California is one of the biggest states in the US. It’s a highly populous country, which leads us to estimate the prevalent presence of big industries such as the carrier industry. It is incredibly competitive to start a trucking business in California and keep it running in the market.
It is no wonder that businesses fail at beginner levels due to the lack of attention to detail. For instance, they fail to register their trucks for a CA DOT, which isn’t an exception for any carrier company.
If you’re a fresher in this business and want to know what you can do to excel at it and take your company to higher levels, here’s what you should know.
Rules And Regulations For Truck Drivers
You cannot run a company in the USA unless you follow the regulations set by the FMCSA. To attain credibility as a running company in California, you need to oblige to some staunch rules set by the government.
Violating any trucking rules could lead to legal actions against you, and it can also damage your goods and equipment used to deliver services. Regulations regarding truck management comprise every little detail related to respective business matters.
Here are the rules you need to follow to execute a successful trucking company.
- For every trucking company, there’s the regulation of the hours of service done by each driver or employee. You can request neither order an employee to perform at more hours than regulated by the FMCSA.
- If your driver manages a delivery containing goods, he serves for 11 continuous hours only if he has spent ten sequential hours off work.
- If your truck is available for public transportation, then the number of hours the drive has on the clock are a maximum of 10, given that he takes eight continuous hours off before and after work, respectively.
- The rest hours do not extend past the limit. It is impossible to take more hours off the clock when working for a carrier company in California.
- The working hours cannot exceed the limit of fourteen to fifteen. It’s against the law to order your drivers for extra work past the time to get off duty.
- There’s also the sleeper accommodation rule for each company to follow. It states that you must provide your drivers with a place to rest after driving for many consecutive hours. The FMCSA imposes sleeping breaks for drives that have been on the route for an extended period.
- However, according to the new law passed by California, the companies no longer require to pay the drivers on their on-duty sleeping breaks. It also gives the drivers the flexibility of skipping their breaks during work.
- All drivers you employ must be given access to a 10-minute break after four consecutive hours to relax.
- For eating regulations, each driver has the right to exercise a food break after five consecutive hours of being on duty.
- Each company is responsible for the damage done to their trucks while out on the road.
- Every company also pays for the accidents their drivers undergo while delivering goods.
- FMCSA requires every trucking company to regularly maintain their trucks and give their employed drivers the appropriate training before sending them out with deliveries.
License And Permits For Trucks
It goes unsaid that you cannot operate a carrier vehicle in the United States of America unless it’s gone through full registration. The driver keeps a complete record of registration with him at all times.
To operate a truck in the US or, let alone the state of California, here are the permits you require as an owner of a trucking company.
- Your drivers will require a commercial driver’s license.
- You should obtain an MC number by the state for all of your trucks.
- You must complete the unified carrier registration or UCR for your company.
- To drive your trucks around the US, you will require an International Registration Plan or an IRP.
- To fulfil tax regulations, you will need to fill out a 2209 form.
- For interstate operations, fill out the BOC-3 Form for your company.
To distinguish your trucking company from others, you will require a SCAC by the law.