Q. What are the top reasons carriers join the association?
A. Although every trucking company has a different set of needs, we have found that the top 3 reasons are:
- Training & Consultation: staying current with safety and compliance and having someone to call when you have a question
- Advocacy: hearing about issues that affect your businesses and having opportunities to get involved
- Networking: building relationships, collaborating, and sharing best practices with other industry members
Q. What if trucking is not my primary business?
A. Even if you're in the construction business, food & beverage, farming, logging, moving & storage, or other sector - if you operate at least one truck that has a DOT number, you are still subject to the same rules and regulations as a trucking-only company. The content in our training classes, events, and publications may not always be trucking-specific because we realize representatives in our industry do a whole lot more than driving a truck, so you'll be sure to get something out of membership with OTA.
Q. Do you have anything to offer construction companies?
A. Yes! Many of our members are in the construction industry. We can help manage the trucking portion of any business, including construction (or other private and not just for-hire) companies. Chances are, your safety or operations team is handling quite a bit - which is where OTA comes in to answer questions and offer educational opportunities to stay informed and compliant.
Q. What if I only have one truck?
A. We represent trucking as a whole. As an owner-operator, it's still important for you to stay current with industry trends, new rules and regulations, and get involved in government affairs. That's our job. You'll get all the latest trucking news, including changes and tips. You'll have opportunities to get involved through committees and councils and get your voice heard. And, most importantly, you'll have a full staff of experts to help answer questions and get you trained through our events and classes. We can even provide on-site training because we know you're busy and may not live or work in the Portland metro area.
Q. I offer products and services to the trucking industry (considered an allied member) and am interested in joining. Who is your audience? What types of carriers do you work with?
A. Pick a size and category, and we can almost guarantee we have those types of members! Our carrier members make up about 3/4 of our membership and consist of owner operators, companies with small or big fleets, and even fleets with international presence. Some members operate trucks but also sell products to other businesses or consumers. Our members transport almost everything you can imagine - some deliver their own products (think grocery chains) and some are hired by other organizations to transport their goods.
Every carrier operates like any other type of business and requires services related to HR, financial, legal, health, technology, office operations, and more. They also need products and services specific to the industry that could include electronic tracking and logging devices (such as ELDs), brokerage and other logistics services (like load boards and other technology), trucks, trailers, and related parts, emergency cleanup or truck washing services, and more.
Q. My company doesn't operate any trucks or sell any trucking products. Why would I want to join?
A. We have plenty of allied members that aren't directly related to trucking! Some of our members are lawyers, chiropractors, insurance companies, IT service providers, educational institutions, publication companies, and more. Trucking companies need business services just like every other company. Because of the trucking industry's niche market and tight-knit community, our members are quick to recommend products and services to their colleagues. You'll find that once you get to know the needs of our industry, many doors will open up for you.
Q. How can I maximize my benefits as an allied member?
A. Get involved! Attend and sponsor our events, utilize our online directory, advertise in our digital and online publications, and network with our members. Our most successful allied partners build relationships with other members. They join our committees and councils and get to know our industry so they can better understand the needs of our carriers.
Q. Is membership based on an individual or the company as a whole?
A. Membership is based per company, and that means that once your company joins, everyone within your organization can have access to member benefits! Each person will have their own profile to access our portal to register for events and view our directory and other resources, receive our weekly newsletter, and have an opportunity to get involved and grow professionally.
Q. Do you offer any recognition programs for companies and individuals?
A. Yes, OTA does give awards throughout the year. Here is a list of them:
- Oregon Truck Driving Championship (Grand Champion, Team, and based on category)
- SuperTech Competition (Grand Champion, Team)
- Safety (Safety Professional of the Year, Fleet Safety, and based on category)
- Carrier of the Year
- Allied Member of the Year
Q. Do you work with new carriers or carriers that haven't even started their business yet?
A. Yes, we have some members who are brand new to trucking or may not even have a truck yet! We are your resource and can help you with the tools you need to get launched successfully. Our recommendation is to sign up for our four-part Carrier Education Class series because it will provide an overview of the industry in Oregon, and of course contact us with any immediate questions.
Q. Are there other exclusive benefits for members?
A. Yes! We also offer informational calls related to safety, government affairs, and hot topics in the trucking industry that are not open to the public. Many resources available in the member portal are only distributed to members. It all adds up quickly!