There are primarily two federal government agencies that oversee and regulate the auto transport industry, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The Department of Transportation (DOT) oversees federal highway and other modes of transportation in North America. DOT was established on April 1, 1967 to “serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life for the American people, today and into the future.” DOT is a federal cabinet level department (leaders appointed by nominated by the U.S. president and approved by Senate) that has many branches or agencies under its authority. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA is one of the agencies that oversee and regulates the trucking industry in the United States.
The mission of the FMCSA is to improve the safety commercial motor vehicles and its drivers. The FMCSA began on January 1, 2000 to enforce the “Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999”. This agency analyzes trends, costs, injuries and fatalities within the commercial trucking industry to assess need for new regulations or modify existing governance.
Auto transport is a type of transport classified as “specialized freight trucking” under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 484230. In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides control over the industry by requiring carriers and brokers to be licensed through their agency and to obtain a bond to protect the consumer. The bond is to cover losses by the carrier, in case the broker commits fraud or other lapses. As of October 1, 2013, the minimum bond was raised from $10,000 to $75,000 in order to comply with a federal regulation by the FMCSA. The FMCSA requires a broker must have three years of relevant experience and certified training to obtain a broker license and a broker’s license be reviewed every five years. If a broker commits unethical practices, the FMCSA has the authority to revoke the broker’s license.
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