Kentucky Owner Operator Jobs
Kentucky has portions of five interstate highways, as well as three bypasses and nine parkways. Interstates 24, 64, 65, 71 and 75 run through the state. With a 41 percent increase in travel on the state’s roadways from 1990-2005, the current system of state and federal highways is having a difficult time keeping up with demand.
A 2005 study found nearly a third of the state’s bridges were deficient or obsolete, while 22 percent of the roads were in poor or mediocre condition. The same study determined that nearly half of urban highways were congested. The state is working to correct some of the worst bottlenecks and deteriorated segments as funds allow.
I-65 upgrades began in March, 2012. This $21.7 million project to resurface the road and maintain bridges requires lane closures, mainly at night and on weekends. There is a weekend detour policy in place for big rigs only, and law enforcement officers are on duty at both ends to enforce the detour.
The state has some county-specific restrictions on oversize and overweight loads. Boone, Campbell, Fayette, Jefferson and Kenton Counties restrict permitted loads during rush hour Monday through Friday. Fayette County provides an exemption for loads originating in the county and traveling on I-64 and I-75.
The owner operator in Kentucky must obtain permits to haul oversize and overweight loads. For coal haulers, a special sticker is needed to haul on roadways in the state’s Coal Haul Highway System. The overweight limit for coal is much higher than for other goods.
The state requires a variety of licenses and authorizations, including IFTA, IRP, USDOT number and UCR. Hazardous Materials authorization is required if applicable. Carriers also must file a Kentucky Trucking Application to do business in the state. This application can only be filed by mail. Intrastate trucks have different licenses and authorizations, including Kentucky Intrastate Tax License and Kentucky Regulated Authority.
Kentucky is one of a few states that charge additional taxes above all the other standard ones. There is a weight-distance tax and ad valorem tax. These taxes are required whether the truck and business are registered in Kentucky or some other state.