I Want To Start My Own Box Truck Business

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Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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!!!Thanks for the support!

Daniel H,;

The LAST thing anyone here is trying to do, is to BE LESS SUPPORTIVE.

PJ, first & foremost .. IS an owner op. Has been for LONG TIME... Started OTR , with a mega, and became a trainer, for one also.

See that pretty Pete in his avatar? READ this forum, follow his threads. He just recently SOLD a second truck. The industry is SO NOT conducive to becoming ANYTHING besides a company driver .. right now! Probably for the next TERM, actually.

Do you KNOW any O/O's that can share their Rate/Cons and insurance info with you?

If you're around tomorrow; I've got a 'leg in' to an O/O 's Rate/Cons.. (not you, PJ!) .. and you'd be appaled. PJ's been IN THIS GAME for quite some time....is how he's hanging in & on.

Ask him about the Quality Carriers dealio.. or just read.

I'm not throwing him under the bus; it's HIS place to 'tell all' as he chooses. My man used to DRIVE for an O/O ... THAT good man is down to ONE truck, as well.

If I were you, I'd WAIT a while to pursue that dream, and become familiar with the highways and byways, in the OTR fashion .. again/first.

Nobody's bashing you, at all. I'll screenshot you some of MY O/O pal's stuff.... it's not pretty.

Wish you the best; think of starting over as a 'prelude to a kiss' type move; and: Apply For Paid CDL Training.

If that's minimizing, here's this: Apply For Truck Driving Jobs

That's the other thing; chances are, with you being less than a full combo; might have to do OTR training again, to comply with the ELDT mandates, put forth on 02/07/2022.

Wish you well, good sir. No ill feelings, I'd hope!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

PackRat's Comment
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!!!Thanks for the support!

We did not tell you what you wanted to hear, did we? Good luck.

Rob T.'s Comment
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If they downgraded my cdla, wouldn't I have been given a new card? My card still says cdla. Every year I have to fill out a recertification for pepsi. But I thought my dmv said I could just get a physical and reinstate it whenever. But I could be wrong.

Most states don't issue a new card unless you request it. Your card may show you have a CDL but in reality you're downgraded to a regular license until you provide them a new DOT physical. I see in your profile you listed that you live in North Carolina. Every state handles reinstating your CDL after an expired medical card differently. Fortunately, NC only requires "re-application only" and a valid medical card. Many Other states require you to go through the entire licensing process again after you've you've been downgraded 1 year.

This FMCSA PDF file shows how every state handles expired cards.

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.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

PJ's Comment
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Oh boy, guess I missed alot overnight.

Anne your very kind, young lady. Thank you.

Daniel I’m not sure about your last post. On the surface it can and has been taken negatively. If that is how you meant it, that’s fine. If that wasn’t how you meant it, you may want to think about how easily the written word can be interputed.

Everyone that responded to your question gave you honest accurate information. Maybe not what you had hoped to hear, but nevertheless honest and relevant to this industry.

Right now is a horible time in this industry and will most likely be for sometime. I see people everyday wanting to be O/O’s, go deep in debt, and fail because of the present economy.

You will do as you wish, we only give our advice to people that ask for it in hopes they will succede. Best wishes….

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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One thing to do is look at your license. NC will allow a K restriction for which you do not need a DOT physical update. This would allow you to drive inside NC only.

In the event you want to drive out of state, you would need a new med card. So it depends on how you handled your CDL back then.

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.

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.

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