June 19, 2013
A trucking company based in Commerce City, Colorado, has been ordered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to immediately halt all operations because their unmaintained vehicles present a risk of causing a Colorado Truck Accident. The company is the second Colorado truck fleet to be shut down in the past several weeks due to safety violations.
In December 2012, the FMCSA launched an audit of the company’s vehicles and found many of the trucks did not comply with standards regarding equipment safety and maintenance. The agency also found the company did not perform background check on each of the drivers they hired in order to ensure they were properly licensed and medically fit to perform the jobs duties.
The Wall Street Journal explains the company was fined and ordered to take steps to get the operation in compliance with the law. However, when FMCSA inspectors returned several months later, they found no efforts to correct the issues had been made by the company.
In response, the FMCSA issued the order to cease operations as well as fines of up to $25,000 to the company. The owners may also face criminal charges of failure to comply if steps are not soon taken to correct the problems.
The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm are hopeful the actions taken by the FMCSA will serve as a warning to other trucking companies to ensure their vehicles are safe to be on the road.