Pulling heavy equipment across the country is a normal part of the supply chain. When you want to clear earth for buildings or lift objects high into the air, it takes equipment often heavier than usual and wider than the traffic lanes.
Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance Enforcement (GMCCE) is the division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety that is tasked with making sure commercial drivers are following the laws and regulations in the state. This post from Facebook is about an inspector that had a hunch something was up when he pulled this driver hauling a Hyundai excavator on a drop deck trailer after dark.
The unnamed driver was asked to present his Georgia permits and gave everyone’s favorite response, “I left them at the office.” That is something you never want to say to a law enforcement official.
Image: GA MCCE
The inspector did his duty, performing a Level 1 CMV inspection of the vehicle and driver. And next came out the obvious, the portable scales.
Without the needed permits, Georgia has an 80,000 lb weight limit. And as you can see, he was quite above it.
No need to worry about the over length and height, that nickel per pound overweight hurt his wallet enough. Now I’m sure if there had been a connectable incident to the driver, they would really have thrown the book at him.
Drivers need to always make sure they are running legally, with all needed permits. There is no excuse to endanger lives just to save a few dollars.