Running a trucking company requires complying with regulations and familiarizing yourself with the intricacies of permits. These include obtaining IFTA permits, IFTAL Decal, USDOT Numbers, etc. These regulations ensure trucking companies conform to safety requirements and other guidelines that affect nearly every aspect of the trucking industry. It also keeps them on track and avoids paying fines.
According to research, trucking companies that prioritize safety and compliance grow successful businesses. With that said, here are ways trucking companies can avoid penalties and fines.
- Obtain IFTA Permit
- Compliance with Hour of Service
- Obtain USDOT Number
- Drug and alcohol testing
OBTAIN IFTA PERMIT
For many decades, motor carriers had to apply for licenses and file fuel taxes with each state based on fuel purchased and consumed within each jurisdiction. This process was highly tedious, inefficient, and time-consuming. These lead to the establishment of IFTA.
With IFTA, carriers could use a single fuel license when operating interstate. It also simplifies fuel tax collection for motor carriers. But motor carriers must register in their base state to obtain IFTA Decal, IFTA Permit, and file IFTA Fuel Tax Returns. These keep them in compliance and avoid paying fines.
COMPLIANCE WITH HOUR OF SERVICE
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration specifies the number of hours truck drivers are allowed to be behind the wheel daily and weekly. These prevent truckers from becoming tired on the road. It also minimizes the risk of crashes and ensures they rest before they start their next shift. Understanding HOS and ensuring your drivers comply with it save you from penalties and build customers’ trust.
OBTAIN USDOT NUMBER
The USDOT Number is mandatory for trucking companies operating interstates. It is a unique identification number assigned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to track trucking companies’ performance, compliance review, safety information, crash investigation, and many more. These ensure secure, modern, and efficient transport systems. Obtaining USDOT Number requires filling out and submitting your application form with the DOT. These can be time-consuming and hectic for newbies. Global Multi Services provides step-by-step guidance to obtain your USDOT Number. We ensure your application is processed accurately and promptly.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING
The FMCSA requires trucking companies to complete drug and alcohol testing programs. Trucking companies must always test their employees for drugs and alcohol to ensure safety. Their drivers must test negative before they start driving. Drug and alcohol testing is also required after an accident to ensure the driver stays compliant while driving.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Staying up to date with industry regulations is vital for the success and reputation of your trucking company. Establish a culture of compliance today to boost business reputation and avoid being penalized.
Global Multi Services can help you avoid violations and follow DOT laws and regulations. Our professionals are here to make your job easier by providing a quick and error-free permit.