The FMCSA stated that it wants to be able to regulate shippers and brokers over the next five years. This is a good idea and a long time coming. The FMCSA strategic plan covers the goals from 2011-2016.

Brokers and shippers frequently make drivers carry over-limit loads, or require runs that either force the driver to speed or violate his hours of service limitations. I know we will hear more about this over the next five years. I will be interested to see the shipper and broker response as the American Trucking Association (ATA) supports the effort. Did you get that? The ATA and I agree on a safety issue!