By David Tanner
Faced with ever-changing laws and regulations, truckers find themselves questioning authority from time to time. Take Max Haynes, for example, who says he got tired of the BS and decided to do something about it.
He started by questioning authority – specifically “How do I get mine?”
We’re talking about DOT operating authority, of course.
For many of those in attendance at a recent OOIDA Business Seminar, the concept of getting one’s own authority became a lot less foreign.
“This has demystified the process of getting my own authority,” said Max, who has had several careers, including company driver.
“It reduced the fear factor. Any time you’re starting something new, you’re apprehensive. This helped me line out a long-term goal, a business plan. This is not something you can just jump into.”
Max, a resident of Kansas City, MO, was one of 23 truckers and hopeful company owners who enrolled in the OOIDA seminar held in March at Association headquarters in Grain Valley, MO.
The class, under instructor Tom Weakley’s leadership, learned about the different types of operating authority, taxation, cost of operations, federal regulations and other tools they will need to succeed.
Christine Maramba and John Borcher of Woodridge, IL, also attended the seminar. John has been in trucking for 36 years and wants to be in business for himself. Shortly after the seminar the couple, who plan to marry, bought their first truck.
“I was impressed with the thoroughness of the information,” said Christine. “I was very pleased to find that out because on the truck-driver grapevine they talk horror stories about getting your own authority.”
“Don’t get me wrong; it’s rather complex,” Christine admits. “There are some pitfalls, but it’s not quite as bad as people make it out to be.”
Max said on the “wow scale,” he thought what he learned at the seminar was invaluable.
“There are so many facts about business record-keeping, where to find customers, and how to negotiate fees,” he said.
The three-day course is offered several times a year by OOIDA. Visit ooida.com to learn more about the seminar. LL