Motor carrier declared an ‘imminent hazard’
Posted February 9, 2012
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered a motor carrier based in Indianapolis, Ind., to immediately cease all transportation services in or affecting interstate commerce, declaring the commercial truck company an “imminent hazard” to public safety.
This order follows an extensive review of the company’s operations, which found multiple federal safety violations including a continuous pattern of using drivers without valid commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) and using drivers that do not meet federal English proficiency requirements.
“Safety is the U.S. Department of Transportation's highest priority,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We are committed to aggressively removing from our roads unsafe truck companies that place the traveling public at risk.”
FMCSA ordered the motor carrier to immediately shut down after agency investigators discovered that the company was using drivers who did not possess valid CDLs, or read and speak the English language sufficiently to safely operate a commercial vehicle on the nation’s roads. FMCSA may also take enforcement action against the non-CDL-holding drivers, including civil penalties and/or driver disqualifications.
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