No Personal Items in Vehicles
Double Time Transport is now prohibiting the inclusion of personal items in vehicles being shipped as directed by the DOT.
This is for three very good reasons:
License & Insurance – It is against FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) Regulations for carriers to transport personal possessions within a vehicle. Carriers risk fines for transporting personal possessions. In addition, the carrier’s insurance typically does not cover the loss or damage of personal possessions included in a vehicle being shipped.
Weight – Auto haulers have strict limits on the weight of loaded trucks and trailers. The unanticipated weight of personal items could cause carriers to be overweight. In this situation, the carrier has to make a choice to drive overweight (risking fines and significant delays) or not take the vehicle.
Safety – Extra weight in the car could cause damage to the undercarriage during loading and unloading
FEUL – It is greatly appreciated if your level is about a quarter tank if possible. We do get weighed periodically along our routs. Keeping the fuel level low helps with weight.
Weight plays an incredibility important role in the car transportation process, one that most people are not aware of. And its not just car transport – it’s just more prevalent in this logistics industry than many others because the freight is all controlled by individual customers. We aren’t shipping boxes with pre- determined weight; we’re shipping cars, and all cars have different net weights, and that can cause problems for auto transporters. Add to the equation a bunch of stuff in everyone’s car, and the weight piles up quick. Think of it this way: if each car on a ten-car carrier has a hundred pounds of extra stuff, that’s a thousand pounds more weight than what the carrier was anticipating, and all that extra weight will need to be accounted for at the next weight station. You know what happens when a truck is overweight at a weight station? Fines for weight and other unauthorized items being in the vehicle. The trucks must conform to weight limits which means if there are personal items causing the problem, they must go or the vehicle will have to be unloaded and items left at the weight station for another truck.