Federal audit shows FMCSA is sometimes easy on repeat offenders

| 4/26/2006

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 offenders.

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.