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Highway Reauthorization Bill – MAP-21

Jul 9, 2012

On Friday, President Obama signed the Highway Reauthorization bill known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or Map-21 for short.  The bill represents a bi-partisan compromise, agreed upon at the last minute after appearing to be headed for a stalemate.  The bill is roughly 600 pages long and includes some important provisions that will affect motor carrier and logistics provider operations and registrations for years to come both by virtue of the legislation itself and the regulations that it requires various federal agencies, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) to adopt.

Many sources have initially reported on the bill, and no doubt many are aware of the highly publicized requirement that both property brokers and freight forwarders maintain surety bonds of $75,000.  Likewise, the requirement for the FMCSA to adopt regulations requiring the use of E-logs has received much attention (as has the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s push in the House of Representatives to de-fund the requirement).  However, the bill includes dozens of other less publicized requirements.  For instance, new provisions affecting registration will make it more difficult to obtain certain licenses, and may complicate attempts to restructure operations. The bill also addresses in detail the practice of brokering by motor carriers, and goes so far as to adopt officer and director liability for some violations related to broker and freight forwarder operations.  The bill also includes much in the way of safety oversight for passenger carriers. 

In order to apprise carriers and logistics providers of these more detailed requirements, the firm has compiled a summation of the key points of the bill likely to affect day to day operations which we are making available to our clients at a flat fee of $75.  The summation contains descriptions of dozens of points of the bill, and is accompanied by a cover memorandum that acts as a quick reference, directing the reader to the relevant provisions of the summary based upon key topics in which the reader may be interested.  If you would like to request a copy of the summation, or have any questions related thereto, please contact Allison Smith at asmith@scopelitis.com or (317) 637-1777.