Trucker Coercion Prohibition Rule Now in Effect

Friday, March 18, 2016

A new rule that aims to protect truckers from "threats of economic harm" by imposing large fines on carriers, shippers, and brokers that pressure drivers to operate beyond federal safety regulations went into effect on Jan. 29. A new system for truckers to file complaints for alleged coercion incidents with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been implemented as well. Entities caught coercing drivers will be charged $16,000 for each violation. However, the FMSCA says truckers are responsible for providing the "critical evidence needed to sustain the action against a carrier, shipper, receiver, or [broker]." The agency can only fine coercing entities, not order back wages or punitive damages, but it says it is working with the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on coercion claims.

NLBMDA 3/18/2016

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