Life is a Highway

Maintaining MC Number Compliance

By Mike Drew, The Reschini Group

Most heavy industry includes trucks and significant ground transportation, whether to bring raw materials to the production site, or to ship finished products to the marketplace. This holds true – perhaps even more so – in the oil and gas industry.

When deploying land-based vehicles – like trucks of all shapes, sizes, and configurations – across state lines, you can bet that regulations exist to make sure everything is done properly and safely. In this case, the key element is the motor carrier, or MC number, designated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as a U.S. Department of Transportation number. Sounds simple enough, right? Complete the proper form, register your vehicle, get an MC number for it, and you’re in business.

But not so fast, friend.Silver tanker shor from behind

The number of variables already inherent in interstate transportation – plus the nature of oil and gas industry-related materials, plus the potential for carrying material for another party, plus other parties carrying your company’s material, plus any state-specific regulations, and so many others – require the completion of numerous forms to achieve and maintain full compliance.

It can become a tangled, confusing, costly process. But here’s the stark, cold reality – the U.S. Department of Transportation can shut down an entire company that is not in full compliance. So taking the time and paying the cost to get it right, right from the start, quickly becomes a worthwhile investment.

And if all that weren’t enough, affected companies must also be careful to avoid “quick-fix” websites and individuals who promise speedy, cut-rate compliance tips. It’s not that simple, and you could open your organization up to significant lost revenue by proceeding without credible guidance.

The Reschini Group is your go-to source for the insurance-specific aspects of your transportation program, and we can help guide you to the best, most qualified experts regarding these additional compliance issues.

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