The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the largest freight broker and third-party logistics company association officially announced their support on a new amendment introduced last week that would require freight brokers to check carrier safety data-points before booking them on a load.
The bipartisan amendment, titled Motor Carrier Safety Selection Standard Act (H.R. 7457) was introduced by Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Bob Gibbs (R-OH) is vital to the industry according to Chris Burroughs, TIA’s Vice President of Government Affairs.
“There is a huge safety gap that currently exists in the motor carrier marketplace, with 85% of motor carriers having an unrated safety rating. 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 Burroughs in a statement released last week.
Specifically, 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.
While there currently no standard or requirement for entities to check prior to selecting a motor carrier, many brokers and 3PL’s have self-imposed limitations and qualifications that a carrier has to meet before booking.
TIA says H.R. 7457 is a fair, common-sense approach to improving safety in the supply chain and that “simply put, this legislation is about public safety on our roads.”