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Judge allows whistleblower case against global trucking firm to proceed

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A U.S. District Judge in South Carolina said Tuesday a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the False Claims Act against a global trucking firm may proceed to trial. The lawsuit seeks millions of dollars from Covan Worldwide Moving, a Midland City, Ala.-based company that ships the household belongings of military and civilian personnel around the world. In a Tuesday hearing, Judge Joe Anderson dismissed part of the lawsuit that accuses Covan of engaging “in an intracorporate conspiracy” to defraud the U.S. government, citing insufficient evidence that the company conspired with other businesses to carry out its scheme on ... Read More

Mexican trucking company ousted from cross-border program for numerous safety violations

Federal transportation authorities have banned a Mexican trucking company from operating in the U.S. after finding the carrier had failed to abide by U.S. rules governing commercial transportation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revoked the operating authority of Sergio Tristan Maldonaldo, doing business as Tristan Transfer, on Jan. 23 after giving it a conditional rating during a Dec. 20 compliance review and placing the company on a 30-day probationary period. The company, based in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, operates two trucks with five drivers. At the end of the period, U.S. authorities found the carrier had failed to ... Read More

18-wheeler rollover in Alabama claimed to have been caused by shifts in load

In Clanton, Ala., an 18-wheeler hauling paper overturned Tuesday morning on Highway 22. The wreck is believed to be due to shifting loads of paper being carried on the big rig. According to Clanton Police Chief Brian Stillwell, Fourth Avenue North, also known as Highway 22, was shut down for clean-up before reopening about noon the same day. While traveling east, the truck struck a power pole during the accident, which contributed to the delay since the truck could not be properly righted until the electricity hazard was properly addressed by professionals. No injuries were reported as a result of the ... 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

FMCSA’s final hours-of-service rule published

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced its final rule on hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that govern work and rest periods for commercial truck drivers. Trucking companies and drivers have until July 1, 2013, to comply with the rule changes, which Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said “will help prevent fatigue-related truck crashes and save lives.” “Trucking is a difficult job, and a big rig can be deadly when a driver is tired and overworked,” Mr. LaHood said in a statement. “Truck drivers deserve a work environment that allows them to perform their jobs safely.” FMCSA’a new HOS rule: Reduces by ... Read More

First sleepy trucker case settled for $3 million, sleep-apnea rules to come

The first lawsuit against a commercial carrier blaming sleep apnea for contributing to a fatal highway crash was settled earlier this month in Texas. Wanda Lindsay, who became an activist against sleep apnea in the trucking industry after her husband was killed in a May 2010 crash, settled with Celadon for $3 million. Mrs. Lindsay and her husband John had been enjoying retired life to the fullest – spending time with their children and grandchildren, planning trips, and traveling, when a sleep-apnea afflicted truck driver slammed into the back of their vehicle while it was stopped in a highway construction ... Read More