Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | March 01, 2011


• HIGHER COSTS Leased operators are usually not responsible for liability and cargo insurance. As a carrier under your own authority, you’re on the hook for all coverage. Likewise, independents sometimes lack common carrier perks like fuel and parts discounts.

• MORE TIME SPENT FINDING LOADS If you’re leased, loads are typically provided for you. As an independent, you’ll have to build shipper and broker relationships for loads.

• ADDED COMPLIANCE RESPONSIBILITY You’ll get your own plates, arrange drug and alcohol testing, and compute and pay all fuel taxes on your own, or pay someone else to do it.

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