Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Woodbridge, Virginia
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Hypothetical situations that could happen with my truck:
1.) I'm driving to/from the track, hauling my track car... Somehow, I won a cash prize at the race.
2.) My buddy calls and tells me he blew a transmission, I go to haul his vehicle and he buys me a case of beer and slides me a $20 for fuel.
3.) I've got a load of drywall in the back. It's for a rental property that I'm fixing up, not for my own home.
In all three situations, technically, I'm getting some form of payment for using the truck. In a roundabout way, you can consider me making money with the truck... But I am not a company. Is this considered commercial use of the truck?
I am right on the edge of Virginia, into Washington D.C. and Maryland... Additionally, tracks I go to are located up and down the eastern seaboard. (Road Atlanta, Summit Point, Pocono Raceway, Carolina Motorsports Park, VIRginia International Raceway, Sebring, etc.) Let's say I'm hauling my buddy's car to/from one of those places... Or that I won at an out of state track.. Or that load of drywall was picked up at a Maryland store that was having a really good discount... Now it becomes Interstate Commerce... Does this change anything?
I'm definitely below the 26,001 lb limit required for a CDL. Trailer only has a 10,000 GVWR.
Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but I'm trying to follow the letter of the law 100%, because I think the DOT guys make a good bit of money offa people who don't know any better.
Last edited by Pele; 03-08-2011 at 09:57 AM.