March 21, 2013
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared General Trucking, Inc., based in Atlanta, Ga., an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered the carrier to immediately shut down its operations and cease all transportation services due to a pattern of serious safety violations.
“Safety is our highest priority,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Truck companies that operate unsafely have no place on our nation’s roadways.”
FMCSA investigated General Trucking after its trucks were involved in a series of crashes. FMCSA’s investigation found a company-wide practice of violating federal safety regulations, including disregarding driver qualification requirements by dispatching unqualified drivers, inadequate monitoring and controlling of driver compliance with hours-of-service requirements, and dispatching and operating unsafe vehicles which were grossly overloaded.
“Safety is our number-one priority,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Every trucking company and driver has a role and responsibility to make it theirs as well. Companies that place the public at risk by demonstrating negligent behaviors and business practices will be shut down.”
A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2013/GeneralTruckingInc.pdf