Iowa DOT gets the buffet table ready with this one.
Looks like the fine fellows at Iowa DOT Enforcement have themselves an excellent example of an Out of Service (OOS) buffet. Ten OOS violations, no CDL for the driver, plus an untold amount of minor infractions. I’m sure they counted everything, but after 10 OOS’s, he’s good and done for. The pictures tell the tale way better, so let me get my Tetanus shot and examine the scene of the crime.
“Insert Super Villain Laugh Here.” Let’s see, what’s missing here? Tires, gone. Brake chamber, gone. Air ride shock, busted. I mean, at least the pin for the tandems is still in the hole. But does it matter if the clamp IS NOT AGAINST THE RAIL!!!!
Air brake chamber, GONE. And I love the copious amounts of zip tie usage here. But for what reason? All they’re doing is attracting attention. “Bang head against desk!”
THE MEME IS REAL!!! 1, I SAY 1, lug nut holding the tire on. I say that seeing the other looks like they were trying to cut it off with a Sawz-All. Damaged lug nut = no lug nut.
Photos #4 & #5
I’m putting these together since it is the same issue. Good ol’ Tire Blown Out. And if you look at #5, I’d say it has been a few miles with the amount of cord wrapped around the axle. The guys at the retread shop will love cutting this one up for landscaping material.
The last stop in the tour takes us to the rear view. Had to know a trailer this bad would have the classic broken ICC bumper. Yep, I’m calling it broken because of possible weld breaks around the drop bar to lower bar connections. I’m sure there is a tube of JB Weld around somewhere. Then the possible blowouts up at the front axles do not help either.
So, in conclusion, please do your pretrips. If your carrier has you pulling obvious “dangers to the motoring public,” politely refuse. There is absolutely no reason for scrap iron like this to be on our roads. Call the state’s DOT enforcement, report to OSHA, contact the local DA’s office. This is a blight on the good names of truckers that are out here, busting our tails to bring a more professional image to a job constantly under attack by those who don’t even know where their ice cream comes from.
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