FMCSA Shuts Down Texas Trucking Company Over Safety Concerns
April 01, 2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revoked the operating authority trucking company on Tuesday, declaring it to be an imminent hazard to public safety for disregarding federal safety regulations and putting their drivers and the motoring public at risk.
Federal investigators found FTW Transport, of Forest Hill, Texas, failed to require its drivers to comply with federal limitations on driving and on-duty requirements, according to a release from the agency.
Drivers were not required by the company to turn in hours-of-service records or other required documentation such as driving itineraries and fuel receipts. The carrier failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with controlled substances and alcohol use and testing regulations and failed to ensure that its vehicles were properly inspected, repaired, and maintained.
In the past 12 months, the company was involved in five preventable crashes and has a crash rate nearly 25% higher than what FMCSA considers unsatisfactory. In two of those crashes, FTW Transport drivers were cited with careless driving. The agency also found on 10 separate occasions in the last 12 months, FTW drivers have been cited with violations demonstrating that they were failing to obey fundamental driving safety laws, including speeding and failing to obey traffic signals and texting while driving, the agency said.
Last December FMCSA began a compliance review of FTW due to its high scores under its CSA safety monitoring program, which shows it has 29 power units.
The announcement came as FMCSA said it also shut down two bus companies.
So far this year FMCSA has revoked the operating authority of more than 75 unsafe bus and truck companies. A total of eight motor carriers and four commercial drivers have been declared to be imminent hazards to public safety.