FMCSA Declares Texas Motor Carrier to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety (JPL Logistics LLC – May 27, 2022)
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared JPL Logistics LLC, USDOT No. 3466122, a motor carrier located in the Houston, Texas area, to be an “imminent hazard” to public safety and ordered the motor carrier to immediately cease all interstate and intrastate operations. The motor carrier was served the federal order on May 31, 2022.
JPL Logistics was declared an imminent hazard after FMCSA determined that it began operating so Jaypur Logistics LLC, USDOT No. 3150073, could avoid the Imminent Hazard Order issued to it on May 7, 2022. The Imminent Hazard Order issued to Jaypur Logistics, which is still in effect, specifically notes that a motor carrier “cannot avoid this ORDER by continuing operations under the name of another person or company.” However, Jaypur Logistics did just that by operating as JPL Logistics. JPL Logistics used common ownership, common management, common control, and/or common familial relationship to enable Jaypur Logistics and its principal to avoid Jaypur Logistics’s Imminent Hazard Order.
On the same day the Order was served on Jaypur Logistics, a Jaypur Logistics driver was stopped for violating the Imminent Hazard Order and placed out of service. Jaypur Logistics immediately provided the driver with the DOT number of JPL Logistics to complete the trip. FMCSA’s prior review of Jaypur Logistics had found the motor carrier to be egregiously noncompliant with multiple Federal safety regulations, including: Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing (49 CFR Part 382); Commercial Driver’s License Standards (49 CFR Part 383); Driver Qualification (49 CFR Part 391); Unsafe Driving (49 CFR Part 392); Hours of Service of Drivers (49 CFR Part 395); and vehicle Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance (49 CFR Part 396).
FMCSA’s imminent hazard out-of-service order states that JPL Logistics’ “…avoidance of compliance with the [federal safety regulations] and the Jaypur IH Order substantially increases the likelihood of serious injury or death for your drivers and the motoring public if your operations are not discontinued immediately.”
Failing to comply with the provisions of the Federal imminent hazard order may result in civil penalties of up to $29, 893 for each violation. JPL Logistics LLC may also be assessed civil penalties of not less than $11,956 for providing transportation in interstate commerce without operating authority registration, and up to $16,864 for operating a CMV in interstate commerce without USDOT Number registration. Knowing and/or willful violations may result in criminal penalties.
A copy of the imminent hazard order issued to JPL Logistics is available here.
A copy of the imminent hazard order issued to Jaypur Logistics is available here.