Transportation rules and regulations expert witnesses may opine on federal motor carrier safety regulations and the Department of Transportation (DOT), as well as other issues. Trucking experts at the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) recently issued a press release, coming out in support of the newly proposed Motor Carrier Protection Act of 2010.
The act would establish significant penalties for violations of broker regulations, including unlimited liability for freight charges for conducting brokerage activities without a license or bond. Additionally, if the bill is passed into law, brokers and freight forwarders will be required to renew their operating authority annually and FMCSA will be required to revoke operating authority that is not renewed annually. Revenue generated from the renewal fees would then be dedicate to FMCSA’s oversight and enforcement of broker regulations. The bill establishes strict guidelines on companies that provide brokers with surety bonds, as well as guidelines on how they administer these bonds. The bill clarifies that trucking companies must have a broker’s or freight forwarder’s license and an appropriate bond in addition to their motor carrier operating authority to arrange freight for another carrier for compensation.
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