Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the minimum requirements to become a Landstar BCO? What are the minimum requirements for expediters/ for Hotshots?
2. What are the minimum tractor/trailer equipment requirements?
3. Does Landstar lease on teams?
4. Why are Landstar owner/operators called Business Capacity Owners (BCOs)?
5. What is “percentage pay?”
6. What kind of freight is available on the Landstar Load Board?
7. What kind of driver support does Landstar offer?
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?
10. Does Landstar require Electronic Onboard Recorders?
11. Why Landstar?
12. Does Landstar lease on Hotshots?

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 of age
  • For tractor-trailer, Class A CDL with HazMat (H) or combination (X) endorsement. For expedited, Class A or B CDL with HazMat (H) or combination (X) endorsement.
  • No more than two at-fault accidents and two motor vehicle violations within the previous 36 months, or no more than one at-fault accident and three motor vehicle violations during the previous 36 months. No involvement in a preventable DOT recordable accident in the past 12 months.
  • No more than one serious violation as defined on Table 2 of section 383.51 of the FMCSR handbook within the previous 36 months prior to qualification.
  • No railroad-highway grade crossing offenses as defined on Table 3 of section 383.51 of the FMCSR handbook within the previous 36 months prior to qualification.
  • No citations or convictions for Reckless Driving or Careless Endangerment during the 36 month period prior to the order date of the MVR.
  • No DUI charges during the 60 month period prior to the order of the MVR.
  • Operators must have one year of verifiable over-the-road driving (including snow and ice) within the past three years or three years verifiable experience in the last 10 years, of which six months must be within the previous 48 months, with a Class A CDL using the type of equipment similar to what you will be operating at Landstar.
  • LEA and Hotshot’s must have 6 months of verifiable experience in the past 3 years (including snow and ice)
  • 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 test including refusals and pre-employment results.
  • No suspensions of more than 30 days for moving violations in the last 36 months.
  • Proficient enough in English to understand highway traffic signs and signals, respond to official inquiries, make entries on reports and records, and converse with the public.
  • 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 Electronic Onboard Recorder (EOBR). Landstar loans you the unit and pays for installation. BCO candidates residing in California must provide tractor with 2007 model-year engine or newer.

3. Does Landstar lease on teams?

Yes, we have a variety of loads including team freight. Currently we are looking for experienced refrigerated trailer teams with temperature validation (T-Val) experience.

4. What is a Business Capacity Owner (BCO)?

“Business Capacity Owner” or 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?

Take the Landstar Load Board challenge and see how the freight we have available compares to the freight you have access to now. A free demonstration is held daily, Tuesday – Friday via WebEx. Send an email to recruiter@landstar.com, call 1-877-312-4092, or Click Here to schedule a demo.

7. What kind of 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?

Through the Landstar Advantage Purchasing Program (LCAPP), Landstar BCOs saved more than $16 million on fuel purchases in 2012.

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 2011, that number exceeded $285 million.

10. Does Landstar require Electronic Onboard Recorders?

Yes, Tractors must be capable of functioning with Electronic Onboard Recorder (EOBR). Landstar loans you the unit and pays for installation.

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. And the solid financial and administrative backing of Landstar, one of the nation’s leading transportation and logistics companies.

12. Does Landstar lease on Hotshots?

Yes, Landstar is now leasing Hotshots.
For more details, please call us directly at 1-855-578-7226.

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