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RENEA S.'s Comment
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MY HUSBAND IS BOUT TO SIGN PAPERS ON HIS OWN TRUCK.wHEN HE PUTS HIS TRUCK ON THE THE COMPANY HE IS WITH NOW.DOES HE USE THERE MC/DOT NUMBER OR DOES HE NEED HIS OWN?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

G-Town's Comment
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Please ask him to stop…!

Have him read these links before he goes any further...

Never Become an Owner Operator

Thinking about becoming an owner operator?

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Old School's Comment
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Renea, welcome aboard!

The answer to your question is that he would use the companies USDOT number - he is operating under their authority,

But... Do you not find it concerning that he is about to get started in a business where he has questions that he doesn't even know the simplest of answers to?

This is one of those things we stress about in here when we are trying to discourage people from taking this leap. Almost everybody just thinks if they just own the truck somehow things will just work out so that they are making a lot more money. That is not a strategy for success. I'm sure your husband is a good sort of driver and knows how to handle himself in a big rig, but now he has crossed over the line from employee to being self employed. He is now taking on all the risks that any large trucking company takes on. He is starting a business. Do you guys have any experience at forecasting profits or any understanding of calculating your operating costs? I'm not trying to get nosy or even sound snarky, it is just concerning that the first question we hear from you is about the USDOT numbers.

I have owned my share of trucks, I get it - Big Rigs are cool - we all love them! The problem with owning them is that they tend to give us big egos, and then when they start draining our bank accounts, all we have to keep us going is our ego. Unfortunately no matter how big we are in that department it just doesn't pay the bills. I wish we had some background or former relationship with you guys because we just don't have much to go on here. Your question concerns us though, and I think you'll quickly discover that we are not big proponents of truck ownership.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Renea, get your hubby on this site ASAP. Especially, read this article:

So You're Thinking About Becoming An Owner-Operator?

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

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