The FMCSA is continuing with its campaign to make Americans roads safer, and it’s declared two property carriers, five passenger carriers and four commercial drivers to be imminent hazards to the traveling public. At the same time, it has recently shut down two passenger carriers as well as two trucking operations for contravention of transport rules and regulations.
A List of Offenses
The orders, dated Feb 25th and March 11th were issued due to a variety of infractions. CEG Construction, involved in trucking operations, was shut down due to failure to ensure that vehicles were properly and systematically inspected. Additionally, the company and its owners reportedly offered drivers jobs before alcohol and drug pre-employment tests were administered. Lastly, the company failed to maintain and repair their vehicles, meaning that they were operated in a condition which could prove hazardous to passengers and other motorists.
The two passenger carriers which were hit by the shutdown included Woodburn’s Tour and Travel, LLC and Motts Transportation, Inc. Woodburn owns a fleet of 11 coaches which were said to have failed when it came to meeting minimum safety standards. At the same time, Woodburn did not monitor and ensure that their drivers adhered to alcohol and controlled substance use policies, and employed drivers before receiving negative drug or alcohol test results. Lastly, the company failed to ensure that drivers turned in records detailing hours-of-service and other records detailing fuel consumption and driving itineraries.
Truck Accidents Are Serious
These shutdowns are a necessary evil, done to protect the lives of people using our roads and highways. Truck accidents are some of the most serious on American roads today, and injuries sustained in such incidents tend to be very serious or fatal. Truck drivers should respect and follow the law, and should never work beyond mandated hours. Long hours means fatigue and distracted driving, two things that account for a majority of truck accidents on our roads.
As a law firm, it’s our responsibility to ensure that these trucking and transportation companies don’t get away with causing harm. If you’ve been in a Dallas-area accident that wasn’t your fault, please call Rasansky Law Firm at 1-877-405-4313 day or night for your free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis in these cases, so you will never own anything out of pocket.