New Act of Congress Hits the Road. You Ready?

New Act of Congress Hits the Road. You Ready?

What is MAP-21?

The “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” or MAP-21, will have a major impact on the transportation industry—and on anyone who ships freight in America.

MAP-21 goes into effect October 1, 2013, and is designed to help the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in its mission to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses, by supporting three core principles:

  • Raise the bar to enter the industry and begin operating on American roads
  • Hold carriers and drivers to the highest safety standards to continue operations
  • Prevent highest-risk drivers, vehicles and carriers from operating on our roads

MAP-21 directs the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to install several new laws over the next two years or so, designed to improve America’s infrastructure by:

  • Strengthening highways through the National Highway Performance Program
  • Establishing a performance-based program for more efficient investment of federal transportation funds
  • Creating jobs and support economic growth by authorizing $82 billion for road, bridge, bicycling, and walking improvements as well as including a number of provisions designed to improve freight movement
  • Doubling funding for infrastructure safety, including a fight against distracted driving and the push to improve transit and motor carrier safety
  • Streamlining Federal highway transportation programs by simplifying a number of complex programs into a few new core programs
  • Accelerating project delivery and promoting changes to help ensure the timely delivery of transportation projects

The Effect on the Transportation Industry

This Act requires our industry to:

  • Increase the broker bond from $10,000 to $75,000:

In the first of many steps to fight fraud, brokers and freight forwarders are required to post a bond or other financial security of at least $75,000, and more transparency is required in claims payment by bond and trust companies.

  • Disclose family ownership of multiple transportation companies:

Carriers, brokers and freight forwarders must disclose any familial relationships with owners of other transportation companies.

  • Ban “reincarnated” carriers:

DOT can revoke registration/authority or levy a fine on “reincarnated” (we call them “chameleon”) carriers. This also applies to failure to disclose important facts. These carriers run afoul of regulations then, just before losing their authority, ask a family member or friend to register a new company. They create havoc in our industry, costing lots of people a lot of money.

  • Place logging devices on all interstate commercial motor vehicles within 2 years

These event-on-board-recorders (EOBRs) are required to “improve compliance” with hours of service.

  • Establish a national driver registry:

Within the next two years, a database of all commercial drivers will include driver histories as well as drug and alcohol test results.

  • Impose minimum driver training standards within the next year:

The DOT will establish national driver training standards for a commercial driver’s license. Proof of the training is required for all new commercial drivers and those seeking to upgrade to a different class license.

  • Create a Unified Registration System:

All motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders must register; carriers and brokers must register with separate authority for each function.

Whew! That’s a lot of changes and new regulations. GW Transportation Services can help you navigate these new regulations to ensure that your shipments are always in compliance. We’re in the process of obtaining the new bond requirement and preparing for all the changes coming in the next several months.

How GW Transportation Can Help You Navigate These Changes

For over 30 years our experienced staff has seen the transportation industry evolve, and we’ve consistently provided guidance to our customers and carriers. Combine that expertise with our exceptional customer service, and you’ll see we do everything to make each shipment go smoothly.

For more information, or to receive a quote from GW for your next shipment, contact us at (877) 260-1595 or fill out our quick quote form.