I'm hearing from more and more of my friends with heavier trucks getting nailed by the local DOT cops. Last week my buddy Tim got another $50 ticket for not having a DOT number on his truck. He warned me and once again I tried to look up the info online and get a straight answer. According to the info I found, nobody in the tree business in Florida needs a DOT number. But maybe I'm reading it wrong. Anybody else here want to translate legalese into English? Look at the 'exceptions' paragraph near the bottom of the page.
Exceptions for Registering are:
1. Motor carriers operating solely intrastate when transporting agricultural, including horticultural or forestry products, from farm or harvest place to the first place of processing or storage, or from farm or harvest place directly to market.