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FMCSA orders Colorado trucking firm to cease operations for operating unsafe vehicles

The company was discovered to still be operating unsafe vehicles in direct violation of an order issued by FMCSA in December 2012 that revoked the company’s operating authority for previous safety violations.

The Trucker News Services

6/18/2013

WASHINGTON The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Tuesday ordered Commerce City-Colo.-based E & K Trucking Inc. to immediately cease its trucking operations, declaring the company to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

The agency said E & K Trucking operates a small fleet of trucks that primarily haul construction scrap and debris.

The company was discovered to still be operating unsafe vehicles in direct violation of an order issued by FMCSA in December 2012 that revoked the company’s operating authority for previous safety violations.

An FMCSA investigation found that the company failed to routinely inspect, maintain and repair its vehicles to ensure they were safe to operate.  Each vehicle inspected earlier this month by FMCSA was ordered out-of-service for serious safety violations. 

“Our safety regulations protect everyone who shares the road with large trucks and buses,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro.  “The safe condition of the vehicle and the qualifications of the driver are the responsibility of the company.  Company owners that cannot or will not abide by the safety regulations will find their business shut down while facing civil, and possibly criminal, penalties.”

Safety investigators also found that E & K Trucking failed to conduct background checks on drivers, to ensure that they possessed CDLs or that they were medically qualified. 

In addition to accumulated civil penalties and interest already imposed upon the owners of E & K Trucking by FMCSA, the company owners face additional fines of up to $25,000 and possible criminal charges and imprisonment should they fail to comply with the imminent hazard out-of-service order announced today.

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