By Chief Steven J. Wojnar
Dudley Police Department
An interesting question was posed to me recently by a town resident. The person inquired about the towing of trailers and boats on the roads. They were aware of one situation where a pickup truck was towing a travel trailer and a boat at the same time. The boat was attached behind the trailer as it was proceeding along the highway. Since many of us have seen tractor trailer units legally hauling 2 trailers at one time, I was asked if towing double recreational vehicles in this manner was legal.
Generally when operators drive vehicles over a certain weight, carry large numbers of passengers, or haul commercial trailers, they are required to have what is know as a CDL or Commercial Driver’s License. This license will be specific for the type of vehicles they operate or the cargo they carry. These licenses also have what are known as endorsements, which will allow the driver to perform specific functions. For example, a person who drives a bus will have a specific license endorsement for the transportation of passengers.
In the case of towing vehicles, most regularly licensed operators are allowed to tow recreational vehicles one at a time. For example, if you have a travel trailer for camping, the laws generally allow this to occur. The unique situation described above is a bit different. Although, most recreational vehicles can be towed by anyone, the towing of two trailers at one time is prohibited in most cases. The driver would need a special endorsement on their license allowing for what are commonly referred to as “triples.” This will include the vehicle and two trailers behind. These vehicles can often be banned from many areas and could be only allowed on certain limited access highways. Bottom line in this case is if the driver does not have the proper license endorsement, the towing of two trailers is not allowed.
The laws governing this type of activity are in place for safety reasons. The driver must be extremely skilled and would need the appropriate license. Towing two trailers at once covers a great distance and backing up is very difficult. Should the driver need to take evasive action for some reason, the risk of overturning increases greatly. The possibility of accidents and injuries is high. If you would ever consider something such as this, please think again. Traveling safely is best for everyone.
My son and I had the occasion to walk in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk held Sunday, September 9th in Boston. Numerous police chiefs from across the state, including many from the surrounding area, and hundreds of other supporters walked the final three miles to the Marathon finish line. We walked along side young people battling cancer, their families, friends, and supporters. The Jimmy Fund is the main charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. Our fund raising efforts are still under way. Dudley Park and Shop has once again graciously agreed to place the coin canisters at their registers. These will be in place for a little while longer and your donations are greatly appreciated. I wish to thank the Pappas family and Dudley Park and Shop, as well as the many generous people who have contributed to this cause. We are hoping to raise as much money as possible to help make cancer a thing of the past.
- Tuesday, 11 September 2012
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