We had a blast at the Texas Trucking Show in Houston, Texas, this weekend!
It was a much smaller venue than the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, Kentucky, but a lot more intimate. I had wonderful conversations with vendors and customers. Even met a few customers that actually came out to the truck show from an email invitation I sent! How fun!
Here are two videos of some highlights of the show.
Day 1 - Highlights
Day 2 - Highlights
Thinking of filing a name change? There are a few things you need to know before taking any action.
1. If you're a corporation and want to change your name be sure you AMEND your current articles of incorporation with your Secretary of State office. If you start a whole new account with the SOS you may be required to obtain a new DOT #. This will increase your insurance premiums.
2. If you're a sole proprietor and want to incorporate you WILL get to keep your current DOT #.
3. If you are a corporation and wish to downgrade to a sole proprietor you will NOT get to keep your DOT #.
If your scenario is not listed above call us so we can check with the FMCSA first.
Watch the video below and we'll discuss the details once you file for your name change. It's always best to hire this out, as simple as it may seem, to ensure all the pieces fit together perfectly.
There is a chance of the FMCSA inactivating your account if something is missed. Don't let that happen to you!
Here are the links mentioned in the video:
Name Change Application: https://www.evilsizor.co/name-change.html
Check your status here: http://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/pkg_carrquery.prc_carrlist
Contact our office if you have any questions. Our number is 303-482-2965.
Did you get revoked this month by the FMCSA? There have been a number of carriers and brokers revoked because there was no BOC-3 on file. There are 2 reasons why this happened.
1. The FMCSA did a sweep of account who were active but didn't have a BOC-3 on file. Here is a sample letter that was mailed out to each carrier affected by this issue.
2. Your BOC-3 provider may have gone out of business.
Rest assured we are NOT out of business and still going strong after 31 years.
According to Jeff Secrist, the Chief of the FMCSA, there are many factors involved in this process. They are working to improve the FMCSA system. The BOC-3 system is one that needs to be overhauled. There is no history recorded anywhere as when a BOC was filed, removed and filed again. It's either there or it's not.
The only time we ask the FMCSA to remove a BOC is if the terms of service was not upheld or the credit card was disputed after the BOC was filed. Otherwise the BOC stays on the account as long as the authority is active.
Watch this 9 minute video and I'll explain more.
I would recommend you subscribe to our DOT-Shield monthly monitoring program. This would give you another set of eyes on your account to catch issues like this. We monitor the MC account, DOT account and UCR every month. Then we provide you with a summary via email.
Watch the video first and then decide which service you would like to choose if this is your case.
1. File the BOC-3
2. Need assistance with the entire reinstatement process (which includes the BOC-3)
Let my office know how we can help!
Happy New Year!
Can you believe it's already 2022? The transportation industry is the place to be right now! There is plenty of work out there, thankfully! One of the struggles I've seen through this pandemic is working with the government agencies.
That's where we come in. We're experts in navigating the red-taped world of government.
One thing you need to think about is whether or not you need to file your UCR and update your MCS-150 with the USDOT. I put together a short 5 minute video explaining how these two permits work together. Take a look!
Here is a link to the 2022 Renewal Hub if you need assistance with this process.
Most of 2021 year is almost over! It's time to think about how to finish 2021 strong and be ready for 2022.
I'm not talking about fixing the world's problems. We all know that's a large task and overwhelming. Let's break it down to our world and take care of what we have the most control over.
Everyday, hundreds apply to the United States Department of Transportation for a USDOT number to provide transportation services within the United States.. This applies to all surface and sub-surface transportation, interstate and/or intrastate. MOST individuals today applying for a USDOT number DO NOT know the difference between interstate and intrastate.
In trucking you need to update your MCS-150 every 2 years. This should demystify the process for you.
Considering changing the name of your company
Many people jump right into applying for an MC/DOT number with just a sole proprietor or partnership then decide later to incorporate.
This is all well and good however it can cause some expensive issues.
If you've been around the government agencies for any length of time you know there are tons of acronyms. And trucking is no exception.
If you're new to trucking this list should help you sort out all of the acronyms and learn the lingo...
Written by Rex Evilsizor
The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) was the first transportation surface and sub-surface regulatory agency in the United States created by the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887. The agency's original purpose was to regulate railroads (and later trucking) to ensure fair rates, to eliminate rate discrimination, and to regulate other aspects of common carriers, including interstate bus lines, travel bureaus, and telephone companies.
Hi! I've been working in this industry for over 31 years. I've learned a lot and want to share it with you to help you keep this process simple!