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Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Big House, Nov 5, 2011.


  1. Big House

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    What is the state statute regarding no trucks in left lane on highways? Thank you.
     

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    TTC 545.0651 RESTRICTION ON USE OF HIGHWAY

    Trucks can pass in the left lane.
     

  3. Big House

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    After reading that, what classifies as a truck?
     
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    The reason I ask is, I work out of a 1 ton pickup, two axle and sometimes out of a 1.5 ton two axle, six tire truck.
     
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    Typically the restriction is towards tractor trailers. The trucks that you described are going to be okay. Granted I am not a CVE officer and never have been nor have the desire.
     
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    "Truck" means a motor vehicle designed, used, or maintained primarily to transport property.

    This is the transportation code definition. The exact class of vehicle would be defined in the county or municipal ordinance regulating such activity as there is no state law against trucks in the left lane. 545.0651 & 545.0652 allow them to regulate it.
     
  7. Big House

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    Thank you, sir.
     
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    Power company? Is the GVW 26,000 lbs or above?
     
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    My suggestion as a fellow who took the course for trucking many moons ago is that unless there is a sign posting a restriction for you to stay in certain lanes you are free to use a passing lane as a passing lane. Even in cars you use the passing lane as a passing lane, and then go back over to the traffic lane. The only time it differs is when there is a regulatory sign indicating something different for you as the truck driver to adhere to.
     
  10. Big House

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    We do underground fuel tank inspections/testing. Just under that classification of 26,000 gvw


    Hack, None of the vehicles we drive have more than two axles, unless we are pulling a 18' enclosed trailer w/ two axles.
     
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    Understood. I still would follow the same rules as when driving a car. Stay in the travel lane unless you need to pass. That's how I approach it and I have had no trouble regardless of what I am driving. I have driven everything from cars to tractors pulling over dimensional.
     
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    Chicken.........

    The way the restriction was explained to us in the academy is that it is meant for truck >26,001 lbs.
     
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    From what we are taught its for a truck tractor/truck tractor trailer.

    Most signs are posted on heavy travelled areas where most traffic is a few miles above the speed limit and there are hills or issues with left lane bandits.

    Its to prevent impeading traffic. It would fall under disregard traffic control device, and not using a left lane for passing. If in a pickup truck, it should not be an issue, towing or not. But you can still impead traffic or not use the left lane for passing....
     
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    Heck, the only place I have seen them is on 35 from just north of Jarrell to south of Austin, however, I try to stay off 35 as much as possible, even when going to Dallas.
     
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    In Texas, you'll usually see "Left Lane for Passing Only" in areas where that is to be enforced.
     
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    Just to clarify: Federal Motor Carrier regs state: 26,001 pounds or more GVWR is a commercial vehicle. A GVWR of 26,000 or less is not. That one pesky pound can get confusing.
     
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    Thanks Blue, some days the ole grey matter goes in too many directions to remember that one damn pound.
     
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    Don't forget though... a Ford F350 pulling a gooseneck trailer full of stuff can easily hit 26,001. All of a sudden you have a pickup that now requires a class A CDL.
     
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    Weight rating is what triggers the CDL requirement.

    If the GCWR is greater than or equal to 26,001 pounds, it requires a Class A CDL if the trailer(s)' GVWR is greater than 10,000 pounds.

    Just clarifying since an empty trailer that meets the weight rating requirements would still require a CDL.