Get this...A few years ago I remember hearing from an old timer that ran a combo for Mass-Highway, that there was a big storm coming and all the combo's & plow's were called in early to pre-stage for there respective routes, well when the drivers came out after the got signed in, guess who was there checking the trucks over, these ballsy bastards were writing tickets for uncavased salt loads & all kinds of BS things....Needless to say the drivers were beyond pissed & were ready to say screw it & go home & park the trucks for the winter....Lets just say it was taken care of with a simple phone call & alot of choice words :wink Only in MASS were the Mass Holes run freeyou have to love them they could care less weather the trucks are safe or not it all comes down to the almighty dollar and who is going to get it . so really all those DOT state local police pulling you over it not because they care if a person will die from some bone head that oveloads a POS it's all about who will cash in on how much they can rape you in fines.
Oh I agree, there are some real sh!t boxes out there that shouldn't be on the road.....The state should stop nickel & diming the sub's when it comes to pay & start times, I've plowed for many towns & everyone paid you from the time they called you in, till the time they tell you to go home, all of a sudden the state is paying from the time you get to your respective pits & I mean to the minute, last year I was called in @ 5:07am I arrived @ my pit @ 5:32am & when I went to check in, the guy clicked the truck in, on the computer & thats the time I got payed from, not 5am when I was calledI think right now if all the private contractors said for get about this plowing stuff for the state there would be no roads open the state does not have the equipment and drivers like they used to the dcr in stoneham or mdc as it used to be called has maybe a handful of trucks at bet comparing to a majore fleet with many mecanics on duty and a paint show that ran non stop to keep the equipment clean. they auctioned off just last year all the rest of the sander and dump bodies . it was funny to see the yard over here so bare comparing to the hundreds of truck operating and non that used to have . And if those cops pulling every one over had to work for a living they would probably be a little more understanding. there are always some guys that run crap that is falling apart but for the most of us the euipment is kept in decent shape or you make no money right.