Saturday, March 30, 2013

Federal government shuts down two Georgia trucking firms

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a part of the United States Department of Transportation, recently ordered two Georgia trucking companies to cease operations over safety concerns. 

Southern Transportation, Inc. was ordered to shut down on Friday, March 29, and General Transportation, Inc., which reportedly operated from the same location, was ordered to cease operation the prior week. According to the AJC report and the government's order, Southern Transportation, Inc. failed to turn over safety records to the FMCSA as required under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, or FMSCRs. The FMCSA order indicated that the company failed to maintain proper driver qualification files for its employees, which are required under the FMCSRs, and failed to properly monitor drivers' hours of service records, drug and alcohol monitoring, among numerous other violations that resulted in an increased risk of serious injury or death to the general public. Motor carriers and drivers are required to keep extensive records of their activities, including duty hours; amendments to the allowable driving hours will go into effect this summer for commercial trucking operations.

A DOT press release announcing the action noted that:

“Truck and bus companies that refuse to cooperate with safety investigators have no place on our nation’s roadways,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We will continue to use our authority to shut down motor carriers that endanger the public.”

“MAP-21 strengthens the ability of FMCSA investigators to take necessary and appropriate actions to protect innocent lives,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. “We will not allow the safety of the traveling public to be compromised by an unsafe commercial truck or bus company.

A copy of the FMCSA order can be found here. 

Our attorneys are experienced in handling serious injury and death claims involving commercial motor vehicles, including interstate motor carriers operating tractor trailers. These claims may involve both driver error and negligent or, in some cases, intentional failure to properly maintain and inspect commercial vehicles, among other violations of federal law.

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