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Cash flow, insurance, more about getting your authority

Getting your own operating authority is usually a straightforward process, but it's still got enough hoops to jump through, complete with red tape, that a new entrant should allow three weeks to get approval.

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Next phase of unified carrier registration process starts Sept. 30

URS will be the sole source of registration data for FMCSA staff and motor carriers, as well as for state licensing and roadside safety enforcement personnel.

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I wish to remain upright and unbroken

"No matter how tired you are, you have to get your butt up and clean up the messes, so the path to the porch is clear. Because you can't dance for a living."

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FMCSA launches first phase of Unified Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration launched the first phase of its new Unified Registration System on Dec. 12.

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Hotshot trucking: How to start

Going into hotshot as an owner-operator is in a lot of respects no different from moving into business with a Class 8. The biggest differences lie in equipment choices and, for a leased owner-operator, getting used to operating under your own authority.

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Chad Boblett trucks up from nothing

The story of how Marine Corps veteran and onetime company driver Chad Boblett drove his independent business to success shows that, sometimes, the big leap pans out, even in this business.

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Transparent ‘new deal’ for independents using brokers?

How might more rate transparency in broker/owner-operator negotiations help drivers all throughout the industry? DOTAuthority.com/AIPBA's James Lamb believes quite a lot...

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MATS New Entrant listening session yields new ideas

Among voluminous thoughts on New Entrant testing, responding to commentary from owner-operator Michael Potwin Anne Ferro revealed that the agency's plan to downgrade adjudicated citations' violation weight in the CSA system could be in place as early as this summer.

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URS: FMCSA begins deactivating carrier authorities with update-enforcement provision

Part of the rationale for the system is a clean-up of FMCSA data – the agency has begun deactivating motor carrier authorities that are not being actively updated by set deadlines, depending on the motor carrier.

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FMCSA broadens ability to revoke authority from carriers who repeatedly violate safety regs

FMCSA has published a final rule expanding its ability to shut down motor carriers who display a pattern of "egregious disregard" for compliance with federal safety rules. The rule will become effective Feb. 21.

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