Help Me Understand What Is Trucking Authority

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What Is Trucking Authority in Today's Market Place?

Do you want to learn more about Trucking Authority? If so, you’re in the right spot. Our organization understands that the principles of Trucking Authority can seem intimidating. But we are here to help by answering common questions about securing Authority. Listed below is our Trucking Authority FAQ's. Please call or message us if you do not see your question listed.

What Is Trucking Authority?

Trucking Authority is also called Operating Authority. It is when the FMCSA grants permission to a motor carrier for freight to get transported. (FMCSA stands for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.) Why is having Trucking Authority so important? Because you cannot move freight over state lines without having Trucking Authority. Trucking Authority will give you the ability to select your own loads. Plus, you’ll have the freedom to determine your own schedules and routes. Successful truckers never operate without the status of Trucking Authority. Securing Trucking Authority is a must, as long as you plan to serve as an owner-operator.

Those with Trucking Authority must register for IFTA before conducting business. (IFTA stands for International Fuel Tax Agreement.) They also sometimes have to apply for state permits. The rules of operating with or without permits vary on a state-by-state basis.

Freight brokers must also secure Operating Authority. This comes in the form of an FF number. (FF stands for freight forwarder.) Keep in mind that the FMCSA plans to phase out FF and MC numbers in the coming years. Once this takes place, companies will get identified by their DOT numbers.

What is Carrier Authority?

Carrier Authority is the government's permission for someone to make money hauling freight. In other words, you can profit in a legal manner while operating as a trucking company. That’s what Trucking Authority, Carrier Authority, and Operating Authority refer to. These three terms mean the same thing. Authority gets provided through the FMCSA. The FMCSA issues Authority by way of a Motor Carrier (MC) number. 

What Does It Mean to Have Trucking Authority Status?

Having Trucking Authority refers to gaining government permission to make money hauling freight. This means that someone Authority can operate as an independent trucking company. Trucking Authority/Operating Authority gets provided through the FMCSA. Once authority’s granted, the FMCSA supplies an individual with an MC number. Keep in mind that there are different forms of Authority. The form of Authority depends on the type of cargo getting carried.

Some carriers must have different authorities for covering separate cargo types. Also, some US states to demand proof of Intrastate Authority. This applies if someone transports loads inside certain states. The key is to ensure you're applying for authorities that have relevance to your business.

What Are the Major Benefits of Securing Trucking Authority?

It is normal for owner-operators and truckers to want to achieve Authority. Gaining Authority is a big-time career-boosting opportunity. Here are the three main benefits of securing Trucking Authority. 1. Securing Authority can grow your career fast. 2. Authority leads to operating with 100% independence. 3. Having Authority can lead to large increases in pay. (The key is running your business well.) Sure, having Trucking Authority leads to more work and responsibilities. But Authority also leads to having the opportunity to hire any driver that you please. As months go by, you can gain more trucks and drivers as revenue increases. Having Authority also gives you the power to find and negotiate loads.

Is It Better To Have Your Own Authority in Trucking?

Yes, as long as your goal is to make more money through owner-operator trucking. Securing Trucking Authority can also assist you in earning $2 to $3 for every mile on a consistent basis. Trucking Authority is a necessity if you want to hire new drivers and create a multi-truck empire.

How Much Does It Cost To Get Your Trucking Authority?

Gaining Trucking Authority is not an expensive investment. There is a one-time fee for $300, per individual. You must pay the FMCSA to secure Authority. There are other varying fees that you might have to pay for.

How Long Does It Take To Get Trucking Authority?

The entire process to secure Trucking Authority takes around five to seven weeks. Keep in mind that you might have to pay for upfront costs involving Authority. Plus, you also might have to read over many pages about trucking regulations.

Can I Get My Own Authority Without a Truck?

Yes, you can still secure Trucking Authority without owning or leasing a truck. There are no government regulations demanding that Trucking Authority applicants own their trucks. Say that you gain Trucking Authority without owning or leasing a truck. You can then have owner-operators lease on behalf of your authority.

Can I Run Under Someone Else's Authority?

Do you want to lease to a person that has Trucking Authority? if so, you have a right to operate under that Authority. Remember- the person with Authority has the responsibility of carrying insurance. Even when you lease to another carrier, you can still maintain your own IFTA account.

