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Old 08-08-2015, 10:26 PM   #1
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They started handing out tickets for not having proper lettering on commercial vehicles. I didn't even know it was a state law.

(625 ILCS 5/12-713) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-713)
Sec. 12-713. Commercial trucks used by construction contractors or subcontractors to display company name.
(a) Every second division vehicle operating commercially in this State that is used by a construction contractor or subcontractor shall display on the side of the vehicle or its trailer the name of the company for which it is employed. The name shall be in letters at least 2 inches tall and one-half inch wide. This Section shall not apply to any motor vehicle upon which is affixed the insignia required under Section 18c-4701 of the Illinois Commercial Transportation Law.
(b) Any person convicted of violating this Section shall be guilty of a petty offense and subject to a fine of not less than $500.
(Source: P.A. 96-1179, eff. 1-1-11.)

Suburban Drivers Surprised With Tickets for Violating Unique Traffic Law, http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigat...320997091.html
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:32 PM   #2
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They started handing out tickets for not having proper lettering on commercial vehicles. I didn't even know it was a state law.

(625 ILCS 5/12-713) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 12-713)
Sec. 12-713. Commercial trucks used by construction contractors or subcontractors to display company name.
(a) Every second division vehicle operating commercially in this State that is used by a construction contractor or subcontractor shall display on the side of the vehicle or its trailer the name of the company for which it is employed. The name shall be in letters at least 2 inches tall and one-half inch wide. This Section shall not apply to any motor vehicle upon which is affixed the insignia required under Section 18c-4701 of the Illinois Commercial Transportation Law.
(b) Any person convicted of violating this Section shall be guilty of a petty offense and subject to a fine of not less than $500.
(Source: P.A. 96-1179, eff. 1-1-11.)

Suburban Drivers Surprised With Tickets for Violating Unique Traffic Law, http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigat...320997091.html
We have similar laws here. But I think it's only for 1 ton and larger. Or trucks with utility boxes that are attached to the frame.

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We have the same here. Also supposed to have our HIC# on the vehicle & all advertisements. I read they issued 89 fines last month for the lack of display.
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Oh, good grief----I don't want my truck lettered---I better read that law.

Illinois , where laws are written to make money for the politicians.
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Same laws here. Same fine.
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So, what's the back story?
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Just saw it on the news. Thought it was a bit harsh to start handing out tickets when its never really been enforced and no one really knew about it.
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If you don't want your truck lettered, magnets would be an option. I don't think it's law here as there are hundreds of us with unlettered trucks running around and have never heard it myself.
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I've been in contracting for nearly 13 years and see hundreds of unlettered vehicles. I didn't know it we a law until yesterday.

I've had lettering for years. I think it's silly not to capitalize on a rolling billboard and branding like lettering a vehicle.
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I'm sure they have the same law here but I've never ever heard of it being enforced. However every home improvement contractor has to have a bumper sticker proving they're licensed


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They been doing that here for a while, some towns would also ticket you if you have lettering without commercial plates also.
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In FL as long as I don't have a single letter or marking on my truck or trailer, I'm fine.
Though I may get more visits from the licensing board stoping to ask me.
As soon as I mark my truck or trailer I need to have my license number displayed.
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Just another way to collect money...."more ticks on the dog"
Eventually the dog dies.!
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What we need in this country is some more laws -

If we just had some more laws and then created a paramilitary force armed to the teeth and sent them out to blindly enforce them without question, (as in "I don't write the laws, I just enforce them", or "tell it to the judge" I think we'd all be better off.

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That's ridiculous. In 26 years I've never had my truck lettered, never will nor do I want it or need it. And I'm riding not around with a magnetic sign either. Free advertising, yes but I can't choose to whom.

Besides it would be extremely difficult to break the middle finger habit if my truck was lettered.
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not only that but around here you will get fined for company lettering on a noncommercial vehicle..


sorry Greg..didn't see you already said this..
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That's ridiculous. In 26 years I've never had my truck lettered, never will nor do I want it or need it. And I'm riding not around with a magnetic sign either. Free advertising, yes but I can't choose to whom.

Besides it would be extremely difficult to break the middle finger habit if my truck was lettered.
Same here. Word of mouth within the right group of people spreads like crazy. And not because of undercharging, but because of pride in work
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That's ridiculous. In 26 years I've never had my truck lettered, never will nor do I want it or need it. And I'm riding not around with a magnetic sign either. Free advertising, yes but I can't choose to whom.

Besides it would be extremely difficult to break the middle finger habit if my truck was lettered.
You start getting a couple of $500 tickets and the never quickly turns into when can you have my magnet ready.

I rarely get a call from my van. What I do get a lot is "I see your vans all over the place".
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You start getting a couple of $500 tickets and the never quickly turns into when can you have my magnet ready.

I rarely get a call from my van. What I do get a lot is "I see your vans all over the place".
If I were to start a business today or even 10 years ago, yes I would probably do as much advertising as possible to get off the ground. Today everyone and their brother seems to be a contractor.

I get the same, either they see me, see my van or hear about me all over the place without the lettering. Nothing beats referrals and nothing is worse than wasting my time with someone that just asks for my business card that isn't a referral. Too many people are just kickin tires and expecting something for next to nothing.

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