No Inspections making you lose money

Since the onset of the pandemic, the OTR trucking market has witnessed a surge in fraudulent schemes, compelling brokers to tighten their compliance requirements. These changes, while aimed at safeguarding against fraud, have inadvertently created obstacles for owner operators seeking access to lucrative loads. One significant challenge arises from the increasing stringency of DOT inspection policies, particularly regarding Level 2 and 3 inspections.

The Dilemma

Brokers have begun imposing stricter prerequisites for carriers, including heightened MC  maturity requirements and a mandate for at least one Level 2 or 3 DOT inspection. However, the availability of these inspections remains a bottleneck. With limited DOT officers per state, inspections are primarily conducted on vehicles suspected of violations rather than upon request. This poses a dilemma for owner operators who maintain well-kept vehicles but struggle to obtain the necessary inspections to validate their businesses and secure high-paying loads.

DOT pulling over a truck

Challenges Faced by Owner Operators

Owner operators are caught in a catch-22 situation where they must comply with broker requirements to access desirable loads, yet face logistical challenges in obtaining the mandated inspections. The disparity between the number of active registered commercial vehicles and the limited availability of DOT officers results in a scarcity of Level 2 and 3 inspections. Owner operators, despite maintaining their vehicles to DOT standards, find themselves unable to access these crucial inspections due to resource constraints.

Tips for Overcoming Lower Rates

  1. Negotiate Long-Term Contracts: Consider negotiating long-term contracts with brokers to secure stable rates for an extended period.
  2. Diversify Broker Partnerships: Working with multiple brokers can provide flexibility and options when rates fluctuate, allowing you to choose the most lucrative option.
  1. Leverage Technology: Utilize shipping and logistics software to analyze rates, identify trends, and make informed decisions about regional selection.
  1. Optimize Shipping Practices: Utilize LTL partials, diversify your trailer options, optimize routes based on fuel pricing.
  1. Stay Informed: Keep a close eye on market trends and industry news to anticipate changes in freight rates and adjust your strategies accordingly.



The current landscape of heightened compliance requirements and limited access to DOT inspections presents a significant challenge for owner operators in the OTR trucking market. As the industry grapples with evolving regulations and fraudulent activities, it is imperative to have an experienced company like BigRig Dispatchers to help you navigate in obtaining all the requirements you need to get the best loads and set your company up to create dedicated opportunities for your truck. Not only can we help in making a custom plan to increase your companies appeal we can manage all aspects of your company to maximize profitability until we get to that point. Call us now for an individualized consult on how we can set you and your company up for success.