TransCore CarrierWatch targets ‘chameleon’ carriers

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Updated Nov 29, 2010

TransCore on Tuesday, Nov. 23, announced it has enhanced the fraud protection features and incorporated new federal carrier safety guidelines into its CarrierWatch service, an online tool designed to help brokers and shippers validate the operating authority, insurance and safety records of the motor carriers they hire.

TransCore says the new anti-fraud enhancements protect its customers from “chameleon” carriers who are existing motor carriers registering as new carriers – and obtaining new U.S. Department of Transportation authority – usually to hide poor safety records or other items they wish to conceal from prospective business partners.

TransCore says CarrierWatch is ready for the initial release of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Comprehensive Safety Analysis, enabling customers to access carrier scores under the new Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). The new BASICS scores are expected to be released in early December.

“CarrierWatch is the first tool on the market that makes CSA 2010 data actionable for brokers,” says David Schrader, senior vice president of TransCore’s Freight Solutions. “In the on-boarding process, CarrierWatch helps brokers get a clear picture of prospective carriers, particularly when freight volume remains strong and truck capacity remains tight.”

TransCore says CarrierWatch subscribers also can monitor any of the 500,000 carriers in TransCore’s DAT Directory and receive automated alerts of any changes in a carrier’s DOT authority, FMCSA SAFER and CSA 2010 scores or DOT-reported insurance.