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Auto Shipping Rules and Regulations
The United States has over 84,000 governments, each with their own laws and regulations that people have to follow. From the city level to the federal level, bureaucracy is everywhere, including the auto shipping industry. Auto shipping companies, especially those that operate the trucks (as opposed to brokerages), have to abide by many different laws, again, from the federal to the local levels. At the federal level, auto shipping companies are regulated by the FMCSA, or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which in turn is a branch of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT).
The FMCSA is directly in charge of all rules and regulations that govern auto shipping companies. Auto shipping companies that actually ship the vehicle, i.e. own their trucks and run them across the country, are required by law to have a Motor Carrier number, or MC number. Each auto shipping truck is assigned a separate MC number so that the government can monitor drivers to make sure they are meeting and following all regulations and guidelines, as well as determine if anyone is breaking the rules, and in turn hand out punishments in the form of fines or suspended licenses. Motor carrier numbers are all public, and consumers (like yourself) can use them to view a specific company’s history, including accidents, results of safety inspections, and compliance with FMCSA rules and regulations. This is a great tool for customers looking for a quality auto shipping company, as it ensures that carriers cannot hide anything bad that they have done. And as we all know, the better the history, the better the company.
But carriers are not the only ones that must abide by auto shipping rules and regulations. Auto shipping brokerages, too, must have a license to practice business, as well as conform to all the rules and regulations that govern their specific industry. Brokerages are not carriers; they facilitate the process and help to keep prices lower, but they don’t actually own any auto shipping vehicles. Instead, they search for carriers for their customers and find them the best deals and the best prices in the auto shipping industry.
If you are unsure as to the reliability of the auto shipping company you have hired, you are more than welcome to go to the FMCSA website and do a simple search by your carrier’s MC number. From here you can see the company and their contact information (including physical address, telephone numbers, etc), as well as what type of carrier they are, what type of cargo they carry, prior accidents or demerits, and carrier safety rating. Not all information that the FMCSA is privy to is provided; you may also pay a small fee and submit a form, should you want a more complete report of your chosen auto shipping carrier. Typically, though, the free report yields more than enough information to make an informed decision.
Here at Automobile Shipping Quotes, we work hard to make sure that the companies you receive auto shipping quotes from are the best in the industry. Our companies are highly rated and use only the best auto shipping carriers in the industry – and as you just found out, you can double-check our word! If you do find one that’s slipped between the cracks, feel free to contact us and let us know.