If you want a program with an immense contribution to the U.S. economy, think of Amazon Relay. It has employed over 200,000 drivers who deliver millions of packages across the country.
Drivers and entrepreneurs who successfully board the program have several reasons to smile.
For instance, they gain access to an extensive network of fulfillment centers in different states, which allows them to optimize their routes and maximize their earning potential.
Even so, drivers are only allowed into the program after fulfilling set conditions.
Here’s how to comply with the program’s requirements, including Amazon Relay Insurance.
To participate in the Amazon Relay program, you must meet the following four conditions.
1. An Active DOT number with interstate authority and that has been active for minimum of 180 days and a valid MC number
2. A ‘’carrier’’ entity type authorized for hire and property
3. A federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Safety Rating of either ‘’Satisfactory’’,‘’ Not Rated’’or ‘’None’.
4. Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC) scores:
5. The necessary insurance policies include:
Applying for a USDOT number is an easy process.
In addition to your name and address, ensure you have the following details:
Subsequently, download the proper USDOT form—MCS-150, MCS-150B, and MSC-150C to apply manually. Alternatively, apply online through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s portal, which will automatically choose the correct form.
The USDOT registration process is instant unless your application is rejected. The in-mail applications take between 4-6 weeks.
Getting a carrier entity involves a six-step process as follows.
You can view your company safety rating on the SAFER website. However, the company or the driver should have an active USDOT number. After opening the website, click on ‘’company snapshot.’’ then search using the USDOT number, MC number, or name.
A good CSA score is anything closer to zero. CSA scores closer to zero mean fewer DOT audits, lower insurance premiums, and a higher probability of landing clients. On the contrary, CSA scores above 50% hurt your business prospects and can trigger investigations.
Although it’s a crucial requirement, insurance can protect your trucks and revenue in the event of an accident or incident. That said, consider vetting an insurer to get the best service and value for money.
Here are a few factors to consider when selecting an insurer.
A point to note: Amazon prescribes limits that best protect their business interest and reputation. Therefore, make an independent assessment of your business to determine the risk and an insurance plan that matches your business needs.
Besides fulfilling Amazon’s requirements, a good insurance package protects your investment. In case of theft, cargo insurance prevents your truck business from paying the related loss from its cash reserves.
At Panorama Insurance Agency, we work with several providers to provide a tailored insurance product.
Contact us online or call us at 818-600-9179 or 818-781-6630 to get a free quote.