Many beginners in the trucking business do not know or understand the requirements or tools needed, and how to start and run it.
A motor carrier services offered by a company in the transport industry deals with transporting property or passengers for indemnity. A common carrier tenders its services to the general public under authority or license administered to them by a regulatory body.
Requirements To Be A California Motor Carrier
To operate a trucking business in California, you have to acquire a truck carrier permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV). To obtain this you have to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
The permit is given as evidence that the owner-operator company has been registered with the DMV of their Carrier Identification and given a CA# number. It also verifies that the truck carrier meets all the statutory regimens to operate commercial motor vehicles on California’s highways.
Types of Truck Driving Opportunities
- Tow trucks – also known as a breakdown lorry or a recovery truck, is used to shift a wrecked car, indisposed or disabled vehicle. A flatbed tow truck is used to transport new cars.
Fleet trucks – these are carrier vehicles used to deliver items to customers
Motor Truck Cargo – these are mainly used for transporting freight.
Dump Trucks – these are trucks with a tilting body which can tilt to pour its content.
You will also need to ensure the truck and the business as a whole. Some of the insurance coverages are:
Liability insurance – this is compulsory insurance cover for the motor carrier that pays for any damage caused to a third party and their belongings.
Physical damage coverage – this covers repairs to your truck in case of an accident. For example, collission with another vehicle.
Uninsured Motorist insurance – this can compensate for damages or injuries to your vehicle or your passengers in cases where the drivers or vehicle which you are involved in an accident with are not covered or their insurance coverage is not enough to compensate you.
Truck transport cargo insurance – this covers any damage done to the cargo you are transporting.
Ensure federal safety and state regulations are followed by the owner-operator company.
These are the state safety administrative rules set by the government to regulate the motor owner-operator and how they run their company. For local trucking jobs, the independent contractors have rules to adhere to before starting the trucking services.
Some of these include; USDOT Number which is an identifier used to get the safety measures, BOC-3, the operating authority which edicts the type of goods you are allowed to haul and the International Registration Plan (IRP), the agreement between the contiguous US and Canadian Provinces that oversees registration fees based on distance operated.