MAP-21 and what it means for our industry
In 2012, the US enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21. The act aims to strengthen the safety and efficiency of the transportation infrastructure, and spells big changes for those in the freight industry. The act established minimum driver training standards and a national driver’s registry, complete with driving history and drug and alcohol test results. The act also increased the broker bond from $10,000 to $75,000, a radical leap forward that many contested.
The reason for the increase, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, was that too many shippers and carriers were delayed or completely denied payment in the past. The bond increase seeks a greater degree of responsibility from its freight brokers, and those who refuse to pay, illegal brokers (those operating without authorization), are being watched closely.
Here at Motherload Transport, we are happy to say we are in compliance with all of these changes. We believe it’s our job to remove the liability from shippers, and provide a licensed, bonded service that works for everyone. Some brokers only pay their carriers when they get paid – we pay our carriers in 21 days, regardless of how long it takes for us to get paid. We understand that transport drivers have families to feed and bills to pay, and we need to keep them employed in order to successfully do our jobs.