Can I Sell My Trucking Authority?

No, you cannot sell your Trucking Authority. Why? Because it is illegal to transfer a USDOT number. But keep in mind that you can sell (transfer) an MC number. Contact us today for more information about changing ownership of USDOT numbers.


Our organization has helped many people across the US start trucking companies. Here is our seven-step plan for doing so.

1. Create a business plan.
2. Establish the company in a legal manner.
3. Secure relevant business licenses and permits. Do so at the local, state, and federal level.
4. Lease or buy equipment that applies to the trucking industry.
5. Secure insurance coverage that fits your needs.
6. Learn how to track both income and business expenses.
7. Figure out where the best loads are so that you can grow your business.

What Does “Not for Hire” Mean on a Truck?

“Not for Hire” refers to a truck driver not having a DOT or ICC number. It can also mean that the driver is incapable of obtaining a DOT or ICC number. When you see a “Not for Hire” sign, realize that the vehicle cannot take part in any commercial purposes. Some truckers put this sign which should be the right size on their trucks to evade law enforcement. But almost all get caught and face severe penalties and fines.

A boat trailer is a trailer designed to launch, retrieve, carry and sometimes store boats.

Prior to the 20th century, freight was generally transported overland via trains and railroads. During this time, trains were essential, and they were highly efficient at moving large amounts of freight. But, they could only deliver that freight to urban centers for distribution by horse-drawn transport. Though there were several trucks throughout this time, they were used more as space for advertising that for actual utility. At this time, the use of range for trucks was quite challenging. The use of electric engines, lack of paved rural roads, and small load capacities limited trucks to most short-haul urban routes.

In 1971, author and director Steven Spielberg, debuted his first feature length film. His made-for-tv film, Duel, portrayed a truck driver as an anonymous stalker. Apparently there seems to be a trend in the 70's to negatively stigmatize truck drivers.

Many modern trucks are powered by diesel engines, although small to medium size trucks with gas engines exist in the United States. The European Union rules that vehicles with a gross combination of mass up to 3,500 kg (7,716 lb) are also known as light commercial vehicles. Any vehicles exceeding that weight are known as large goods vehicles.

The number one hit on the Billboard chart in 1976 was quite controversial for the trucking industry. "Convoy," is a song about a group of reckless truck drivers bent on evading laws such as toll booths and speed traps. The song went on to inspire the film "Convoy", featuring defiant Kris Kristofferson screaming "piss on your law!" After the film's release, thousands of independent truck drivers went on strike. The participated in violent protests during the 1979 energy crisis. However, similar strikes had occurred during the 1973 energy crisis.

A semi-trailer is almost exactly what it sounds like, it is a trailer without a front axle. Proportionally, its weight is supported by two factors. The weight falls upon a road tractor or by a detachable front axle assembly, known as a dolly. Generally, a semi-trailer is equipped with legs, known in the industry as "landing gear". This means it can be lowered to support it when it is uncoupled. In the United States, a trailer may not exceed a length of 57 ft (17.37 m) on interstate highways. However, it is possible to link two smaller trailers together to reach a length of 63 ft (19.20 m).

AMSA wanted to help consumers avoid untrustworthy or illegitimate movers. In January 2008, AMSA created the ProMover certification program for its members. As a member, you must have federal interstate operating authority. Members are also required to pass an annual criminal back check, be licensed by the FMCSA, and agree to abide by ethical standards. This would include honesty in advertising and in business transaction with customers. Each must also sign a contract committing to adhere to applicable Surface Transportation Board and FMCSA regulations. AMSA also takes into consideration and examines ownership. They are very strict, registration with state corporation commissions. This means that the mover must maintain at least a satisfactory rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). As one can imagine, those that pass are authorized to display the ProMove logo on the websites and in marketing materials. However, those that fail will be expelled from the program (and AMSA) if they cannot correct discrepancies during probation.

A properly fitted close-coupled trailer is fitted with a rigid tow bar. It then projects from its front and hooks onto a hook on the tractor. It is important to not that it does not pivot as a draw bar does.

Advocation for better transportation began historically in the late 1870s of the United States. This is when the Good Roads Movement first occurred, lasting all the way throughout the 1920s. Bicyclist leaders advocated for improved roads. Their acts led to the turning of local agitation into the national political movement it became.

Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) are fundamental to the FMCSA's compliance program. The purpose of the CSA program is to oversee and focus on motor carriers' safety performance. To enforce such safety regulations, the CSA conducts roadside inspections and crash investigations. The program issues violations when instances of noncompliance with CSA safety regulations are exposed.   Unfortunately, the CSA's number of safety investigation teams and state law enforcement partners are rather small in comparison to the millions of CMV companies and commercial driver license (CDL) holders. A key factor in the CSA program is known as the Safety Measurement System (SMS). This system relies on data analysis to identify unsafe companies to arrange them for safety interventions. SMS is incredibly helpful to CSA in finding and holding companies accountable for safety performance.  

Logistics is generally the ability to organize and put in place many complex operations at a single time. It is the management of the flow of things to meet the needs of customers or corporations. Resources managed in logistics includes tangible items such as food, materials, animals, equipment, etc. Not to mention the items that are not tangible such as time and information. This means that the movement of physical items, such as in the moving industry, involves a clear understanding of solid workflow. Such logistics can involve the handling of necessary materials, producing, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways is most commonly known as the Interstate Highway System, Interstate Freeway System, Interstate System, or simply the Interstate. It is a network of controlled-access highways that forms a part of the National Highway System of the United States. Named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who endorsed its formation, the idea was to have portable moving and storage. Construction was authorized by the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. The original portion was completed 35 years later, although some urban routes were canceled and never built. The network has since been extended and, as of 2013, it had a total length of 47,856 miles (77,017 km), making it the world's second longest after China's. As of 2013, about one-quarter of all vehicle miles driven in the country use the Interstate system. In 2006, the cost of construction had been estimated at about $425 billion (equivalent to $511 billion in 2015).

The main purpose of the HOS regulation is to prevent accidents due to driver fatigue. To do this, the number of driving hours per day, as well as the number of driving hours per week, have been limited. Another measure to prevent fatigue is to keep drivers on a 21 to 24-hour schedule in order to maintain a natural sleep/wake cycle. Drivers must take a daily minimum period of rest and are allowed longer "weekend" rest periods. This is in hopes to combat cumulative fatigue effects that accrue on a weekly basis.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues Hours of Service regulations. At the same time, they govern the working hours of anyone operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in the United States. Such regulations apply to truck drivers, commercial and city bus drivers, and school bus drivers who operate CMVs. With these rules in place, the number of daily and weekly hours spent driving and working is limited. The FMCSA regulates the minimum amount of time drivers must spend resting between driving shifts. In regards to intrastate commerce, the respective state's regulations apply.

The concept of a bypass is a simple one. It is a road or highway that purposely avoids or "bypasses" a built-up area, town, or village. Bypasses were created with the intent to let through traffic flow without having to get stuck in local traffic. In general they are supposed to reduce congestion in a built-up area. By doing so, road safety will greatly improve.   A bypass designated for trucks traveling a long distance, either commercial or otherwise, is called a truck route.

Driver's licensing has coincided throughout the European Union in order to for the complex rules to all member states. Driving a vehicle weighing more than 7.5 tons (16,535 lb) for commercial purposes requires a certain license. This specialist licence type varies depending on the use of the vehicle and number of seat. Licences first acquired after 1997, the weight was reduced to 3,500 kilograms (7,716 lb), not including trailers.

Words have always had a different meaning or have been used interchangeably with others across all cultures. In the United States, Canada, and the Philippines the word "truck" is mostly reserved for larger vehicles. Although in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, the word "truck" is generally reserved for large vehicles. In Australia and New Zealand, a pickup truck is usually called a ute, short for "utility". While over in South Africa it is called a bakkie (Afrikaans: "small open container"). The United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Ireland, and Hong Kong use the "lorry" instead of truck, but only for medium and heavy types.

In today's society, there are rules and regulations everywhere you go, the same goes for commercial vehicles. The federal government has strict regulations that must be met, such as how many hours a driver may be on the clock. For example, 11 hours driving /14 hours on-duty followed by 10 hours off, with a max of 70 hours/8 days or 60 hours/7 days. They can also set rules deciding how much rest and sleep time is required, however, these are only a couple of regulations set. Any violations are often subject to harsh penalties. In some cases, there are instruments to track each driver's hours, which are becoming more necessary.