Nebraska Owner Operator Jobs
For the owner operator in Nebraska, most of the state is open highway. Interstate 80 bisects the state, and except for the areas around Omaha and Lincoln, congestion isn’t much of a problem. In fact a 2007 highway study found that only 20 percent of Nebraska’s urban highways were congested. Perhaps the biggest hang-up is at the junction of I-29 and I-80 in the Omaha area.
Nebraska has many rural highways as well. Many of these run through small communities, so the trucker will be slowed down somewhat running through these small towns. Although Nebraskans are very friendly, they take public safety very seriously. The speeds drop pretty quickly in some small towns, so it’s a good idea to be vigilant. Rural highways are usually either 55 or 60 mph, so it’s good to watch speed away from the towns as well. Some highways are 50 mph or even less, but a map of state highway speeds is available from the state.
Nebraska has an automated permit system. The state also has dozens of private businesses that are authorized to issue both 72 hour temporary permits and some other necessary permits. Temporary permits are available at some convenience stores in smaller communities. Private providers will most likely charge a fee in addition to the permit fee required by the state.
Because it is an agricultural state, there are a great many exemptions and additional rules related to farming. For example, a driver with at least a year of experience can receive a restricted commercial license for Class B and C trucks. The driver is restricted to 150 miles from farm or ranch, and the load must be farm or ranch related. The state also grants overweight exemptions for some farm products, usually within designated distances.
Nebraska participates in the IFTA, UCR and IRP programs. If the owner operator in Nebraska or the trucker just passing through is not registered with these programs, a temporary prorated and fuel permit must be purchased at the first available location when entering the state’s borders.
The Federal Bridge Formula is used in measuring axle weights. With about 24 percent of the state’s bridges determined to be functionally obsolete or structurally deficient, it’s good to plan ahead for trips that use non-interstate roads. Overall, there are over 1700 trucking companies within the state, which means a bounty of owner operator jobs for people in Nebraska.