TIA ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE INTRODUCTION OF MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY SELECTION STANDARD ACT
Bill Serves as a Key Legislative Priority for Third-Party Logistics Industry
JULY 2, 2020 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics (3PL) industry, released today the following statement from Chris Burroughs, TIA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, following the introduction of the Motor Carrier Safety Selection Standard Act (H.R. 7457) in the United States House of Representatives.
On behalf of TIA and our more than 1,800 member companies, I want to thank Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Bob Gibbs (R-OH) for introducing this piece of legislation that is vital to our industry. 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. There currently is no standard or requirement for entities to check prior to selecting a motor carrier.
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.
H.R. 7457 has been introduced on a bi-partisan basis and is a fair, common-sense approach to improving safety in the supply chain. 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.
I want to thank the leaders from both parties by authoring this safety legislation.
Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $214 billion third-party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines doing business in domestic and international commerce. TIA is the voice of transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials and international organizations.