Getting and having your own authority

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by lmcclure1220, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. lmcclure1220

    lmcclure1220 Light Load Member

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    I've been seeing a lost of comments on here from guys talking about going out and getting their own authorities like it was the salvation of all trucking problems.
    Anyone reading my posts know that I have been out of the trucking business for 30 years and when I left getting your own rights could take months and lots of $$$. I don't remember are the specific detail but I believe you had to prove there was a "need" for another company hauling that specific product. That was usually accomplished by a letter or some statement from a shipper that your service was needed. And routes and haul areas were established.
    After that you then had to find your loads and develop your own contracts as any trucking business on rates, types and regularity of service etc.


    Have things changed so much that getting rights and authorities are as simple as people make it sound? Can't you still make individual loads running of a brokers authority?


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  3. BigKid2

    BigKid2 Road Train Member

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    Now you just file the paperwork and get a truck and insurance. So easy any dummy can do it and if you can't you can hire someone to do it for you. Now staying in business afterwards can be the hard part.
     
  4. Ruthless

    Ruthless Road Train Member

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    Fixed it for you
     
  5. fortycalglock

    fortycalglock Road Train Member

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    Man, you're old! Deregulation changed all that. If you have a down payment for insurance and $300 to file the authority, BAM you got yourself a MC number. There's no more trip leasing going on, and I blame that on the record keeping requirements and drug testing program that has to be in effect for you drivers as a motor carrier. You wouldn't believe how many on these "motor carriers" actually make less than they would leased to a mega like Schneider or Swift. However, they don't know how to keep books, so they think they are making a killing until they need an engine.
     
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  6. lmcclure1220

    lmcclure1220 Light Load Member

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    Man, you're old! Dang, fortycalglock I resemble that remark! LOL Hadn't realized they had dereg'd that much. How do they handle "broker" loads these days? I mean all truck stops, especially in the "produce" states, (Cali, Tex. Fl.) had banks of phones and tons of numbers where you'd call brokers and arrange loads. You'd get a "trip" lease and pull the signs when you got it delivered. IS that no longer possible or what?
    Are there no more real "wild catters" out there?
    Sorry for not knowing but obviously I've been out of the industry a long time!
     
  7. fortycalglock

    fortycalglock Road Train Member

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    You'd be lucky(or unlucky) to find a payphone in a truckstop these days! Everything gets posted to loadboards online like DAT, Getloaded, or Internet Truckstop. Wildcatting is dead, due to the regs. You get your own authority, and book loads from brokers or shippers. Pretty simple, actually. The good old truckstops are gone as well. Everything is a TA/Petro, Pilot/Flying J or Loves. The ones with the "/" have merged and are one company now.
     
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  8. kistranp

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    Can anyone tell me of a trailer leasing company that leases to start up owner operators in the dallas area besides compasslease?
     
  9. fortycalglock

    fortycalglock Road Train Member

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    Why don't you start your own thread with that as a title? I guarantee you'd get better results.
     
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