I work for a Commercial Carrier. All of the trucks in our
fleet are Owner Operated, meaning we don't own any of
the trucks. What we have done is we set up all of the
Single State Registrations, and all of the Running Authorities,
and arrange all of the Plates and insurance(s), and set up &
arrange all of the loads, arrange the Leased Operators fees
for Compensation, manage a fleet fuel card program, do the
IFTA (it's a money grab from every jurisdiction for fuel tax)
reporting for the entire fleet, all of the documentation for
crossing international borders, and many other things....for a
cut of the value of the freight charge.
As a Commercial Carrier, we are listed right on a Leased
Operators Registration Card (Cab Card) for his truck plates,
and if he/she does something truly ugly, we can also be fined,
and our fines are usually larger than the Leased Operators by
a factor of ten or more. Too many infractions by too many
drivers can bring on audits by several different Government
entities and those fines can easily be in the six figure range....
Someone with an ugly record doesn't get hired on, and
someone who develops and ugly record (or is on the way to...)
is cut loose very quickly. The Trucking industry is regulated much
more closely than anyone not already in it would believe.