Starting a Transportation Business

We get calls every day from frustrated new transportation business owners. These new entrants have genuinely tried to get their transportation or trucking company set up correctly in their home state and other jurisdictions but are surprised to learn that they have unwittingly made some major missteps.

For many new entrants, getting it wrong can be costly and possibly tank their new business before it starts. Incorrectly filling out state and federal forms can lead to applications being rejected. A mistake that will cost you time and money while you correct the errors and refile them. 

Review these 4 steps before taking action on your new trucking or transportation business.

DOT Drug Testing: Getting It Wrong Could Cost Your Business

On Sept. 9, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sent out an official reminder to all motor carriers to “only use a Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) when testing employees subject to FMCSA drug testing regulations and to properly fill out the Federal CCF.”

But what does that mean exactly? Who is “subject to FMCSA drug testing regulations”? How do you properly fill out a chain of custody form? And most importantly, what happens if you mistakenly perform a Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test when it wasn’t required?

Unfortunately, it’s really easy to cause harm to your transportation business by selecting the wrong drug testing process while trying to do the right thing regarding DOT-regulated drug testing. So let’s look at this DOT drug testing process, who should receive a federal drug test vs. another type of test, and when.

From Bus Driver to Cargo Van Business Owner

Jacquelyn “Jacci” Blaine was a bus driver with the Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) for three years when she got the idea to start her own transportation business.

With the idea of being her own boss and the possibility of traveling in the transportation industry, she started looking online to see what would be required to start her own transportation business and came across Transportation Compliance Service (TCS).

We sat down with Jacci over Zoom to learn more about her journey into the transportation industry and her experience working with TCS.

The Pitfalls of Record Keeping for IFTA and IRP Requirements

A hefty 26% of new trucking start-ups fail within the first year. IFTA and IRP misfilings contribute to that number each quarter.

Good record keeping is the key to successfully managing and complying with the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and International Registration Plan (IRP.) But the reality of keeping good records on an ongoing basis is a serious challenge for most owner-operators.

Starting and Succeeding in the Trucking Industry

Before the pandemic, Steven Johnson was styling hair and running a successful barbershop in Maryland. But when COVID-19 restrictions and precautions forced his hair salon to close, he knew he needed to make a change.

Flash forward to today, and Steven is now the owner of the profitable interstate carrier company, Harmony Connections LLC and recently obtained his freight broker license.

We sat down with Steven over Zoom to learn more about his journey into the trucking business and his experience working with TCS. Here’s what he had to say:

Will Your Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Go Down in 2022?

Starting in February 2022, 3G networks will begin to shut down, affecting older Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) still in use.

All commercial drivers who are required to prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records of duty status (RODS) must use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD).

Now is a good time to ensure you or your drivers will not have a service disruption.

America’s Trucker Shortage has a Chrome Lining

Shortage or no shortage, commercial truck drivers move an estimated 71% of the U.S. economy’s goods. With regulatory improvements on the way, it just might be the right time to get in and be a part of the truck driver shortage solution. Just make sure you start your business the right way.

Distracted Driving Costs Lives and Money

We all know no one should drive distracted. But what are the rules and consequences for commercial truck drivers? If you’re lucky enough to not cause an accident, getting caught driving distracted will cost the driver and the company thousands of dollars. Here’s what you need to know about distracted driving as an owner operator.

How to Ace Your Safety Management CSA Score

The FMCSA’s Safety Management Score ranks a commercial trucking company or driver from 0 to 100. Each safety infraction adds points to the score, and the violations are based on severity and frequency. Maintaining a low score is critical. Drivers with a higher frequency of safety violations than their peers are more likely to be audited. Here’s how to stay out of the FMCSA crosshairs.

6 Reasons Why Successful Trucking Companies Use a DOT Compliance Service

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) set rules to govern all aspects of commercial vehicles to ensure the safety of drivers and the general public.

If those requirements are not met, trucking businesses can face steep fines and be disqualified from commercially driving altogether.

A DOT Compliance Service helps to make sure that doesn’t happen. Here are six big reasons why you should join other successful trucking companies and work with one.