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Company Builds Trusted Community Among Trucking Professionals


Dan Metully of Transport Watch

Truck freight brokers have a poor reputation within the trucking industry among professional truck drivers.  The most common complaint between truck owner operators dealing with freight brokers is not being paid for their services or being paid for less than what they were promised. 

This fraudulent practice reaches beyond the owner operators as well, as other motor carriers often find themselves in the same situation, having agreed to haul the freight and many times, not receiving payment for their service.

Payment issues continue to be a major problem for many owner operators and motor carriers alike, as fraudulent business practices continue to thrive within the industry.  

Furthermore, businessess that maintain integrity, honesty and professionalism can have their reputation damaged by others who conduct their business by fraudulent means.  Locating a reputable motor carrier, freight broker or independent owner operator who operates in a trusted, professional manner and maintaining the level of trust for your own business can often prove to be a worrisome task.  One company is working to change all of that.

Transport Watch is working to stop fraud within the trucking industry by exposing those companies that operate in deceptive practices, while highlighting those businessess that perform with professionalism.  This concept will provide a community of trusted companies, businessess and individuals that will offer a service where one can, “verify your potential business partners to a new level, and provide a quick, effective tool to help you protect your revenue.”

This verification process will insure that the company or individual you are considering doing business with, is one that has proven to be trustworthy and respected within the industry.  Providing news and updates on fraudulent activities that have been identified by other members, Transport Watch, based out of Montana, also offers services where you are able to further promote your company’s good name and have an active part in ridding the industry of fraudulent practices.

Owner, Dan Metully advises that, “Instead of wasting your time on a regular yellowbook ad, which really isn’t going to give you any of that information; you can go in and enter all of those details about what specifically your company wants to do. What do you want to tell the rest of the  nation of what is going to be your specialty?  And people will be able to go in there and they will be able to find you according to any parameters they choose.”

Seen as an excellent source for owner operators and new companies just beginning business, Mr. Metully adds, “There really is a higher purpose here and I truly believe as I said before, that if we can get everyone to participate, we can change the industry.”

Interview with Dan Metully of Transport Watch

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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2 Responses to Company Builds Trusted Community Among Trucking Professionals. - Post a Comment

  1. RFX Inc.

    Accountability and credibility is important across all industries including trucking. Technology now being so robust I think will take a few more years to embed itself into the trucking community.

  2. RFX, Inc.

    As both a motor carrier and a TIA broker it’s good to know sites like this exist. TIA already has implemented a tool called watchdog to report on fraudulent carriers. They’ve recently implemented a new tool to track fraudulent agents that skip from one brokerage to the next. The brokers with credibility and high surety bonds communicate with each other on a regular basis to avoid & report fraudulent activity in our industry. Transport Watch seems like yet another tool that will help build strong communities around ‘the good guys.’

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