Do you know what the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) means when it issues an Imminent Hazard Out-Of-Service Order? Have you even heard of one?
It sounds serious and it is. Its the government at its wits end!
On February 25, 2016 FMCSA declared J and J Transportation of Worcester, Massachusetts (US DOT # 2497430) to be an imminent hazard to public safety. They ordered them to shut down and cease trucking operations immediately.
It all started with an accident in which the driver was killed. As in these cases, a post accident investigation found multiple violations by the driver in his log book. The same driver had received tickets before (2 last year) for false record of duty status. So they kept digging.
They found the trucking company did nothing when their driver got the tickets in roadside inspections. No refresher course, no training, nothing at all.
They kept digging.
J and J Transportation was unable to produce vehicle maintenance records or driver vehicle inspections (pre & post trip checks). They did not have driver qualification files. So they had drivers out on the road with suspended or invalid commercial driver’s licenses. The did not have pre-employment drug tests for their drivers. The DOT regulations state that you must have a negative pre-employment drug screen in your hand before you allow a driver behind the wheel.
So, whats my point?
Rest assured knowing that in the event of an accident, fatal or not, the holes in your hiring, your truck maintenance and record keeping will be revealed.
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