Shippers, Receivers, Freight Brokers and Forwarders To Become Responsible for Road Safety

Published: May 20, 2014

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When it comes to road safety, typically motor carriers and vehicle operators are the parties affected by rules and regulations. A new proposal by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) might be about to change that.

The proposal will make shippers, receivers and freight brokers and forwarders responsible for complying with safety regulations too, because they “the very entities that put pressure on drivers to drive when tired or to operate an unsafe piece of equipment.”

If a shipper, receiver or a freight broker coerces a driver to continue working even though a driver has expressed objections and concerns about safety, they could be fined or even have their license revoked. The same is true if these entities try to push a motor carrier to continue driving beyond the hours-of-service limit.

The proposal is backed by OOIDA, despite its disagreement with the FMCSA over numerous other issues.

This is the first time the FMCSA extends its jurisdiction beyond motor carriers and onto shippers, receivers, freight forwarders and freight brokers.

Read the full article in Land Line Magazine.

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Victor Lance is the founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates, Inc. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving two combat tours. As president of Lance Surety, he now focuses on educating and assisting small businesses throughout the country with various license and bond requirements. Victor graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.