When you ask on social media about getting your authority
Go to the DOT, pay $300, and wait 25 days.
Hmmm… depending on your needs, there can be over 40 steps. Or, less than 20.
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1. The TruckingMBA is a community for carriers and prospective carriers to share, learn, and ask questions of experts in their field.
2. Start Your Trucking Company is a free class within the TruckingMBA. If you are considering to do everything yourself, this is the place to go.
3. Book a Free Call – We will walk you through the process of getting your trucking company started.
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The 10 Key Questions
What type of truck?
Are you running a dry van with a semi? 1 ton dually with 40′ goose neck? 26k lb GVW box truck?
Your answer here will define a good portion of your path toward starting a compliant trucking company.
Depending on the type of company you are starting, the state you are based in can have a huge impact on what you need.
Knowing the challenges your state my present in the process helps you plan and implement starting your trucking company.
Intra or Inter?
Are you only working in your state (Intra) or will you cross state lines (Inter).
Several times a month, we work with someone that took advice from people that never asked a single question and applied for Interstate authority when they only needed Intrastate.
CDL or Non-CDL?
Often the type of truck you are running will answer this question.
CDL holders that give advice often don’t know that non-CDL requirements are different.
What is your business structure?
Several years ago, a truck booking keeping service conducted a study and found that over 87% of carriers set-up as LLC’s did not operate their company properly.
Don’t take business structure advice from someone who doesn’t know your situation.
How long have you had your CDL?
I get calls from people with less than 2 years experience (CDL) wanting to start a trucking company. It kills me to have to tell them that insurance will be 2-3x more expensive.
The good news is they can take this time to learn, save, and pay down debt. This will put them in a better position for success when they do get started.
Do you have equipment?
This is an expectation setting question. During COVID with chip shortages, large carriers that replaced trucks every 3-years are not getting new trucks.
This results in limited supply of used trucks.
Are you leased to a carrier?
This leads to other questions, plus allows us to discuss the challenges we have experienced around plates and 2290’s.
The mistakes that take place can add $1,000’s to the cost of getting started. We want to make sure there are no surprises when someone applies for plates or leaves a carrier and finds they can’t take their plates with them.
Do you have your own plates?
Cab card, IRP, Plates – these all mean the same thing, and getting a new IRP account is the most frustrating part of this whole process.
Each state has its own requirements, and it is important to start out knowing what is expected.
This can save time and money.
Additional state permits
Kentucky, New York, New Mexico, and Oregon all have additional permitting requirements.
It is important that you understand what states you may need and the requirements for each state.
“VLocity Group has helped me through many issues and are the only company I will work with for my safety & compliance."
Paul Stevens – ODB Trucking LLC
"Someone asked me why I selected VLocity to set-up my trucking company. Short answer - it felt right. Lauren & Bill taught me more about what I needed than anyone else - AND NEVER EXPECTED ME TO HIRE THEM. "
Ben T. – Hunting It Down, LLC
"When someone on FB asked who they should call, VLocity came up multiple times. When you talk to them, you will know why."
Haji – HMS Logistics LLC
Strategic Advice Based on Your Needs.
Let’s Us Be Your Guide
From Alambama to Wyoming – Many states have their own quirks.
From Semi Trucks to Box Trucks – Permits, licensing, and taxes – each weight class has different requirements.
From CDL to Non-CDL – Make sure you are being compliant with the DOT.
For carriers that care about safety, the #1 reason for audits is not understanding the regulations.
But many “experts” have never participated in an audit.
Free Training & Advice
We moved the TruckingMBA online to expand the number of people we can help.
And we added the “Starting a Trucking Company” course that anyone can participate in for FREE!!
From The Trucking.MBA
VLocity Companies has created a free training resource for anyone running or starting a trucking company called the Trucking MBA.
We even have a FREE class, “Starting a Trucking Company”.
Join by going to Trucking.MBA