Questions about operating authority? OOIDA webinar has the answers

By Land Line staff | 5/10/2013

Whether you’re a company driver considering taking the next step to become an independent, or a longtime owner-operator with an existing authority, OOIDA’s latest webinar has the information you need to help you save money.

The next episode in organization’s ongoing series focuses on applying for and evaluating your authority and its effect on your bottom line.

“This is really for two groups of people,” webinar host Tom Gann said. “The first is people who are looking at taking that next step and looking to go out on their own. It’s also for people who have authority, but want to go back and look at how that authority is set up.”

Gann said the webinar includes two special guests, including Crystal Minardi, a permits and licensing agent in OOIDA’s Business Services department.

For those who are thinking about getting their own operating authority for the first time, Gann said the webinar will include tips on how to work through the paperwork. For those who already have an authority, the webinar also discusses issues an authority-carrying driver might want to re-evaluate in order to save money on the bottom line.

“When you first get authority, you often don’t know where you’re going to run, so you get authority for all 48 states and all types of freight,” he said. “But after a couple of years in the business, you’ve probably realized you’re going to run in a certain region and focus on certain types of freight. Resubmitting authority can help save on insurance costs, permits and licensing fees.”

Gann said one more critical discussion piece in the hour-long webinar will be on what to do with authority for independent drivers who sign up to haul for a company.

“You don’t want to let it lapse,” he said. “Revoking authority is basically like putting it on the shelf. If you don’t do that, you’re going to have to pay taxes and you’re going to get audited.”

Catch the live broadcast on Thursday, May 16, or view it in the archive afterward at your convenience. There will be time after the live broadcast for questions and answers.

Few business-training seminars offer OOIDA’s experience and knowledge of trucking-related topics, especially those relevant to owner-operators. The 2013 series is no exception.

This series of webinars gives truckers a one-two punch with some programs designed to help drivers understand rules, regulations and industry requirements, while other courses teach participants about the business side of trucking.

Webinars cover topics such as transitioning from company driver to owner-operator, the authority process, using load boards and more.

OOIDA designed the program with convenience and truckers’ schedules in mind.

“Webinars are presented by industry professionals in a user-friendly format delivered directly to the participant’s computer,” Gann said.

Programs can be viewed during the original airing, and participants can revisit the material later at their convenience. Or they can sign up to view any program in the easy-to-access archive files, which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are two programs a month, each lasting about an hour. All programs are designed to help drivers at all levels in their career. Truckers may purchase the entire course, or choose individual programs, or pick several webinars with smaller, affordable package deals.

For more information, visit, or call 800-444-5791, or follow the webinar series on Facebook.

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