DOT-spec YT ready to hit the road in the USA

11/30/2023 11:00:00 PM - Terberg Special Vehicles

In the EU and the UK our standard yard tractors can generally be used on public roads, operating at speeds of up to 40 km/h across shorter distances.

However, in the USA vehicles driving on public roads need to comply with the Department of Transport (DOT) regulations. In essence, the manufacturer has to self-certify compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Terberg has developed the YTxx3-DOT model to meet the need of our USA customers for a yard tractor which can operate on public roads as a Class 8 Heavy duty vehicle with a top speed of 33 mph (53 km/h). This took a significant engineering effort, covering components such as the driveline, steering, lighting and brakes.

The first pre-series of 10 YT193-DOTs has been built in Benschop and the vehicles will soon be delivered to customers. Once the new production plant in Columbus Mississippi is up and running the DOT models will be assembled there. This development demonstrates Terberg’s commitment to serving customers in the USA with products tailored to their requirements, combined with local production and support.