Connecticut DMV yanks truck company's vehicle registrations

| 7/17/2006

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has revoked the vehicle registrations for all of the trucks owned by a trucking company that had a long history of safety violations.

According to a news release from the office of Gov. M. Jodi Rell, the DMV began investigating the company, Tony’s Long Wharf Transport LLC of North Brandford, CT, after a truck owned by the company lost its trailer after delivering a concrete slab on Thursday, July 13.

The driver had just delivered the 40-foot long slab and was driving down a public street in West Hartford, CT, when his trailer separated from his cab.

The news release stated that police at the scene called in truck inspectors, who found that the trailer had inoperable brakes and that the cab had 10 safety violations. Not only that, but the driver was found to be operating without a valid license.

The driver, Milton Greene of Portsmouth, VA, was stopped again on Friday, July 14 driving a dump truck owned by the same company. He was arrested and held with $1,000 bail.

A subsequent investigation has determined that Tony’s Long Wharf Transport received 498 safety violations between 2004 and 2006 and was inspected 69 times by the DMV in that time period, according to the news release.