The federal agency that’s supposed to enforce safety rules
for the trucking industry isn’t doing a very good job of going after repeat
In its most recent audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration, the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General
found the FMCSA is letting too many trucking companies with bad safety records
off the hook.
The audit says that during a four-year period ending in
2004, the FMCSA enforced the maximum penalties against 146 carriers that were
repeat offenders. However, the inspector general found another 71 who should
have been handed maximum penalties.
And the audit found that out of more than 500 other carriers
who should have made the repeat-offender list, only 6 percent did because the
FMCSA didn’t properly document their violations.