Driver declared ‘imminent hazard’ by FMCSA
Posted December 29, 2018
An Arkansas truck driver was ordered not to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently.
The driver, who possessed a commercial driver’s license (CDL), was cited and taken into custody during five separate roadside safety inspections during the last month with either being under the influence of, or in possession of, a Schedule I controlled substance.
Law enforcement officers took the driver into custody in Arizona, California, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. During the unannounced safety inspections, the driver was also cited for multiple violations of operating a CMV without a valid CDL, multiple records-of-duty status violations, and an instance of failing to obey a traffic control device.
Drivers who fail to comply with the provisions of a federal imminent hazard out-of-service order may result in action by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for equitable relief and punitive damages. Civil penalties of up to $1,848 may be assessed for each day a CMV is operated in violation of the order. Knowing and/or willful violation of the order may also result in criminal penalties.
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