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"Lumping" is the unlawful coercion or attempt to coerce a truck owner or operator into paying someone else to load or unload his truck. Both civil and criminal penalties should be assessed for lumping violations.

Motor carriers should not be required to give owner-operators special notice of their loading and unloading responsibilities as that information is already contained in motor carrier tariffs. Any such agreement to load or unload should not interfere with the contractual agreement between owner-operators and motor carriers.

The responsibility for preventing lumping rests with the Interstate Commerce Commission.The Interstate Commerce Commission should implement and maintain an effective enforcement program to prevent lumping.

Adopted February 10, 1991