1. What are the minimum requirements to become a Landstar BCO?
For tractor-trailer, expedited, and hotshot owner-operators, the minimum requirements are:
23+ years old
Class A CDL (Class A CDL or Class B CDL for Expedited)
One year verifiable OTR experience (6 months verifiable OTR experience for Expedited or Hotshot)
Verifiable driving history
No DOT-recordable/preventable accident in past 12 months
No more than one serious violation in past 36 months
No DUI in past 60 months
Overall safe driving record
No felony convictions within the past 7 years. All other felony and misdemeanor charges are reviewed on a case-by-case basis
No positive drug or alcohol tests
Provide and maintain proper levels and types of approved insurance during your lease with Landstar including:
Unladen Liability and Occupational Accident coverage or, in some cases, statutory Workers’ Compensation coverage, are mandatory. If you do not participate in the Unladen Liability and/or CPP (Occupational Accident insurance) programs facilitated by Landstar, you must show comparable Unladen Liability coverage and/or Occupational Accident coverage through acceptable insurance carriers.
If statutory Workers’ Compensation coverage is required and you do not participate in the Fleet Workers’ Compensation Plan (FWCP) program, coverage must be provided by licensed carriers with acceptable interstate coverage.
These are minimum operator qualification standards subject to DOT requirements, and Landstar may impose more stringent requirements at its option. The decision whether to qualify an operator will be made by Landstar in its sole discretion and on a case-by-case basis.
2. What are the minimum tractor/trailer equipment requirements?
Trucks and trailers that pass a Level One DOT inspection through an approved Landstar inspection facility may be leased on. Tractor must also be capable of functioning with an Electronic Logging Device (ELD). BCO candidates residing in California must be CARB compliant. Find CARB information at arb.ca.gov/dieseltruck and carbcompliance.info.
3. Does Landstar lease on teams?
Yes, we have a variety of loads including team freight. Currently we have team opportunities with van (van, dedicated van and temperature-controlled van), flatbed, step deck, heavy specialized, expedited (white-glove, pharmaceutical, automotive, and AA&E), and refrigerated.
4. What is a Business Capacity Owner (BCO)?
The term Business Capacity Owner (BCO) better reflects the skill set of Landstar’s independent owner-operators. Owner-operators have dispatchers. But BCOs are dispatchers. You select the freight. You set your schedule. You decide on home time.
5. What is Percentage Pay?
At Landstar, owner-operators are compensated based on a fixed percentage of the revenue generated from the freight they haul. As rates increase, so does your compensation.
6. What kind of freight is available on the Landstar Load Board?
Register for the Landstar Load Board demonstration and see how the freight we have available compares to the freight you have access to now. A free demonstration webinar is held daily Tuesday – Friday.
7. What kind of driver support does Landstar offer?
Solid, long-term relationships are the backbone of Landstar’s success story. We’ll provide you with the resources necessary to succeed, starting from your first day in orientation to the tools to plan ahead and book your next load to a complimentary ocean cruise as part of Landstar’s extensive safety awards program.
8. Does Landstar offer programs to help BCOs save money on fuel?
9. What percentage of billed fuel surcharges does Landstar pass back to BCOs?
Landstar passes back 100% of all billed fuel surcharges to BCOs. In 2018, that number exceeded $236 million.
10. Does Landstar require Electronic Onboard Recorders?
Yes, Tractors must be capable of functioning with Landstar-approved Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs).
11. Why Landstar?
A large and diverse freight base, with access to freight heading in the right direction at the right price.
Discounts on fuel, tires and equipment through the Landstar Contractors Advantage Purchasing Program (LCAPP) to help you reduce the cost of doing business.
Help as close as a phone call away from more than 1,200 Landstar employees who are with you every mile of the journey.
The freedom to make your own loading and route decisions, based on your personal needs, with no forced dispatch.
The solid financial and administrative backing of Landstar, one of the nation’s leading transportation and logistics companies.
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Put Landstar's Load Board to the Test
You’ve probably spoken to a few of our independent owner-operators and heard them talk about the Landstar load board. See for yourself. We offer daily interactive load board webinars that will show you how Landstar can put more profit in your pocket. Classes fill rapidly, so please register now for best availability. Register with the link below.