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Make Sure Your Trucking Business Is Following All Regulations

by Krin Murphy

Running a successful trucking business can be difficult but also very rewarding. If you are just getting your trucking company off the ground, one of the most important things you can do out of the gate is to make sure that your company is following all proper regulations and procedures as set forth by the government. To that end, here are some tips to keep in mind to help ensure that your company remains on the right side of the law.

Get Your Oversized Permits Now Even If You Don't Need Them Yet

When trying to haul loads or cargo of a certain size or using especially large trucks out on the highway, you may need one or more oversized permits to keep you in line with local, state or federal regulations. To make sure everything is on the up and up, contact a firm that offers oversized truck permit services today to get your business reviewed in detail.

Even if you don't have a need for such a permit right now, apply for the permits anyway will allow you to pick up an oversized size haul with no delay if a new business opportunity comes along. In other words, you don't want to lose a new potential client because your permits are not yet ready and the client needs a company that can move faster.

Classify All Hauls as Intrastate or Interstate

If you will only be moving cargo from city to city within the same state, then it's likely you only have to worry about your local state's laws and regulations. But as soon as one of your trucks moves from one state to another while in the middle of moving a haul, this means you are now running an interstate business as opposed to just intrastate. You may now be subjected to additional federal regulations, so it's important to be mindful of this. A firm that specializes in trucking permits can look over your business and make sure you have everything you need to move from state to state safely and legally.

You'll Want More Than the Minimum Insurance

Trucking companies have certain insurance requirements they have to meet to stay in business. But just getting the minimum amount of insurance might not be enough. Make sure that your cargo is protected in additional to the truck itself. Also read the fine print and make sure that your cargo will still be protected if moving from state to state. Also, keep in mind that failing to maintain the right legal permits could cause part of your insurance policy to become void if something does happen.

Contact a trucking permit company today for more information.