Trucking 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.
Warning that with the introduction of the new bill, that “bad brokers’ days are numbered,” they applauded the legislation that would significantly increase regulatory oversight of brokers and freight forwarders in the trucking industry.
The senate bill was introduced by Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). S. 3483 was introduced in response to concerns about unscrupulous brokering practices that prey upon small business truckers. The two senators worked closely with the OOIDA as well as the Transportation Intermediaries Association in developing this legislation. The Motor Carrier Protection Act of 2010 legislates an increase in the broker bond from $10,000 to $100,000 and expands that bond requirement to freight forwarders. It increases requirements and disclosures for any person or company seeking to obtain broker or freight forwarder authority.
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