In his continuous effort to help “clean up” the actions and reputation within the freight broker segment of the transportation industry, James Lamb of the AIPBA (Association of Independent Property Brokers & Agents) takes serious notice to FMCSA’s Call to Help USDOT Crack Down on Unlicensed, Illegally Operating Brokers.
Mr Lamb’s deep rooted concern for freight broker fraud is widely known. He was a strong opponent against the $75,000 broker bond, which was increased to “supposedly” diminish the harmful and costly effects of broker fraud. Mr Lamb has adamantly stated that the bond would not decrease Broker Fraud and that criminalization by stricter enforcement of laws would remedy the problem.
On October 1st, 2013, MAP-21 was implemented by the FMCSA. Part of that implementation included the controversial $75,000 broker bond.
Here is the video explaining the stance against the 75K dollar Broker Bond and how it will adversely affect truckers and the industry.
Mr Lamb has since called on the Freight Broker community to voluntarily include rate transparency as a standard part of their business model with carriers, shippers, and owner operators. He is leading by example through his newly formed brokerage 12PL. He believes by incorporating and applying rate transparency, trusted partnerships between all players involved will be established as well as a more lucrative business for all. Lamb goes on to say, “The question is not just how much the load pays the trucker, but how much the load pays period, and how much the trucker gets and how much the broker gets.”
Along with the his 12PL brokerage, James Lamb has created the SBTC ( Small Business in Transportation Coalition) inviting brokers, truckers and other entities to be a part of a positive and productive alliance within transportation. A major goal for SBTC is to foster greater collaboration and better relationships among brokers, shippers and carriers.
In order to further build and strengthen this partnership, the SBTC will be having its annual Industry At Sea cruise this September where discussions and networking will be a highlight while attendees also enjoy a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas. Details here
AIPBA Heeds FMCSA’s Call to Help USDOT Crack Down on Unlicensed, Illegally Operating Brokers.
FMCSA: “FMCSA will accept complaints regarding unregistered brokerage activities of motor carriers through our National Consumer Complaint Database. FMCSA will work with industry groups to use this complaint information and other data to ascertain the extent of the unlicensed broker population subset within the motor carrier industry. The agency will then work toward developing a comprehensive enforcement program. FMCSA strongly encourages all motor carriers not to accept loads from unregistered brokers or freight forwarders, as these entities might not have the financial security mandated by MAP–21. FMCSA also notes that motor carriers brokering loads without properly registering with FMCSA as brokers may be subject to private civil actions pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 14707.”
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