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Police give tickets for plow being to big !!

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Superior L & L, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    I talked to a guy today in Genesee county Michigan, I guess the state police weigh master and Grand Blanc Twp cops are giving tickets out if you have wings on your plow. By adding wings it makes the plow to wide, anything over 9' needs a escort truck. This is BS they must need cash bad.
    So what do i do with my plows? and do they give the road commision guys tickets!
  2. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    All you need to do is make sure that when you are driving down the road that your plow does not exceed 8'6" wide. Do this by angling it all the way or enough to get 8'6" or less. I know it sucks to drive with a plow that is fully angled, but it beats a ticket. I would go to court over something like that. If you are driving with the plow straight and taking up a lot of space, then sure I could see the ticket, but if it is angled and 8'6" or less you are completely within the law.
  3. LLM Ann Arbor

    LLM Ann Arbor Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Im not pro tickets by any means. Trust me. But I've often wondred how some of you guys get down the road with those wide units.

    And you should angle your blade to the right whether you have wings on or not, no?
  4. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    If, it's a law that everyone goes by, and you get caught not. it's not a cash grab, it's a ticket cause you did something your not suppose to.
  5. Winter Land Man

    Winter Land Man Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    Anything over 9 feet needs an escort? Sounds like crap. I never had or heard of that happening here.
  6. Proscapez LLC

    Proscapez LLC Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    I hate Grand Blanc Twp cops!
    Many years ago!
    I had what I though were friends in that department. Then they tried to charge me in a robbery.
    The Only Way I got out of it was the Criminal admitted, I wasn't with him and he didn't know me.
    Then they tried to make him a deal, to involve me in the crime.
    I'm happy the Criminal, was honest about it.
    The worst part is he could have gotten less time at my expence and he did the right thing.

    After that, I stayed far away from there.
    If I go to prison, I'd like it to be for something I did wrong.
    Not because some cops are trying to make a name for themself or doesnt like me.
  7. Yaz

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

    In New England anything over 8'6" wide is a wide load. law requires a special permit, 10" block letters ( WIDE LOAD) front and back of truck and daylight hours only and no weekends.

    I know because I had a boat that we sold because of it. If angling narrows it to less than 8' 6" you're all set, I can't angle a boat! lol
  8. starc

    starc Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    Here 102" is max width
  9. LLM Ann Arbor

    LLM Ann Arbor Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    Do you even have inches in Canada?


    what is that....like 3000 millimeters?

    Ha! I was close....2,590.8 millimeters
  10. Jpocket

    Jpocket Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    I would assume this is just for pick-ups, because most guys that have a c-60 or equvilent truck run 9ft + plows
  11. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Canadians have it better off, most people use both systems, so we are better equiped.
  12. starc

    starc Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    Boy, that's so ****** funny, wasn't my idea to switch over to that way...I personally still use inches, feet mph etc and believe it or not...I still speak english :dizzy:
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 10, 2006
  13. starc

    starc Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    :salute: At least I'm not sent to useless wars where they have no point being to begin with, here that's voluntary...
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2006
  14. starc

    starc Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    Where are guys like you when I'm out drinkin'
  15. starc

    starc Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    The only problem with livin here, you need two sets of tool when working on the truck...
  16. starc

    starc Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    Incase I ever piss anyone off enough and they want to come down and hit me, here's my address...

    1261 Third Street
    St. Catharines, Ontario

    Sorry for saying the way I feel when I say what I do but, that's the way I've become over the years...
  17. rtm038

    rtm038 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 231

    In NJ, trucks over 9' must also display a "wide load" and can only be on the roads during daylight hours. Getting a ticket for being "too wide" stinks, but it is what it is. Just take the wings off and angle the blade while moving between sites and you'll be good. You should want to anyway, because if your blade is too wide and it comes in contact with some other vehicle, you're liable like it or not.
  18. 4x4Farmer

    4x4Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 953

    Thats a bunch of ****! It must only be for pickups, casue I'd be in trouble otherwise. Like I said in an eirlier post about being pulled over for the plow blocking a licenes plate, In this case its the same, If I got pulled over for being to wide while out plowing Id probably be arrested, casue I'd flip out!!:realmad:
  19. LLM Ann Arbor

    LLM Ann Arbor Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    How many years did it take you to get that offended at a joke about millimeters exactly.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2006
  20. starc

    starc Senior Member
    Messages: 229

    Not really a big deal, I actually have the same sense of humor you do...your alright :)