Dispatching For Other MCs

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Alpha R.'s Comment
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Perhaps this has been covered already, but I didn't find it. I have my own MC and handle all the back office support for them. That said, due to equipment cost and availability, I find myself with more time than trucks which need me, and I'm looking to offer dispatching services to other small MCs that are burnt out on managing it all alone.

My question is in regards to the legal requirements to do so. I would assume a basic contract stating my % and a 1099 from the other MC would cover it, but before offering, I would like to make sure that is going to keep me out of hot water. Either I haven't spent long enough researching or I'm looking for it in the wrong places, but I haven't been able to find a clear answer, so I am reaching out here to anyone with experience who can help me out. Thanks in advance for any helpful feedback you can provide.

PackRat's Comment
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Alpha R., this site is primarily geared for those thinking about driving, those in CDL training, the newest of drivers, and those that may be on the fence or switching careers.

If it were me, I would contact either OOIDA or NASTC about your question.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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IF your providing freight to a O/O it is my understaning you need a brokers license from fmcsa.

I did do a little checking along these lines. A small carrier wants to provide freight/dispatching to me but they don’t have a brokers license and are not allowed. The freight is contracted to them.

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

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.
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