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Legal aspects of towing over 8'6" wide...

Old 10-30-2006, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by bgchuby01
Here is the kicker. for florida if the boat and trailer are over 15,000 pounds then the truck needs a GVW of 26001 to be legal. they are saying that so you need a class a license to drive it. most of you buy trucks with a rating of under 26000 GVW to bypass the bigger drivers license. Now in florida be carful. it is a new law. Bottom line is under 10 ft is easy for most of you. If you get up to 11 or 12 foot wide then you need to be more on the ball.
This might keep you safe in Florida if you are a non-resident; Florida is a member of the Drivers License Compact:

Its theme is One Driver, One License, One Record. The home state would treat the offense as if it was committed at home and apply home state laws to the out-of-state offense. The action taken would include, but not be limited to, points assessed on a minor offense such as speeding and suspension of license for a major violation such as DWI/DUI.Under the Driver License Compact, in order for a driver's state to penalize him/her for an out-of-state offense, the driver's state must have the equivalent statute. If the driver's state does not have the statute, no action can be taken. For example, the State of Indiana does not have a careless driving offense whereas Colorado does. If an Indiana licensed driver gets convicted of careless driving in Colorado, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles takes no action.
Most compact states have laws excempting non-residents from certain traffic offenses; like having tinted windows or being over weight, needing certain state license's to drive certain vehicles.

My Brother was ticketed for failure to display a front license plate while driving my Excursion. Since he's a non-resident and is not required to get a Washington drivers license to drive, he got out of the ticket. Simular exceptions exist for being over-weight.......
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Old 10-30-2006, 02:14 PM
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It tells you about the 15000 law right on the permit so you are suppose to read it and abide by it before you get there
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