No Personal Items in Vehicles…

personalBrokers & Shippers: Most carriers prohibit the inclusion of personal items in vehicles being shipped. This is for three very good reasons:

License & Insurance – It is against FMCSA regulations for carriers to transport personal possessions within a vehicle. Carriers risk fines for transporting any personal possessions. In addition, the carrier’s insurance typically does not cover the loss or damage of personal possessions included in a vehicle being shipped.

Weight – Auto haulers have strict limits on the weight of loaded trucks and trailers. The unanticipated weight of personal items could cause carriers to be overweight. In this situation, the carrier has to make a choice to drive overweight (risking fines and significant delays) or not take the vehicle.

Safety – Extra weight in the car could cause damage to the undercarriage during loading and unloading.

To avoid the potential loss of personal items and to make sure that vehicles can be delivered on time, make sure customers understand that they should not ship any personal items in a vehicle.

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New $75,000 Broker Bond Rule

According to new rules by the FMCSA, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration  all brokers are required to have a $75,000/100,000 surety bond or trust fund by Oct. 1, 2013. These rules are part of the enforcement of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) law. This is an increase from the current requirement of $10,000. All brokers need to secure a $75,000/100,000 bond or trust to maintain their operating authority. Many brokers will not be able to obtain bond  and this will potentially result in low pricing and scamming. Please be sure to verify bond for the company chosen by searching on the following FMCSA link Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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