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    New Federal requrements for trailers (?)

    A friend of mine sent me this info, from where I don't know, since I've been hauling some equipment around lately. Anyone else heard of this?

    Here's his message:

    Hey Wayne, there is a new federal law going to take effect in September that all axles on trailer with a GVW of 2600lbs or more must have brakes. This is for commercial and non-commercial trailers. Any strap must display a tag that states the strength of the strap. This is a crackdown on lawn care and landscapers using trailers improperly loaded and improperly licensed. Noncommercial trailers are included in the new laws. Also don’t get caught using your noncommercial trailer for commercial use.

    The use of house trailer axles and tires are not allowed now. The fine per house trailer tire is $200.00 per tire. If I were buying a new trailer I would get the brakes on both axles. If you have an older trailer with brakes on one axle you will be required to install brakes on the other axle. These laws will be enforced by states requiring inspections and states that don’t do inspections will have troopers and DOT spot inspections.
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    Interesting...I have not heard anything about it. The 2600lb thing is strange-in most states anything under 3000lbs does not require brakes, that's why you see a lot of trailers spec'ed out at 2990lbs.
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    I always thought or rule of thumb, two axles one had to have brakes. One axle no brakes needed.
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    I wonder if this somehow was slipped into a bill somewhere as part of a deal allowing Mexican trucks deeper in the USA. I know that seems like a non-sequitur; but with Washington...nothing surprises me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I always thought or rule of thumb, two axles one had to have brakes. One axle no brakes needed.
    Just had my trailer inspected here in PA, they said 4 wheels 4 brakes, it's the law... My trailer is fine although I am waiting on the brake controller to get here and mount in my truck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gobblin Tom View Post
    Just had my trailer inspected here in PA, they said 4 wheels 4 brakes, it's the law... My trailer is fine although I am waiting on the brake controller to get here and mount in my truck...
    Does PA require (semi)Annual inspection on trailers like to they for on-road vehicles?
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    Sounds like an internet rumor. Personally, I wouldn't put much faith in it unless proof is found.
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    Here in MD they would not be able to apply a new rule like that unless the title is being transferred. That is the only tume they do an inspection a trailer. They have gotten so out of hand with registration fees, that a lot of guys are registering trailers out of state. Although they will often get you in MD for a car that is registered out of state, they don't seem to pursue trailers. Everyone I know who has done this registers them in Maine. So in the end, if you see a trailer in MD that has ME registration it is really obvious they are dodging a registration fee. Yet, I have never heard of anyone being fined.

    I have a single axle trailer that does not have brakes. I want to check it now, I thought it was rated for 3500#. It is about 15 years old now.

    I do see some scary set-ups on these landscaping rigs. Although I have never witnessed an accident, I have seen many looking for a place to happen!

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    The trailer plates here in Michigan are permanent plates now. Meaning you buy the plate once for as long as you own the trailer, how ever the plate is non transferable, if you buy a new trailer you have to buy a new plate. The plate price is based on weight and can be a big cost up front.
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    Very interesting. My memory was correct, the GAWR is 3500#. But to follow Kenny's rule, they limited the GVWR to 2990#.

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