On the Hill
Helping FMCSA Protect the
Public From Unsafe Rogues
By Brodie Mack
he Federal Motor Carrier
(FMCSA) is committed to removing
unscrupulous-and often illegal-
household goods movers from our
nation's highways and roads. The
disregard rogue carriers hold for
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complying with commercial regulations, not surprisingly, aligns closely
with their failure to comply with
FMCSA safety regulations-thus
jeopardizing the life and well-being of
every traveler on the road.
The dark activities of just a few rogue
movers can sully not only the public
perception of the industry generally; in
some cases, they can seriously damage
your company's reputation specifically.
Before selling or decommissioning
used equipment, household goods
movers should always remove company logos and markings and change
identifiable colors and branding elements from the trucks and trailers. All
lease agreements should also include
Taking such a step would help
FMCSA enforcement efforts by
eliminating a ready-made vulnerability
that rogue operators exploit to mislead
and defraud the public.
The slogan for FMCSA's longstanding household goods consumer
awareness campaign comprises three
phrases: Protect Your Move. Protect Your
Money. Protect Your Memories.
For household goods carriers, I
would add a fourth phrase: Protect Your
Reputation. Ensure that old equipment
you no longer own or lease is clearly
distinguishable from your current
fleet. Do not hand the keys of your
hard-earned business reputation to
Brodie Mack is team lead for the
Commercial Enforcement and Investigations
Division at the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration in Washington, D.C.
Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Direction Jan Feb 2014