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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

FMCSA: Tennessee Truck Driver A Deadly Threat To Other Motorists

Federal authorities have declared a Tennessee commercial truck driver to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him to stop operating any commercial motor vehicle after he caused a deadly accident and left the scene. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said that Earnest Paul Biddwell, who holds a commercial driver’s license from Tennessee, was operating a large commercial truck on Tennessee State Route 305 in McMinn County in August when the gooseneck trailer hitched to his truck came loose and separated. When the gooseneck trailer, a long flatbed trailer that can support other structures, detached from ... Read More

FMCSA: Georgia Trucking Firm Had Deadly Disregard For Safety

Federal transportation authorities shuttered a Georgia-based commercial trucking firm after a deadly crash triggered an investigation that turned up scores of serious safety violations. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) description of Keep on Trucking LLC, a Decatur, Georgia, trucking firm, the company was an accident waiting to happen. On Aug. 11, 2017, a Keep On Trucking truck operated by company co-owner Dwight Anthony Preddie was traveling on I-95 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, when it failed to reduce speed from an estimated 63 mph as it entered a construction work zone. Mr. Preddie’s truck collided into the ... Read More

Hours-of-Service Rules Relaxed In Wake of Harvey Flooding

Federal transportation officials have declared a state of emergency relaxing hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers in 26 states to help expedite the overland shipment of fuel in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made the announcement August 31 in response to “fuel shortages due to refinery delays and interruption of delivery through pipelines as a result of damage from Tropical Storm Harvey.” The storm dropped a record amount of rainfall in Houston and other parts of coastal Texas and Louisiana, resulting in the loss of power to major U.S. oil refineries, including ... Read More

Passenger Carrier Service Shut Down After Deadly Fatigue-Related Crash

A father and son who have been operating as a commercial passenger transportation team have been ordered to cease all interstate and intrastate commercial driver after federal safety regulators declared them to be an “imminent hazard to public safety.” The federal order follows a June 18 crash that left six passengers dead. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Wenceslao Cruz Marquez and his son, Hugo Cruz operated a passenger carrier service although neither of the men possessed a commercial driver’s license. On the day of the accident, Mr. Cruz was driving a pickup truck loaded with passenger ... Read More

Alabama Bus Company, Three Other Carriers Shut Down In National Safety Sweep

Federal authorities revoked the operating licenses of a Homewood, Ala.-based passenger bus company and three other commercial carriers in a multi-state strike force sweep, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said Monday. The agency said that each of the four bus companies willfully failed to comply with federal safety regulations by intentionally providing authorities with a misleading or false physical address as its principal place of business, which in the commercial transportation industry often means the companies are hiding from past offenses. Federal safety regulations mandate that every registered motor carrier provide a physical address where the principal place ... Read More

Unannounced Commercial Vehicle Inspections Spared Thousands From injuries and Death, FMCSA Says

Commercial vehicle roadside safety inspections and traffic enforcement programs saved nearly 500 lives and prevented nearly 9,000 injuries in 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said last week. The agency said its annual Roadside Intervention Effectiveness Model analysis estimates that in 2012, the most recent year for which complete data is available, federal safety programs prevented more than 14,000 crashes involving large commercial trucks and buses. FMCSA analysts say these programs have saved more than 7,000 lives since 2001. “Over the last several decades, we’ve made tremendous strides in reducing the number of traffic fatalities and injuries on our ... Read More

Feds shut down school bus company for unsafe vehicles

Federal regulators have ordered a Utah-based bus company that primarily operated school buses to transport children to cease all operations for repeatedly putting unsafe vehicles on the road and ignoring a 2014 consent order that allowed it to continue operating contingent on its implementing several safety improvements. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Deseret Bus Leasing, Inc., also known as Deseret Bus Service, was ordered shut on July 20 for its noncompliance with safety rules that regulators said posed a risk to public safety. The bus company, based in Woods Cross, Utah, provided school bus services to ... Read More

Bus crash injures Indiana Tech bowling team members

A bus carrying the Indiana Tech men’s and women’s bowling teams crashed Thursday morning on Interstate 65 in southern Indiana, injuring 21 team members. Henryville, Ind., State Police officials said the bus veered off the road “for an unknown reason” as it traveled south from Fort Wayne, Indiana en route to competitions in Smyrna, Tennessee. The driver was able to return the bus to the road, but possibly overcompensated because it veered to the opposite side of the southbound lanes and toppled over. The crash occurred around 10:25 a.am about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. All 21 people on ... Read More

Double-decker Megabus crash on Indiana highway injures 14 passengers

A Megabus carrying several dozen passengers crashed Tuesday morning on Interstate 65 just south of Indianapolis, Ind., injuring 14 people. Indiana State Police said the bus, which was driving northbound to Chicago from Atlanta with a planned stop in Indianapolis, toppled over and became entangled in the highway median’s barrier cable. Authorities investigating the Megabus crash said it may have rolled over after swerving to avoid another crash. The Megabus crashed around 4:40 Tuesday morning in Greenwood, Ind., with as many as 60 people on board at the time. Chicago’s ABC 7 reported that a female passenger who may have ... Read More