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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