SPECIAL REPORT: Truckers encouraged to rally around TRUCC Act

Friday, April 25, 2008 - Truckers sick of middlemen in the industry living high on the hog by pocketing fuel surcharges are encouraged to be vocal in support of a bill calling for mandatory pass-through of surcharges. OOIDA issued a national Call to Action on Friday encouraging truckers, as well as their family and friends, to speak out in support of S2910. To read the call to action, click here.

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gearjammer

jammer
Supporter
not so fast folks, lets first see what the bill actually says, if it is just about surcharges and doesn't say anything about transparency it is nothing but a feel good bill and will do nothing to help.
 

gearjammer

jammer
Supporter
Ms. SNOWE (for herself and Mr. BROWN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To require brokers to disclose and pay independent truckers for any fuel surcharges received from shippers that relate to fuel costs paid for by the truckers.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Trust in Reliable Understanding of Consumer Costs Act' or the `TRUCC Act'.

SEC. 2. DISCLOSURE AND PASS THROUGH OF MOTOR CARRIER FUEL COSTS.

(a) In General- Section 14102 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(c) Disclosure and Pass Through to Cost Bearer- A motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder, providing or arranging truckload transportation or service using fuel for which it does not bear the cost, shall provide to the person that bears the cost of such fuel--

`(1) a payment in an amount equal to the charges, invoiced or otherwise presented to the person directly responsible to the motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder, which relate to the cost of the fuel; and

`(2) at the time payment is made under paragraph (1), a written list that specifically identifies any freight charge, brokerage fee or commission, fuel surcharge or adjustment, and any other charges invoiced or otherwise presented to the person described in paragraph (1).'.

(b) Billing and Collection Practices- Section 13708(b) of title 49, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

`(b) False or Misleading Information- No person may cause a motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder to present false or misleading information on a document or in an oral representation about the actual rate, charge, or allowance to any party to the transaction or transportation.'.
 

gearjammer

jammer
Supporter
this is the part of the bill that I liked the most,
it looks like this bill well be a real help if it were to be enforced, i don't see how a broker could get around it, looks like there are at least two people in government that are looking out for the truckers!!
 
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