Before You Get Moving, You’ll Need an Arbitration Program
If you move household goods across state lines, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association requires you by law to have an arbitration program in place.
Without one, the Department of Transportation can slap your company with a serious fine.
But you can cover all your bases and meet DOT license requirements with Brief.
Meet Your License Requirements
With Brief, you get a free arbitration clause which you can insert into any household goods movers contract that complies with the requirements of the Department of Transportation’s law 49 CFR 375.211
Our arbitration program ensures your moving company meets the DOT’s classification and requirements for a Household Movers Permit (HTR) so you remove the risk of heavy fines for non-compliance.
An Arbitration Program Protects both You and Your Clients
There is nothing more valuable in the moving industry than trust, and with an arbitration program in place, you can give your clients the confidence of knowing their move is protected.
We’ve streamlined arbitration by moving the entire process online
Using the right arbitration platform can save you time and money. With Brief’s 100% online service, you can upload your claim and supporting evidence from the comfort of your truck, saving you time, money and a whole lot of hassle.
Brief’s online platform turns an arbitration claim around in 45 days, compared to 410 days with traditional arbitration. We also make the process up to 90% more cost effective.
By moving the dispute resolution process online, we streamline settlements and arbitrations, giving you access to legal remedies that were once out of reach for small businesses.
You or your client starts the claim online and uploads corresponding evidence.
After being notified of the claim, the other party (the Respondent) responds with their side of the story and any supporting evidence.
An independent and impartial judge is then assigned to the case.
The judge reviews all of the evidence and, if need be, can message either party through the platform with any questions.
The judge makes a final decision on the outcome of the claim, including the monetary result and issues a binding arbitration award.
Arbitration is less expensive, more efficient and provides better settlement and resolution options than traditional litigation.
The Department of Transportation introduced regulations that all interstate moving companies must be signed up to an arbitration program in order to reduce pressure on the US civil court system.
Judges are keenly aware of this requirement and will compel parties to the arbitration or dismiss the case outright if the option is not established with your customer, leaving you and your business without any recourse whatsoever.
Three important tips when updating your agreement with the Brief arbitration clause:
With your Brief arbitration clause, you now have your venue: Brief’s Online Platform. You’ll have your jurisdiction: All disputes arising from the Agreement will be decided exclusively by Brief, and lastly, you’ll have your choice of law to be applied.
Keep in mind that these are suggestions and not legal advice. Whenever you update your agreements, it’s essential that you have an attorney review and approve.