Federal Update
Skimming fuel surcharges on DOD loads ends

By Land Line staff


Brokers and middlemen who made a quick buck by taking all or some of fuel surcharges paid by the Department of Defense will have to end the skimming.

The Department of Defense published an interim final rule in the Federal Register on July 29 that mandates pass-through of fuel surcharges paid on defense loads to the trucker or motor carrier who actually bought the fuel.

The interim rule is in response to legislative language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 that directed the agency to mandate pass-through of surcharges paid on fuel.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association worked closely with lawmakers, such as Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR, and Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-CA, on the development and passage of the amendment. LL