Landstar Ligon, a subsidiary of Landstar, will keep its satisfactory safety rating from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Madisonville, KY-based carrier's status was in question following a November 1999 compliance review that resulted in a proposed unsatisfactory rating. After evaluating Landstar's corrective action plan
and performing an on-site audit, DOT decided to drop the recommendation and retain the carrier's satisfactory rating.
"We want to thank the DOT for pointing out some irregularities in Ligon's system," said Landstar Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Crowe. "We are committed to 100% compliance and take safety issues seriously."
Among other things, Landstar dusqualified a major contract fleet, restructured parts of its Landstar Ligon safety compliance area, and re-notified all of its contractors and fleet drivers of its commitment to safety and regulatory compliance procedures.
According to published reports, contract fleet Hawk Transport of Balch Springs, TX, was accused of falsifying driver logs, which allegedly let to a low score for Ligon in the Driver Safety Evaluation Area. Landstar terminated its relationship with the carrier.
"We're not afraid to play hardball when it comes to safety," Crowe said. "It's the foundation of Landstar's culture, and we want to make sure everyone knows it."