SMALL TRUCK IMPACT ON LTL FREIGHT BUSINESS

The increase in use of smaller trucks has had several impacts on the LTL
shipping on the larger class 8 (semi tractor-trailers). There can be trucks.
Since the shipment usually isn't delayed waiting for a full load to be
assembled for the larger capacity transporters, a more expeditious delivery
Unfortunately, two very serious complications have grown out the increased
use of smaller trucks. The first fact is that just about anyone with a truck
and trailer can haul a shipment, even those that do not meet the
requirements as FMCSA compliant carriers. The pitfall here is that rarely do
the unregistered carriers maintain the mandatory insurance minimums for
liability and cargo insurance. Since they are not under the scrutiny and
regulation as the compliant carriers are, they are not subjected to the
driver's qualifications and vehicle/equipment inspections and standards that
legal compliant carriers must satisfy. This creates the potential for
unqualified drivers and inadequate or unsafe equipment to be hauling freight
on the nation's highways. This poses a “real and present danger” to the
public.

The second issue, the explosion of “load matching services” that have
sprouted all over the Internet. Unlike legitimate freight load boards, many of
these Internet matching services perform no screening of the qualifications
of the transporters and do not prohibit non compliant transporters from
using the load matching services. Although the service is much like a
broker’s service, these boards are not regulated or licensed as brokers and
assume no liability for any consequences resulting from bad services,
unsafe operations, or unscrupulous transporters.

The combination of these two factors has given rise to a tremendous
number of horror stories being reported through out the country. Stories
frequently include theft and loss of shipments; overcharges; damaged
shipments; late or non delivery of shipments; and a variety of combinations
that have resulted in shippers suffering losses and damage as a result of
utilizing non compliant haulers that freely use these so called “load
matching services”. Here, as much as anywhere, the old adage of “buyer
beware” is very appropriate. It is the responsibility of each shipper to verify
their selected transporter’s credentials, insurance, and legal right to
transport shipments across state lines. Through this site's work we will
discuss how a shipper can verify the legitimacy of a compliant motor carrier
and take precautions to reduce the risks of becoming a victim of illegal
haulers.
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