If you’re an employer at a tow truck business, you might be wondering about the FMCSA’s relatively new Clearinghouse. As the employer, you might have some questions about how the entire thing works, particularly when it comes to reporting driver violations and the contents of the driver’s Clearinghouse record. We’ll answer a few common questions that employers might have about the DOT Clearinghouse.
If you’re a towing business, you’re probably familiar with the FMCSA and its role in the transportation world. But towing isn’t the same as trucking. Though they both involve very large vehicles, they’re different. So, you might be wondering if your tow truck business is subject to FMCSA regulations. (We’ll also give a brief overview of what the FMCSA does.)
If you have a towing business, the financial side of things might not be your favorite thing. It’s important that you have a battle plan for handling your money, though, and part of that is having an organized budget. That might sound intimidating, but we have a few tips for creating a budget for your tow truck business. Managing the money properly can help your tow truck business stay strong.
When you have a business that involves driving, there are a lot of hoops to jump through. The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is responsible for overseeing commercial motor vehicles and safety. You might be wondering if you need to have a USDOT Number if you do towing. We’ll explain who needs a USDOT Number and how you can get one.
If you’re in the towing world, you might be considering getting a Commercial Driver’s License. A CDL can be a very helpful thing to have if you work with big trucks. The process of getting the commercial driver’s license may seem daunting, but it’s important to remember that it’s your state that will be handling your CDL – not the FMCSA. (The FMCSA actually isn’t the agency that issues CDLs. The state is over all of that.) With that in mind, here’s how getting a CDL works.