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10 | Overdrive | September 2020 N E W S The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is accepting public comments through Oct. 19 on a peti- tion to increase broker transparency by requiring brokers to provide carri- ers with an electronic copy of trans- action records within 48 hours of a load being completed. The petition from the Owner- Operator Independent Drivers Association also calls for FMCSA to prohibit brokers from including provisions in their contracts with carriers that waive carriers' rights to access transaction records. OOIDA said in its petition, which it filed in May when rates were suf- fering from the COVID-19 pandem- ic, that it "believes the problem is that the regulations designed to provide transparency are routinely evaded by brokers or simply not enforced by FMCSA." "While the current rules require brokers to keep transaction records and permit each party to a brokered transaction to review the records, many brokers implement hurdles they know will prevent a carrier from ever seeing this information," OOIDA said in the notice. The group said some brokers will allow carriers to access records, but only at a broker's office during normal business hours, which OOIDA said "makes it virtually impossible" for carriers to see the records. FMCSA also is asking for public comments on whether a regulatory action is needed. To make or view comments, go to Regulations.gov and search Docket No. FMCSA-2020-0150. — Overdrive Staff Petition calls for broker transparency reform JDT Trucking, founded with one truck two decades ago by James Davis, won Overdrive's 2020 Small Fleet Champ competition Aug. 27. The fleet, based in Central Point, Oregon, hauls construction materi- als and has 22 drivers. JDT won an oversized championship belt trophy and will be featured in Overdrive and Commercial Carrier Journal this fall. The competition recognizes fleets that not only have navigated a diffi- cult 2020 but also have demonstrated best practices in building a safe, stable business that has grown or positioned itself for growth. The finalists and the winner were determined by editors from Overdrive and CCJ, who interviewed the nine semi-finalists. In addi- tion to JDT, the other two finalists were Ed Burns & Sons of Denver, Indiana, and John McGee Trucking of Simsboro, Louisiana. "The three finalists, like many of the other entrants, have demonstrat- ed strong customer relations, sound finances, driver loyalty, driver pay and other benefits," said Max Heine, Overdrive editorial director. Two decades ago, Davis was work- ing as a one-truck owner-operator in the Pacific Northwest, and by 2011, his budding James Davis Trucking was beginning to add trucks. JDT Trucking now has 27 trucks and 31 employees, and the company has added 10 units in the last four years. Its primary freight is lum- ber, plywood, beams, steel and rebar. It specializes in over-length materials using flatbeds, roll tops and step deck trailers. JDT's growth has included diver- sification. Equipped with its own brokerage arm since 2013, the com- pany offers outside maintenance ser- vices, truck parts sales and custom products. This is the inaugural year for the contest, which will be held annually. — Overdrive Staff Diverse flatbed carrier wins small-fleet award OOIDA said some brokers will allow carriers to access records, but only at a broker's office during normal busi- ness hours. James Davis

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