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Question for those who plow in Maine

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Averysdad, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Averysdad

    Averysdad Member
    Messages: 39

    I was considering doing some residential driveways to make some extra money this winter (hopefully to recoup the cost of the plow) and I was wondering if I would be required to get "commercial" license plates even if it is not my main source of income and my truck is not a heavy duty or 1 ton?

    I've searched around and didn't see any answers about this anywhere.

    Thanks
     
  2. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    My Brother Lived and Plowed in Maine and never did that. Can't see it being different there than anyplace else in the states.
     
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I'm from Maine and have been plowing for six winters. Yes, you need Commercial Vehicle and General Liability insurance if you plow for compensation. Vehicle insurance is required by law. Commercial Vehicle insurance is required by the insurance company. General Liability insurance is required by common sense.

    As far as the plates, for a half ton you will register the same as now but pay by the load you expect to have. For a 3/4 ton, you will have Commercial plates. Contact your licensing division.
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2005
  4. Averysdad

    Averysdad Member
    Messages: 39

    well that I wasnt questioning....I was just asking if I needed to re-register my truck with "Commercial" license plates or if the regular passenger type I have now are fine.
     
  5. Averysdad

    Averysdad Member
    Messages: 39

    sorry just realized you edited your response.....thanks for the help.

    BTW....what insurance carrier do you use Mick?.......I've looked at a few but I was just curious who you thought had a good price and was a quality company as well.

    Thanks
     
  6. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    GL was Middlesex, but it's all through Vermont Mutual now.
     
  7. gino

    gino Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 94

    My insurance company told me that I dont need commercial insurance unless I am plowing commercial business accounts. I only do residentail driveways. They said that I am covered by my standard insurance even with the plow on it for residentail plowing. And, you dont have to have commercial plates. Why should you? I run a 2500HD with a 7.6' plow and nobody has ever bothered me about it. Thats my 2 cents.
    g

    Portland, Maine.
     
  8. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    You should have commercial plates so you can park in the alley behind Gritty's.
     
  9. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 324

    FMS has the right idea!!!!:drinkup: :drinkup: . Commercial plates depends on a couple things. In Portland if you have a 3/4 ton or larger you have to regisater it as a commercial vehicle, if its smaller its up to you if you want to. It doesn't cost anymore to register it as a commercial and you can park anywhere there is "commercial parking" only which comes in handy in Portland!!!!
     
  10. gino

    gino Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 94

    Correction, I live in south portland where you dont need commercial plates. And I'm not convinced that you need them in Portland with a 3/4 ton truck. I see 3/4 ton trucks all over Portland every day with no commercial plates.
    g
     
  11. gino

    gino Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 94

    Yes, but you dont need them to park behind Platnum plus.:dizzy:
     
  12. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 324


    Might be right on the 3/4 ton but with a one ton its true.
     
  13. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

  14. CrazyCooter

    CrazyCooter Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Yessuh, it's a little known law here in Maine, if the truck's GVW is high enough, you need to register it as commercial. And for those of you guys who think you're okay cuz you have a half ton, think again. Do you haul a camper? Do you haul a boat? You're supposed to have commercial plates. Why? Because the GVWR (your truck and trailer) is above the 9000lbs +/-. I have this posted in my office (I work as a loan officer by day in a credit union). I heard about it, and heard of a guy that was stopped for it, but I have never been. My trailer is registered as commercial, I figger it's good enough for me :)
     
  15. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

  16. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 324

  17. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    I stick my head out the sunroof, and where goggles. :)

    New GLoucester
     
  18. CrazyCooter

    CrazyCooter Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Plow looks a little small, but I guess it'll get the job done if you have to :)

    I'm in Nawth Yahhhmawth.