Federal transportation regulators ordered a Texas-based commercial trucking firm to cease all its operations immediately, deeming the carrier and its operations an “imminent hazard to public safety” for its failure to comply with hours-of service rules and drug and alcohol regulations.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Forest Hill-based FTW Transport’s “significant and serious noncompliance with Federal motor carrier safety regulations” poses substantial risks that increase “the likelihood of serious injury or death if not discontinued immediately.”
FMCSA officials say FTW was involved in five crashes in the last 12 months, and that all of those crashes were preventable. Four of the crashes involved injuries or fatalities, and authorities cited FTW drivers for careless driving in two of the crashes, according to NHTSA records.
“FTW Transport fails to ensure that its drivers comply with hours of service (HOS) and records of duty status requirements, and permits widespread falsification of (its) records,” the FMSCA said in an announcement, adding that the company has no system in place for the review of its drivers’ duty status records, nor does it make even a minimal effort to verify the records that drivers by law must keep.
The agency also said that not only does FTW fail to comply with mandatory alcohol and drug testing requirements for its drivers, it also fails to ensure its drivers adhere to rules governing the use and prohibition of alcohol and controlled substances.
According to the FMCSA, FTW Transport fails to properly inspect, maintain, and repair its vehicles, and fails to adequately document any work performed on its fleet.
As a result of its violations, FTW has a crash rate that exceeds the FMCSA’s “unsatisfactory” threshold by nearly 25 percent.