I used this as my example when I called, but said it was my friend
DOT guys answers are in red. (Don't know why I didn't just post it this way in the first place, duh)
When I called FMCSA to ask about this, I specifically asked about a friend chipping in on gas to have her horse hauled along...and was told that then put you as 'for hire'.
And again, I know I have had bogus tickets given, and have fought them, if close enough to do that easily.
But if ticket is in MN and you are hauling in to trail ride from south MO, is it going to be worth it to go back and forth to fight it or not?
And THAT is what they are counting on.
Several years ago, there were quite a few stories coming out about people getting parking tickets, who had not even been in the city they were cited in, and in one case, the number written on ticket? Belonged to his antique car, that hadn't been moved off his property in quite a few years.
He called to protest it...and was told to come for court if he wanted to fight it. He lived in western KS, ticket was in KC MO. Not worth it, so he paid it.