Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

From Transport Topics and edited by ShippersEdge

Prohibiting Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers (Coercion Rule) The Coercion Rule took effect on January 29, 2016 as part of MAP21 passed by Congress in 2013

It prohibits motor carriers, shippers, receivers or transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to operate in violation of HOS limits, commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations, Hazardous Materials Regulations, etc. However, coercion can occur even if a violation has not, such as threatening to fire a driver if they don’t accept a load. It also can be raised if a shipper threatens to withhold payment or terminate a business relationship.

The rule includes procedures for drivers to report incidents of coercion to FMCSA, establishes rules for how the FMCSA will respond to those reports and describes penalties for those who are found have coerced drivers. Fleets with an ELD solution in place will also have technology that can help keep them from inadvertently making requests of drivers that qualify as coercion.