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FMCSA shuts down two trucking firms; puts driver OOS

The FMCSA said Highway Star had failed to ensure its drivers complied with federal safety regulations.

The Trucker News Services

3/22/2013

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Thursday ordered two trucking companies out of business ordered both imminent hazards to the motoring public.

The agency told Oak Park, Mich.-based trucking company Highway Star Inc., and, General Trucking Inc., based in Atlanta, to immediately cease operations.

The agency said Highway Star had failed to ensure its drivers complied with federal safety regulations.

It said General Trucking had a pattern of serious safety violations.

The FMCSA also declared one of Highway Star’s drivers, Ibrahim Fetic, an imminent hazard and ordered him to immediately cease all commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operations due to his failure to comply with federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations.

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_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________The agency said on March 2, Fetic caused a fatal crash on Interstate 65 in Hardin County, Ky., when he rear-ended a passenger vehicle, killing six people and injuring two others. A post-crash investigation by FMCSA found that Fetic had been driving well in excess of HOS regulations and had falsified his record-of-duty status log.

The FMCSA also found that Highway Star failed to require its drivers to comply with HOS regulations. It also allowed or required its drivers operating CMVs in interstate commerce to falsify their records-of-duty status and failed to preserve these records, resulting in the carrier being unable to monitor its drivers’ compliance with regulations setting maximum hours of service and requiring off-duty and rest hours.

The FMCSA investigated General Trucking after the carrier was involved in a rash of crashes.  The agency’s investigation found a company-wide practice of violating federal safety regulations, including disregarding driver qualification requirements by dispatching unqualified drivers, inadequate monitoring and controlling driver compliance with hours of service requirements, and dispatching and operating unsafe vehicles which were grossly overloaded. 

 “Every trucking company and driver has a role and responsibility to make it theirs as well,” FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said. Companies that place the public at risk by demonstrating negligent behaviors and business practices will be shut down.”

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