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FMCSA shuts down carrier with HOS, hazmat violations, high crash rate

FMCSA immediately shut down Reliable Transportation after safety investigators found Hours of Service and driver qualification violations that substantially increased the likelihood of serious injury or death to the traveling public.

The Trucker News Services

3/30/2012

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Utah-based Reliable Transportation Services Inc. to immediately cease all transportation services, declaring the trucking company and its principal, Jay Zachary Barber, an imminent hazard to public safety.

The order follows an extensive review of the company’s operations, which found multiple Hours of Service, hazardous materials, drug-and-alcohol testing and vehicle maintenance violations, as well as a high occurrence of recent crashes.

The compliance review came on the heels of the company being involved in at least seven crashes in the past 12 months, including six since December.

FMCSA immediately shut down Reliable Transportation after safety investigators found Hours of Service and driver qualification violations that substantially increased the likelihood of serious injury or death to the traveling public.

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The FMCSA said the carrier did not require drivers to submit records-of-duty status and does not maintain driver records-of-duty status on current drivers to ensure compliance with HOS requirements.

“You do not maintain any records of maintenance for the commercial motor vehicles you operate and appear to be unaware of and unconcerned about the mechanical state of the vehicles,” the FMCSA wrote to Jay Zachary Barber, whom the agency identified as sole manager and director of Reliable Transportation.

Investigators discovered that the company was using drivers with suspended or revoked CDLs and operating without a drug and alcohol testing program. In addition, Reliable Transportation was hauling concealed hazardous materials loads without valid federal registration.

The FMCSA said on one occasion, Reliable used at least one driver to transport hazardous materials who did not hold a hazardous materials endorsement and told the driver he was transporting general freight.

The FMCSA website shows the carrier is above the BASIC threshold in Unsafe Driving (81.9 percent), Fatigued Driving (92.5 percent) and Driver Fitness (84.1 percent).

“This agency will continue to exhaust every resource within its legal authority to pursue and shut down unsafe trucking companies that place the public at risk,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Companies that refuse to adhere to federal safety rules will not be allowed to operate.”

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2012/reliable-transportation-services-shutdown-order.pdf.

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