WASHINGTON — In a swift but unpublicized move the day before Christmas, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an emergency order against Arrow Trucking Co. of Tulsa, ordering the carrier to “take steps to ensure the safe transfer of its vehicles and cargo to secure areas,” The Trucker has learned.
In the Dec. 24, 2009, order, FMCSA cited “the possible threat to public safety posed by the potential abandonment and improper parking of commercial vehicles.”
Arrow just the day before had suspended operations and closed its doors, leaving scores of its drivers stranded with discontinued fuel cards and no way to get themselves home or deliver their cargo safely.
“Arrow is hereby directed to comply immediately with all applicable federal, state and local regulations pertaining to commercial vehicle cargo securement, attendance and parking,” the notice read in part.
“In particular,” it continued, “Arrow management and officers are ordered to direct Arrow employees or other responsible and qualified operators to drive Arrow CMVs to appropriate facilities for the safe and orderly transfer of responsibility and control over the vehicles.”
Arrow also was directed “not to permit its drivers to abandon Arrow CMVs on any public highway or to leave vehicles on which hazardous materials are being transported unattended or parked in violation of federal regulations.”
It is not known how many if any of the loads were hazmat designated.
Arrow is a 61-year-old flatbed carrier and reportedly had been facing lawsuits totaling almost half a million dollars when it closed. CEO Doug Pielsticker released a statement last week saying the company was in negotiations with its principal lender.
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