• General Motor Carrier Information


    OTA is offering a series of sessions for Ongoing Carrier Education - perfect as a refresher or for new carriers and employees. These classes will focus on critical areas in the trucking business. All four classes will be offered each quarter over a two-day period. Check back here, or visit the OTA event calendar to find out when the next classes will be held.

    Two days. Four classes. In-depth accelerated training. On-site or online. Learn more


  • Why does OTA offer carrier education classes?
    Employee turnover tends to have ugly connotations to it, mainly because replacing lost talent is costly in terms of employee compensation and business profitability.

    Why do employees leave?
    Employees leave for a variety of reasons such as lack of culture fit, an unhealthy work environment, or below-average compensation, especially for top performers or achievers. However, it takes objectivity by management to understand that poor people management is also a major culprit in most turnover cases.


    One of the ways this could be demonstrated is how managers coach employees. Without proper coaching, employees maintain a status quo with no improvement in their work performance, which may eventually result in employees becoming unproductive or feeling inadequate. Either way, it could have a negative impact on the growth and success of individual employees, as well as on teams within an organization.

    The cost of high staff turnover
    Exiting employees can cost your business, given that you had to invest resources into hiring, training, and certifying them in the course of their employment. Those investments immediately vanish into thin air once an employee resigns, while replacing old employees can make you expend additional resources yet again on job posting and other recruitment activities.


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  • Training new and existing staff adds to their knowledge base by increasing their familiarity with terms and processes they will encounter in their positions when interacting with customers, regulators, and peers in the industry.  Knowledge breeds confidence and confident employees are more motivated, more productive, and more focused on results.  OTA carrier education class offerings include:


    ‣101 Weight Mile Tax
    A compliance-focused overview of Weight Mile Tax law and regulations for operating a CMV in the state of Oregon. Topics include: tax structure & identifier; insurance & bond requirements; declared weight; record keeping requirements; fuel tax credits; monthly & quarterly mileage reports.

    ‣201 Registration & IFTA
    A compliance-focused overview of Registration and IFTA requirements for operating a CMV in the state of Oregon. Topics include: types of registration; required documentation; jurisdiction; trip permits; lease agreements; apportioned registration; international fuel tax agreement; calculation guidelines; penalties for non-compliance.

    ‣301 Size & Weight
    A compliance-focused overview of the Size and Weight restrictions for operating a CMV in the state of Oregon. Topics include: allowable weight tables; weight brackets; oversize load permits; calculating maximum weight limits; vehicle and combination limits; mapping routes; load length limitations; scale protocol; chain laws.

    ‣401 DOT Safety Compliance
    A compliance-focused overview of DOT Compliance and review of the FMCSR's. Topics include: applicability; interstate vs. intrastate; hours of service; driver training requirements and best practices; DOT drug & alcohol testing; inspection repair & maintenance; driver qualifications/disqualifications; National Registry for Certified Examiners and medical card rules; record retention; cargo securement; DQ files; auditing procedures.