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FMCSA shutters Demco Express; 6th carrier shut down in 2012

The FMCSA said that within the last 12 months, 10 of Demco’s drivers have been placed out of service for not being licensed to drive.

The Trucker News Services

5/29/2012

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration late Friday ordered Euless, Texas-based Denny Mekenye, doing business as Demco Express and/or Demco Trans, Inc. to immediately cease all transportation services based on serious safety violations that posed an imminent hazard to public safety.

FMCSA shut down Demco following an extensive review of the company’s operations that  uncovered multiple federal safety violations in the areas of drivers' hours-of-service compliance, driver qualifications, and drug testing requirements.

FMCSA immediately put Demco and its vehicles out of service after safety investigators found a range of safety infractions that substantially increased the likelihood of serious injury to the traveling public.

For example, investigators discovered that the company falsified drivers’ records of duty status, allowed its drivers to operate with commercial driver’s licenses that had been suspended, revoked or disqualified and did not conduct proper controlled substances testing of its drivers.

The FMCSA website shows that all of Demco’s CSA BASIC scores exceed the threshold for intervention — 97.1 percent in Unsafe Driving, 99.4 percent in Fatigued Driving (Hours of Service), 99.8 percent in Driver Fitness, 81.2 percent in Controlled Substance and Alcohol and 97.1 percent in Vehicle Maintenance.

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In the 24-month period ending April 27, FMCSA records show the carrier with an out-of-service rate of 35 percent on 319 vehicle inspections and 20 percent on 564 driving inspections. The national OOS is 20.72 percent for vehicle inspections and  5.51 percent for driver inspections.

The FMCSA said that within the last 12 months, 10 of Demco’s drivers have been placed out of service for not being licensed to drive.

Demco is the sixth motor carrier shut down by the FMCSA this year

"FMCSA is raising the bar to stay in the trucking and bus industry," said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Safety cannot be compromised. Adhere to the safety regulations, or you will be shut down.” 

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

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

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