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    We own several dump trucks. Recently one was stopped and given a ticket for being overwieght on an axle. The total truck load weight was not overweight, but the load of stone shifted and when DOT put the truck on the portable scales, one axle was over.

    The ticket was in the driver's name, not our company so if it is not paid, who is penalized? Will it come back on us, due to our plate number, or on the driver's license number? It was not a moving violation.

    aAso, what would be the best way to fight this ticket, due to the fact that the driver has no control over the stone moving on sharp turns or hills? Since the total tons was not overweight, would that factor into the evidence?

    Thanks for any info?

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    The ticket was in the driver's name, not our company so if it is not paid, who is penalized? Will it come back on us, due to our plate number, or on the driver's license number? It was not a moving violation.
    Ultimately the driver is responsable

    aAso, what would be the best way to fight this ticket,
    There is no best way to fight this ticket, but I can tell you the best way to prevent it.
    If you’re paying your drivers by the load,
    Stop!
    Doing so only encourages someone to drive like a bat out of hell to make any money.
    Pay them by the hour and they will slow down.
    If you DO pay by the hour think about getting rid of him, he’s an accident waiting to happen.

    due to the fact that the driver has no control over the stone moving on sharp turns or hills?
    Yes he does, it's called slowing down !

    Since the total tons was not overweight, would that factor into the evidence?
    No

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    the drivers are all paid by the hour, it was not a speeding infraction. It was a random inspection stop by DOT. We are in an area with very steep hills so there is no way for loads not to shift, especially with such a drought going on and no moisture in the materials.


    Quote Originally Posted by drruthless View Post
    Ultimately the driver is responsable


    There is no best way to fight this ticket, but I can tell you the best way to prevent it.
    If you’re paying your drivers by the load,
    Stop!
    Doing so only encourages someone to drive like a bat out of hell to make any money.
    Pay them by the hour and they will slow down.
    If you DO pay by the hour think about getting rid of him, he’s an accident waiting to happen.


    Yes he does, it's called slowing down !


    No

    ..______________________
    ~Free advice is like a public defender,
    …you get what you pay for.

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    If you feel that your driver is blameless then you should consider having your company pay the ticket rather than sticking the driver with it. Sometimes fines, penalties and inadvertent violations of law will happen despite our best efforts to avoid them.

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