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RFX Supports the Proposed National Standard for Hiring Motor Carriers

May 30th, 2014


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(Content Credit Note: Much of this information is gathered from recent TIA publications including emails and videos in support of H.R. 4727.)

RFX Inc., in conjunction with Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is declaring its support of  H.R. 4727, a bill in the U.S. Congress that would enhance interstate commerce by creating a National Hiring Standard for Motor Carriers.

On Thursday, May 22nd, Congressman John Duncan (R-2nd/TN) along with Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-3rd/MN), and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13th/IL) introduced the bill. The proposed national hiring standard would clarify and standardize industry best practices for hiring safe motor carriers. Currently, industry stakeholders are often asked to second-guess the FMCSA on determining which carriers are safe to operate and those that are not.  The conflicting information received through FMCSA’s rating system can ultimately lead to negligent hiring or vicarious liability lawsuits.

Congress tasked the FMCSA with evaluating motor carrier safety and empowering them with the sole authority to revoke the interstate operating authority of unsafe motor carriers or otherwise place unsafe motor carriers out-of-service and off the road.

H.R. 4727 would require that before hiring a motor carrier, a shipper, broker, forwarder, and/or receiver ensure that the motor carrier is properly registered with the FMCSA; has obtained the minimum insurance; and has not been given an “unsatisfactory” safety rating.

TIA will continue to advocate that the CSA initiative is a valuable internal tool for the Agency, but until the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rulemaking is complete, the BASIC data should not be used as a tool for carrier selection. The FMCSA safety rating should be, and is, the ultimate determination, if a carrier is safe to operate or not.

TIA’s President and CEO, Robert Voltmann said “if enacted, this legislation would simplify the process and promote safety improvements by establishing a standard in which everyone who hires a motor carrier would be required to check whether that motor carrier was licensed, had the minimum level of insurance, and had a better than “unsatisfactory” safety rating.  This is really important because H.R. 4727, by creating a national standard for hiring motor carriers, would eliminate the confusing vagaries of the CSA BASIC scores and how they are used in various courts across the country.  It is FMCSA’s responsibility to determine which motor carriers are safe to operate on our highways.  They are the ones empowered by Congress to make this determination.”

RFX, along with other TIA members, will be storming Capitol Hill on June 19th in support of this proposed legislation.   We need your support.  TIA has prepared a form letter for you, asking your Members of Congress to support H.R. 4727. Please fill out your information on this website, and click send on the bottom of the page.


Posted on May 30th, 2014 in RFX News, Trucking Industry