In the United States and Canada, the term generally refers to independent contractors who rent and drive their own semi-trailers. In the road transport sector, an owner-operator is an independent HGV driver or a small business that operates trucks for its customers for the transport of goods by highway.  Most homeowners first become truck drivers to gain experience and determine whether their careers are for them. The Motor Carrier Act of 1980 deregulated the industry and facilitated manufacturers setting their own prices for shipping goods and also allowed owners to be more successful in removing some control of larger engine bills.  It was now possible to find a forwarder willing to transport goods for what customers wanted to pay, not for the fares of the major airlines. An owner-operator is a small business or micro-entrepreneur who also manages the day-to-day operations of the business. Owner-operators are found in many business models and franchising companies in many different sectors such as restaurant chains, health, logistics, maintenance, repair and operation.