Proposed reg targeting coercion of truckers under review

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | Friday, January 10, 2014

So many decisions that truckers make are influenced by pressure from motor carriers, brokers, shippers and receivers. A proposed regulation mandated by the current highway funding mandates could ease those external pressures.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century or MAP-21, the most recent highway bill signed into law, mandated that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration address coercion in the trucking industry.

The new law directs FMCSA to implement a regulation that ensures “an operator of a commercial motor vehicle is not coerced by a motor carrier, shipper, receiver, or transportation intermediary to operate a commercial motor vehicle in violation of a regulation promulgated under this section, or chapter 51 or chapter 313 of this title.”

FMCSA submitted a notice of proposed rulemaking to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Friday, Jan. 10.

While reviews typically take between 60 and 90 days, there is no set schedule. And a few different things can happen at OMB. The regulation can be approved and will then be printed in the Federal Register for comments. The regulation can be sent back to the agency. Or the agency can even pull the regulation back for more work if needed.

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