The shutdown, shippers and sleepy truckers
When federal agencies issue guidance without benefit of comment, lawsuits often result and the guidance can be overturned by the courts. In fact, in a matter of importance to forwarders and truck freight brokers, litigation is pending against the FMCSA for issuing guidance in lieu of promulgating rules on when and how entities must obtain the US$75,000 (55,580-euro) surety bond required by the MAP-21 transportation legislation passed in 2012.
Our hats are off to the members of Congress and the president for recognizing the need for transparency in the regulatory process and for coming together to resolve this issue. It may have slipped under the public’s radar, but it’s good to know that the process can still work – at least on occasion.
Brandon Fried is the executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association.