Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Road Haulage Outfits Warned After Freight Trucking ‘Gang of Four’ Banned by FMCSA

DoT Safety Chief Tells Rogue Operators to Cease and Desist
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US – The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered four Olathe, Kansas-based trucking companies – Royal Transport Inc, Nationwide Inc, Freight Inc, and Midwest A Inc. – to immediately cease all interstate transportation service based on evidence that they are reincarnated ‘chameleons’ for an unsafe road haulage company previously shut down by the agency. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood commented:

"Safety is our top priority. Trucking companies that attempt to dodge safety regulations or hide a history of violations by hiding behind a new name have no place on our nation’s roadways."

Earlier this year, FMCSA investigators discovered that the four companies were functioning under common operation and control in order to avoid a negative compliance history. The agency also determined that Freight Inc. and Midwest A Inc. were created to avoid the out-of-service order issued against Nationwide Inc., on July 16, 2008, for failure to pay civil penalties. During its investigation, FMCSA discovered the carriers were operating the same vehicles, using the same drivers and maintaining the same operational and management structure as Royal Inc. FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro said:

"Today’s action is another step toward raising the bar for commercial vehicle and roadway safety. It sends a strong and important message that companies that attempt to evade safety regulations by reincarnating will be found and removed from the road.”