Based on years of experience in the truck industry, developing independent contracts and defending heavy-duty companies in driving processes, our law firm can offer valuable editorial and legal advice to promote driver liaison and protect your business from future lawsuits. Whether your company has been using owner-operators for years or their company is planning to launch an owner-operator program for the first time, our experienced trucking lawyers can develop an agreement tailored to your business that can promote driver connectivity while limiting your exposure. Please contact us if you have any questions. A property contract is a contract between a company that owns vehicles to rent another person or business for payment. Rent is usually a combination of time plus the number of miles the vehicle is driven. Typically, this form is used with tractor trailers, but can be used for any type of vehicle carrying goods. The agreement should use the following lines around the line; Another important aspect of establishing your proprietary operator contract is the protection of the independent contractor relationship. The use of an outdated or poorly developed independent contract can expose your business to huge debts, including drivers` class actions, payroll tax, wage claims, unemployment insurance rights and additional liability in the event of an accident. Trucking companies should regularly update their independent contract contracts to follow evolving laws, regulations and legal precedents. Owner-operator agreements, also known as lease agreements, must comply with rules established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 49 C.F.R. The rules provide the basic elements of an owner-operator contract or lease.
An experienced truck and transportation lawyer can help you provide the legal assistance and legal documents necessary to ensure compliance with federal regulations and protect against driver complaints about compensation and reimbursement.