Two trucking companies were shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) earlier this month due to their “numerous widespread violations of critical safety regulations,” according to the FMCSA announcement regarding these closures.
The companies that were the targets of these regulatory actions were:
- Illinois-based Rhino Displays – In the federal shutdown order for this company, the FMCSA noted that “[Rhino’s] violations substantially increased the likelihood of serious injury or death to Rhino Display’s drivers and the public;” and
- Georgia-based Prudential Carriers, Inc. – In the federal shutdown order for this company, the FMCSA explained that this company’s, “widespread regulatory violations demonstrating [its] repeated and egregious non-compliance with (federal safety regulations) and a management philosophy indifferent to motor carrier safety.”
Trucking Companies’ Violations: How These Companies Put the Public at Risk
The shutdowns of these trucking companies came out separate investigations and federal regulatory actions. For the Rhino, just some of the violations the FMCSA found during its May 2015 investigation included:
- A failure to properly secure cargo (that included fireworks) in a truck
- A driver without a CDL who had been transporting hazardous materials without the necessary permits and hazmat vehicle placarding
- Alcohol being transported alongside explosives in a truck
- A failure to keep records of duty status (for compliance with HOS regulations).
For Prudential, the violations arose from the company’s role in causing “several crashes.” Among these was one incident alone that led to multiple traffic accidents – and the arrest of the trucker. Specifically, this involved Prudential telling one of its drivers to drive a truck that was known to be leaking canola oil on the road. The leak caused the roads to become dangerously slick, causing multiple collisions.
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