About Trucking Apps Like DAT & DOFT

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Tali E.'s Comment
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Hello everybody, Firstly I want to thank you all because I've learned alot from you all guys, Secondly I need your opinion about this: because I don't want to work for trucking companies with weekly payment.. I will own my 26ft box truck soon and once I get the dot or MC number I will pay for premium membership of that (DAT) & (DOFT) apps to help me get some loads besides depending on some brokers of course once I find trustee ones, now I need to know how these apps service works? should I call the company that its name and contact number shows with the loads and tell them that I want to transfer their load? and does they keep that load for me to come over or its just like upper taxi if a closer driver shows up he can have the load and I will ended up with empty truck after driving for tens of miles or more? I don't know too much because this apps shows only the pickup city and the load's weight for free membership, I tried to pay the premium membership to see all info but I couldn't because registration needs dot or MC number which is I don't have yet, any advices so I feel safe to go and buy my truck? I know its not that easy to start box truck business with an app just like that but everything starts with a small step. Thank you all for your comments in advance

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.

Joseph I.'s Comment
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This will not be the right sight for that. I do know that until the load is accepted and in writing it can go to someone else at the drop of a hat. I an sure each service will have instructions on contacting or setting up and accepting loads. You should, if really interested in doing this, have already subscribed to some of these places to get an idea how they work and what kind of money is out there.

PackRat's Comment
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Advice? Don't proceed with your plan because from what I read, you are nowhere near ready. Expedited, Final Mile, or Hot Shot?

The purpose of the Trucking Truth site is to help those considering a career in trucking, those in CDL school, and those new company drivers.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sid V.'s Comment
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Hi tali e,

Before you get too crazy into this business you need to calculate some numbers to see if doing this is viable. Let me give you some advice.

First and foremost, insurance runs trucking. Without insurance you can just forget about it. You need to go get a vin off of a vehicle that it's what you're going to be running. Don't buy it, you just need the vin. Start calling insurance companies and get quotes to what it's going to be yearly.

You can get get your dot and mc numbers without activating them. So get your numbers and sign up with dat, or whatever you're going to use. You will have info on how much lanes pay. Normally, you will have to call the brokers and negotiate a higher rate because their posted rate will be too low.

So, of you've made it this far you will have the info on how much the truck is going to cost, the insurance prices, how much you're going to make on loads, and you can estimate your fuel costs.

You can get all this info with relatively low costs ($600 to get your numbers through ooida) and you can have a clearer view on if the business will be profitable for you.

Note that im using my experience with a semi truck not a box truck, so it may differ a little. Good luck.

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.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

Dan F.'s Comment
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How many years experience do you have in the vehicle you plan on driving? First thing is first. Insurance. Your authority can not go active unless you have insurance. If you dont have 3 years experience accident free in the type of truck you plan on using you may pay up to 30k a year insurance if you get A-rated insurance (I would not recommend anything other than a rated)

There’s a lot of things I can see here but it’s too much information and it will overwhelm you.

Hello everybody, Firstly I want to thank you all because I've learned alot from you all guys, Secondly I need your opinion about this: because I don't want to work for trucking companies with weekly payment.. I will own my 26ft box truck soon and once I get the dot or MC number I will pay for premium membership of that (DAT) & (DOFT) apps to help me get some loads besides depending on some brokers of course once I find trustee ones, now I need to know how these apps service works? should I call the company that its name and contact number shows with the loads and tell them that I want to transfer their load? and does they keep that load for me to come over or its just like upper taxi if a closer driver shows up he can have the load and I will ended up with empty truck after driving for tens of miles or more? I don't know too much because this apps shows only the pickup city and the load's weight for free membership, I tried to pay the premium membership to see all info but I couldn't because registration needs dot or MC number which is I don't have yet, any advices so I feel safe to go and buy my truck? I know its not that easy to start box truck business with an app just like that but everything starts with a small step. Thank you all for your comments in advance

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.

Tali E.'s Comment
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This will not be the right sight for that. I do know that until the load is accepted and in writing it can go to someone else at the drop of a hat. I an sure each service will have instructions on contacting or setting up and accepting loads. You should, if really interested in doing this, have already subscribed to some of these places to get an idea how they work and what kind of money is out there.

You are right Joseph, I need to do more work and get ready well, thanks a lot

Tali E.'s Comment
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Hi tali e,

Before you get too crazy into this business you need to calculate some numbers to see if doing this is viable. Let me give you some advice.

First and foremost, insurance runs trucking. Without insurance you can just forget about it. You need to go get a vin off of a vehicle that it's what you're going to be running. Don't buy it, you just need the vin. Start calling insurance companies and get quotes to what it's going to be yearly.

You can get get your dot and mc numbers without activating them. So get your numbers and sign up with dat, or whatever you're going to use. You will have info on how much lanes pay. Normally, you will have to call the brokers and negotiate a higher rate because their posted rate will be too low.

So, of you've made it this far you will have the info on how much the truck is going to cost, the insurance prices, how much you're going to make on loads, and you can estimate your fuel costs.

You can get all this info with relatively low costs ($600 to get your numbers through ooida) and you can have a clearer view on if the business will be profitable for you.

Note that im using my experience with a semi truck not a box truck, so it may differ a little. Good luck.

Sid V, I consider the insurance of course but you'v opened my eyes on very important sides of this thing, I'm really thankfull your help🙏

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.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

Tali E.'s Comment
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How many years experience do you have in the vehicle you plan on driving? First thing is first. Insurance. Your authority can not go active unless you have insurance. If you dont have 3 years experience accident free in the type of truck you plan on using you may pay up to 30k a year insurance if you get A-rated insurance (I would not recommend anything other than a rated)

There’s a lot of things I can see here but it’s too much information and it will overwhelm you.

Dan F, Of course the first thing I'll do before I stuck with a truck is finding a proper insurance, thank you so much that was really helpful

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