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FMCSA shuts down Louisiana trucking company

The FMCSA said Ben Gordon Enterprises willfully violated an out-of-service order.

The Trucker News Services

12/7/2012

WASHINGTON —- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Ben Gordon Enterprises LLC d.b.a. Gordon's Tree Service of Slidell, La., to immediately cease all transportation services based on serious safety violations that pose an imminent hazard to public safety.

The FMCSA shut down Ben Gordon Enterprises after a thorough investigation found the company had willfully violated a federal out-of-service order, continued to operate vehicles in violation of that order and continued to operate and direct the operation of its vehicles in willful disregard of critical safety regulations.

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The agency said after being placed out-of-service, the company continued to use drivers without valid commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) or medical certificates, had been involved in a crash while using a driver who did not possess a CDL. The company also used two drivers on two separate occasions who had not obtained medical certificates, and who were arrested for driving under the influence and possession of alcohol.

In November 2012, the FMCSA conducted a comprehensive review of company operations and determined that Ben Gordon Enterprises failed to implement an alcohol and controlled substance program, used drivers without CDLs, failed to maintain an accident register and reports and driver qualification files and failed to keep records of inspections and vehicle maintenance or require drivers to prepare vehicle inspection reports. Based on the company's disregard for safety regulations, unacceptable level of safety compliance, and continued operations in violation of an out-of-service order, FMCSA found that the company's continued operation of commercial motor vehicles posed an imminent hazard to the public.

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/About/News/2012/Ben-Gordon-Enterprises-LLC-order-attch.pdf.

The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at editor@thetrucker.com.

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