Brokers, Shippers, Receivers Must Avoid Driver Coercion

The Driver Coercion rule, which took effect in January 2016, prohibits coercing a driver to violate federal motor carrier regulations. One unique aspect of the rule is that it not only applies to carriers coercing one of its drivers, but also to brokers, shippers and receivers who have contact with the driver.

Former FMCSA inspector John Seidl says that ELDs—with their inflexibility regarding hours of service—could be an additional stumbling block for those wanting to avoid driver coercion. Watch Video.

Seidl, a keynote speaker at the DAT User Conference in October, said that a broker cannot ask a carrier to continue on if the broker knows the driver has surpassed his hours of service. And the broker must educate the shipper and receiver customers to avoid coercion too.

And it's not just hours of service issues that could lead to a driver coercion claim. If a truck breaks down at a receiver's dock and the receiver says he has

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Pat Pitz

Pat Pitz is the editor of the DAT Solutions freight broker newsletter. He has nearly 20 years experience as a professional writer and editor. Before joining DAT, he spent 8 years at a Portland advertising and public relations agency, where he wrote newsletters and other content for a variety of high-profile clients, including several in the trucking industry.