OOIDA and TIA at Odds Over Honesty
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) feel differently about broker transparency. OOIDA believes that brokers mistreat carriers and wants the Department of Transportation to enforce existing regulations which require brokers to be transparent with their fees. The TIA, on the other hand, petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) to eliminate those transparency regulations.
On Wednesday, November 18, OOIDA made several comments on the broker transparency listening session and TIA's petition. Too many independent drivers have been taken advantage of by brokers. Brokers are not obligated to lock their fees, and they typically do not share how much they charge to broker freight.
The Green Team agrees with OOIDA. There's no reason why every broker cannot be an "honest broker". The broker can support the shipper and the carrier equally. Especially during this unique time, with COVID-19 causing different demands on supply and transportation, we should all be supportive of and thankful for carriers. They are the people that keep our economy moving and allow others to stay safe. OOIDA, you have our thanks and our support!