The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered a pair of trucking companies to immediately cease all intrastate and interstate operations after federal investigations found the carriers to pose an imminent hazard to public safety.
On March 11, Hendersonville, North Carolina-based Leslie Erickson, doing business as Les’s Tree and Stump, Inc., was subject to a federal compliance review investigation.
On the same day, Bar D Bar Trucking of Gillette, Wyo., Bar D Bar Trucking of Gillette, Wyo., was also found to be in violation of multiple federal safety regulations including.
FMCSA safety investigators found the company to be in violation of multiple federal safety regulations including:
In the case of Leslie Erickson’s violations, the trucking company was charged with failing to conduct pre-employment background checks on drivers; failing to ensure drivers were qualified before dispatching them in commercial operations; failing to properly monitor drivers to ensure compliance with hours-of-service requirements; failing to conduct random drug and alcohol tests on drivers; and failing to ensure that its vehicles were regularly inspected, maintained and repaired and met minimum safety standards.
Bar B Bar Trucking was charged with the same violations, in addition to a charge of using a driver who tested positive for controlled substance. In addition, federal investigators found that Bar D Bar Trucking had continued to allow Gregory Davis to operate a commercial vehicle despite Davis not possessing a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) and subject to a lifetime CDL disqualification.
Violating an imminent hazard out-of-service order may result in a penalty of up to $25,000, operating without operating authority may result in a fine of not less than $10,000, and operating without a USDOT number may result in a civil penalty of up to $16,000. A violation of this order may also result in a criminal penalty, including a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment not to exceed one year.