I know of at least 2 people who were charged after an accident where an ATV came out of the back of their trucks, 1 had no straps, and the other one had 1 strap as he couldn’t close his tailgate. The guy with no straps was out a ton of money as insurance didn’t cover his brand new atv he had just picked up from the dealer. My atv cost me $10,001 tax in. When I picked it up, I strapped it to my trailer with 4 straps and alway use at least 3I was stopped once while pulling the tractor on a trailer.
DPS was doing spot checks of semis and waved me over for a "courtesy check".
He checked the trailer lights and tires.
Tractor was heavily chained with (4) chains, with zipties holding the load binder handles, two straps holding the backhoe, two more holding the FEL, and a bungee keeping the seat folded. The officer complemented me on the good job I had done.
He was very focused on the fact that I had the implements on the tractor strapped down, but failed to comment (or notice) that I had the front plow blade, the box blade, and a pair of clamp-on forks in the bed of the pickup, none of which were strapped or chained. Double standard?
Watch the trucks that run down the road. It does not take but a few trucks to pass before you will spot violations. An easy one to spot is found on rollback wreckers. A J-hook on the rear axle and the wench pulling on the front. You will see it everyday. Using the wench as a tiedown is a violation but it does not get enforced often. Running a truck on the highway with a burned out headlight is another easy violation to spot. During daylight it is still a violation.My new tractor was delivered with 2 ratchet straps. 1 on the front axle. 1 on the rear. Nothing on a brush hog. I find it hard to believe the dealership would break DOT laws.
re: I find it hard to believe the dealership would break DOT laws.
gee, I don't..
I 'assume' the driver/loader guy is just lazy OR his boss yells at him, 'get that **&^& delivered NOW'.....
bet they don't do a proper 'walkaround check' either.
Best(worst) example of NOT properly strpping down loads.. Guy was making busstop concrete pads next door( 6x12 ,6" slabs of concrete). Loads 10 (TEN) of them onto a semi flatbed,ONE strap per bundle of 5.
He was going to Ottawa(6-7 hr trip), on a Sunday, using backroads to avoid the 'scales'....
Up here, it's agin the law to tranports oxy/act cyls without caps on....unless you're a 'city' crew..hmmmmmm