What you don’t know could leave your horses stranded on the side of the road.
When it comes to the road, most of our readers are law-abiding citizens. We have driver’s licenses; our vehicles are insured. We are even (grudgingly) starting to comply with the new laws requiring that we be “hands-free” when on the phone.
But when it comes to our trucks and trailers, many of us are not complying with the laws. In most cases, this is unintentional, as we are merely unaware that, with that new truck or that gooseneck, we may have entered a whole new realm of compliance requirements. Or we may think we are exempt if we are not accepting payment to haul horses. Or we may just be freaked out at the thought of yet another set of complex government regulations, and we may just be tired of Big Brother.
However, if we don’t comply, we can face thousands of dollars in fines. Even if we are not pulled over, we may still get nailed by new virtual technology which allows authorities to inspect vehicles while the vehicles are in motion.
But perhaps worse for most of us, if pulled over and found in violation, we may be endangering our horses by leaving them stranded on the road if we are not allowed to continue driving.
So, we go to trucking forums or horse council or community meetings; we listen to officials from the Maryland State Police, the Maryland State or Federal Highway Administration or the Departments of Transportation – and we come away even more confused! It’s all too much! Maybe its best to just never leave the farm!
Well, before you decide that you and your horses are going to become hermits, The Equiery is going to attempt to demystify the often mystifying rules of Maryland roads.