The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive employees to maintain the safety of others who may also be traveling. This requirement was enacted in 1991, and the drug screening rules are listed within Title 47 CFR Part 40, commonly referred to as Part 40.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has an audit requirement to ensure new trucking companies crossing state lines and national borders follow the same safety standards. This new entrant safety audit is required for all new trucking companies within the first year of operations. This article includes frequently asked questions about the DOT new entrant safety audit.
The world of commercial trucking can be confusing to new entrants to the industry. One term that may cause additional confusion is interstate operating authority. This article addresses some of the most common questions about interstate operating authority.
There are many professional services and moving parts in the trucking industry, and those unfamiliar with the industry may need clarification about the different roles. A freight broker is one such role that is unique to the industry.
Starting a trucking company can offer many benefits to the owner. It’s a chance to be your own boss on your terms and still make a living while traveling the country. And while there are many perks to this job, running a successful trucking company takes a wide range of different skills.
When starting a trucking company, navigating the many requirements and regulations can be challenging. However, a failure to obtain the proper documentation can put your fledgling business at risk for noncompliance, which can be costly and, in some instances, prevent you from operating.
Most trucking company owner-operators have heard the term ‘freight factoring’ used in the industry. Freight factoring can benefit many of those working in the trucking industry, so it is worth understanding what freight factoring is and how it can benefit your company.