Jeff and Russ Head Back to Capitol Hill

Jeff and Russ joined approximately 60 other TIA (Transportation Intermediaries Association) members for the annual TIA Fly-In which was held in Washington, DC on June 14th and 15th. The TIA is the professional Association for the freight brokerage and third party logistic industry representing some 1500 member companies.

Fourteen teams consisting of TIA members descended upon our Congressional and Senate leaders to advocate support for the FMCSA Safety Fitness Determination Rulemaking and the Protecting Workplace Advancement & Opportunity Act which is pending the the House as H.R. 4773 and in the Senate as S. 2707.

The Safety Fitness Determination Rulemaking calls for the FMCSA to establish a “red- light / green-light determination for entities that hire motor carriers as it relates to which motor carriers are safe to hire. The current four-tier system (Satisfactory, Conditional, Unsatisfactory,or Unrated) creates unnecessary liability traps for third parties if their is an accident or crash. The SFD will set a safety threshold to designate some carriers “unfit”. This will take unsafe carreirs off the road and better inform the public which carriers are safe to hire.

The Protecting Workplace Advancement & Opportunity Act rolls back the Department of Labor rule that will dramtically increase the number of employees who are eligible for overtime pay.. Logistics provided opportunities for good middle class jobs, but the DOL rule will force many employees onto an hourly wage and restrict how these employees can use mobile technology and flexible work schedules to serve customers and advance their companies.

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