While shipping regulations for trucks and truck drivers are federally controlled, drivers still often must stop at weigh stations immediately, or soon after, crossing a state line. States generally won’t have different regulations, but they might require authorization and, if nothing else, trucks must be weighed and sometimes inspected, and Hours of Service log books will get checked.
With any type of logistics planning you come across in your business—whether working completely through a 3PL or beginning to take on responsibilities for yourself—you’ll face questions like this one about how to divvy up who will be accountable for what. But weighing such an idea as owning and operating your own truck fleet can be one of the most important decisions you make.
Distribution centers and 3PL providers are consistently looking for ways to become more efficient, both inside the walls of their warehouses and outside as well, choosing where a warehouse will even exist to make the delivery route more efficient. Along with that, it’s important to keep a close watch on the fleet of vehicles you use, because there are a lot of things you can do to ensure your fleet is efficient, both in terms of fuel and in terms of time.