Largest Broker Group Backs New Bill to Set National Motor Carrier Safety Hiring Standard
Washington D.C. – The largest association of third-party logistics companies is backing a new bill which would establish a minimum national motor carrier safety selection standard.
The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is throwing its support behind new legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to address what TIA calls a “huge safety gap that currently exists in the motor carrier marketplace.”
On July 1, Representatives Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced H.R.7457.
TIA responded by issuing a statement strongly supporting the measure.
“This legislation will drastically improve safety by requiring entities that are selecting motor carriers to check certain data points prior to tendering a load,” said Chris Burroughs, TIA’s vice president of government affairs. “There currently is no standard or requirement for entities to check prior to selecting a motor carrier.”
While the text of the bill has not yet been released, TIA says H.R.7457 would require entities to ensure that any carrier they contracted to transport a load of freight on behalf of their customer:
• Is properly registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA);
• Has obtained the minimum required insurance; and
• Has not been placed out-of-service at the carrier level for any reason.
Burroughs said that since 85-percent of carriers have an unrated safety rating, this bill is a “fair and common sense” approach to improving safety in the trucking industry.
“This legislation helps all entities in the supply chain ensure that only the safest motor carriers are selected to haul freight across this great nation. Simply put, this legislation is about public safety on our roads,” Burroughs commented.
H.R.7457 was introduced on the same day the U.S. House approved the Moving Forward Act (MFA), a controversial $1.5 trillion infrastructure spending bill.
The MFA has drawn heavy criticism among some trucking groups because it includes provisions to increase motor carriers’ liability insurance minimum from $750,000 to $2 million, and to delay the implementation of the FMCSA’s recently unveiled Hours of Service (HOS) Final Rule.
As for H.R.7457, it has been referred to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for further consideration.
TransportationNation.com will continue to track its progress.