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FMCSA Shuts Down Illinois Trucking Company

Commercial trucking companies and truck drivers are subject to federal and state trucking regulations that are intended to keep all motorists safe. In order to help oversee compliance with such regulations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. In order to help fulfill its mission to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries, the FMCSA works with federal, state, and local enforcement agencies to target high-risk carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers, among other activities.

Last month, the FMCSA used its authority to shut down an Illinois trucking company. According to this article on The Trucker, on November 23, 2012, the FMCSA issued an imminent hazard operations out-of-service order to Elk Gove Village-based C&D Transportation. The order stated that the company had “engaged in and continues to engage in a pattern and practice of blatantly ignoring and/or violating significant provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations” and that the carrier had “willingly violated an out-of-service order and continued to operate by renting vehicles on the effective date of the OOS.”

Moreover, the FMCSA said that the trucking company had failed to ensure that its drivers comply with various regulations, including commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements, English proficiency requirements, and vehicle weight limits, and that its drivers also committed various regulatory violations. In fact, the FMCSA noted that during the 18-month new entrant period, it had identified seven violations that warrant an expedited safety audit or compliance review.

Since June 2012 various state police departments have conducted roadside inspections of the trucking company’s vehicles and cited its truck drivers at least four times for lacking a required CDL, at least six times for exceeding vehicle weight limits and at least six times for the out-of-service violation of failing to meet English proficiency requirements.

The FMCSA’s order is just part of its current crack down on unsafe trucking carriers. According to this article, the FMCSA has ordered two furniture carriers, a passenger carrier, and a tree service out of service.

“FMCSA is raising the bar to stay in the trucking and bus industry,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Safety cannot be compromised. Adhere to the safety regulations, or you will be shut down.”

Trucking safety is of utmost importance since the sheer size of a truck can cause massive damage and injuries. The lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish provide experienced and dedicated advocacy to victims of truck accidents and to family members who have lost loved ones in truck accidents. If you have been in a trucking accident or would like more information about the FMCSA out-of-service orders, contact our office at (800) 784-0150 to speak with one of our knowledgeable Illinois trucking accident attorneys.

 

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.