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FMCSA bars Washington trucking firm and driver from operating

Federal authorities have ordered a Washington-based trucking company and one of its drivers to immediately cease all in-state and intrastate operations after finding them to pose an imminent threat to public safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that the orders were given to Even Flo Logistics LLC of Tumwater, Washington, and Even Flo Logistics’ truck driver Shawn Roberts, who holds a Washington State commercial driver’s license. According to the FMCSA, in August 2017 the Washington State Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Division conducted a compliance investigation of Even Flo Logistics. That investigation was prompted by multiple roadside inspections ... Read More

Tennessee Trucker Barred from Commercial Driving After Two Alcohol-Related Offenses

A commercially licensed truck driver from Tennessee has been barred from operating any commercial vehicle after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) deemed him to be “an imminent hazard to public safety.” The Jan. 18 order against driver Eric Ronald Scott barring him from commercial driving stems from his arrest on Oct. 26, 2016, for two separate alcohol-related offenses in a four-day period. According to the FMCSA, on the morning of Dec. 31, 2016, the Berlin, Vermont, Police Department responded to a call for assistance at a local hotel parking lot, where they found Mr. Scott asleep in the ... Read More

Tests Indicate Texas Truck Driver May Have Been Drugged, Fatigued Before Deadly Crash

Federal authorities have declared a commercial truck driver licensed in Texas to be an “imminent threat to public safety” after a probe of a deadly November crash turned up drug use and other serious safety violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it ordered Steven Wayne Johnson to cease operating any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. On Nov. 15, 2016, Mr. Johnson was driving a commercial truck along Interstate 70 near Junction City, Kan., when his truck veered across the median and crashed head-on into a passenger vehicle, killing Jessica Michelle Thompson, 26, of Junction City, and ... Read More

FMCSA Plans Central Database To Track Drug and Alcohol Violations Among Commercial Drivers

Federal safety regulators last week announced a final rule clearing the way for the creation of a national database that will centralize drug and alcohol violations by commercially licensed drivers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the “clearinghouse” database will serve as nationally accessible repository containing records of violations of the federal drug and alcohol testing program for commercial truck and bus drivers. Once the database is running, motor carrier companies will be required to search the system for information about current or prospective employees who have unresolved violations of the federal drug and alcohol rules prohibiting ... Read More

Indiana trucking firm shut down over numerous safety violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered U & D Service, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana, to immediately cease all transportation operations involving interstate commerce, declaring the commercial truck company an “imminent hazard” to public safety. The regulatory agency said that in conducting an extensive review of the Indiana trucking firm’s operations, it uncovered multiple violations of federal transportation safety rules, “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” for commercial drivers. Using drivers who don’t possess the proper truck driving training and ... Read More

NC company ordered to reinstate driver fired for reporting faulty brakes

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered a North Carolina commercial printing company to reinstate a former truck driver it fired after he reported safety concerns about his company-owned truck. An investigation conducted under OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program found that Salisbury-based Rowan Business Forms violated the Surface Transportation Assistance Act’s whistleblower provision when it fired its driver for reporting a dangerous mechanical problem that affected his ability to brake properly. In addition to reinstatement, OSHA also ordered Rowan Business Forms and its owners and officers to pay the former driver more than $83,000 in back wages, interest, ... Read More

Investigators probing why two tractor trailers stopped on I-75 before pileup

An ongoing investigation of the deadly multivehicle pileup on both southbound and northbound stretches of I-75 in Florida has raised a couple of questions about procedure in the event foggy conditions impair highway visibility: First, why did the Florida Highway Patrol reopen the interstate to traffic after it had been closed about three hours due to blinding fog and smoke; and why did two tractor trailers stop in their lanes on the southbound stretch? According to the Gainesville Sun, a wildfire broke out in the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park Saturday afternoon, creating heavy smoke along I-75 south as the ... Read More

New medical certification requirements go in effect for commercial drivers

As of January 30, 2012, a new federal mandate requires all commercial driver’s license holders to provide information to their state driver licensing agency regarding the type of commercial vehicle operations they work for or expect to work for. The new federal requirement is intended to make U.S. highways and roads safer by restricting certain drivers who may be considered medically unsafe. Drivers who operate in certain types of commerce will be required by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate to their SDLA, which in turn will get them a “certified” ... Read More

Blinding fog and smoke eyed as a cause of deadly Florida pileup

Survivors of a deadly multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 75 south of Gainesville, Florida, blamed a blinding mixture of fog and smoke from a brush fire for the crash that killed 10 people and injured 18 others, some of them seriously. Much like the deadly December 29 pileup on I-10 in New Orleans, the Florida crashes involved a number of commercial vehicles, including six tractor trailers and what appeared to be a tour bus. At least a dozen other cars were involved in the crash. The pileups occurred around 3:45 a.m. Sunday on both of I-75’s southbound and northbound stretches. Authorities ... Read More

Should the federal government and states allow heavier truck loads?

The debate over whether to raise the weight limits for commercial trucks on federal interstate highways is heating up after Maine and Vermont passed legislation last week allowing trucks exceeding the 40-ton limit on its interstates for the next 20 years. Advocates of the weight increase want to see the limit increased on a national scale so that trucks weighing up to 50 tons can use the interstates, rather than being forced onto two-lane state highways with more liberal restrictions. Trucks that weigh more than 80,000 pounds are allowed to travel on federal highways in about 20 states now, creating ... Read More