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I just bought a box truck. Its a 2006 Peterbilt. You don't need a CDL to drive it. What do I need to know about driving this in Ohio? Anything special with inspections/DOT or anything else I may need to know?
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Technician: Jeremy, Certified Truck/Bus Technician replied 3 months ago
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You might want to check again for you do to need a CDL to drive that. You just don't need a Class A CDL. You need a Class B for it is over 10,000 lbs and it has air brakes. The DOT will take you to jail if you don't have one. I know that from experience (not personally, but from mechanics that were test driving them).

On the inspections, you need to have a certified technician with at least 1 year of experience to do an annual DOT inspection on it. That s required and states there are no safety item issues wit hthe vehicle. Items like the 3 triangles are in the vehicle, the fire extinguisher is within driver reach and mounted, all the lights work, windshield wipers work, brakes are within specifications, no frame damage, fuel leaks, air lines rubbed through, etc.

You'll have to have your DOT number, last 8 of VIN, company, MC number if interstate, company city and state, etc. Just like the truck has.

If you haven't read it yet, I suggest reading the FMCSA rules. It will have all the rules of what you have to be in compliance with for DOT inspections. CLICK HERE to read them. Also, speak to a transportation attorney for a consult on the business side for that is out of my area, like the logging rules (you have to have logs for that size vehicle), urinalysis rules, DOT physical card on the driver, etc. It is the small stuff like that with the paperwork that will hang up a DOT inspection well before the vehicle safety stuff. Just keep the lights working, the vehicle clean and maintained, and the vehicle typically passes. It is the driver that tends to give up the points and closes companies down.

As a shop owner, I have the same rules for only test driving the trucks. Becasue we take them on the road, we have to follow all the same guidelines.

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Technician: Jeremy, Certified Truck/Bus Technician replied 3 months ago

I was opted out and opted back in.

Did you have more questions?

FYI, Ohio is like California. They are really strict on the rules there. My dad owned trucks and I got the company in 1998. Had it until 2010 when I decided to get rid of it and just do tech work full time. I was already working the shop keeping the equipment up as well working on outside work as well. My brother has the company now and he said the rules haven't changed. They got stricter. So if you have any other inspection questions or what needs to be done on the truck to make sure it is road ready, pass inspections, etc, just let me know.

Otherwise, be sure to leave a positive rating and when you have something that you need later, just return here and ask. The question never really closes so you can always return later, even a month from now.

Good luck, good day, and be safe!

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