Since 2006, our team of service experts has helped the trucking industry get all the permits they need. We are an appointed and certified permitting agency with the USDOT, FMCSA, and all state DOT offices. We make sure we are up to date with all of these agencies so we know exactly when and how any regulations may change. Check out DOTOperatingAuthority.com for all of the other filing help we provide our customers.
We know that your business is our business. So, you can be sure that our team of service experts will take care of you as if you’re one of our own. We take steps to ensure that you are satisfied with the work we do, and we’ll make it right if we do something wrong. After all, we care about your business.
Your satisfaction with our work is our top priority. Live agents are available from 7am to 5pm PST every day to help you with any issues that arise or any questions you may have. We pride ourselves on getting it right every time, and we will give you the attention you need and deserve. We’d love to put our experience to the test!
Knowledge & Experience
TripsandFuel.com has countless years of experience, going back to 2006, in gathering knowledge about permits. We have an excellent relationship with state DOT offices all around the country.
Every year, members of our team attend trucking conferences and training courses to stay plugged into the trucking industry. Our service experts know every major US interstate like the back of their hand and are well-versed in state highways too.
After all, we’ve been at this for a long time. We provide cross-continental routing to drivers all over the country and will do the same for you. You should know that when you work with us, you’ll get the full weight of our expertise behind everything we do.
We know how confusing all of the different state rules and regulations can be. Every state has its own rules to follow, and on long trips, why leave it up to chance? Work with the experts who study this for a living and stay up-to-date on all things trucking. When it comes to knowledge about permits, we’re the best in the country, guaranteed.
We also have tons of experience in auto transport!
DOT & Safety Compliance
Our exceptional team of service experts is experienced with DOT guidelines and safety compliance. Are you gearing up for a long drive? Then brush up on our safety tips!
- Watch the Road
Most accidents are caused by drivers losing focus on the road. So, try your best to stay focused! Keeping your eyes on the road is the easiest way to make sure that you avoid causing a crash.
- Buckle Up
Believe it or not, drivers still fail to buckle up all the time! You’re around 25 times more likely to die in a crash if you aren’t wearing one. If you don’t wear a seatbelt, you could get ejected from your vehicle, which is very often a death sentence. Wearing your seatbelt isn’t just good safety compliance; it can save your life.
- Slow Down
The chance that someone will sustain a serious injury in an accident increases massively if you drive at unsafe speeds. This means that you need to pay attention to the weather and road conditions as well as speed limits. Reducing your speed by one third on wet roads and by half during snowy conditions can save lives, including yours.
IRP vs. Trip Permit
Not sure if you should get IRP or trip permits? Essentially, if you plan on traveling through a given state only a couple of times throughout the year, then you’re best served by permits. However, if you plan on making more than just a few trips through the state, IRP apportionment is probably worth it for you.
IRP (the International Registration Plan) apportioned vehicles effectively have registration throughout the US and Canada. IRP’s reciprocity agreement splits your registration fees proportionately by mileage for the states you’ve driven in. IRP provides comprehensive coverage that allows you to operate anywhere, but it costs a bit more.
Trip permits serve as temporary IRP registrations for a vehicle. They prevent you from having to buy expensive IRP decals if you only wish to operate in one or two states other than your home state. Go with trip permits if you’re looking to make one or two trips per year. That way, you’ll save more than if you purchased a full IRP apportionment.
Click here for information on IRS Form 2290!
IFTA vs. Fuel Permit
Debating IFTA vs. fuel permits? If you only make one or two trips outside of the state you’re registered in per year, fuel permits are the way to go. Anyone who plans on making more than just a couple of trips outside the state should look into IFTA.
IFTA (the International Fuel Tax Agreement) is an agreement by most of the contiguous US and Canada to proportionately spread fuel tax revenue from interstate trips. If you travel throughout the year, IFTA decals simplify your taxes. They prevent the need for you to file state fuel taxes individually. They are a great option for those who travel interstate frequently, but they can be expensive.
Fuel permits are best for drivers who will only make a couple of trips in a year. IFTA decals are not cheap, and they only become worthwhile if you take many trips. Fuel permits provide you with temporary fuel tax relief, meaning that you effectively pay your fuel tax up front with the permit fee. Fuel permits simplify your fuel tax process if you will only take interstate trips once or twice and provide a cheaper alternative to IFTA.
Highway Driving Tips
About to set out on the highway? Our service experts have some highway driving tips to help keep you safe.
- Know the local regulations
Local regulations vary for different types of vehicles, load sizes, and conditions. Make sure you study before you drive to make sure that your vehicle complies with all local laws.
- Obey speed limits.
Obeying the speed limit doesn’t just help you save money on a potential ticket. It could save your life. So, as you drive, make sure you do everything in your power to drive legally and safely.
- Use your GPS
GPS directions incorporate real-time data to keep you on the most efficient path while also helping to keep roads safe. However, you should also plan for situations where you may be out of service in an unfamiliar place.
- Take regular breaks.
Rest areas and truck stops are everywhere for a reason. Take advantage of them to get some time away from the wheel. Use our truck stop and rest area finders to find one near you!
- Check the weather
Weather conditions change how you should drive significantly. Before you leave your point of origin, check the weather on your route so you know you’re ready for anything.